Optimizing Aging Collaborative



The Optimizing Aging Collaborative at UCSF is empowering San Francisco to meet the needs facing older adults.

Our Mission

The Optimizing Aging Collaborative at UCSF was founded in July 2015 as a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Our collaborative includes experts and industry leaders from over 10 public, nonprofit, and academic organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area to provide education and innovative services that address older adults’ health, social, and legal needs. The UCSF Division of Geriatrics is recognized throughout the medical community as a world leader in the areas of research, education and clinical care for older adults.

Based in the Division of Geriatrics, we train health and social service providers in how to serve older adults with excellence and come together to better coordinate efforts across sectors. We also work with primary care health systems to improve their care for older adults. Our training and health care innovations especially focus on those vulnerable individuals who have dementia, live alone, or are LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning).

Now is the time our collaborative is needed. In San Francisco more than 170,000 residents are age 60 or older, accounting for almost 22 percent of the city’s population, which is much higher than the national average of 18%. Additionally older adults often need to manage multiple health conditions and face many unmet social needs, such as inadequate income for medicine, housing and food. The caregivers that love and care for them also need support and resources to do what is often a complicated and demanding job.

Through our attention to vulnerable older adults, our dynamic citywide partnerships, and our expertise, the Optimizing Aging Collaborative at UCSF is developing innovative solutions to improving the quality of care and health outcomes for older adults in San Francisco. We provide models for care and collaboration that other cities can replicate and seek to improve care for all. We are also working on developing resources for education and care.

Funding and Donations

The Optimizing Aging Collaborative at UCSF is one of 48 Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Programs (GWEPs) in 36 states and 2 U.S. territories to receive funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Are you interested in supporting our work? Help us achieve a fully geriatrics-competent community by making a secure online donation via Geriatrics Make a Gift. Please click “Choose a designation” and enter “GWEP”.

You may also send a check that indicates “GWEP” as your designation preference to:

PO Box 45339
San Francisco, CA 94145-0339
Payable to: UCSF Foundation

All gifts are tax deductible in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code.