Our history

A trailblazer in senior care and advocacy, still leading the way

A history deeply rooted in the community

On Lok began in 1971 with an idea: Traditional models of care in San Francisco were not meeting the needs of the elderly. Seniors wanted to age at home, but they needed services to maintain their independence. Dr. William L. Gee and social worker Marie-Louise Ansak joined forces to create a program that would enable older adults to continue living in their community. Propelled by their drive and vision, On Lok founded the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

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