The Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL) is committed to ensuring seniors live and thrive in the communities they know and love. This commitment includes ensuring the health and wellness of our older residents. To minimize exposure to COVID-19, we’ve partnered with Around Town DC to provide you with a list of online activities you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home! If you need further support, please give DACL a call at (202) 724-5626. For other needs, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 895-9448.
Click here to view upcoming virtual Around Town DC events!
See other events and resources below.
For the Latest Coronavirus News Please Visit coronavirus.dc.gov.
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NEW CALL & TALK PROGRAMS
- The Department of Aging and Community Living has launched a new Call & Talk program for older adults looking for someone to talk with while at home. Give them a call at 202-724-5626, go through their voice mail prompts and talk to one of the information and referral coordinators. They will have someone call you within 24 hours. After an interview, they will assign you someone as your conversation partner.
- So Others May Eat (SOME) has been working to provide activities for participants who are isolated at this time. They are providing an 11 am activity call that all seniors have access to. Their program coordinator Dawit Tesfamichael developed this programming to educate, support, counsel, and entertain seniors during this time. The number for the conference call is (206) 800-4833 and the code is 828282311#
Tips for Wellness During COVID-19
Metal Health resources Jody suggests can be found below:
- Four ways to help prevent loneliness while you’re social distancing
- CDC: Mental health and coping during COVID-19
- TED Talk: How to make stress your friend
Online Fitness Videos provide you with a great way to keep active, without leaving your home (or even chair)! Use at your own risk and remember to consult with your doctor before starting a new fitness program.
- National Institute for Health Exercises
- Falls Prevention, State of Hawaii
- The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is broadcasting #FITDC workouts on Mayor Bowser’s Facebook page and at 9:00 am every weekday on DCN Channel 16.
- The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will be broadcasting #FITDC workouts on Mayor Bowser’s Facebook page and at 9:00 am every weekday on DCN-Channel 16.
YMCA Fit & Well Programming
- Monday 10:00:00 AM, Strength & Resistance 4 Seniors YMCA Instructor, Jeanmarie Brown-Johnson Join Zoom MeetingTuesday 10:00:00 AM, Seated Pilates, Core & More 4 Seniors YMCA Instructor, Yat Ping Wong Join Zoom Meeting
- Wednesday 10:00:00 AM, Strength & Resistance 4 Seniors YMCA Instructor, Jeanmarie Brown-Johnson Join Zoom Meeting
- Wednesday 11:00:00 AM, Sit Down, Get Down 4 Seniors YMCA Instructor, Walter Smith Join Zoom Meeting
- Thursday 10:00:00 AM, Seated Pilates, Core & More 4 Seniors YMCA Instructor, Yat Ping Wong Yat Ping Wong is inviting you to participate in a scheduled Zoom workout. Join Zoom Meeting
- Friday 11:00:00 AM, Strength & Resistance 4 Seniors YMCA Instructor, Walter Smith\ Join Zoom MeetingIntroducing! A new VIRTUAL component of the Fit & Well Seniors program. Here you will find all things Senior related. Online classes 4 Seniors, class descriptions, upcoming events, and videos from previous events and classes. New workouts are being added daily so check back.
Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center Fitness Coordinator, Aunyeah Carr, has created and shared several work out videos. Visit the drop box link.
30-minute workout by Brittany Miller includes light cardio, core work, and light strength training
Free Virtual Yoga Classes: Amelia Aburn, Adams Morgan neighbor and certified yoga instructor is offering free virtual yoga classes starting Sunday 3/22 at 10:30-11:45 am. All are invited to this 75 minute rejuvenating all-levels Vinyasa flow! See more info below: All-levels Vinyasa flow. Held via Zoom – set up a free account, log on, follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/359740144 FREE (Donations via venmo: email@example.com)
BodyWise Dance, Margot Greenlee: Inclusive Dance class is heading online starting Mondays at 10 am EDT. Come enjoy this free 30-minute online dance/movement break! https://us04web.zoom.us/s/
VIDA Senior Center offers online fitness, breathing, English, and other topics.
