Geriatric Program Wish List
Although most older persons are insured through Medicare, Medicaid, and other supplemental insurance, there are large gaps in the benefits provided. Funding for clinical programs can help ensure that all those age 65 and above have access to much needed services. We seek funding for several specific programs that will improve the patient experience in the Geriatrics practice. All of these programs have the potential for recognition opportunities in which a legacy of your vision and philanthropy can be a source of pride and inspiration for your family, friends, colleagues and the individuals whose lives will be forever touched and improved through your generosity.
Los Angeles Community Academic Partnership for Research in Aging (LA CAPRA) | Website
LA CAPRA provides an infrastructure to facilitate community-partnered research across the largest and most ethnically diverse urban center in the United States. This program provides guidance to older adults with the goal of having them stay active and healthy as long as possible.
Care Transition Program
This program aims to assist in the transition of patients from the hospital to Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF), nursing homes, or home care to prevent readmission rates and prevent complex medical issues that arise from current transition models.
Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program | Website
The MSTAR program provides medical students with short-term research training in aging and geriatrics with successful mentors in the field, with the goal of encouraging medical students to consider careers in aging research.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program | Website
The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program is designed to help patients and their families with the complex medical, behavioral and social needs of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Dementia Care Managers are at the heart of the program and work with the patient’s primary care doctor to develop and implement a personalized care plan.
TimeOut @UCLA is a student-run respite program offered to older persons who are looking for companionship. This unique intergenerational program gives seniors an opportunity to mentor bright, enthusiastic college students while giving their caregivers a break.
Generation Xchange Program | Website
The LA Generation Xchange (GenX) Project places older volunteers into K-3rd grade elementary school classrooms to help students improve reading and math skills. GenX is designed as an intergenerational program, providing health and wellness benefits to each generation involved.
Geriatric Home Visit Program
The Geriatric Home Visit Program provides in-home care for older adults who have difficulty traveling to their clinical appointments. Home visits allow medical professionals to identify problems promptly by recognizing early stages of an illness, enabling them to stabilize, rather than hospitalize a patient.
VA-Geriatrics Fellowship Program | Website
The VA-UCLA Geriatric Medicine Fellowship is the largest geriatric medicine fellowship in the United States. Fellows participate in a wide variety of activities from research and scholarly writing to rotations in inpatient geriatrics, nursing home care, inpatient geriatric consultation, geriatric psychiatry, neurobehavior, rehabilitation, palliative care, home based primary care, and outpatient geriatric specialty care.
Most practicing healthcare professionals have received little or no training in geriatrics in medical or other professional schools. With the growing elderly population, there will not be enough geriatrics-trained professionals for all older persons in the near future. Funding for educational programs helps bring existing practitioners’ knowledge and skills in geriatrics up to contemporary standards. Medical schools and other professional training programs require additional support, as well, to ensure that every graduating student is competent in this field. In addition, funding is needed to support the continuing medical education for geriatricians, who have devoted their careers to the care of older persons.
Fellowship Training in Geriatrics
to provide funding for UCLA Geriatrics Fellowship Program, including stipends, salary and administrative support for physicians who will focus their careers on caring for older persons
to expand upon the topics covered in UCLA's intensive course in Geriatrics
to nurture an interest in Geriatrics and aging by sponsoring student research programs and the Geriatric Medicine Interest Group, aimed at cultivating medical student interest in the field of geriatrics
Educational Endowment Opportunities
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Basic science research stimulates new discoveries and ideas, promotes collaboration across disciplines, and brings important resources to bear on important problems that will lead to better ways to treat age-related diseases and maintain successful aging. The UCLA Division of Geriatrics currently has several research programs underway on such topics as:
- determinants of successful aging
- cumulative effects of wear and tear (allostatic load) on the body
- older women's health, particularly osteoporosis and menopause
- exercise programs (e.g., yoga, community-based walking)
- health effects of long-standing inflammation
- alcohol use
- improvement of the quality of medical care
- decision-making and preferences at the end of life
- medical education
UCLA Geriatrics Research Center
to pursue an endowment in order to maintain a large basic science and clinical research program infrastructure including space, staff, and administrative support, since funding to date has been piecemeal and insufficient.
For more information or questions regarding the Geriatrics Programmatic “Wish List,” please contact:
Director of Development
UCLA Health Sciences