Resources For Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic
from Reliable Sources
Make a plan
in case you get sick, with COVID-19 or anything else
Covid-19 News from Reliable Sources
- Covid-19 Information hub by the Centers for Disease Control
- Coronavirus and older adults by UCSF Health
- Frequently asked questions about covid-19 symptoms and how to get care for other medical problems by UCSF Health
Get Help with your basic needs for crisis relief, food, medications, safety and more.
Services indicated as are free of charge.
Services indicated as require a fee.
Crisis Relief and Mental Health: People to help during crisis and distress.
- If you are suicidal, please call 911. People are ready and waiting to help.
- National Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990. Call or Text.
- The Institute on Aging Friendship Line: 1-800-971-0016. If you need a friendly voice or support, The Institute on Aging Friendship Line is available 24/7 year-round in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.
- The Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990. A 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster including COVID-19.
- Managing your anxiety & managing your time: by the National Mental Health Services Administration. For additional coping strategies:
- San Francisco Benefits and Resources Hub: 1-415-355-6700 by the Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS). The DAS Hub can also connect you to In Home Supportive Services, Adult Protective Services, case management, and home-delivered meals, as well as the emergency volunteer services that DAS has put together for people who are COVID positive or must shelter in place and don’t have a support system.
Food: From home-delivered meals to shopping with pickup or delivery, here are resources and information to help you meet your nutrition needs.
Meals with delivery or for pick-up in the SF Bay Area. Most services require an application and charge a small fee unless otherwise indicated.
- San Francisco
- Glide Daily Free Meals Program
No eligibility requirements.
330 Ellis Street at Taylor 94102.
Special breakfast service reserved for seniors, families and adults with disabilities each morning from 7:30 – 8:00 am. M-Sun 8:00 - 9:00 am American breakfast & Vegetarian available (Call for details). 12pm-1:00pm American Lunch, 4:00pm-5:00pm American Dinner
- Kimochi: 1-415-931-2287. Home-delivered meals within SF for homebound seniors 60+ y/o. The Home Delivered Meals program also has the additional benefit of a weekday check-in and socialization with our delivery staff or volunteers.
- Meals on Wheels – San Francisco: 1-415-355-6700 (SF Department of Aging and Adult Services). Home-delivered meals within SF for homebound seniors 60+ y/o.
- Project Open Hand - San Francisco: 1-415-447-2326. Home-delivered meals within SF for eligible applicants with a variety of critical illnesses.
- San Francisco-Marin Food Bank: 1-415-282-1900. Find food assistance in SF and Marin and help enrolling in CalFresh (food stamps). Home-delivered food boxes (in SF only) for seniors age 60+ y/o or adults with disabilities.
- San Francisco Aging and Disability Resource Centers
These centers are located throughout San Francisco for free information and assistance on food access (and other issues) affecting seniors and people with disabilities. Many are currently providing meals to-go for a low cost.
- San Francisco Village’s Paid Meal Delivery Services page.
- Glide Daily Free Meals Program
- East Bay
- Alameda County Community Food Bank
Emergency Food Helpline: 1-510-635-3663.
- J-Sei - Berkeley: 1-510-654-4000. Home-delivered Japanese meals for people 60+ y/o who have difficulty leaving home. Deliveries within Berkeley. J-Sei is a multi-generational and multi-cultural organization with its roots in Nikkei values and culture. Serving older adults, senior assisted living, and families and younger generations.
- Meals on Wheels – Alameda County: 1-510-777-9560. Home-delivered meals within Alameda County for homebound seniors 60+ y/o.
- Project Open Hand – East Bay: 1-510-622-0221. Home-delivered meals within Oakland for eligible applicants with a variety of critical illnesses.
- Alameda County Community Food Bank
- South Bay
- Meals on Wheels – San Mateo County (Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.): 1-650-323-2022. Home-delivered meals for people 60+ y/o.
- Second Harvest of Silicon Valley (Food Bank)
Request a call by filling out a form on our website. Text “GETFOOD” to 1-408-455-5181, or phone 1-800-984-3663 Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Staff Speaks English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin and Tagalog. Three-way interpretation available for other languages. Afterhours – Call 211, which is available 24/7 in multiple languages.
- San Francisco
Shopping. Grocery story delivery options vary by location. See Websites or contact local stores for details, and ask delivery services about “touchless” delivery options for food to be delivered without direct contact at the door.
Ordering and Delivery Services (Independent). Products and services may be ordered online for delivery. See websites for details and ask delivery services about “touchless” delivery options for food to be delivered without direct contact at the door. unless otherwise indicated
- Sign up with SF Mutual Aid if you need help shopping or having goods delivered. Although delivery is FREE, you will need to pay for the products that you purchase.
- Caviar: order food from restaurants for delivery or pickup.
- DoorDash: order food from restaurants for delivery or pickup.
- Grubhub: order food from restaurants for delivery or pickup.
- Postmates: order food (or other products) for delivery in San Francisco or the East Bay.
- Uber Eats: order food from restaurants for delivery or pickup.
- Prescription pick-up and delivery resources
- Pharmacies that will organize your medicines for you into “bubble packs” so you know what to take at what time each day
- Medical Supplies
Safety and Security: Reduce medical, financial and legal risks to increase your safety and security.