ARTS and OUTDOORS
- These museums offer free online tours.
- Tour the Strathmore from your Home
- The National Portrait Gallery Online Experiences–join their email list.
- 15 Broadway plays and musicals you can stream from home
- The Metropolitan Opera is streaming an opera every night for free. They start at 7:30 pm. Watch anytime until 3:30 the following day.
- The National Museum of African American History and Culture has online exhibits for exploration.
- Tour National Parks
- Smithsonian Online Learning Lab
- National Portrait Gallery YouTube Channel
- 12 Historic Sites to Tour from your Home
- Cultural Tourism DC
- Poetry for Life– Please join poet Gary Glazner at 10:30 am EDT each day, Monday through Friday, March 30th through April 10th for Poetry for Life. Toll-Free Number (844) 855-4444. When prompted please enter the access code 270252. These conference calls are listen-only. Poetry for Life is a 15-minute long show that sounds like an old-fashioned radio show. Suitable for all ages! Funny Poems! Happy Poems! Poems that make you want to Dance. Love Poems! Silly Poems! Contact poet Gary Glazner for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org Depending on the length of the PAUSE Quarantine and level of interest we may extend programming beyond the end date of April 10th.
GAMES and INTERACTING
- Mather LifeWays Telephone Topics helps you connect with others, learn new things, and enjoy musical performances–all from your home. You can even access guided chair yoga or meditation sessions over the phone. To participate, dial 1-888-600-2560. Programs include:
- Wellness Programs: Enjoy live, guided chair yoga or meditation sessions to stretch your body or mind.
- Education Programs: Learn about history, healthy habits, architecture, and more.
- Discussion Topics: Join a lively discussion on sports, movies, and other topics, and share your own ideas.
- Music Reviews: Listen and learn about opera, early rock ’n’ roll, and other musical genres.
- Live Performances: Listen to live vocal performance or master storytelling sessions.
Click here to learn more about Mather Lifeways.
- Online scrabble is fun if you like games. Download Words with Friends on your smartphone. You can play with people you know or people you don’t know yet.
- DOROT University School Without Walls offers phone and online courses for older adults and caregivers who speak English or Russian. All you need is a phone, computer, or tablet to join lively discussions on a range of entertaining or educational topics. Some calls are even intergenerational. Gain friendship, support, intellectual stimulation, community, and more. Visit their website or call 1- 877–819–9147 for more information and to see a full catalog of conversation topics.
- Well Connected offers activities, education, support groups, and fun conversation over the phone or online. You can connect no matter where you are and at no cost to you. Conversations run the gamut, with past topics covering everything from art and zoology to meditation. Well Connected also meets 365 days a year, so there’s always a lively conversation for you to join. Most groups last about 30 minutes to an hour. Newcomers are always welcome! And, if you don’t feel like talking at first, you’re welcome to just listen as long as you let the group know you’re there. If you’re ready to register, please contact 877-797-7299 or email email@example.com. Visit their website to learn more.
DC PUBLIC LIBRARY (DCPL) and other RESOURCES
- Kanopy allows you to stream movies; Lynda.com will provide access to many software and technology tutorials; Khan Academy also has practice exercises and videos; Mango provides language training. Freegal offers free streaming music.
- “Libby by Overdrive” (downloaded through your app store or you can visit on your computer) allows you to reserve books, download books and listen to audio-books.
- You’ll see that the DC Library offers many digital resources such as magazines and newspapers, archives, music, consumers’ checkbook, reference, podcasts, and trainings. To open a specific application, click on “visit”, the blue tab at the bottom of each application. You may need to enter your library card and/or pin (usually the last four digits of your library card number).
