What if you could give a gift so helpful that it provides peace of mind everyday? For many WISE Connections members and their families, that is exactly what they enjoy. Launched by the nonprofit WISE & Healthy Aging, with help from local volunteer leaders, WISE Connections offers transportation to social and cultural events, doctor appointments or grocery store, and assistance with light chores in the home.
Members also have access to prescreened and discounted vendors that allows them to obtain quality services that are fair and reliable, a convenience that reduces the stress of maintaining a home.
Santa Monica WISE Connections’ “Your Neighborhood Resource for Living Well” was born out of a concept originating in Boston’s Beacon Hill in 2001.
It is part of the “village” concept that helps older adults remain in their home, living independently. It has since been replicated around the country, with more than 150 active and developing “villages.”
“Gifting a membership can open up new experiences and friendships for older adults who are at risk of becoming isolated,” said Allison Beale, WISE Connections manager. “A parent or friend can benefit from increased social events such as regular restaurant or movie outings, potluck gatherings, museum, or shopping trips.”
WISE Connections also has links to other resources often needed by older adults, such as free lectures, financial planners, notary service, counseling, and more.
It also offers help with seasonal needs like cleaning out rain gutters and checking smoke detectors in the home.
“We add services based on our members’ feedback,” said Barbara Browning, chair of the Santa Monica WISE Connections Governing Council and long-term resident of Santa Monica.
She and Vice Chair Mary Jo Dalton, both nurses, along with other volunteers, help with providing rides, running errands, or organizing interesting social activities.
Members receive a monthly news bulletin with a menu of upcoming activities.
Recent activities included a trip to the premiere of Il Teatro alla Moda and a harbor boat ride and lunch at Ports O’Call – a refreshing departure from typical offerings in the community.
For more information about how a WISE Connections membership can provide peace of mind for you, or a loved one, please call 310.829.5699 or go to www.wiseconnections.net.
WISE Connections is a program of WISE & Healthy Aging, a nonprofit agency serving older adults and their caregivers for more than 40 years.
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