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Openhouse + On Lok Community Day Services Launches Program for LGBTQ+ Seniors

Openhouse + On Lok Community Day Services (CDS) is the nation's first community-based adult day program co-designed for and with the LGBTQ+ community.

Helping LGBTQ+ Seniors Age in Their Community

When Openhouse and On Lok began working together on the concept of an adult day program for the LGBTQ+ community, in 2018, our goal and hope was to help LGBTQ+ seniors who were aging in isolation access services and supports in order to remain living in their community.

On Lok PACE Empowers Seniors to Embrace Life

On Lok improves quality of life and quality of care for San Francisco seniors, families, and caregivers.

After the 'Food Shock' and a Challenging Beginning in U.S., Mexico City Emigre Finds Her Way Back to Her Life of Art

On Lok 30th Street Senior Center art instructor Esperanza Villanueva, discusses the important role of art in her life's journey

Media Coverage



Millions in California could lose their AT&T landlines. Here's why - San Francisco Chronicle

After the ‘food shock’ and a challenging beginning in U.S., Mexico City emigre finds her way back to her life of art - San Francisco Senior Beat

On Lok PACE empowers seniors to embrace life - Nob Hill Gazette & San Francisco Examiner 



SENIORS TALK: What do you do for fun and relaxation? - San Francisco Senior Beat

On Lok Excelsior Day Center Open House - HappeningNext 

Helping LGBTQ+ Seniors Age in Their Community – San Francisco Bay Times  

On Lok Receives Trailblazer Award at Openhouse 25th Anniversary Gala - San Francisco Bay Times

Senior activity center operator buys San Jose building near train stop – San Jose Mercury News 

Senior dance troupe keeps cabaret alive in Chinatown; its director hit the world stage as a teen, after a surprise call from a famous landlord – Senior Beat  

Nicole Torres Promoted to COO at On Lok – San Francisco Business Times  



Life experiences drew her to challenging work: special ed teacher, domestic abuse counselor and senior center volunteer – Senior Beat

Gravitating Towards Elders Through Somatic Education – Dancer 

As CEO of On Lok, Grace Li Champions Vital Services for Local Seniors – Eden Housing May Newsletter 

High costs and dearth of financial assistance programs for middle-income seniors leave them in the lurch when help at home is needed – Senior Beat  

Meet the Underdog of Senior Care – New York Times

Omicron leads to changes at agencies serving LGBTQ elders - Bay Area Reporter



Openhouse + On Lok Community Day Services (CDS) LGBTQ senior day program launches - The Bay Area Reporter

Putting a focus on health to live longer, better lives - SF Chronicle

Grandfather’s dementia solidified decision to specialize in geriatrics, says On Lok chief medical officer - Senior Beat

Nurturing innovation in care for seniors - Cal Matters

Valorie Villela, Director of Well Senior Program Development at On Lok, featured in profile about a career spent in service to others - Senior Beat

On Lok 30th Street Center member discusses the impact of COVID-19 - KQED Forum

Learn how On Lok is vaccinating On Lok PACE participants through easy access and education - SF Chronicle

Learn how On Lok provides meal delivery and healthcare to seniors - The Bay Area Reporter Learn how On Lok frontline healthcare staff are receiving COVID-19 vaccinations – SF Chronicle



On Lok driver, Michael Torres, is featured in a story about everyday San Franciscans who are stepping up for the community during this challenging year. – SF Chronicle

On Lok partners with Kara's Spanish Services to help provide grief support in the Spanish-speaking community – Palo Alto Weekly Dr. Ben Lui speaks on “Your Actions Save Lives” COVID-19 public awareness campaign – cdph.ca.gov

Dr. Elisa Chavez receives the California Dental Association Foundation’s Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award – CDA.org Dr. Jay Luxenberg, Chief Medical Officer at On Lok is interviewed on access to the COVID-19 vaccine – KCBS Radio

On Lok is included in roundup of Bay Area eldercare services – ABC 7 Dr. Theresa Pham speaks on the Managing Dementia Care Panel co-hosted by IOA and On Lok – Institute on Aging

Dr. Ben Lui is recognized as one of Northern California’s “Top 50 Diverse Leaders” - top50diverseleaders.org Dr. Jay Luxenberg, Chief Medical Officer at On Lok shares tips for keeping seniors safe amidst coronavirus worries – KQED Radio

On Lok receives masks and shields from student-run nonprofit, Break the Outbreak – CBS 5 On Lok is included in round up of organizations providing services to seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic – NBC 11

Hadley Hall, founder of San Francisco AIDS hospice, dies at 87 – SF Chronicle

Police to perform traditional lion dances in Noe Valley – SF Gate / SF Chronicle


Dr. David Chuang, an On Lok network podiatrist, gives foot care tips for diabetic patients - weixin.qq.com Dr. Ben Lui discusses senior health issues and how the health care industry has adapted to the Shelter-in-Place order – 不老80 (Forever Young) Sky Link TV Chef Martin Yan shares healthy cooking options for the senior community – 不老80 (Forever Young) Sky Link TV

Joyce Leung, an On Lok Activity Therapist, shares how seniors can keep their memory sharp and stay physically fit – 不老80 (Forever Young) Sky Link TV

On Lok celebrates Chinese New Year with its annual lion dance – Sky Link TV


New video

On Lok PACE provides home delivered services for participants – Buenas Tardes con Celina On Lok PACE's social worker shares how she stays connected to participants on a weekly basis – Buenas Tardes Con Celina Dr. Elana Shpall discusses the health risk of loneliness – Hecho en California


Ms. Lan Anh talks about On Lok PACE's benefits and how to enroll – Vietoday Media Dr. Nguyen talks about how COVID-19 affects the lives of the elderly – Vietoday Media

