Santa Monica resident Monika White, executive vice president for external affairs and program innovation at WISE & Healthy Aging in Santa Monica, has received the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics Lifetime Achievement Award.

The council recognizes and highlights outstanding contributions in geriatrics and gerontology made by non-academic professionals who have exemplified the council’s goal to enhance the well-being of California’s senior citizens.

The council presented the award to White in Sacramento.

White headed the Center for Healthy Aging, which merged with WISE & Healthy Aging. The nonprofit agency has received national recognition for its programming and services for older adults.

White’s efforts in education and research include the development and teaching of courses on case management; training for professionals and volunteers; and coordination of staff and program development at her own and other agencies.

She has also worked with Multi-Purpose Senior Services Program, linkages and public guardian programs.

She has published 40 articles and book chapters on case management and program development and developed home care model demonstration programs.

White has received various awards for professional contributions to social work and care management, including an American Society on Aging award for contributions to the field of aging.