UCLA was awarded a $2 million grant to improve the lives of senior citizens.

Eisner Foundation, the Beverly Hills-based organization founded by entertainment executive Michael Eisner, awarded the three-year grant to support three intergeneration programs run by the UCLA Division of Geriatrics.

“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, head of the geriatrics division at the David Geffen School of Medicine, in a statement.

The funds will support Generation Xchange, a UCLA partnership with Los Angeles schools that places older adults in classrooms across South L.A. to improve reading and math; TimeOut@UCLA, a program that allows seniors with dementia to interact with UCLA students; and the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program, which lends support to patients and family members.

The Eisner Foundation was founded in 1996 by Eisner, then CEO of the Walt Disney Company, and his wife Jane. Since 2005, Michael Eisner has headed Tornante Co., a privately held firm that invests in, acquires, incubates and operates media and entertainment businesses, which he founded after leaving Disney. Eisner has an estimated net worth of $2 billion and is No. 33 on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of Wealthiest Angelenos.

Health business reporter Dana Bartholomew can be reached at dbartholomew@labusinessjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @_DanaBart.

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