Dr. Nguyen talks about COVID-19 symptoms – Vietoday Media


On Lok hosts archery event with seniors – KTSF TV

On Lok Builds New Skills with Seniors – KGO (ABC)

"Asian Pacific America” interviews Tammie Pitkin, Senior Director of Health Plan Services, On Lok PACE – KNTV (NBC) April 29, 2019

On Lok’s 30th Street Senior Center paints new mural with Precita Eyes artists on Community Paint Day – KGO (ABC) April 15, 2019

On Lok Chief Development Officer John Blazek interviewed about On Lok Mission Nutrition meal programs on “Bay Area Focus” – KBCW-TV (The CW) January 28, 2019


As Long As You Live – TVB Hong Kong

Thanksgiving at On Lok 30th Street Senior Center – KGO (ABC) November 26, 2018

Anti-bullying program wraps up at On Lok 30th Street Senior Center – KTVU (FOX) June 1, 2018

On Lok’s 30th Street Senior Center initiates bullying prevention program – KTVU (FOX) May 21, 2018


KTVU features On Lok along with Senator Kamala Harris - KTVU July 2017

On Lok helps seniors cool off during heatwave, as featured on KGO June 2017

On Lok helps seniors cool off during the heatwave, as featured on KDTV June 23, 2017

KCBS features On Lok for its cartooning class at Powell PACE center - Pt. 1

KCBS features On Lok for its cartooning class at Powell PACE center - Pt. 2

KCBS features On Lok for its cartooning class at Powell PACE center - Pt. 3

KCBS features On Lok for its cartooning class at Powell PACE center - Pt. 4

KPIX”s Bay Area Sunday features On Lok - May 2017

KGO-TV features On Lok for its Boomers and Beyond event - May 2017

KGO-TV featured On Lok for its Boomers and Beyond event #2

On Lok PACE PSA March 2017


On Lok 30th Street Senior Center on Comunidad Del Valle NBC Bay Area - November 2016

On Lok on KNBR’s Hooked on Golf podcast (starts at 32:57) June 2016

On Lok on Asian Pacific America May 2016

On Lok’s 45th Anniversary PSA featured on ABC Bay Area April 2016

On Lok’s 45th Anniversary Gala PSA featured on NBC Bay Area April 2016

KTVU coverage for On Lok’s Lunar New Year celebrations February 2016

KTVU coverage for On Lok’s Lunar New Year celebrations #2 February 2016

KGO-TV coverage for On Lok’s Lunar New Year celebrations February 2016

KTSF coverage for On Lok’s Lunar New Year celebrations February 2016

On Lok is featured on Bay Area Focus February 2016


On Lok’s Spotlight on Asian Pacific America

Print and online coverage


Outtake – LGBTQ Seniors Aging Services Crisis

San Francisco Bay Times – Innovation and Hope: A Tale of Two Studies

International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) Newsletter, vol. 19, no. 23 – Stats: 20% of LGBTQ older adults in SF fear senior services

Bay Area Reporter – Online Extra: LGBTQ Agenda: New day program for SF LGBT seniors to be launched in spring December 2019

Bay Area Reporter – SF’s 30th Street Senior Center turns 40 (print and online) September 2019

Noe Valley Voice – Senior Center Not As Old As You Think (print and online) September 2019

KGO – Bay Area seniors participate in laughing yoga for good health August 2019

San Francisco Business Times – People on the Move: John Blazek & Helen Huckleberry July 2019

Capital Public Radio – California’s Aid In Dying Law Is Mostly Used By White People. Here’s Why. July 2019

SFGate – Annual Noe Valley Garden Tour Slated For Saturday May 2019

Patch.com: On Lok’s 30th Street Senior Center Hosts Community Paint Day April 2019

Skylink TV – On Lok Lifeways Celebrates Lunar New Year with Traditional Lion Dances for Seniors February 2019

Aging Today – Partnership by Design: New Project Aims to Improve LGBTQ Elders’ Lives


The loneliest generation: Americans, more than ever, are aging alone – Toronto Star December 2018

The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone – Wall Street Journal

On Lok helps LGBT seniors this holiday season – Bay Area Reporter November 2018

Challenges and cultural barriers faced by Asians and Latinos at the end of life – KALW November 2018

Openhouse and On Lok Join Forces to Help San Francisco’s LGBTQ Seniors – San Francisco Business Times September 2018

The Singular Needs of LGBTQ Seiors: San Francisco Funds Training For Workers - San Francisco Chronicle June 2018

A Surprising Bullying Battleground: Senior Centers - Associated Press May 2018

Openhouse Forms New Partnership to Support the LGBTQ Community- Bay Area Reporter

Partnership by design: new project aims to improve LGBTQ elders’ lives – Aging Today


Seniors Tell Harris How GOP Health Plan Will Hurt Them San Francisco Chronicle July 2017

Seniors--maybe you, too--need Medicaid-paid care - An Op Ed by On Lok CEO Grace Li - July 2017

Senior citizens hold their own prom in San Jose - The Mercury News June 2017

Helping Seniors Build Strong, Meaningful Friendships - Tri-City Voice June 2017

Art with Heart: Mural Artist Sirron Norris Teaches SF seniors to Draw - The Bay City Beacon May 2017

"Bob's Burgers" Illustrator Teaches Cartooning to North Beach Seniors - Hoodline May 2017

Being a Caregiver Doesn't Mean You Have to Do It Alone - El Observador May 2017

Bay Area LIFE: On Lok provides innovative ways to help elders thrive in Bay Area - ABC 7 News February 2017

Cities of the Old - Politico January 2017


Holi Just One of Many Colorful Springtime Festivals - San Jose Mercury News March 2016