Services for Older Adults

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The San Francisco Public Library offers a host of services, resources and programming to Older Adults and their families and friends. Programs include lectures, films, performances, interactive classes, crafts, and education that reflect the interests of today’s older adults.

Services for Older Adults

  • Large Print Books SFPL has a large collection of Large Print Books that includes Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction and more.
  • Audio Books - If you prefer to listen to books, check our collection of audiobooks. The library also offers 24/7 access to eBooks and audiobooks through OverDrive and Axis360. Choose from hundreds of titles that can be downloaded to your home computer or a variety of mobile devices.
  • Genealogy Resources at the Library
  • Books by Mail This free service is offered to any resident of San Francisco whose use of the Library's facilities and resources is affected by permanent or long-term disability.
  • Friends for Life Services for San Franciscans who are homebound
  • Library for the Blind and Print Disabled Services for people who have no vision, low vision or difficulty holding or reading book.
  • Library On Wheels Bookmobile outreach to San Francisco's seniors.
  • Rolling Walker The Main library lends rolling walkers to San Francisco Public Library cardholders for use in the library.
  • Hearing Loss Research Guides Resources that can serve as a starting point for research  on topics related to hearing loss.

Helpful Sites for Older Adults

  • Health

    • Medicare How to get started with Medicare. Site includes the current Medicare & You Handbook and information on the New Health Care Law.
    • NIH Senior Health  NIHSeniorHealth makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable online health information.
    • Medi-Cal (California Health Insurance for Low Income Elderly) Includes forms, laws and publications from California Department of Health Care Services
    • End of Life Care Planning Information provided by the State of California on hospice care, palliative care, pain management, advance care directives and estate planning.
  • Finance

    • Benefits Checkup Identifies federal and state assistance programs for older Americans.
    • Caring Connections Information about issues related to the end-of-life. Includes state specific Durable Power of Attorney (Advance Directives) and Living Will forms.
    • Social Security Check out your Social Security statement and manage your benefits.
    • Long Term Care Insurance Discusses basics in services and support regarding: Medicare, Medicaid, how to approach the subject, myth vs. fact, and costs.
    • AARP Nonprofit organization devoted to providing information, resources, discounts and services on subjects related to helping improve the lives of people over 50.
  • Government and Legal

  • San Francisco

    • Project Open Hand Project Open Hand's vision is that no one who is sick or elderly in our community will go without nutritious meals with love.
    • Openhouse Openhouse enables San Francisco Bay Area LGBT seniors to overcome the unique challenges they face as they age by providing housing, direct services and community programs. 
    • Always Active 30th Street Senior Center is the lead agency for the Always Active program.
    • Seniors Meetups in San Francisco Have a look at Senior Meetups around San Francisco.
  • More

    • Nursing Home Guide Searchable website to find a nursing home, a project of the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR).
    • Senior Center Without Walls Senior Center Without Walls is a program of Episcopal Senior Communities offering activities, education, friendly conversation, and an assortment of classes, support groups, and presentations to seniors. 
    • Aging 2.0 Founded in 2012, Aging2.0 supports innovators taking on the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging.
    • Community Living Campaign - The Community Living Campaign empowers seniors and people with disabilities to come together, organize, and use their many skills and interests to reduce isolation and end economic and other barriers to aging in their own homes and neighborhoods.
    • Transforming Life After 50 TLA50, launched by the California State Library to address the changing nature of aging, contains a searchable resource database for working for and with active, older adults.

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