The Solana Beach-based Gary and Mary West Foundation recently celebrated a decade of helping vulnerable seniors successfully age in place with dignity, independence, and a better quality of life. “Far too many seniors are forced to choose among basic human needs such as food, medicine, and housing, and have difficulty navigating a complex health system that is simply not currently structured to meet their needs,” said Gary West. “Poor seniors deserve better solutions and our deep support. They desperately need it and we are going to make sure they receive it and are not forgotten.”

Some of the foundation’s major initiatives and grantees include: The Gary and Mary West Health Institute, Senior Emergency Care Unit at UC San Diego Health, Senior Dental Center, the Challenge Center, the Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy, and Meals-on-Wheels. Since 2006, The Gary and Mary West Foundation has awarded more than 400 grants to 181 nonprofit organizations in San Diego and beyond, totaling more than $175 million. Learn more at