With the vision of being a trusted source on senior services, trusted expert on matters of aging, and trusted voice for seniors and caregivers, WISE & Healthy Aging's mission is to advance the dignity and quality of life of older adults through leade... Read more
With the vision of being a trusted source on senior services, trusted expert on matters of aging, and trusted voice for seniors and caregivers, WISE & Healthy Aging's mission is to advance the dignity and quality of life of older adults through leadership, advocacy, and high-quality, innovative series.
A well-respected nonprofit, community-based social services organization, headquartered in Santa Monica, CA. Leader in the field of aging for almost four 50 years, the agency is proud to receive national designation as a "Great Place to Work" as well as recognition with Guidestar's Platinum-level seal of transparency.
We serve three groups of people -- the frail elderly, caregivers of older adults, and active older adults age 50 and older (Boomers). We have the sole distinction in Los Angeles of serving seniors in both the traditional, residential community and those who are residents in long-term care facilities.
With our main office in Santa Monica, we also have regional offices for our CIty & County of Los Angeles Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and Elder Abuse Prevention Program in Van Nuys, Pasadena, Montebello and Long Beach. For our Los Angeles Oasis Program, we have centers in Santa Monica and Baldwin Hills. Programming focuses on keeping older adults age 50 and older active and healthy, with lifelong learning and volunteer engagement opportunities. Volunteer Oasis instructors teach courses on technology, fitness, arts and humanities. Our Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring Program has volunteers paired with students in elementary schools in Central L.A. and also in the San Fernando Valley. For more about our programs, visitt: www.wiseandhealthyaging.org.
WISE & Healthy Aging is well recognized in the Santa Monica Community and works to support the rights of the elderly. I have volunteered for six months through my senior year of college. Through my volunteer experience I have solidified my future career of working with the elderly. There are many different volunteer opportunities at the center, from enrolling the elderly in public benefits, planning engaging social opportunities for them to interact, or serving in the adult day center. My only regret is that I did not explore other service opportunities at the center and only dedicated my time in only one of the programs offered there.
Volunteering at WISE is very rewarding. The seniors you work with are appreciative of your involvement. The orientation is broad and gives you a good perspective on all the varieties of volunteer opportunities available at WISE.