Many services exist in San Francisco and the Bay Are for LGBT seniors. If you have any questions about the services below or know of a service that should be listed, please call the Openhouse office at 415.296.8995.
Long Term Care Insurance
As we age, what if we need help getting out of bed, getting dressed, eating, or bathing? It can come as an unpleasant surprise to learn that these conditions are not covered by medical insurance or even Medicare. Find out more about long-term care insurance.
We all know that if we want to stay fit we need to exercise, eat well, have enough play time and get a good night’s rest. We know that working out in the gym or going for those long walks keep our muscles toned and strong. But what many of us overlook is the need for regular mental stimulation and exercise to keep our brain agile and healthy.
Posit Science is a cognitive training program for brain fitness. Their computer-based programs are easy to use, effective, and enjoyable. Each one emphasizes a different sense, but either one will help you think faster, focus better, and remember more.
30th Street Senior Center
225 30th Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94131
Now San Francisco’s largest multipurpose senior center, 30th Street Senior Center serves more than 5,000 seniors per year and offers an array of bicultural and bilingual programs serving older adults and caregivers including educational and recreational activities; information, referral and social services; congregate and home delivered meals; and case management. The center also has an On Lok Lifeways PACE site (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly). Working with openhouse, the 30th St. Senior Center offers a weekly LGBT Forum and an LGBT friendly visitors program. Please call Michelle Alcedo at openhouse at (415) 296-8995 for more information on LGBT programs.
800.272.3900 (24/7 Helpline)
The Alzheimer’s Association provides education, awareness, research and advocacy for those with memory loss, Alzheimer’s and dementia. The Association counsels and assists caregivers and patients through support groups, educational workshops & materials, a website and 24/7 Helpline (providing information, referrals and consultation). The Alzheimer’s Association and Openhouse cosponsor an LGBT dementia family caregiver support group in San Francisco.
Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center (BNHC)
515 Cortland Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94110
The Bernal Heights Neigborhood Center’s Senior Service program is open Monday through Friday, from 9am to around 2pm, and by special appointment. The Neighborhood Elders Support Team (NEST) Case Management Program works with frail, homebound and at-risk seniors to remain engaged in their own treatment options, reduce their social isolation and prevent institutionalization. BHNC offers a friendly visitor program for isolated seniors in the Bernal Heights and Mission neighborhoods. In collaboration with 30th Street Senior Services and openhouse, the friendly visitors pilot program is open and welcoming to LGBT clients in need of LGBT-friendly visitors. Working with openhouse, BHNC also offers a monthly LGBT senior discussion group. Please call Michelle Alcedo at openhouse at (415) 296-8995 for more information on LGBT programs.
The Bay Area Bisexual Network’s (BABN) mission is to develop a healthy, vibrant, multicultural bisexual community in the San Francisco Bay Area and to promote better understanding of bisexual lives and issues within the larger lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) community and the public. BABN offers information and referral services; cultural & social events; and a monthly peer-support group.
Castro Senior Center
110 Diamond St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
Golden Gate Senior Services (GGSS), which operates the Castro Street Senior Center, provides a broad spectrum of services and activities for older persons and younger adults with disabilities. The program coordinates resources and services to provide the elderly and younger disabled with activities that will enhance their dignity, support their independence and encourage their continued involvement in and with the community, with the overall goal of helping them to avoid premature or inappropriate institutionalization. The Castro Senior Center offers a monthly discussion group for LGBT seniors. Please call the Castro Senior Center for details.
Community United Against Violence (CUAV)
160 14th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Founded in 1979, CUAV is the nation’s first LGBTQQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) anti-violence organization. CUAV’s mission is to prevent and respond to violence against and within our diverse LGBTQQ communities. CUAV offers peer-based counseling, direct assistance, education and outreach, grassroots organizing, and policy advocacy.
The Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) defines family broadly and inclusively and supports those caring for adults with chronic conditions, like Alzheimer’s, MS and stroke. Along with family consultation, education and respite, FCA’s website provides two LGBT caregiver fact sheets on legal issues and LGBT caregiver concerns. FCA also has a national Online LGBT Caregiver Support Group (see listing under Online Resources).
The GAPA 35 Plus program is a social and conversational group for gay and bisexual Asian and Pacific Islander men 35 and over. The group meets for dinner and discussion once a month in participants’ homes. The facilitated discussion includes topics such as health, retirement, coming out later in life, family, and being gay/Asian/older. In an informal, safe environment the group encourages people to participate at their own pace and comfort level. Membership is not required to participate.
Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based program designed to assist Medicare beneficiaries with Medicare, Medicare Part D, Supplemental, Medicare billing and long-term care insurance issues. HICAP offers a monthly counseling day at Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center and Magnet, a gay men’s holistic health resource center located at 4122 18th St.
