In the News 2007

Help the Elderly for the Holidays

By Ken Garcia, San Francisco Examiner
December 13, 2007
This time of year is often equated as the season of sharing, but it is also a period of heightened loneliness for a lot of individuals, especially the elderly. That point was brought home during a meeting I had recently with the good folks from San Francisco’s Institute on Aging, which is looking for volunteers to work on its “friendship line,” a 24-hour toll-free help line designed to reach out to seniors by offering counseling, crisis intervention, medication reminders or just emotional support.

Former Theater Encores as New Senior Facility

“Community Notes,” Newsletter of Northern California Community Loan Fund
Spring/Summer 2007

An innovative joint venture between Institute on Aging (IOA), a nonprofit senior health, social services, educational and research agency, and BRIDGE Housing, an affordable housing developer, will soon provide comprehensive senior care and housing on a unique site in San Francisco’s Richmond District. Construction of the $75 million building, located on the former Coronet Theater property on Geary Boulevard, is planned to begin later this year. The facility will house IOA’s administrative offices, health and social support programs, as well as 150 affordable senior apartments owned and operated by BRIDGE Housing.…. Read More

Experts: Elderly most at-risk in suicide

By Sarah Skidmore, Associated Press Writer. ABC News
September 18, 2007
The elderly are the highest risk population in the country for suicide. But few suicide-prevention programs target them — a result, advocates say, of scarce funding and lack of concern for older Americans. In San Francisco, Patrick Arbore founded the Friendship Line in San Francisco in 1973 after seeing the lack of understanding some suicide hot line workers displayed for older people. The line, which lets people call just to talk or get support, now handles more than 3,000 calls a month.

CBS-5: Mosaic

Rabbi Eric Weiss, Host CBS-5, 5am
February 18, 2007

Jeff Chapline, Director of IOA's Center for Elders and Youth in the Arts, was interviewed on Mosaic in February, discussing creative outlets for older adults. Each week, Mosaic focuses on culture, religious, and community issues, and focused on different religious traditions each week, rotating between Judaism, Catholicism, and Protestantism. IOA's Rabbi Eric Weiss, director of Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, hosts the Jewish segment, the 3rd Sunday of each month.

JEFFERSON AWARD Presented to Geraldine Earp - Age isn't an issue for advocate for the elderly

by Shelah Moody, The Chronicle
January 21, 2007
IOA board member Geraldine Earp receives the prestigious Jefferson Award for making a difference in her community.