Institute on Aging (IOA) announced this week the opening of a new campus that will incorporate services and housing for independent senior living. The new campus, based in San Francisco, is a 50,000 square foot facility that began in the year 2000 and will open the weekend of April 2.
â€œWith our new campus, IOA is continuing its transformative mission of helping older adults navigate the process of aging with dignity and joy through supportive resources for the elderly and those who care for them,â€ said David Werdegar, M.D., president and CEO of IOA.
â€œThe integration of housing and services to support independent living for older adults is a new and unique model nationally,â€ explained Werdegar. â€œThe focus of IOAâ€™s new campus is to provide everything necessary to enable older adults in the Bay Area to maintain their health, well-being, independence and participation in life.â€
TheÂ community-based non-profit has a focus onÂ developing and providing programs in health, social service, creative arts, spiritual support, education and research. It’s new campus includes an education center, fitness and rehabilitation centers, auditorium and art studios, among other facilities.
Within the campus, a partnership with BRIDGE Housing Corporation allows for 150 independent spaces for seniors of modest income. Fifty-three of these units are reserved for PACE-eligible (Program for All-Inclusive Care) seniors who have special needs.
â€œThe need for such services has never been more critical as baby boomers begin to turn 65, elderly live longer and more productive lives, and federal government programs increasingly focus on senior home care and community-based services,â€ said Anthony Wagner, IOAâ€™s chairman. â€œIOA has helped seniors maintain, and improve, their health and well-being, and live independently for much more of their lives. For caregivers, IOA has been an invaluable resource for education and support when more costly alternative care is not an option or their choice.â€
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