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February 1, 2017 -- Santa Monica's WISE & Healthy Aging has received a $5,000 grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) to help fund the agency's on-site adult day care program, foundation officials said.

WISE, which runs the only state-designated Alzheimer’s Day Care Resource Center on the Westside, offers caregiver support and training, as well as financial and legal clinics, mental health services, a peer counseling program, homecare, care management and other services for seniors and their families.

WISE, AFA officials said, provides "one of the only safe settings in the area where people with moderate to severe stages of dementia can be served in a community-based setting."

Foundation officials also noted that the agency's Somos Amigos (We are Friends) program offers Spanish-language adult day care programming and services.

“WISE & Healthy Aging plays a vital role in helping families get the care and services they need,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and chief executive officer.

“Studies have shown that respite care, which provides a break for the caregiver but also engagement for the individual living with the illness, can aid in maintaining caregiver health and delay costly nursing home placement. We are proud to award them this grant to further their efforts in helping their community.”

WISE received a Phyllis and Milton Berg Respite Care Grant named for the deceased parents of Barry Berg, the AFA board’s treasurer. Berg’s mother had Alzheimer’s and his father was her caregiver. Both died in 2009.

The grants are awarded to AFA member organizations that provide respite services, such as adult day programs or in-home aides, to help give family caregivers a much-needed break.

More information on the programming at WISE & Healthy Aging can be found at and by calling (310) 394-9871.

For more information about AFA membership and grant opportunities, visit

Based in New York, the Alzheimer’s Foundation is a non-profit organization that unites more than 2,600 member organizations nationwide "in the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals living with dementia, and to their caregivers and families," officials said.

Its services include a national, toll-free helpline (866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, educational conferences and materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers, the National Memory Screening Program and “AFA Partners in Care” dementia care training for healthcare professionals.

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