There is a lot to love about getting older: being retired, having more time to pursue your hobbies, wisdom, and a broader perspective on life. Yet getting older comes with its downsides, too, like being on a fixed income, having more health problems, and even loneliness. Fortunately, there are a number of organizations throughout the Bay Area that are designed to help seniors with some of the more common challenges associated with aging.
At Kuvara Law, we want to help. We have assembled a list of resources for senior citizens in the greater San Francisco region. If you (or a loved one) are struggling with housing, the need for in-home assistance, or another issue, we hope that this list is useful and gets you the help that you need.
Affordable Housing Services
Living on a fixed income can be challenging, particularly in an area with one of the highest costs of living in the country. Safe housing is one of the most fundamental needs for any person. If you are having difficulty finding a place to live within your budget, these organizations may be able to help.
|San Francisco||Community Housing Partnership||chp-sf.org/||20 Jones St., Suite 200||415-852-5300|
|San Francisco||Bridge Housing||bridgehousing.com||600 California St., Suite 900||415-989-1111|
|San Francisco||Mercy Housing - Polk Street Senior||mercyhousing.org||1315 Polk St.||415-931-3210|
Affordable Items for Seniors
We all need basic things for our day-to-day living, like plates and silverware, furniture and clothes. When you’re older, you don’t necessarily want to spend the money on brand new items — or perhaps these goods are simply out of your budget. These stores offer affordable products for seniors to help meet your needs.
|San Francisco||Community Thrift Store||communitythriftsf.org||623 Valencia St.||415-861-4910|
|San Francisco||Out of the Closet Thrift Store||outofthecloset.org||1295 Folsom St.||415-558-7176|
|San Francisco||Westfield SF Centre||westfield.com/sanfrancisco||865 Market St.||415-512-6776|
For many older people, there comes a time when it is no longer possible to live alone. If you are in a situation where you can’t live independently but don’t require a higher level of care, assisted living may be a good option for you. Below are a number of options located throughout the Bay Area that may be a good choice for you or for your loved one.
|San Francisco||Sunset Gardens||sunsetgardens.us||1338 27th Ave.||415-664-4327|
|San Francisco||Broadmoor Hotel||broadmoorsf.com||1499 Sutter St.||415-771-9119|
|San Francisco||Heritage on the Marina||heritageonthemarina.org||3400 Laguna St.||415-202-0300|
|San Francisco||The Village at Hayes Valley||pacificseniorliving.com||624 Laguna St.||415-275-3150|
|San Francisco||Buena Vista Manor House||buenavistamanorhouse.com||399 Buena Vista Ave. E||415-800-2032|
|San Francisco||The Carlisle||sunriseseniorliving.com||1450 Post St.||415-929-4648|
|San Francisco||Providence Place||providencecare.com||2456 Geary Blvd.||415-359-9700|
|San Francisco||Avenue Assisted Living||theavenuesf.com||1035 Van Ness Ave.||415-776-1800|
|San Francisco||SF Campus for Jewlish |
|sfcjl.org||302 Silver Ave.||415-406-1419|
|San Francisco||Kokoro Assisted Living||kokoroassistedliving.org||1881 Bush St.||415-776-8066|
|San Francisco||Victorian Manor||victorianmanorsf.com||1444 McAllister St.||415-921-7550|
|San Francisco||Rhoda Goldman Plaza||rgplaza.org||2180 Post St.||415-345-5060|
|San Francisco||AlmaVia of SF||eldercarealliance.org||1 Thomas More Way||415-593-1657|
|San Francisco||Sagebrook Senior Living |
|sagebrooksf.com||2750 Geary Blvd.||415-346-0246|
|San Francisco||Portola Gardens||portolagardens.ciminocare.com||350 University St.||415-337-1587|
|San Francisco||Sutro Heights Residential |
|N/A||659 45th Ave.||415-269-8468|
|San Francisco||Cypress at Golden Gate||srgseniorliving.com||1601 19th Ave.||415-952-8854|
|San Francisco||The Sequoias||thesequoiassf.org||1400 Geary Blvd.||415-922-9700|
|San Francisco||Kimochi Home||kimochi-inc.org||1531 Sutter St.||415-931-2294|
|San Francisco||SF Towers||covia.org||1661 Pine St.||415-776-0500|
|San Francisco||Autumn Glow||selfhelpelderly.org||654 Grove St.||415-934-1622|
