Social Services provides information and referrals to government programs, senior citizens services, and other community resources. All services are offered at the Culver City Senior Center unless otherwise noted.We Provide
- Telephone assistance is available regarding Social Security, Medicare, Medi-Cal, Supplemental Security Income, Durable Power of Attorney Health Form, and Referrals for Housing, Assisted Living, Mental Health and Adult Day Care.
- Home Assessments
- Monitoring of needed services
- Information and assistance to families and individuals, to help seniors remain in their own home or with placement in facilities
- Assist caregivers and children of aging parents width information and referral to community resources
- Referrals for counseling
- Facility reporting of abuse to proper agencies
For further information, please contact:
Daniella Gutierrez, Recreation Specialist
Appointments available Monday through Friday
Blood Pressure Screening
Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)
The program begins in February and continues through the middle of April and provides free federal and state tax preparation for people age 50 and above, with incomes of $40,000 or less.
Registration starts in January. For more information, call (310) 253-6700 or visit the AARP website.
Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP)
A trained volunteer counselor from HICAP, provides assistance and information and is available to answer questions about:
- Medicare coverage and costs
- Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO's)
- Medicare Supplemental Insurance (MedSup)
- Advance medical directives (Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care), and
- Long-term care insurance
- Medicare appeals
- Challenge claim denials
- Clarify the rights of medical consumers
More information can be found on the HICAP website.
Ask the Nurse & Ask the Therapist
Available on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month from 9 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
A nurse is available to answer questions regarding medications & their side effects, general wellness, and medical conditions—as well as taking vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, and weight. A therapist is also available to answer your questions regarding mental health issues for yourself or a loved one, such as: feelings of isolation or depression, difficulty in communication, domestic violence, elder or financial abuse, when to seek counseling or therapy (and will it be covered by insurance), etc.
Available through Partnership with the L.A. County Dept. of Mental Health
Culver City Senior Center "Drop-In" Counseling Program
Various Sundays from 1:30- 2:30 p.m., for more information, please call (310) 253-6700
Would you like to speak to someone about feeling blue, family or relationship matters, grief or loss, sudden life changes or any problem that may be affecting your life? Take advantage of the new Drop-In Counseling Program! It is free & does not require an appointment and is on a first come, first seen basis. It is typically on a first come, first seen session with meeting times lasting from fifteen to twenty minutes as time allows. This program may also provide information about follow-up and other resources from The Antioch University Counseling Program. For Antioch University appointments, please call 310-574-2813 ext. 366.
Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group
Meetings are held Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Senior Center, facilitated by Tanya Kaplan, LMFT.
No walk-ins. Please call (310) 253-6729 to register.
Individual Peer Counseling & Loss Support Group
Trained Peer Counselors from WISE & Healthy Aging lead a weekly discussion group on coping with loss, loneliness, rebuilding your life, and finding new directions. Discover how to become your own person without your loved one, and how to develop a satisfying social network.
Please call (310) 394-9871 extension 373, before attending, an e-screening is required. No walk-ins.
Friendly Phone Call Program
If you or someone you know is living alone and somewhat isolated, frail or disabled, we offer a "Friendly Phone Call" from volunteers, just to say hello and check in. This program is for people within the 310, 424, 323 or 213 area codes.
Call (310) 253-6729 for more information.
This program is offered at the Senior Center and administered by, a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing housing alternatives for seniors and matches roommates to shared living and housing expenses.
- The program also manages housing facilities, which offer private rooms but shared housekeeping responsibilities for the common areas.
- The Affordable Living for the Aging representative is at the Senior Center on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- Please call for an appointment although walk-ins are accepted
Cell Phones for Low-Income Consumers
Lifeline is the FCC's program to help make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers. Lifeline provides eligible subscribers a discount on monthly telephone service purchased from participating providers in the marketplace. More information about eligibility requirements can be found the Lifelife website.
Emergency Preparedness for Older Americans
Emergency preparedness materials developed specifically for seniors
How to Report a Scam
SCAMS are on the rise. Internet Scam, Mail Scam, Telephone Scam/Fraud, Consumer Issues. We have ALL personally experienced this or have heard about it in our professional circles. The SCAM_LA Work Group has put together several resources, here are a few key agencies to notify:
If you, or someone you know has been a victim of a scam PLEASE REPORT it!
Local Police and APS (if needed)
Culver City Police Department
Contact: Detective Derek Scharlin
Tel: (310) 253-6312 Fax:(310) 253-6115
Avoid Deceptive Sales Practices During Medicare's Enrollment Period
To protect yourself or someone you love from being a victim, please report questionable sales practices to the California Department of Insurance and keep these tips in mind:
- Medicare does not have official sales representatives: don't believe a salesperson who claims to be a Medicare representative. Medicare does not send "representatives" to solicit your business.
- Unsolicited sales calls are prohibited: Federal regulations prohibit unsolicited telephone calls, door-to-door visits, emails and other forms of sales without your permission. If you have not requested that someone contact you it may be a scam.
- Guard your personal information: Never give out personal information such as your Social Security number, bank account numbers, or credit card information over the telephone. verify that the person you are dealing with has proper authority to act on behalf of the plan before you provide your Medicare number. Keep a record of who you speak with and the information that you provide to that person.
- Beware of cross-selling: Cross-selling occurs when a salesperson approaches you for one purpose but then tries to sell you something else. This could lead to an unplanned purchase of a product that may not be in your best interest. Salespeople may not market health care-related products (such as annuities, life insurance, etc..) during a Medicare Advantage or Part D sales activity.
- Take your time: Don't feel pressured to make a quick decision. Be sure that you understand the details of a plan before you enroll. Verify copayment amounts and whether your medical providers participate in the plan that you are considering.
- You don't have to make a change: If you are satisfied that your current plan will meet your needs for the coming year, you don't need to change plans. Confirm the details of your current plan before making a switch.
Bring deceptive practices to the attention of the California Department of Insurance:
The California Department of Insurance wants to know about suspected deceptive sales practices so we can stop them. We are here to help you. If you think that you or someone you love have experienced deceptive conduct, or if you have any questions or convers, contact the Department at 1-800-927-4357
Additional information can be obtained from the California Department of Aging, Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) at 1-800-434-0222