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INSTITUTE ON AGING

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Community
  • Crisis Support
  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors

Location

3575 GEARY BLVDSAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Institute on Aging works to enhance the quality of life for aging adults and adults living with disabilities, enabling them to maintain their health, well-being, independence and participation in the community. We provide innovative, community-based programs that enable our clients to live at home for as long as possible. We serve as an essential partner in the continuum of care by providing health services, social and emotional support, and education and advocacy.

Description

IOA believes the future should be something to look forward to, at every age. As the leading advocate for older adults and those who care for them, we offer a broad spectrum of services and support to help seniors maintain their independence as long as it is safe to do so. The 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line is the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. We also make on-going outreach calls to lonely older adults. While there are other organizations that respond to the needs of people who may be contemplating suicide, none provides the type of services that IOA’s Friendship Line offers to respond to the public health problem of suicide among the elderly. Knowing that older people do not contact traditional suicide prevention centers on a regular basis even if they are considering suicide, we created the only program nationwide that reaches out to lonely, depressed, isolated, frail and/or suicidal older adults. Our trained volunteers specialize in offering a caring ear and having a friendly conversation with depressed older adults.

We are Located at 3575 Geary Boulevard in San Francisco. Currently we suspended admission to interested volunteers not located within the United States. Please still consider applying so we have your contact information in case our protocols change and we resume admission to non-US citizens. Thank you!

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