|San Francisco||Merced Residential Care||mercedcare.com||257 Broad St.||415-585-6112|
|San Francisco||Dameniks Home||damenikshome.com||331 30th Ave.||415-305-6851|
|San Francisco||Family Affair Home Care||familyaffairhomecare.com||264 Southcliff Ave.||650-871-5095|
|San Francisco||Westborough Royale||westboroughroyale.com||89 Westborough Blvd.||650-872-0400|
|San Francisco||Providence Foundation - |
|providencefoundationsf.org||1218 Mendell St.||415-642-0234|
|San Francisco||Frank Residences||frankresidences.org||302 Silver Ave.||415-562-2020|
|San Francisco||Menorah Park||menorahpark.wordpress.com||3365 Sacramento St.||415-929-7912|
|San Francisco||Care Home by RNs SF||carehomebyrns.com||653 Commercial Ave.||650-534-3770|
|San Francisco||Arden Wood||ardenwood.org||445 Wawona St.||415-681-5500|
|San Francisco||Joyful Chapter Senior |
|joyfulchapter.com||340 Alta Vista Dr.||650-227-2172|
If you are having difficulty getting or paying for food, there are a number of options for seniors in the Bay Area. You may be able to stop by to eat a hot meal, or pick up food to cook at home. These local organizations are dedicated to getting food to the people who need it most.
|San Francisco||St. Anthony's Dining Room||stanthonyssf.org||150 Golden Gate Ave.||415-241-2600|
|San Francisco||SF-Marin Food Bank||sfmfoodbank.org||900 Pennsylvania Ave.||415-282-1900|
|San Francisco||City Team Ministries||cityteam.org||164 6th St.||415-861-8688|
|San Francisco||Canon Kip Senior Center||ecs-sf.org||705 Natoma St.||415-487-3300|
Just because you’re older doesn’t mean that you don’t care about exercising. In fact, getting daily exercise can help stave off age-related conditions or reduce the symptoms of these issues. Check out these places if you are looking for a gym or simply a way to stay on top of your health.
|YMCA SF||ymcasf.org||Multiple Locations: |
Stonestown: 333 Eucalyptus Dr.
Embarcadero: 169 Steuart St.
Buchanan: 1530 Buchanan St.
Bayview: 1601 Lane St.
|SF Recreation/Parks||sfrecpark.org||Multiple Locations:|
Eureka Valley: 100 Collingwood St.
Mission Recreation: 2450 Harrison St.
Palega Recreation: 500 Felton St.
|Eureka Valley: 415-831-6810
Mission Rec: 415-695-5012
|Bay Clubs||bayclubs.com||150 Greenwich St.||415-433-2200|
In-Home Care Services Assistance
In some cases, you or a loved one may not need to go to a nursing home or an assisted living facility. However, you may need help in order to stay in your home. In-home care services can be arranged through these organizations.
|San Francisco||IHSS Public Authority||sfihsspa.org||832 Folsom St., 9th Floor||415-243-4477|
|Larkspur||InCare Home Health Services||hbtbhomecare.org||17 E. Sire Francis Drake Blvd.||415-673-8989|
|San Francisco||Home Instead Senior Care||homeinstead.com||1 Daniel Burnham Ct., Suite 307C||415-578-6307|
Senior Advocacy Organizations
People over the age of 65 face different issues than younger people do, from Medicare to taxes to an increased need for services. If you are facing a challenge related to your age, one of these groups may be able to advocate on your behalf.
|San Francisco||CA Advocates for Nursing |
|canhr.org||650 Harrison St.||415-974-5171|
|Sacramento||CA Association of Area |
Agencies on Aging
|c4a.info||980 9th St.||916-443-2800|
|San Francisco||Dept. of Disability & Aging |
|sfhsa.org||1650 Mission St.||415-355-3555|
|San Francisco||Community Living |
|sfcommunityliving.org||1663 Mission St., Suite 525||415-821-1003|
|San Francisco||Compassionate Community |
|compassionatehomecare.org||1426 Fillmore St., Suite 207||415-921-5038|
|San Francisco||Glide||glide.org||330 Ellis St.||415-674-6000|
|San Francisco||Institute on Aging||ioaging.org||3575 Geary Blvd.||415-750-4111|
|San Francisco||Independent Living |
Resource Center SF
|ilrcsf.org||825 Howard St.||415-543-6222|
Senior Assistance Services
Older people often struggle with specific issues, like an inability to get out to the store, to cook independently, or even to pay for the level of care that they need. There are a range of senior assistance services available in the Bay Area to help elderly people with the unique challenges that they may face in their daily lives.
