Human Dignity Has No Expiration Date
~ Dr. Patrick Arbore
Elder suicide is a needless tragedy that we can prevent together. Adults aged 65 - 84 are twice as likely to commit suicide as 15 - 24 year olds. Diminished physical resilience coupled with greater social isolation lead many to feel that life is not worth living.
That’s exactly how Esther, an 83-year-old widow temporarily residing in a nursing home, was feeling after a recent hospitalization when she called the Institute on Aging. Behind on paying her bills and threatened with eviction from her studio apartment, she was increasingly anxious and depressed and wanted to give up on life. IOA care managers worked with Esther to support her transition back into the community. She was able to gain access to a full range of services including daily transportation, nutritious meals, and stimulating activities through our adult day programs. Today, she lives independently and successfully in her own community and is once again hopeful about life.
Your contribution will help us help many more people just like Esther in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Marin counties!
Institute on Aging
Menu of Programs and Services:
* In-home personalized preventive care
*State-of-the-art adult day centers
*Accredited 24-hour toll-free hotline for older adults and adults with disabilities experiencing loneliness and depression
*Psychology and counseling services
*Elder Abuse Prevention program
*Connect, a centralized resource and referral service - 415-750-4111