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Programs 2018-04-25T10:44:53+00:00

Curry Senior Center Programs

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From Wellness to Behavior Health, our programs help make sure we take care of the whole person.

Seniors hold the history of our society through their experiences, but without support, they are subject to isolation, diminishing health and housing insecurity.  At Curry Senior Center, we create a nurturing community that provides all seniors with wellness, dignity and independence. We serve the persistent and urgent needs of low income seniors who are aging in place in the Tenderloin and South of Market districts of San Francisco.

Wellness Programs

Wellness Program, one of the newest programs to our suite of offerings, works to plan and deliver health education, health promotion, and patient improvement programs across the agency. It builds healthy life skills and supports patients in a variety of ways. For example, the program helps patients better manage chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or arthritis. We also help seniors make lifestyle changes by encouraging regular screenings, healthy diets, and exercise. In 2017, the program served more than 140 patients.

Program activities include:

Clinic-Based Health clinic: One-on-one patient education with a health educator.  Includes specialized one-on-one diabetes education, and assistance with glucometers and insulin use.

Health workshops and presentations: Topics offered monthly in various languages.

Chronic disease self-management programming includes:

  • Six-week Stanford-designed workshop for patients and caregivers dealing with chronic conditions.
  • Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP).
  • Food Smarts – a program designed to increase healthy eating habits.
  • The Aftercare Group – an ongoing monthly support group for “graduates” of the above group classes

Senior Vitality: enabling clients to better manage their health and well-being through in-home internet access, technology training and health coaching.

Nursing Pilot Program: in partnership with Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, Curry Senior Center is operating a 18-month pilot program with a nurse and health educators located in three senior buildings.

For more information about the Wellness Programs, contact Angela Di Martino, Wellness Programs Manager at adimartino@curryseniorcenter.org or 415-920-1364.

Case Management

Curry Senior Center’s Case Management program helps seniors achieve wellness and autonomy through advocacy, communication, education, access to resources and services.  The overall goal of Case Management is to help seniors continue to live independently while providing a planned program of support. We work with seniors living in their own homes, apartments, shelters on those living on the street.

Our Case Management team at the Curry Health Center, as well as other medical providers, addresses seniors physical, emotional and social health providing an integrated plan of care.  This plan is always created in collaboration with the seniors.

The Case Manager helps identify appropriate services such as:

  • Linkage to appropriate medical care
  • Advocacy with Social Security Administration regarding benefits
  • Assistance with applications for financial assistance, i.e. MediCal, General Assistance, Food Stamps, SSI benefits and housing subsidies
  • Linkage to services like Meals-on-Wheels. Paratransit, Calfresh, Legal Aid, Adult Day Care, In Home Support Services
  • Linkage to mental health and substance treatment programs
  • Referral to social programs.

Each case manager follow up with each seniors to make sure their benefits and/or services are provided accordingly and utilized.

For more information about the Case Management, contact Director of Clinical Services, Ann Tuszynski, at  ann.tuszynski@sfdph.org or 415-291-1052.

Social

The social center program’s priorities are emotional and physical health, education, and community engagement.

Curry Senior Center’s social programs are focused on inclusiveness. In addition to essential social services such as meals, housing, and medical care, we offer many different community programs and classes for a diverse group of people, including recent immigrants, the isolated or frail, and gay/lesbian/transgender/bisexual seniors.

Computer Lab includes open lab hours, bolstered by tutors covering social media, medical research, handheld tablets, smart phones, music downloads and Skyping in Cantonese, English Russian and Vietnamese.

Our bilingual staff offers translation services, information and referrals, and English classes. Translation services are offered in: Cantonese, Filipino, Lao, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese.

The Center also offers the comfort of meals and social gatherings with others of similar cultural backgrounds. In addition, Curry Senior Center clients can participate in cultural events, walking groups, bingo, tai chi, gardening, and computer classes.

For enrolled clients, regular weekly activities like these are available:

  • ESL Class
  • Arts & Crafts Class
  • LGBT Support Groups
  • Saturday Tai Chi Classes

For more information about the Social Programs, contact Program Manager Judy Siu at  Jsiu@curryseniorcenter.org or 415-885-2274.

Behavioral Health

Trained in geriatric behavioral health, our counselors foster dignity and respect for seniors in the home-like atmosphere of our Center. Behavioral Health services help in maintaining mental well-being through individual and group counseling for seniors dealing with anxiety, depression, the challenges of aging, living alone and/or in poverty.  This also includes home visits for seniors too frail or isolated to leave their homes. Last year more than 75 seniors were served in our behavioral health program.

Curry Senior Center provides referral to and coordination with mental health services for seniors dealing with psychosocial challenges such as:

  • Aging and disability
  • Grief and loss
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse

Our substance abuse program offers counseling and referral for seniors 55 and older. The first program in San Francisco to recognize the alcohol and drug problems faced by seniors, it remains unique in its philosophy and outreach.

For enrolled clients, the Curry substance abuse program includes weekly dual diagnosis group and a support group.

The programs are open to anyone 55 and older who is a resident of San Francisco.  All staff are licensed to practice in the State of California.

For more information about the Behavioral Health, contact Director of Clinical Services Ann Tuszynski, at  ann.tuszynski@sfdph.org or 415-291-1052.

Senior Engagement

Curry Senior Center operates a variety of on and off-site programming to engage clients where they are, with what they need.  Program goals include reducing social isolation and connecting to appropriate services.

Peer Outreach
Addressing the Needs of Socially Isolated Adults is a peer outreach program funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) of California. The program is designed to help connect isolated older adults to services and social activities through peer outreach while supporting the Peer Outreach Specialists in their own wellness, recovery and professional development.

The population we serve is:

  • Individuals 55 and over
  • Resident of the Central City neighborhoods or homeless
  • Seniors who are lonely, isolated or in need of connecting to services or social activities

Drop-In Center
A low-threshold refuge and gathering place of social activities, our Drop-In Center serves isolated seniors, those living on the streets, and others who want to be in company, but not connected (yet)!  Open every day of the year and right next door to our Dining Room.

Cadillac Hotel
Curry Senior Center provides on-site support to formerly homeless individuals at the Cadillac Hotel, A single residence occupancy hotel in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District.  Includes assistance with daily needs as well as social opportunities and connection to outside services.

For more information about referrals and program eligibility, please contact Daniel Hill, Program Manager, at (415) 885-2274, or daniel.hill@sfdph.org

“Thank you so very much for helping Bruce find some peace and stability in the last year of his life.”

—A participant in our behavioral health program