Playa del Rey resident Frances ìFrankieî Aggers has been named director of the Adult Day Service Center at WISE Senior Services in Santa Monica.

The Adult Day Service Center, at 1510 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, provides activities for seniors in a safe, comfortable environment, center officials said.

WISE, a nonprofit social services organization, has been helping seniors for over 39 years.

With more than 20 years of experience in the field of geriatrics, Aggers has served as a director of social services in skilled nursing facilities in Nebraska, Montana and Washington, and head of patient relations at Kansas State University prior to coming to WISE.

For the past three years, she has been with the WISE Ombudsman Program, advocating for senior and disabled residents in long-term care facilities.

Aggers understands the value of adult day care as an important component in the continuum of care for the elderly, WISE officials said.

ìFrankie is an accomplished social worker and director who is respected by staff, clients, family and caregivers,î said Grace Cheng Braun, president and chief executive officer of WISE. ìShe is skilled in listening, mediation and conflict resolution, as well as empowering and managing staff to maximize their potential.î

Aggers said, ìIt is exciting to serve seniors in a beautiful bright facility.

ìWe make it possible to be part of a ëfamilyí by offering enjoyable, stimulating activities and programs for seniors.

ìCaregivers have a place their loved ones can come to during the day, providing them with the break they need.î

Aggers is responsible for managing the center and the three programs that provide an individualized approach to care, including:

n The Olive Stone Program, which is geared to older adults who have limitations due to Parkinsonís disease or the after-effects of stroke, where participants have access to a wide range of recreational and therapeutic activities;

n The WISE Care Program, which is tailored to older adults with Alzheimerís disease or other mental impairments. This program provides care for those who need assistance with ambulation, use wheelchairs, or are incontinent. Stimulating activities such as chair yoga, dancing, music and art as well as daily memory joggers are provided within the scope of each memberís capabilities; and

n The Compa“eros Program, which is for non-English-speaking Latino elderly people who may be culturally or socially isolated. The program provides opportunities to socialize with peers in activities such as current events discussions, handcrafts, exercise and outings.

The Adult Day Service Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To schedule a free ìpreviewî day, which includes lunch, (310) 452-7802.

Aggers lives in Playa del Rey with her husband, Steve.

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