In the News 2011

100 residents of an assisted living facility evacuated due to fire

December 22, 2011
Institute on Aging joined other senior agencies in helping to evacuate a senior residence when a neighborhood fire threatened the building. Watch the video.

Care for Older Adults

By David Werdegar, MD, PMH
San Francisco Medicine, Journal of the San Francisco Medical Society
November 2011
"The last thirty years have witnessed significant development of home- and community-based services for older adults - in which San Francisco has led the way in many respects. Institute on Aging (IOA) is a good example. These developments reflect a transformation in attitudes about aging and a greater understanding of the responsibilities entailed in provision of "long-term" health care." Read More

Institute on Aging helps elders maintain independent living status

By Elizabeth Benefiel
The Western Edition San Francisco
November 1, 2011
"San Francisco’s Institute on Aging – IOA – works with older adults to help them live independently. A wide range of services, including home care, clinical assessments, support groups and day programs, makes the IOA an ideal starting point for anyone looking to stay independent as they get older. Read More

Institute on Aging: Getting Old Doesn’t Mean Giving Up

Northern California Community Loan Fund Newsletter
Fall, 2011
Janna Mancini, a Development Associate at NCCLF, wrote the following impression of IOA: Touring Institute of Aging, I was struck by how unlike my past experiences it was. It didn’t feel like a hospital or a place of last resort for people who had no one to care for them and nowhere else to go. It felt like a home. Even the areas where the daytime programs took place had a welcoming and comforting feeling to them. I don’t think we encountered one person – patient or staff – who wasn’t smiling and that feeling is infectious the moment you walk through the doors. Read More

ABC News — Beyond the Headlines

October 2, 2011
Institute on Aging was invited to offer insight on issues individuals face when they age, mainly driving. Dr. Patrick Arbore represented IOA at the taping.

International Council on Active Aging Developers Guide 2011

Age Wave
September 2011
As with any long-anticipated event, the "age wave" — that demographic phenomenon set to transform society — often seemed slightly unreal and distant over the years. Perhaps that accounts for the late, and in many cases inadequate, planning...IOA's Senior Campus is answering the call...Read More

KCBS Radio

August 25, 2011
Dr. Karyn Skultety provided her expertise on the independent baby boomer trend and the new role these grandparents have taken on in the last decade.

Pelosi Tours, Holds Medicare Forum at Institute on Aging

June 20, 2011
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi toured Institute on Aging and held a forum on Medicare Monday, June 20, 2011. Other elder care leaders present included David Werdegar, President and CEO, Institute on Aging, Carroll Estes, Ph.D., Chair, Board of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and Anni Chung, President and CEO, Self-Help for Elderly. Read More

A Presidential appointment for SFS President John Goldman

By Stephen Smoliar, San Francisco Examiner
May 28, 2011
Among the latest round of Administration appointments by President Barack Obama announced by The White House Office of the Press Secretary this past Thursday was one of both local and national interest in the world of the performing arts. John D. Goldman, President of the San Francisco Symphony, has been named as a Member of the Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts... [Goldman] is a past President of the Board of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, having served as a Board Member of the agency from 1984 to 1996, and is a former Board Member of Institute on Aging. Read More

IOA's Rosa Estrada interviewed on Univision

May 14, 2011
Institute on Aging's Rosa Estrada shares the story of services and programs offered to the public by the IOA. In Spanish. Watch the video.

San Franciscans A Lot Older Than You Think, Which Could Cause Real Problems

By April Siese, SF Appeal
May 12, 2011
"Though many say that San Francisco is a young person's playground, recent census data suggest that older people have more of a foothold in San Francisco than you might think. Thanks to the 2010 Census, we now know that the median age of Californians went from 33.3 in 2000 to 35.2. In SF, however, it's even older: the City went from 36.5 in 2000 to 38.5 now. Read More

California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) Awards Suicide Prevention Contracts

May 10, 2011
"The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), a joint powers authority (JPA) of counties focused on the efficient delivery of California mental health projects and programs, announced today it took action to begin contract negotiations for the fulfillment of suicide prevention services. Read More

Senior's death amid filth key to larger problem

By C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle
May 7, 2011
It sounds like a no-brainer. Myrna Kaiser, a 78-year-old woman living alone in a San Francisco apartment, began to have mental and physical problems. She started hoarding junk, let her personal hygiene go, and found it hard to follow conversations. She clearly needed help. "To our surprise," [building manager] Chris Dressel said, "APS informed us that since Myrna could answer a few questions and she had her own financial ability to pay for assistance, they were not able to force Myrna into any type of assisted care." Read More

