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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

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at WISE & Healthy Aging in Santa Monica for almost a year, on a weekly basis. I am always amazed at the caring, wonderful people who work there each and every day with a smile on their face while helping the elderly of the neighborhood. They are always respectful and eager to help whatever their needs may be. The services they provide are so numerous and many at no cost to the recipient. All their services are aimed at making life a bit easier, healthier, and fun for our aging population. They offer day trips to museums and local attractions aimed at educating and keeping seniors active. They offer day care for older, dependent adults as well as counseling and education for caregivers. There are even classes for those with early memory loss to keep the brain working! I could go on and on...it's just a great place for our seniors. I'm so grateful to be a part of this place and so thankful for what I have learned, enabling me to be more understanding and caring for my elderly mother.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have met new friends and expanded my life. My calendar is full with activities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a retired physician who has been attending exercise classes and other activities at Club 1527 at Wise and Healthy Aging for over 4 years. I find involvement in the above as extremely rewarding and actually it has helped to prolong my life as well as those of the other participants. It has been extremely beneficial in so many ways ( physically, mentally and spiritually). Sincerely, Marvin S. Wolf M.D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

About 2 years ago I retired from being an administrator at the University of Southern California, and before that at 20th Century Fox. I knew that one of my goals in retirement was to make a difference in people's lives. I almost immediately began volunteering at WISE & HEALTHY AGING as a Caring Companion. I am able to visit (in their homes) older adults who have limited ability to get out or have social interaction. I've been visiting with a woman for 18 months and we both derive much value from the relationship. This is an invaluable program that WISE makes available to the community, and I feel very grateful that I'm able to be a part of it.

I'm also a member of Club 1527, where I attend the Improv class. I used to be a professional actress, so the opportunity to "play" with all of these talented and open seniors is quite inspiring. Our teacher is great, and everyone shows a willingness to play and be silly and communicate and get out of ourselves to interact with others. This is only one of the many programs that WISE offers to it's Club members.

Additionally I'm a member of a focus group on aging, which helps us to discover things about our personal aging process that can be shared with others to keep us "Wiser and Healthier" as we grow better. I'm very grateful that I have Wise & Healthy Aging in my life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After being a legal secretary for many years, I retired 2 years ago because of some health issues. I have been coming to the Club daily for the many exercise classes that are offered. The instructors volunteer their time and the classes are much better than classes offered at gyms. I love the instructors and staffs' energy and compassion. There is such a nice diversity of people and I have made friends with an amazing group of people. We have created a wonderful networking system that gives us many other resources that are available for local seniors. There are many events that honor the various nationalities and help people to better understand the various cultures. We had a wonderful turnout of Club members marching at the 4th of July parade, showing we might be seniors but we all are still young at heart. I would highly recommend the Club to anyone contemplating Retirement. I can't think of a better way to start each day.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had an opportunity to travel with members of WISE & Healthy Aging travel club to the Big Apple and the East Coast islands. The trip was well organized and stress-free for traveler like me who often react anxiously to unfamiliar surroundings. Although there was a moment of panic when I heard of hurricane Jose might be coming to the islands!
WISE provides me with an opportunity to integrate with the community and explore new things outside of my comfort zone and to stay active with event such as local and international trips. Thank you WISE & Healthy Aging

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had an opportunity to ride along for delivery of Valentine gifts to a handful of seniors in Santa Monica. It's such a privilege to hear their life stories and to share their joy of being there to celebrate a special day. I was also fortunate enough to receive a hand drawn picture of myself after we spent a little time with him. I believe seniors appreciate companionship and WISE & Healthy Aging was able to provide a small but warming gesture to the senior community. Job well done!

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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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wise and Healthy Aging is the quintessential center for seniors, ​providing a broad variety of services and classes in a professional compassionate atmosphere; ​making us seniors feel relevant​ alive​ and vibrant​. ​I initially took a class through their Caregiver Training Academy​ a few years ago and became a volunteer soon after. It continues to be a heartfelt experience ~ and a stellar one at that.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WISE & Healthy Aging is a fantastic organization that offers a broad array of services and programs for older adults. Staff members are caring and dedicated professionals who work diligently to offer top-notch service. As a board member of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, I have had the privilege of working with WISE & Healthy Aging on a couple of great service projects targeting seniors in our community. It was so gratifying to see the beneficial impact these projects had on the older adults. In addition, my son’s elementary school class visited WISE & Healthy Aging and participated in a wonderful multi-generational activity with the seniors. Students and seniors had such a lovely experience interacting with each other. I am also very impressed with the diversity of activities (including exercise classes, creative arts, games, and excursions) offered by their Club 1527. Overall, WISE & Healthy Aging is certainly one of our community’s greatest assets!

Board Member

Rating: 5

WISE & Healthy Aging is a fabulous organization that offers a broad array of valuable programs and services for older adults and caregivers. The staff is knowledgable, kind, and respectful and always willing to go the extra mile to answer questions and help seniors find the resources they need. I am very grateful to be a Board Director of this fine nonprofit organization that serves 30,000 older adults and family members each year.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am continually impressed with the wonderful work Wise and Healthy Aging does for the Santa Monica and greater Los Angeles Community. The organization offers a broad array of services including adult day care, socialization, peer counseling and support groups, ombudsmen services, home care, caregiver training, and transportation to name a few. Wise and Healthy leadership is dedicated to continual innovation and exploration of expanding needed services. Staff are expert in the delivery of services to older people and at the same time demonstrate the caring and empathy critical to high quality services.


considerable experience, expertise and caring to the delivery of services

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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!

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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...

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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.

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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!

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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!