Laraine Mestman has been appointed program manager of the Advocates for Conserved Elders (ACE) program at WISE and Healthy Aging in Santa Monica.

The program is funded by the California Community Foundation. Mestman will be responsible for the recruiting, training and supervising of the volunteer-based program and to visit elderly persons who are under court-ordered conservatorships residing in long-term care residential facilities, according to WISE.

The new Advocates for Conserved Elders program, developed by WISE in conjunction with the Los Angeles Superior Court Probate Division, is intended to help reduce isolationism among seniors and other dependent adults by providing the conservatee with a special advocate.

“Laraine’s background in mediation and extensive work experience with the Alternative Dispute Resolution office within the Los Angeles Superior Court system is an invaluable asset to our clients and the organization,” said Grace Cheng Braun, Wise and Healthy Aging president and chief executive officer. “We are fortunate to have her on our team.”

Mestman will recruit and train volunteers to be a friend and visit court-referred conservatees twice a month in a residential care facility, and to provide additional “eyes and ears” for someone who is alone, according to WISE.

Mestman has certificates as a paralegal and mediator and holds a Master of Fine Arts and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, San Diego.

Information about the Advocates for Conserved Elders program, (310) 394-9871, ext. 445.

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