The Eisner Foundation, which funds innovative programs that benefit and unite the young and old, has awarded the UCLA Division of Geriatrics $2 million to support three programs: Generation Xchange, TimeOut@UCLA, and the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program.

“We are grateful for the support and vision of the Eisner Foundation in its goal of bringing young and old people together to solve problems and enrich communities,” said Dr. David Reuben, Archstone Professor of Medicine and chief of the Division of Geriatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. This grant will support three existing UCLA programs and provide seed funding for new programs to meet that noble mission.”

The three-year grant is one of seven the foundation recently awarded to a variety of programs in Los Angeles and elsewhere engaged in service or research that bridges multiple generations of people.

Generation Xchange is a partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District that trains and places older adults in kindergarten through third-grade classrooms in South Los Angeles where they work with students on their reading and math skills, and address behavioral problems such as inability to focus and disruptiveness. In return, the area’s older adults, who are at high risk for chronic disease and disability, engage in social, cognitive and physical activities that improve their health and well-being.

TimeOut@UCLA is an intergenerational program that aims to give seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia an opportunity to interact with UCLA students while giving their caregivers a much-needed break.

The UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program develops personalized care plans for persons with the disease while also providing support for their caregivers, who are frequently family members experiencing significant stress in their own lives.