|San Francisco||Annunciation Cathedral |
|annunciation.org||245 Valencia St.||415-864-8000|
|San Francisco||Little Brothers Friends of |
the Elderly SF
|littlebrotherssf.org||909 Hyde St., Suite 628||415-771-7957|
|San Francisco||Meals of Wheels SF||mowsf.org||1375 Fairfax Ave.||415-920-1111|
|San Francisco||Mercy Housing||mercyhousing.org||1256 Market St.||415-355-7100|
|San Francisco||My Benefits Cal Win||mybenefitscalwin.org||1235 Mission St.||415-558-1001|
|San Francisco||On Lok||onlok.org||N/A||415-292-8888|
|N/A||Paying for Senior Care||payingforseniorcare.com||N/A||206-462-5728|
|San Francisco||Rebuilding Together SF||rebuildingtogethersf.org||Pier 28, The Embarcadero||415-905-1611|
|San Francisco||Salvation Army - Golden |
|goldenstate.salvationarmy.org||832 Folsom St.||415-553-3500|
|San Francisco||SF Village||sfvillage.org||3220 Fulton St.||415-387-1375|
|San Francisco||Senior & Disability Action||sdaction.org||1360 Mission St., #400||415-546-1333|
|San Francisco||Shanti Project||shanti.org||730 Polk St., 3rd Floor||415-674-4700|
|San Francisco||St. Francis Lutheran Church||sflcsf.org||152 Church St.||415-621-2635|
|San Francisco||Stepping Stone Health||steppingstonehealth.org||930 4th St.||415-974-6784|
|San Francisco||Thriving in Place||tipsf.org||832 Folsom St., 9th Floor||415-593-8141|
|San Francisco||SF Interfaith Council||sfinterfaithcouncil.org||130 Fisher Loop||415-474-1321|
|San Francisco||Little Sisters of the Poor||LittleSistersofthePoor||300 Lake St.||415-751-6510|
Once your kids are grown and you are no longer working, it can be hard to stay connected to a community. Senior centers offer a great way to socialize. In the Bay Area, there are a number of senior centers that are designed to meet the needs of older Californians.
|Bernal Heights |
|bhnc.org||515 Cortland Ave.||415-206-2140|
|Centro Latino Den SF |
|centrolatinodesf.org||1656 15th St.||415-861-8168|
|The Arc of SF||thearcsf.org||1500 Howard St.||415-255-7200|
|OpenHouse||openhouse-sf.org||65 Laguna St.||415-296-8995|
|SF Senior Center||sfsenior.org||Multiple Locations:|
890 Beach St. &
481 O'Farrell St.
|Mission Neighborhood |
|mncsf.org||362 Capp St.||415-206-7752|
|OMI Senior Center||catholiccharitiessf.org||1555 39th Ave.||415-972-1200|
|Golden Gate Senior Services||ggsenior.org||Multiple Locations:|
6221 Geary Blvd.
110 Diamond St.
|Self Help for the Elderly||selfhelpelderly.org||Green Mun: |
777 Stockton St.
1483 Mason St.
5757 Geary Blvd.
500 Raymond Ave.
737 Folsom St.
|Toolworks||toolworks.org||25 Kearny St., Suite 400||415-733-0990|
|Bayview Senior Services||bhpmss.org||1390 1/2 Turk @ Filmore||415-921-7805|
|Bay Area Jewish Healing |
|jewishhealingcenter.org||2530 Taraval St., Suite 202||415-750-4197|
|Jewish Community |
Center of SF
|jccsf.org||3200 California St.||415-292-1200|
|Jewish Family Services||jfcs.org||2150 Post St.||415-449-1200|
|Canon Kip Senior Center||ecs-sf.org||705 Natoma St.||415-487-3300|
|30th St. Senior Center||30thstreetseniorcenter.org||225 30th St.||415-550-2210|
|Irene Swindells Day |
|sutterhealth.org||3698 California St.||415-600-2690|
|Care for Seniors||careforseniorsagency.com||1349 Taraval St.||415-664-9991|
|Korean Center SF||koreancentersf.org||1362 Post St.||415-441-1881|
Senior Health Centers
As we get older, it isn’t uncommon to experience a greater number of health issues. Senior health centers provide care to older people who need it, whether the treatment is geared towards a specific health condition or simply offers affordable medical care for elderly people.
