The public is invited to learn about Westchester Playa Village, an organization that assists local adults age 55 and older, on Wednesday, Nov. 9 during two free presentations at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6323 W. 80th St. Westchester.

Westchester Playa Village is a volunteer- and member-based nonprofit organization that aims to address the immediate demand among “baby boomers” and the elderly to remain living in their own homes.

The village network works to service residents age 55 and older living in the local communities of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Marina del Rey and Ladera Heights.

There are two flat rate fees – $500 per individual or $750 for couples in a household.

The objective is to facilitate the daily lives of senior residents through various services and discounts on anything from grocery shopping and e-mail assistance to health care, transportation assistance, computer help and home repair.

Additionally, the organization will offer various social activities to encourage community interaction, inter-generational communication, and healthy living while minimizing the effects of social isolation and elder abuse, a network spokesperson says.

The network is a grassroots membership organization founded by community residents for community residents.

With more than 10,000 senior residents living within the five communities and the largest growing segment being 85 and over, the goal is to help senior residents remain in their homes as long as possible, said organization members.

Some strategic partners include the Airport Marina Counseling Service, Culver Palms Meals on Wheels, Loyola Marymount University, Marina Del Rey Hospital, Senior Empowerment Committee of Council District 11, Village to Village Network, Westchester Family YMCA, and Westchester Playa Clergy Association.

Linda Berri was appointed president by the Westchester Playa Village Board of Directors in April 2010.

She has been a Westchester resident since 1970, is a licensed California Nursing Home administrator, has a master’s degree in behavioral science and gerontology from California State University-Dominguez Hills, and has worked with the senior population since the 1960s.

During her career, Berri worked with the Motion Picture & Television Fund as manager of the Community Services Program, Jewish Family Services as a case manager in the Protective Services Program, and at WISE & Healthy Aging as director of the Daily Money Management Program. She is also a member of the Los Angeles City Council District 11 Committee.

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