Today, 25,000 seniors live alone in the city of San Francisco.
Seniors are the fastest growing segment of the population in the United States and, by 2025, one in every five people will be over 65 while the number of individuals over 85 will have doubled.
Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly brings people together, offering a life-enriching experience to young and old alike.
Research is calling isolation a public health concern
Recent studies have stated isolation and loneliness can be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It can lead to heart disease, stroke, cognitive decline, and premature death. 8% of the U.S. population lives alone with little to no family or friends to offer support, the effects of which can be detrimental to mental and physical well being.
To reduce isolation and loneliness among older adults
We serve people who are over 65 years of age or disabled through outreach, advocacy and companionship. We constantly review our programs to respond to the unmet needs of our elders by offering services currently unavailable through public or government agencies, such as in consistent home social interaction and increased connectivity to the outside world.
Our programs are only as effective as our volunteers
We rely on the support of more than 600 volunteers each year and an email list 4,000 strong. Since we are only as effective as the volunteers that give their time, we are always looking for motivated volunteers who enjoy the company of elders and want to give back. Every volunteer who gives their time makes an impact in the life of an elder.
Elders that reflect the cultural diversity of San Francisco
Our Elders are from 55 to 100 years old with an average age of 81. Women represent 71% of the total number of elders we serve. Our programs are available and open to all without consideration for race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, financial means, mental health or physical condition.
ALLOW OUR ELDERS
To Introduce Themselves
“He was for real. You can’t find too many people that are for real."
“I was a tourist in SF in the early 1970s and fell in love with the city."
Priscilla & Patricio
“I feel now that I'm the luckiest. I turned 77 this year. Patricio and I have been married for 57 years."
“We could walk anywhere any time of the day, up and down the beach. You can’t do that anymore."
“He was exquisite. An unusual, very, very kind man."
"When he went to America, I cried. I never saw him again."