Jewish benefactors help build new Institute on Aging

By Joseph Amster, Jweekly
April 21, 2011
"With the opening this month of its new campus in San Francisco, the Institute on Aging has achieved a longtime goal: bringing many of its programs, services and offices together under one roof, and having all of that right next to senior housing. Read More

Crossing Geary is Crossing the Red Sea

By Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle
April 8, 2011
"Saturday's official grand opening of the Institute on Aging on Geary Boulevard drew 500 folks, including supporters, planners, administrators and politicians aplenty. The 50,000-square-foot facility includes a contemplative garden, educational and medical facilities, arts studios, and affordable residences. Read More


Institute on Aging's Dr. David Werdegar Interviewed on KOIT Radio

By Laurie Saunders, KOIT Radio
April 6, 2011
KOIT's Laurie Saunders interviewed IOA President Dr. David Werdegar on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. The 30 minute taped interview discussed the new Institute on Aging Senior Campus, a development that positions all of IOA's services for seniors under one roof. Poised to be a national model, the building's advantages for seniors and aesthetic benefits were discussed.

Institute on Aging’s new Senior Campus opens; community event this Saturday

By Susan B.
"This Saturday will mark the official grand opening of the Institute on Aging’s (IOA) new Senior Campus, located at 3575 Geary near Arguello. The project first broke ground in 2008 and includes a 3-story, 50,000 square foot building that houses offices and health and social support programs for seniors, along with a 150-unit residential housing development, also for seniors. Read More

San Francisco Business Times Awards IOA and Bridge Housing the Real Estate Deal of the Year

By Emily Wilson, San Francisco Business Times
March 25, 2011
"Real Estate Deals of the Year: Best Community Impact / San Francisco - The Coronet/IOA Senior Campus: Bridge Housing and the Institute on Aging’s new senior housing and services center on Geary Boulevard is helping absorb the silver rush. The project fills a huge unmet need in the Bay Area for senior housing. Read More

The Coronet Complex Simply Fits in the Richmond

By John King, San Francisco Chronicle
March 22, 2011
"For those of you who don't make pilgrimages to the spot where "Star Wars" films once had their local premieres, the movie house was demolished in 2007, two years shy of its 60th birthday. Read More

IOA Featured on KBLX 102.9FM (podcast)

KBLX, 102.9FM
March 20, 2011
Institute on Aging's Director of Geriatric Assesment, Erika Falk, was interviewed by Nikki Thomas for KBLX's for "Bay View", a public affairs show that airs on Sundays at 5:30am.

Gascon Launches SF Campaign To Prevent Elder Abuse, San Francisco
March 11, 2011
"San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon Tuesday launched a citywide campaign to prevent elder abuse. The campaign will feature ads and posters on San Francisco Municipal Railway buses, bus shelters, and in various locations around the city with the tagline "Our Golden Years Shouldn't Be Black and Blue," and feature statistics about elder abuse.

New Programs for Seniors

Alamo Square Newsletter
February/March 2011
"Institute on Aging is offering a new program at the Western Addition Senior Center designed to assist older adults live more independently. The Older Adults Screening and Response Project was developed to help seniors who have difficulty sleeping or who are dealing with depression, loneliness or anxiety. Seniors will work together with counselors from Institute on Aging to develop coping skills."

Calif. Adult Day Health Care on chopping block: Critics say Brown plan could wind up costing more than it would save

By Marisa Lagos, San Francisco Chronicle
February 07, 2011
"John Jones, 79, soaks in the sun outside the Ruth Ann Rosenberg Adult Day Health Center at the Institute on Aging in San Francisco. The center is one of 310 serving 37,000 Californians a year. Bessie Spears was suicidal when she arrived at an Adult Day Health Care center in San Francisco four months ago. Ben Dubinsky was slipping further into depression until he walked through the center's front doors last year. And Ernest Badger was in pain and barely walking when he started the program eight months ago after hip replacement surgery. Read More

LACDMH Hosts Older Adult Conference at CSUN

By Karen Zarsadiaz, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH)
January 2011
"Baby boomers" were the focus of this year’s Shaping the Future for Mental Health and Aging Conference at California State University Northridge (CSUN).