By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Age Wise, a program that has helped seniors facing challenges during the pandemic and connected them to behavioral health and other resources has received national recognition.
The County’s Department of Aging and Adult Services – Public Guardian’s (DAAS-PG) runs the program, which was honored by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging with a 2021 Aging Innovations Award in the home and community-based services category.
Age Wise, a community-based behavioral health program for seniors, provides counseling and wellness services and resources to help meet the specialized needs of older adults ranging from housing to nutrition. Services include in-home and telehealth counseling services, case management, peer and family advocacy, and support and education groups.
In response to the pandemic, Age Wise staff implemented a 24/7 Senior Hotline to enhance access to assistance and resources. Through the hotline, seniors struggling with social isolation and other challenges, such as food insecurities, had an immediate connection to someone to talk to and connect them with behavioral health services.
“Our Age Wise staff remains dedicated to meeting the needs of our seniors, not just during the pandemic, but every day. I’m proud of our staff and their continued efforts to be there for our seniors, 24 hours a day and seven days a week,” said Sharon Nevins, director and Public Guardian for DAAS-PG. “We encourage our seniors who need someone to talk to, to call our Age Wise hotline.”
Seniors can reach Age Wise by calling (800) 451-5633.