Open a door for someone in need.

Last year, support from donors like you helped us open new doors for 350+ aging adults.

Almost every single day, Institute on Aging helps someone open a door to that special place called “home.” IOA’s dedicated staff helps connect aging adults and adults with disabilities with stable housing, access to community resources, and reliable health care services so they can live life independently and fully – people like David. Because there’s no place like home.

Meet David.

David first connected with IOA last November. At 60 years old, David had been living in a skilled nursing facility for almost two years after being hospitalized with health complications. Although he faced a long road to improved health, it was easy to see how motivated David was to get healthy and move back to his hometown of Daly City in San Mateo County. At the initial client assessment, David told IOA that he had two goals: he wanted to be able to live independently back at home and be able to ride his bicycle again. From that moment, IOA was on a mission to get David moving.

IOA case managers focus on connecting clients to community services and programs that facilitate a smooth transition to independent living. Together with their clients, case managers help set and achieve goals. In the words of David’s case manager:

David“David was an absolute dream to work with due to his self-advocacy. He came prepared to each meeting with a binder full of his medical history, ideas of services he could qualify for, and questions for our team. Sober since 2005, David’s binder even had a list of the locations, dates and times for AA meetings in San Mateo County.”

Due to David’s age, physical abilities, overall health and motivation, IOA knew he could be a candidate for independent housing. His case manager created a plan for independent living and support services, and on December 21, 2021, David moved into his new Daly City apartment – just in time to celebrate the holidays with his family.

David thought he would be in a skilled nursing facility for the rest of his life, but together with IOA, he began to build a future he could look forward to. Today, David is thriving, living independently, and getting back out on his bicycle. IOA is helping him Age On.

To learn more about supporting Institute on Aging, contact Samantha Delson, Director, Development at or 415-750-4106

To learn more about Institute on Aging’s services, call IOA CONNECT at 415-750-4111.