Health Ministry

New Transportation Service: By MODE

What is MODE?  MODE stands for Mobility On Demand Everyday. WISE and Healthy Aging and Big Blue Bus partnered with Lyft to provide curb-to-curb, on-demand transportation for seniors and individuals with disabilities who live in Santa Monica.  Most trips on MODE are provided by Lyft, an on-demand ride service that matches you with a nearby driver who will pick you up within minutes.
You may use the service to go anywhere within the Santa Monica city limits.
Health care: Visit a doctor, therapist, medical facility and hospital.
Education: Take a class, attend school, a lecture or a discussion group.
Enjoyment: Visit friends and relatives, church, the movies, the park or any recreational or social activity.
Shopping: Go to grocery stores, department stores, the mall or any shopping area in Santa Monica.
They also provide access to the following facilities during regular hours of operation:
• UCLA Medical Center, Westwood
• Kaiser Medical Centers in West Los Angeles and Culver City/Marina del Rey
• V.A. Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Center
• Select shopping destinations on Lincoln Blvd. in Venice
The one-way fare for clients and companions is 50 cents and 25 cents for Personal Care Attendants.
Who is eligible?
Any City of Santa Monica resident who is at least age 60 or a person with a disability who is at least age 18.
To sign up, call WISE and Healthy Aging at 310-394-9871.  For more information or questions, contact Anne Premer:

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Brain Health Seminars

Monica Moore, MSG, from the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA (part of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA) will be presenting:

Memory and Aging: What You Need to Know Sunday, August 5, 11:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room

Living a Brain Healthy Lifestyle Sunday, August 26, 11:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room

Monica Moore, MSG, has worked in the field of aging and Alzheimer’s disease for more than 15 years focusing on community education, outreach and caregiver support. She has worked for the Alzheimer’s Association – California Southland Chapter, WISE & Healthy Aging, and is now proud to be at the Easton Center.

If you have any questions about the seminars, please contact Anne Premer at 310-393-8258 ext 103, or email Light refreshments served. No charge.

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Flu Clinic

Early Fall, Simkins Hall in The Shelby Center

First UMC has the privilege of hosting one of the first flu vaccination clinics in the fall provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. This gives us the opportunity to both keep ourselves healthy and help keep our community healthy. There is no charge for the flu vaccine and no appointments necessary.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings

Come get your blood pressure checked every 3rd Sunday of the month in Simkins Hall.  No charge.
3rd Sundays, 11 a.m., Simkins Hall in The Shelby Center


Community Blood Drive

Spring, Simkins Hall in The Shelby Center

The Health Ministry Council is sponsoring an American Red Cross Community Blood Drive again.  Sign up at the Sunday Hospitality Table or on the Red Cross website: and enter sponsor code FirstUMCSM. Child care available while you donate, with prior arrangements. And best of all, the knowledge that you’ve helped to save up to 3 lives!

For questions or to volunteer, contact  Dorothy Williams (


Anne Premer, Congregation Care Visitor

In 2016-2017, the Council welcomed Anne Premer, First UMC’s first Congregation Care Visitor, as a council member with great sensitivity and expertise as we continue our efforts to help address the health needs of the congregation and our community.  As an extension of pastoral care, Anne works primarily with seniors, to assess needs and connect them with resources in the congregation and community.  Learn more about Anne here or call her at (310) 393-8258 ext. 103, or send her an email


Through God’s love, the Health Ministry Council works to promote wellness in individuals, the church, and the community.  The council supports the mission of First UMC, plans and implements programs and activities that promote physical, mental and spiritual well-being and healing, and serves as an advocate for health and safety concerns.  For more information about the Council, or to volunteer, fill out the contact form below or call the church office (310) 393-8258.

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