Following successful entrepreneurial careers, Gary and
"Mary and I are very proud of the foundation and the difference it is making in the lives of seniors, especially those living on fixed incomes. Far too many seniors are forced to choose among basic human needs such as food, medicine and housing, and have difficulty navigating a complex health system that is simply not currently structured to meet their needs," said
With more than 10,000 baby boomers a day turning 65 and people living longer than ever before, the need for improved healthcare delivery and social services for seniors has never been greater. Of 105,000 private foundations in
"Gary and Mary's passion for supporting the needs of seniors has been the driving force of our successful aging efforts. Nationwide, less than two percent of all philanthropic dollars are directed at our nation's seniors – it is a travesty that such a small portion goes to helping our fastest growing age group," said
The foundation has a mission to enable seniors to successfully age in place, with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence. Examples of the foundation's major initiatives and grantees include:
Gary and Mary West Health Institute( San Diego), a nonprofit applied medical research organization and the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center ( Washington, D.C.), a nonpartisan policy research and education organization, are focused on advancing successful aging by developing or advancing acute and chronic care models and supportive services designed specifically for seniors. The goal is to demonstrate and document the value and effectiveness of senior-specific care models to encourage their greater availability, adoption and access across the country.
- The Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit at
UC San Diego Health( San Diego) is a state-of-the-art senior emergency care unit to be housed within the Emergency Departmentat the future Jacobs Medical Center, the first of its kind in San Diego. It will offer enhanced care for older adults and be part of a multi-year medical research initiative with the West Health Instituteto support improved emergency services for seniors throughout the nation.
Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center( San Diego) is a nonprofit community dental center linking high-quality and affordable oral healthcare with a suite of nutrition, case management and wellness services offered at Serving Seniors' flagship Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Centerin downtown San Diego, creating a one-of-a-kind, integrated community-based system of care for older adults. The West Senior Wellness Centeris a unique community-based care model providing low-income seniors two meals a day and access to more than 25 nonprofit organizations and support services.
- Challenge Center (
San Diego) restores health, hope and lives through skilled physical therapy, specialized fitness and wellness programs to rehabilitate, increase independence and improve the quality of life of individuals with severe physical disabilities. The Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy( San Diego) provides entitlement assistance to low-income seniors, including education and assistance with access to health insurance such as Medi-Caland Medicare, as well as other assistance programs including supplemental security income, food stamps, utility assistance and in-home supportive services. Meals-on-Wheels( San Diegoand national) provides programs designed to specifically address food insecurity, declining health and social isolation, and helps to keep seniors at home and out of more costly healthcare settings.
- Rebuilding Together Omaha (
Omaha) operates several programs to serve older low-income homeowners with emergency repairs, home modifications and general maintenance.
To learn more about the foundation, please visit gmwf.org.
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