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


helping seniors successfully age

  • West Health Supports Senate's Independence at Home Bill

    Bipartisan bill introduced in Senate would make Independence at Home permanent benefit for most seriously ill Medicare beneficiaries

  • 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 Wellness Center Celebrates 6 Year Anniversary

    Over one million meals served to seniors since 2010

  • 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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