The Tingstad Older Adults Counseling Center was created in 1988, as a way to develop stress reduction strategies and reduce emotional distress in family caregivers.
Hortense O. Tingstad, was a social worker in California who spent her later years as a caregiver for her late husband.
She graduated from USC in 1931, and was the former board president of USC’s Andrus Gerontology Center. When her husband was diagnosed in 1977, Hortense returned to USC, where she worked on establishing support groups for families of Alzheimer Patients. In 1987, she established an endowment fund, and in 1990 as honored with the USC Dean’s Medallion.
The new name “WHIM-C”: Wellness, Health, Independence, and Mindfulness Center” represent the focus on holistic health and mental wellness.