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As Shelter Wait Times Soar, Older Homeless in Limbo Daily

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 28 2017 - 7:53am

The wait time for an emergency shelter bed for homeless San Franciscans has hit a record high, as growing demand outstrips availability, city records show. Among those waiting weeks on the list recently were someone  97 years old and three people in their 80s.

When the Longevity Revolution Hits Your Town: A Gray Wave Hits Home

Cecily O'Connor, RedwoodAge — Jan 30 2009 - 2:21pm

Changes in cities over the next two decades will be driven by the "longevity revolution" as the ranks of US adults over 60 soar and many more lifespans stretch past the century mark. While these changes present challenges to cities that are ill-equipped or unprepared, they also serve as a wake-up call to tap into the skill and expertise of older adults. These elders represent a key to the solutions, whether it's through volunteer work, sharing professional experience or helping families with childcare.

When the longevity revolution hits your town: a three-part series

Jan 30 2009 - 11:49am

By Cecily O'Connor, RedwoodAge.com

Stella Gerson rides a Whistlestop shuttle to a senior center in San Rafael, Calif. (RedwoodAge.com)

It's no problem for Stella Gerson to walk down to the bus stop. Getting home is the hard part.

"I have to go up a hill to my house," said the 89-year-old San Anselmo, Calif., resident, who suffers from macular degeneration, a disease that blurs her vision.

In Northern California where Gerson lives, transportation is one of several pressing needs for a rapidly graying population. Age-friendly housing, affordable healthcare, walkable neighborhoods, crime-free streets and social activities are others. 

As they age, many residents think about these needs by asking themselves, "Is my community a great place to grow old?" 

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When the Longevity Revolution Hits Your Town: Neighbors Saving Neighborhoods

Jan 27 2009 - 12:55pm

By Cecily O'Connor, RedwoodAge.com

For almost a year, boomer Tricia Webb has enjoyed an automatic door at the front entrance of her San Francisco apartment building.

She fought hard for that door. Webb, who sits in a wheelchair, lobbied her landlord for the door for five years, but her requests were denied due to cost.

When the Longevity Revolution Hits Your Town: Baby Steps on a Long Road

Jan 27 2009 - 12:43pm

By Cecily O'Connor, RedwoodAge.com

As life spans lengthen, cities are trying to be all things to all age groups. But they're just scratching the surface. 

Committees, studies and action plans are baby steps on a long road toward coordinating services and resources before a crisis sets in. The down U.S. economy is adding to the mess.

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