Our focus is on making successful aging a reality for our nation's seniors.


helping seniors successfully age

  • Hear Tim Lash and Dr. Ted Chan discuss the new Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit on “Living Better in San Diego” radio show

    Listen to West Health's Tim Lash and UCSD's Dr. Ted Chan talk about the new Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit at the new Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla on the "Living Better in San Diego" radio show

  • Exceptional Speaker Line-up Announced for Cal State University Institute for Palliative Care Symposium

    West Health and Foundation collaborating on national conference to advance palliative care research and education

  • d.health Exclusive: Policy White Paper Explores Successful Aging at Home

    Shelley Lyford discusses policy challenges and opportunities to enable successful aging at home in d.Health summit white paper

  • Baby Boomers Changing the Healthcare Landscape

    Boomers are the creators, as well as the recipients, of massive innovations and breakthroughs on multiple health fronts, from new, less toxic cancer treatments to an all new paradigm for American emergency medicine

  • What Matters Most to Seniors? Q&A With Shelley Lyford, CEO of West Health and Dr. Steve Landers in Huffington Post

    Huffington Post publishes Shelley Lyford Q and A by Dr. Steve Landers on what matters most to seniors

  • Press Release: Institute launches exciting research study with Meals on Wheels and Brown University

    Two-year study to take place in six cities around the country to identify extended benefits of Meals on Wheels service to vulnerable seniors

    Read Press Release Here
  • Lyford in Sacramento Bee: Older adults shouldn’t have to lose their teeth

    The Sacramento Bee publishes an opinion by Shelley Lyford on the Older Americans Act and the importance of oral healthcare for seniors

  • Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit at UC San Diego Health

    An emergency unit being planned for UC San Diego’s Thornton Hospital will be the first in the region to focus solely on seniors. Learn how we’re researching ways to improve emergency care for seniors.

    Learn How We’re Researching Ways to Improve Senior Emergency Care

We are helping seniors age successfully through:

Applied Medical Research

The West Health Institute conducts applied medical research to generate the evidence needed for healthcare providers, policymakers and communities to adopt models of care that better serve seniors and their families.

See our Work in Applied Medical Research

Policy and Advocacy

The West Health Policy Center provides research and education to advance policy and payment reform in conjunction with the West Health Institute’s advocacy efforts in support of enabling seniors to successfully age in place, on their own terms.

See our work in Policy and Advocacy

Outcomes-Based Philanthropy

The Gary and Mary West Foundation provides outcomes-based funding to support successful aging initiatives with collaborators that include leading academic institutions and senior-focused nonprofit organizations.

See Our Outcomes-Based Philanthropy

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