Institute on Aging (IOA)
3575 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94118
Information, Assessment, & Referral: 415.750.4111
Toll Free: 877.750.4111
The non-profit Institute on Aging (IOA) helps seniors understand and enjoy living independently in their mature years. The IOA has guidance and services for seniors to increase independence, alleviate worries, and free older adults to enjoy life. IOA offers information on care in the home or in the community, counseling for caregivers and seniors, financial planning, and resources for professionals and students in the field of aging. IOA and openhouse work closely together to ensure LGBT seniors are welcomed and included across the wide range of IOA services.
Lavender Seniors of the East Bay
1395 Bancroft Ave.
San Leandro, CA 94577
Lavender Seniors provides social activities, support, and networking for LGBT seniors in the East Bay to improve the quality of life of older LGBT residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Lavender Seniors provides outreach, advocacy, and education. The LGBT Elder-Friendly Emblem Project provides visibility to LGBT and non-LGBT agencies that welcome and understand the needs of LGBT elders.
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Elder Law Project
870 Market St., Suite 370
San Francisco, CA 94102
Joyce Pierson, Elder Law Coordinator, 415.392.6257 ext 312
The NCLR Elder Law Project offers free legal forums for LGBT elders to discuss their most urgent legal needs by sharing their stories of isolation and discrimination. The project provides free legal advice and guidance that can help individuals achieve available legal remedies through documentation, estate planning, domestic partnership agreements, wills/trusts, health care directives and end-of-life decision-making. The project also offers individual and group counseling/guidance through legal education presentations and printed materials; non-discrimination training addressing cross-cultural/diversity awareness and sensitivity in understanding the needs of LGBT elders, existing barriers in aging services, and methods of improving services.
New Leaf: Services For Our Community/Outreach to Elders dissolved in Fall of 2010 – Openhouse integrated their senior services into our programming at that time.
Serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders age 60 and over, New Leaf Outreach to Elders program provides a range of senior social services promoting independent living and improving quality of life. The program offers information and referral, support services, friendly visits for the homebound, and educational, cultural, social, and recreational activities.
Founded in 1998, openhouse is building critically-needed housing, services and community programs to support the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults. In April 2008 openhouse received permission from the City of San Francisco to build at least 88 units of affordable housing with support services that will be welcoming to LGBT seniors at 55 Laguna Street. openhouse is changing the culture of long term care by training service providers to create welcoming, safe and secure environments for the LGBT clients they serve. Through community organizing, openhouse is fostering the development of intentional LGBT senior communities so that members can support one another as they age.
Senior Survival School uses popular education to bring useful information to seniors and people with disabilities throughout San Francisco. Participants learn about effectively accessing healthcare, housing, and transportation services and benefits, and about exercising their rights when they do.
San Francisco Human Rights Commission
25 Van Ness, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94102
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Division of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission mediates and investigates complaints of discrimination in employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status, or domestic partner status. The Division provides training on these topics, enforces the Equal Benefits/Domestic Partners Ordinance and maintains a list of other agencies that may be able to provide additional assistance.
Seniorly.com is a free service for families seeking senior housing communities or in-home care options for their loved ones in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and beyond. Our easy-to-use website helps families find, book, and pay for short-term and long-term assisted living care. Seniorly means seniors living happily! Seniorly’s mission is to connect families and local housing providers by delivering services that keep seniors engaged and happy.
The Spectrum LGBT Center serves all ages of LGBT people in Marin and Sonoma Counties. It offers outreach, activities, and support services for LGBT seniors in addition to cultural competency trainings for health, social service, and housing providers.
TransGender San Francisco serves the educational, social, and recreational needs of the transgendered community. TransGender San Francisco educates the public and promotes a positive image of transgendered persons. The transgendered community includes all transgendered persons, their family and friends, and anyone with a sincere interest in the transgender community.
The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. TLC connects transgender people and their families to technically sound and culturally competent legal services; increases acceptance and enforcement of laws and policies that support California’s transgender communities; and works to change laws and systems that fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people.
360: Positive Care Center at UCSF Medical Center
350 Parnassus Ave., 9th Floor, Suite 908
San Francisco, CA 94143-0378
360 is committed to meet the growing needs of patients at all socioeconomic levels, including issues related to HIV and aging. Services offered by 360 range from expert adult HIV/AIDS primary care and support groups to specialty care at 360’s Men of Color Program. 360 provides referrals to UCSF medical specialists and access to new and ongoing research studies and medications not yet widely available.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute: Outing Age Public Policy Issues Affecting Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders. Available online at www.thetaskforce.org.
American Society on Aging: Online Clearinghouse of Resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Elders. Resources on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) aging from across the United States and around the globe. Visit www.asaging.org/larc.
Family Care Giver Alliance: LGBT Caregiver Discussion Group. National online community of LGBT caregivers. Visit www.caregiver.org.
Human Rights Campaign: Aging Issues. Articles, laws, news and legislation on LGBT aging. Visit www.hrc.org/issues/aging.
Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE): Online Resources. SAGE is the world’s oldest and largest non-profit agency dedicated to serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older people. Visit www.sageusa.org