Optimistic People In a Caring Atmosphere (OPICA)
As the first Adult Day Program and Counseling Center in Los Angeles, OPICA (Optimistic People In a Caring Atmosphere) has been serving adults challenged with memory loss and their families in the West Los Angeles are for more than 42 years. Thanks to the visionary leadership of Professor Yung-huo Liu of UCLA and philanthropists Ted and Rita Williams, OPICA became the first social model adult day care in the City of Los Angeles and later served as the model for the the City of Los Angeles' network for future adult day care centers. Clearly meeting a community in need, OPICA's client base grew rapidly. In 1984, with the help of then Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, a recreation facility in Stoner Park was transformed into OPICA's current home. 1n 1998-99, a dedicated counseling wign was constructed with private funding, including a generous grant from the Parsons Foundation, to better meet the needs of family caregivers of older adults of memory loss.