- The Elder Abuse Prevention program at the Institute on Aging and Open Door Legal developed this FAQ to spread awareness about red flags and common COVID-19 scams and let people know where they can turn for help for services and legal aid in San Francisco.
- How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19 by the CDC
- Are you at high risk? by the CDC
- Avoiding COVID-19 scams by Health in Aging
- by the Institute on Aging
- Crisis Support Services by San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging
- State of California hotline for COVID-19 assistance for people over 65: (833) 544-2374
- Department of Disability and Aging offer coordinated services for older adults including caregiving, food, housing, etc. Phone: 415-355-6700
- The State of California Employment Development Department has frequently asked questions and resources about unemployment
- Disability Insurance may be available for those unable to work due to illness or other disability.
- Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
- Paid Family Leave for Caregivers information found here.
Make a plan in case you get sick, with COVID-19 or anything else
- Three Things You Can Do Now by The Conversation Project
- Proactive Planning for Covid-19 by Respecting Choices
- Help With Breathing, What Are the Options? by Respecting Choices
- Making a Medical Plan During Covid-19 by Prepare for Your Care. For Covid and everything else that matters most: food, medications, medical wishes/medical decision maker, pets, money/bills, what to bring to hospital, whom to contact.
Engage your mind, body and heart with entertainment, culture and social time
- Arts and Books: entertainment, fine arts and education are available here
- Open Culture has links to free movies, free courses, free language lessons, and free audio books
- Games Page by USA Today
- SimplyE app to borrow e-books form local libraries
- Writing, art & wellness classes by the Ida and Joseph Friend Family Support Center
- Proko has hundreds of drawing lessons and tutorials
- Nature Relaxation Films on YouTube (12-hour, non-looping scenery)
- 2500 museums & galleries across the world virtual tours
- The Hidden Worlds of National Parks in Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Utah, and Florida virtual tours
- The Metropolitan Opera is streaming an opera every 24 hours for free
- Exercise: Either sit, stand or jump when you do it, but challenge yourself in four key ways: with aerobics, resistance (weights), balance and flexibility. The following sections provide more information about how to exercise safely, followed by links to workouts and video classes. While many exercises can be performed at any activity level with modifications, we've labeled the ones that are oriented toward a specific level.
- Exercise information: Read about ways to keep active close to home.
- 6 myths of exercise in old age. Not sure about exercise because of your age? Read these!
- Staying Healthy During Lockdown step-by-step guide.
- Tips for older people on how to keep moving, despite being stuck at home.
- Fitness expert's advice for being stuck at home during lockdown.
- Exercise and Physical Activity by the National Institute on Aging.
- Virtual Community Connector Network has a full calendar of phone and online activities for this month from SF Community Living Campaign.
- Exercise Videos and Workouts: If you used to go to group classes or a senior center, check in with them about opportunities to do their classes by video. (They may also be able to help you get the video working on your machine if you haven’t done that before.)
- Exercising at home using everyday household items as weights and supports (towels, food cans!)
- Exercises to maintain balance and strength or Otago strength and balance program for pictures not video? 14 everyday exercises.
- Workouts for Older Adults from Go4Life (video-based).
- Daily workout: in three parts: mobility, warm-up, workout
- Try DANCING around your home to your favorite music or with a video:
- 3 workouts specifically for older adults from YMCA 360
- Try YOGA:
- Sit and Be Fit exercise video clips
- Socialize to foster trust, compassion, hope, wellbeing and resilience in yourself and others
- Arrange a schedule of regular calls or video chats with friends and family
- 12 Ways to Ease Isolation for ideas that work for you from Health in Aging
- Social isolation during coronavirus from AARP
- Covia’s Well Connected program offers free telephone-based educational programs and activities or call 1-877-797-7299 PARA ESPAÑOL: Covia Bien Conectado – 1-877-400-5867
- Social Call matches individuals for weekly friendly phone conversations
- Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly To set up calls and get paired with a volunteer, contact Debbie [email protected]
- San Francisco Village can help with friendly calls, groceries, community activities and resources to help you through the pandemic. Contact Jessica Da Silva at 415-387-1375 ext. 6 or [email protected]
- Mon Ami can help with friendly calls, and groceries.
Help others with care, donations, or volunteer work
- Caring for Friends or Family
- AARP Caregiving support warmline. Do not need to be a member. Monday-Friday 7AM-11P English - 1-877-333-5885 and Spanish - 1-888-971-2013
- The Alzheimer’s Association offers a free 24/7 Helpline to help problem solve any challenges you may face after hours: 1-800-272-3900
- COVID-19 Tips for Dementia Caregivers by the Alzheimer’s Association
- AARP Practical Tips for Caregivers about COVID-19
- 5 steps for family caregivers during Covid-19 from AARP
- San Francisco Disability and Aging Services (DAS) offers expanded home care options in response to COVID-19. DAS Home care options matrix 415-355-6700
- Family Caregiver - How To video series
- Donate or Volunteer money, supplies or your time and energy to these organizations:
- Organizations accepting funds
- UCSF Health needs and opportunities
- Citizen Science participate via a smartphone
- Volunteer from home and help food banks
- 9 ways to help others during the pandemic while in quarantine by the Idealist
- CERV Program (only individuals under 60 years may conduct visits).
- Mon Ami for errands and phone banking