OPICA Timeline

1973 OPICA opened its doors under the visionary guidance of Yung-huo Liu Ph.D. and a group of UCLA students.

1979 OPICA services were expanded and an adult day program was created, made possible with a donation of space from the Lutheran Church of the Master and the nurturing support of Ted and Rita Williams, Dr. Roy Azarnoff, Diana Foster, Milton Tepper, Dan Gerski and OPICA Associates.

1984 OPICA took on the challenge of finding a larger space as the number of people seeking services continued to grow. The current facility located in Stoner Park was approved with the help of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, 11th district City Councilman Marvin Braude, Clare Rogger, George Dale and Cindy Miscikowski,

The Stoner Park building was transformed into a vibrant center for support and counseling family caregivers and a day program for their loved ones, thanks to an in-kind donation from the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department.

1998 OPICA built a new counseling and family support wing thanks to the generous support of Karl and Mona Malden, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department, adding six hundred square feet of space to better serve the needs of the Alzheimer’s community.

2001 OPICA expanded the adult day program, providing more therapeutic caregiving support, professionally trained counselors and implementing innovative therapies that utilize art, speech and music with the financial support of the Department of Aging.

2006 OPICA developed early-stage memory loss, fall prevention programs, a research function to ensure best practices, and extensive collaborative networks with community partners under the leadership of its new Executive Director, Mary Michlovich.

2010 OPICA responded to the challenge of a sudden and dramatic escalation in demand for services due to closure of other adult day programs when the City of Los Angeles phased out funding for its network of adult day programs. OPICA weathered the storm by increasing its offerings of evidence-based programming and cultivating collaborative networks. OPICA also expanded its early memory loss program and positioned itself to meet the growing volume of memory loss and caregiver services that our aging Baby Boomer population will need.

2012 For older adults in the community, especially those caring for a family member- OPICA expanded its evidence-based educational programs to include: Memory Training; Healthier Living; Powerful Tools for Caregivers; and Savvy Caregiver.

2013 OPICA expanded it collaboration with other organizations to provide educational programs and fitness programs to the community. Those organizations include: Westchester Playa village; OASIS; Yvonne Burke Senior Center; Alzheimer’s Association; and UCLA.

Today With the support of dedicated donors like you, OPICA has not merely survived, it has thrived. Thank you for your partnership, enabling OPICA to continue to offer warmth and compassion in the daily interaction with its beloved members.