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Causes: Financial Counseling, Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors, Transportation Assistance

Mission: WISE & Healthy Aging’s mission is to enhance the independence, dignity and quality of life of older adults through leadership, advocacy and innovative series. An important leader in the field of aging for more than four decades, the agency is the result of a November 2007 merger of WISE Senior Services and Center for Healthy Aging. From the active older adult looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities to the frail homebound senior, WISE & Healthy Aging seeks to enhance quality of life of older adults who are at risk, have a physical or mental impairment, want to remain living in their own home, are lonely or depressed and/or are at risk for exploitation by others.

Programs: The city and county of los angeles long-term ombudsman program protects the quality of life and care of seniors living in long-term care facilities in the city and county of los angeles.

mental health service provides individual and group therapy, psychiatric medications and case management for older adults with serious or persistent mental health problems.

adult day service center provides a safe place for older adults requiring some type of support during the day.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

WISE & Healthy Aging has a long history as a first class organization ... extremely well run with devoted professionals dedicated to the mission.. when other organizations struggle and close .. WISE has focused on ensuring services continue but with flexibility to right size to the budget. this is a fiscally strong solid organization .. that makes its commitments and finds ways to cross purpose and maximize results. i have also been ever so grateful that they are truly a trusted source for 24 HOUR HOME CARE ... when my husband was recovering from major pelvic reconstruction as the caregiver i would not have survived without some relief... WISE was there for me and my husband.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wise & Healthy Aging Day Center and all the amazing staff have been a blessing to both myself and my mother. My 78 year old mother diagnosed with dimentia came to live with me 10 months ago. I would not have been able to remain working and cope with all the difficulties that come with care taking had it not been for WISE. The quality of the entire staff is far beyond my initial expectation. The smile on my mom's face every morning when I drop her off at 8AM and pick her up at 5:30PM solidifies this daily. The quality of program, facility and the individual care she has received is of the highest quality. Thank you! You are saving our lives currently! We love you. It's not always easy but you have made it truly AMAZING!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel blessed to have found this nonprofit organization, both as a volunteer and also as a member of "club 1527". Volunteering at this organization fulfilled my desire of "continuous" working while club 1527 allows me to go places where I would normally not able to go because of the distance (the club provides coach bus with air conditioning). Meeting new friends and sharing stories about past careers and families are invaluable and fun. Can't wait to go into the office for my volunteer duty and another day trip in the sun!

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am really impressed with the operations in this organization. This is based on the fact that the center staff is very customer-oriented and show great respect and care to each and every seniors that come to the center.
Being recently retired, I was looking for volunteering service to giver back to the community. Many organizations I called did not return my calls or emails, I was so happy to hear back from Wise and Healthy Aging within 2 days! They hold orientation session and go to a great length to explain to the potential volunteers of what they do and what they need in order to meet the needs of the elderlies in the community. I am now assisting various departments in the center and everyone I come across demonstrate professionalism and appreciation to each of the volunteers spending time in the organization. I look forward to go to "work" and the satisfaction that comes with this opportunity!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Marching in the Santa Monica 4th of July parade while expertly waving pompoms, dancing to the song Kiss by Prince, and applauded loudly by the crowds, is just one example of how participants in Wise and Healthy Aging's Club 1527 demonstrate the joys of being an elder in the community.

A rich variety of classes and activities (book club, art classes, exercise sessions, cogent lectures, field trips, to name a few) nurture the body, the brain, and the spirit .

I have not had experience with the adult day care, but have toured the area and am impressed by the staff's compassionate care for adults with cognitive disorders.

This is a gem of an organization.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Upon my retirement I began searching for a friendly gathering place to meet new friends and to stay active physically, emotionally and intellectually. I found all this and more at "my Club", as I affectionately refer to it. Through Candice's gentle suggesting, I became a volunteer as a Pilates instructor. This allows me to continue one of my career passions even in retirement. The friendships I've made through the "Club" are priceless. The piece of mind I have just by knowing of the services available to me through this organization.....again, priceless! Thank you, Candice and Wise and Healthy Aging for just being YOU. Mary Sue

2 Laura302

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center is an invaluable resource for older adults in Santa Monica and environs. I am a member of Club 1527 and occasionally volunteer there. Members enjoy a wide variety of exercise classes, language classes, craft activities, outings, Ted Talks and all manner of classes and discussions that promote intellectual growth and community spirit. There are also ongoing card games, get-togethers and holiday parties to engender social connection. I will just mention the other services offered by the other departments of WISE - such as caregiver training and medicare consulting. This is a one-stop spot for all the services an older adult would want!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Club 1527 programs are consistently excellent with speakers and presenters on current and relevant themes as well as periodic discussions on books and films.
Besides the intellectual stimulation of medical, technological, financial and nutrition topics, the ethnic diversity of the members and volunteers is celebrated with various holiday events replete with cultural foods and music activities.
Today, the news is all about living one's old age healthfully, physically and mentally, and Club 1527 makes it possible...

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Club 1527 exercise classes and their volunteer instructors are outstanding; the staff
personnel are thoughtful and efficient and most of the day trip excursions have been very interesting and enjoyable.
The Ted Talks and other special presentations have been well chosen and planned.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This center is a gem! I enjoy all of the exercising classes- I go everyday and take at least 1 class (great variety) and sometimes 2. Center offers so many interesting lectures & day trips. Wonderful place to socialize and feel beautiful aging. They really care about your well being here!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WISE & Healthy Aging has been a major part of making my retirement richer. The services provided to seniors is the best. It is one stop shopping for whatever a senior needs help. It is very rewarding to see smiling faces on those arriving each morning for exercise classes, lectures and social events. I have referred friends to the Benefits Dept., Care Management, Adult Day Care and Club 1527. They have all thanked me and continue to attend classes and use the services and are pleased. I referred a friend who lost her job and has a family. Because of the services she was able to get financial advice, help to enroll for health benefits and referrals for food. It carried them through until she and her husband found employment. WISE and Healthy Aging makes a difference in people's lives. I am honored to be a volunteer for such a wonderful organization!