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About Us

WISE & Healthy Aging, a nonprofit social services organization, is the result of a merger in November 2007 of WISE Senior Serivices and Center for Healthy Aging (formerly Senior Health & Peer Counseling).  Each organization served the community for more than three decades, earning national reputations for innovative and effective programs and services. 

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, WISE & Healthy Aging continues the long tradition of service and outreach, with focus on the Los Angeles Westside as well as the surrounding communities with the greater City and County of Los Angeles.

Our Mission and Vision

MISSION -- WISE & Healthy Aging enhances the independence, dignity and quality of life of older adults through leadership, advocacy and innovative services.

VISION --  WISE & Healthy Aging will be a nationally recognized trusted source and trusted voice on aging.

  • Our community of constituents will include older adults at all stages of their lives – from pre-retirement through frailty, caregivers and their families, senior service organizations, as well as others who share our passion and commitment to serving older adults.
  • We will be valued as a trusted source for information, options, and high-quality services that creatively and proactively address the needs of communities and individuals.
  • Further, we will be a trusted voice for older adults, serving as an advocate, partner and convener to identify and inform the public regarding societal issues on aging.

Our Programs and Services

  • Adult Day Service Center
  • Benefits Enrollment Center
  • California Elder Justice Work Group
  • Caregivers Support Groups
  • Caregiver Training Academy
  • Care Management (In-Home Services)
  • City and County of Los Angeles Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
  • Club 1527
  • Elder Abuse Prevention Services
  • FAST (Financial Abuse Specialist Team)
  • Financial and Legal Clinics
  • For Professionals
  • Healthy Lunches Program (within City of Santa Monica)
  • Information & Referral Services
  • Medicare Insurance Counseling
  • Mental Health Services
  • Peer Counseling Program
  • Reverse Mortgage Counseling
  • Senior Action Fairs
  • Senior Companion Program
  • Support Groups
  • Transportation & Mobility Program
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • WISE Connections

WISE & Healthy Aging is a multi-service, non-profit organization serving older adults and their families and caregivers throughout Los Angeles County. Headquartered in Santa Monica, the team at WISE & Healthy Aging works to promote and improve the well-being, independence and self-esteem of seniors, and to prevent premature institutionalization whenever possible.

WISE & Healthy Aging is the result of the November 1, 2007 merger between WISE Senior Services and Center For Healthy Aging (formerly Senior Health & Peer Counseling). The merger created a pooling of a wealth of expertise and resources that furthers its mission-based activities and expands its services and provides for greater community impact.

In addition to receiving program income from private paying clients, the organization is partially funded by the State of California General Fund, State of California Department of Aging, County of Los Angeles Community and Senior Services (through the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended) and County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, City of Santa Monica, Corporation for National Services, as well as from generous corporate and private philanthropic sources.

Our History of Improving Older Adults' Access to Health Care and Health Information

Center For Healthy Aging (CHA) was founded by five senior residents of Santa Monica as a grass-roots effort in 1976 (then known as Senior Health & Peer Counseling). CHA initially responded to a need for accessible health care for older adults.

By 2006, CHA, a private non-profit agency was an established, nationally recognized model for the delivery of health care to people over 55 by focusing on prevention of disease, education for a healthy lifestyle, and assistance with the special emotional concerns that aging brings. A unique setting of interdisciplinary care provided by professional staff and more than 150 volunteers, the center had shown impressive results while remaining cost effective. CHA provided more than 29,000 client contact services annually.

 

Center for Healthy Aging’s Peer Counseling Program became a model for volunteer effort, training older adults to counsel their peers. This innovative program was featured on “20/20,” “60 Minutes,” and in Parade Magazine, and serves as a model for organizations throughout the world. The Center was designated as the “31st Point of Light” in President George Bush’s Thousand Points of Light Program that recognizes institutions involved in community volunteer service.

Meeting the Diverse Needs of a Growing Population of Older Adults

WISE Senior Services was founded in 1968 by volunteers and community members to address the needs of the growing senior population in Los Angeles County. WISE initially stood for Westside Independent Services to the Elderly, but over time it came to stand for Well-being, Independence, Self-esteem and Education. A multi-service, private, not-for-profit organization, WISE was dedicated to enriching the lives and promoting the well-being of senior citizens within the Los Angeles area. As part of this, through the years WISE Senior Services particularly devoted its attention and resources to serving low-income seniors. In 1972, WISE Senior Services was instrumental in establishing the first senior center in Santa Monica. In the 1980’s, WISE Senior Services began its involvement with the Long-Term Ombudsman Program, which still operates today and has become nationally recognized. The program advocates for the more than 100,000 beds in long-term facilities in the City and County of Los Angeles, has been replicated throughout the United States. In 2002, WISE Senior Services opened a new state-of-the-art building for its adult day care program that was designed specifically to meet the needs of frail and elderly and which nearly doubled service capacity. Also in 2002, WISE Senior Services was named “Agency of the Year” by the City of Los Angeles in recognition of the innovation and creativity of its programs. By 2006, WISE Senior Services was serving 35,000 clients annually, with the help for more than 800 volunteers, making it one of the largest senior volunteer efforts in the country.

Our Audited Financials

Click here to download the WISE & Healthy Aging audited financial statements for the fiscal year July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013.  The audit was conducted by SingerLewak, an independent auditing firm.