In the News 2008

SF Elder Abuse Cases On The Rise, Authorities Say

CBS 5 CrimeWatch
December 19, 2008
San Francisco authorities Friday warned crimes against seniors are on the rise, not only in the number of reports of elder abuse but in their severity. The warning came as prosecutors highlighted two recent, separate elder abuse cases in which they allege women in their 80s and 90s were victimized and defrauded out of more than $100,000 each.

Playing around on the big money seesaw: Up and down with the recession

By Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle
December 11, 2008
A lucky bidder paid less than $200 for a replica of a 1973 New York Mets warm-up jacket with a "Say Hey 24" emblem, personally signed by Willie Mays. This was at a benefit for the Institute on Aging's Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services. The cause sounds sad, but the event - 300 volunteer carolers performing at an array of senior centers - was nothing but merry.

Carolers to spread holiday cheer on cable cars

SF Examiner
December 7, 2008
More than 300 volunteers are bringing the gift of song and good cheer to the elderly today through The City’s 22nd annual Cable Car Caroling program. Cable Car Caroling raises money for the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related services, which operates the nation’s only free emergency hotline for depressed, isolated or lonely elders. The agency’s 24-hour Friendship Line fields nearly 20,000 calls annually.

Patrick Arbore will be a guest on Aging in LA, a program of Los Angeles Cityview, Channel 35

June 26, 2008
Viewed by 2.1 million people weekly, Aging in LA is a weekly discussion series focusing on issues affecting Los Angeles’ senior population. Since its premiere in May 2001, Aging in LA has been a valuable source of information for seniors, their loved ones, and caregivers alike.

On Your Side: Cracking Down on Elder Abuse

ABC-7 News
May 29, 2008
Nearly half the crimes against seniors involve some form of financial exploitation. Raising awareness of these and other risks to seniors, IOA's fourth annual Elder Abuse Awareness Rally was held at San Francisco City Hall Thursday, May 29 at 12:00. Channel 7 subsequently featured a segment on their 5:00 ABC News broadcast entitled "On Your Side: Cracking down on elder abuse"... Read More

Al Hart to host new radio series on aging

By Chuck Barney, Contra Costa Times
April 19, 2008
Starting on Monday, Hart will host a six-part series called "Aging Your Way" on public radio station KALW (91.7 FM). Presented by On Lok Lifeways and the Institute on Aging, the series seeks to "transform aging in America" by exploring the myths and realities associated with growing older in America.... Read More

Bay Area gay senior housing closer to reality

By Judy Richter, San Francisco Chronicle
March 30, 2008
Despite [the] national track record for gay senior housing, three Bay Area projects are moving closer to reality... Barbary Lane in Oakland, Openhouse in San Francisco and Fountaingrove Lodge in Santa Rosa... To serve residents who need in-home health help, Openhouse is working with the Institute on Aging, which has case-management services.

S.F. Faces Silver Tsunami

By Sarah Duxbury, San Francisco Business Times
January 18-24, 2008
With almost 18 percent of its population over 60, San Francisco is already the grayest major metropolis in the country. By 2020, it is expected that more than 21 percent of the population will be over 60 as Baby Boomers age and lifespans increase. Read More