TAFU was formed in 1999 by a group of teachers, who were aware of the plight of older persons in Uganda and wanted to make a difference for this marginalised group.

It was founded by Mr. Nyanzi Fredrick, Mr. Semanda Richard and Mr. Kisekka Experito.

In 2001 TAFU was registered by the NGO Board to operate in Kampala District and that year received funds to organise the first Older Persons International Day held in Uganda. In 2004 TAFU commenced its hospital home care service. In 2002 TAFU received its first overseas grant for an income generating poultry project. Its registration was expanded in 2005 to include Wakiso, Luweero, Kumi, Masaka, Mityana and Mukono Districts. In 2006 TAFU was granted a tax exempt status for all its activities. At the end of 2007 a total of 450 older persons had been direct beneficiaries of TAFU. At the beginning of 2014, the number had risen to 2000 direct beneficiaries.

TAFU is a founding member of the National Network of Older Persons Organisations in Uganda (NNOPU).