|San Francisco||Alzheimer's Association||alz.org/norcal||100 Pine St., Suite 2150||415-463-8500|
|San Francisco||Sister Mary Philippa Health Center||dignityhealth.org||2235 Hayes St., 5th Floor||415-857-9697|
|San Francisco||Mission Neighborhood Health Center||mnhc.org||240 Shotwell St.||415-552-3870|
|San Francisco||Tom Waddell Urban Health Center||sfhealthnetwork.org||50 Dr Tom Waddell Place||415-355-7400|
|San Francisco||South of Market Health Center||smhcsf.org||229 7th Street||415-284-2270|
Housing needs change as we age. We may need more accessible living situations, with no stairs and rails in the bathroom, or simply a place to live that we can afford on a fixed income. In the Bay Area, there are a number of senior housing organizations that can help with these issues.
|San Francisco||Apartamentos de la Esperanza||missionhousing.org||3590 19th St.||415-864-6432|
|San Francisco||Mission Terrace Senior Housing||bridgehousing.com||3850 18th St.||415-872-9001|
|San Francisco||Christipher Valenti - Housing Advocacy||christophervalenti.com||N/A||415-264-1529|
Senior Mental Health
Mental health issues can happen at any time in our lives. In some cases, age-related changes to our brain can cause or contribute to mental health problems. If you or a loved one are dealing with mental health issues as a senior, these organizations may be able to help.
|San Francisco||Mental Health Association of SF||mentalhealthsf.org||870 Market St., Suite 928||415-421-2926|
|Ft. Lauderdale||Senior Living||seniorliving.org||501 E. Las Olas Blvd.||954-691-9500|
|San Francisco||Curry Senior Center||curryseniorcenter.org||333 Turk St.||415-885-2274|
|San Francisco||NAMI San Francisco||namisf.org||645 Harrison St., #201||415-905-6264|
Senior Religious Services
For many older Americans, religion becomes more important as we get older. There are multiple religious groups within the San Francisco region that offer senior religious services to meet the unique needs of the elderly.
|San Francisco||SF Zen Center||sfzc.org||300 Page St.||415-863-3136|
|San Francisco||Grace Cathedral||gracecathedral.org||1100 California St.||415-749-6300|
|San Francisco||Church of Scientology of SF||scientology-sanfrancisco.org||701 Montgomery St.||415-864-3940|
|San Francisco||Third Baptist Church of SF||thirdbaptist.org||1399 McAllister St.||415-346-4426|
|San Francisco||St. Patrick Church||stpatricksf.org||756 Mission St.||415-421-3730|
|San Francisco||Reality SF||realitysf.com||450 Church St.||415-546-0347|
Getting around can be harder for senior citizens, whether the cause is mobility issues, lack of a vehicle, or difficulty navigating public transportation. In the Bay Area, several organizations provide transportation services specifically for seniors, including for elderly people with disabilities.
|San Francisco||Paratransit SF||sfmta.com||11 South Van Ness Ave.||415-701-2311|
|San Francisco||Silver Ride||silverride.com||425 Divisadero St.||415-861-7433|
|San Francisco||BART||bart.gov||598 Market St.||510-465-2278|
|San Francisco||MUNI||sfmta.com||11 S. Van Ness Ave.||415-701-2311|
Technology Education Organizations
If you didn’t grow up with computers, smart phones, and technology, trying to figure it out can be overwhelming. The Bay Area is home to many cutting edge technology firms. It also has a number of tech education groups that can help you learn the basics or even gain more advanced skills.
|San Francisco||Community Tech Network||communitytechnetwork.org||1390 Market St., Suite 200||628-200-3118|
|San Francisco||Quizlet||quizlet.com||501 2nd St.||510-495-6550|
|San Francisco||SF Connected||sfhsa.org||Multiple Locations:|
Curry Senior Center:
333 Turk St.
John King Community:
500 Raymond Ave.
333 Eucalyptus Dr.
Jackie Chan Senior Center:
5757 Geary Blvd.