Welcome to the UCSF Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. Since 2013, we have been striving to learn more about what leads to disability in later life, how to prevent disability, and how to ameliorate its impact on older people, their loved ones, and caregivers.

Our Mission

We believe that successful aging encompasses having a good quality of life regardless of one’s medical conditions and functional impairments. We seek to understand the needs of the millions of older persons who need our help right now, whether because of complex medical circumstances or because of adverse social circumstances.

Through our Center, we support researchers who share our passion for improving the well-being of older persons. We view our resources as venture capital that will catalyze the careers and research paths of investigators who will do cutting edge research that advances the care, health, and wellbeing of older persons, both within the UCSF community and nationally.

Pepper Cores

Our Center is organized into five cores that help us operate efficiently and provide financial support and technical expertise to researchers who are conducting research on disability. Each core specializes in a different area of support.