CEO of Age Well Senior Services presenting Special Recognition to Supervisor Pat Bates.
Enhancing Lives and Improving Communities
Age Well Senior Services is not a government or County agency. Instead, we are a nonprofit, public benefit 501 (C)(3) organization located in Laguna Woods, California that relies on donations to provide services. Since 1975, we have been providing critical services, resources, and programs to home bound and low income senior citizens living in South Orange County.
Our community-based services emphasize a continuum of care that most cities are unable to provide for their aging constituents. Our network of vital services includes:
- Meals on Wheels and Congregate Meal Programs
- Adult Day Health Care and Alzheimer’s Social Day Care
- Operation and Management of Senior Centers
- Case Management
- Non-Emergency Medical Transportation
- Health & Wellness Programs
Age Well provides hope and independence for an ever expanding population of seniors, and enhances the quality of life for all in the communities it serves.
Trust, Dedication and Professionalism
For over three and a half decades, Age Well Senior Services (formerly South County Senior Services) has built a reputation as an extremely well-run and efficient organization that is a trustworthy steward of grants, donations and other funding.
Consistently receiving flawless audit ratings, Age Well is proud to be considered a model non-profit by both national and local organizations.
The Age Well team of professional medical experts, service providers, administrators and executives all share a common dedication to the plight of senior citizens. Individually and collectively, they work tirelessly to find, enhance and implement solutions that enrich and prolong the lives of older adults.
We have an excellent track record of proven administrative policies and procedures, as well as finance and accounting practices. A very active and engaged Board of Directors, comprised of 21 leading community professionals, governs our organization and oversees the ongoing implementation of our carefully crafted strategic plan.
Help us care for seniors with your donations
Dr. Marilyn L. Ditty, Gerontologist
A Message From Age Well’s Chief Executive Officer
An updated message from Age Well's Chief Executive Officer:
Dr. Ditty's OP Ed letter
Orange County may be the land of plenty for some, but not everyone’s living the good life. It’s especially true for thousands of homebound senior citizens who depend on Meals on Wheels for their survival.
A recent study, "Senior Hunger in America 2010: An Annual Report," was prepared by economists Dr. James P. Ziliak and Dr. Craig Gundersen and released in May by The Meals On Wheels Research Foundation. It concluded there was a substantial increase in food insecurity since the 2007 start of the recession with the number of seniors under the threat of hunger or at risk of hunger increasing nationally by one-quarter from 2007-2010. The researchers found that the Great Recession has had more enduring effects with respect to food insecurity for older Americans than for the general population. For the decade as a whole, there was a 39% increase in the number of seniors under the threat of hunger, a 52% increase who are at risk of hunger, and a 97% increase in those facing hunger.
While the government remains endlessly deadlocked, funds needed to support Meals on Wheels have been cut off. At the same time, food prices have risen some six percent nationally in the past year, and gas prices remain high, threatening Meals On Wheels programs that rely on volunteers to deliver meals.
Meals on Wheels provider Age Well Senior Services relies on a combination of funds through the Older Americans Act, which has not provided a cost of living increase for four years, and other governmental sources, along with gifts, grants and contributions from private and corporate donors.
The organization serves 1,800 seniors daily with educational, nutritional, social and human services, providing more than a half million meals to seniors living at home who otherwise have little or no assistance to obtain adequate meals. More than 30 percent of them are living on their social security checks.
To help make up the critical shortfall, Age Well has launched its Next Meal Club, asking donors to make tax-deductible monthly contributions to help provide three nutritious meals daily to homebound seniors. For more information, visit www.myagewell.org or call 949-855-8033. In a nation and county as great as ours, no one should be going hungry.