- Project Gutenberg Free Ebooks
FOOD and SHOPPING for Older Adults (60+)
Stores in the DMV with Dedicated Shopping Hours for Vulnerable Populations:
- Read tips on how to stock your pantry from the New York Times
- Dollar General – The first hour of operations each day will be dedicated solely to the shopping needs of senior customers.
- The Fresh Market – Will reserve 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Monday through Friday for seniors and the most vulnerable.
- Giant – Will open 6 a.m. – 7 a.m. daily to serve only customers who are age 60 and older.
- Safeway – Will reserve every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. for vulnerable shoppers such as senior citizens, pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems.
- Target – The first hour of shopping each Wednesday is reserved for vulnerable guests – including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.
- Whole Foods – Stores will be open to people over 60 an hour before they open to the regular public.
- Costco Wholesale at the Shops at Dakota Crossing, 2441 Market St NE, Washington, DC 20018 is opening early for seniors some mornings at 8:00 AM till 9:00 AM for Seniors only.
- TERRIFIC Taste Presents Executive Chef Mark’s Community Cooking Class Monday/Wednesday/Friday 1:00 pm – 1:30 pmJoin Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 983 1555 3064 Password: 207346Links to past shows:
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Lemon Baked Chicken
Spagheti & Meat Sauce
Soft Chicken Taco
Breaking down a Whole Chicken
Stuffed Peppers with Brown Rice
Grilled Chicken & Fried Rice
Chef Mark’s Top 8 Cooking Shows
Potluck Stir Fry Chicken Adobo
Black Eyed Peas & Stewed Spinach with tomatoes.
Future shows will be out soon. See the schedule here.
Online shopping options:
- Instacart: https://www.instacart.com/
- Giant: https://www.peapod.com/
- Safeway: https://www.safeway.com/
- Aldi: https://www.aldi.us/en/shop-now/grocery-delivery/
Restaurant Meal Delivery (in addition to restaurants that might delivery directly):
- Revolution Meds: http://revmedsrx.com/
- PillPack from Amazon: https://www.pillpack.com
MEDITATION and MINDFULNESS
There are many great tools to use on your phone, computer, or smart device. Insight Timer, but lots of people start with Headspace. Most of these apps are things you do alone. You can also always watch people on youtube, and people like Tara Brach, founder of IMCW has lots of recordings of her Wednesday nights. Other recommendations.
- Insight Meditation Community of Washington has a specific category for virtual/online events… every day of the week! Join people from all over the world!
- The Center for Mindful Living has additional offerings that are typically a bit smaller and more intimate including an evening meditation and a variety of other social and support. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Online meditation calendar
- Modern States – offers free online courses for college credit via AP or CLEP examination
- Open Culture – free resources and courses for almost anything
- One on One English conversation with adult English learners in other countries via Cambly: https://www.cambly.com/en/tutors?lang=en
- The Historical Society of Washington, DC is offering great moments of history from our past. Visit their website and sign up for their mailing list.
- Filmfest DC has postponed this spring’s Filmfest DC, but are pleased to present a virtual series of films. See many films you may have missed in previous Filmfest DC programs. Viewing is free-of-charge. Read More here.
- Connect with Social Media and Do Virtual Visits with Video conferencing apps like FaceTimeor Skype
Explore what DC has to offer: WAMU’s DCist (https://dcist.com/story/20/03/12/free-ways-to-watch-movies-listen-to-audiobooks-and-otherwise-keep-busy-at-home/) outlines a number of ways to stream movies, magazines, exercise classes, even strolling through Smithsonian archives.
NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS
- DMV Neighbors Helping Each Other Through COVID-19 Facebook page
- DC Mutual Aid Spreadsheet (check all tabs)
Includes lots of resources: volunteer opportunities as well as info on neighborhood pods to check on each other
LGBTQ Virtual Social Hour
Monday, May 11th @ 4pm
Monday May 18th @ 4pm
Monday, June 1st @ 4pm
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Exploring the AIDS Pandemic and Understanding the Ways Pandemics Target Groups — Virtual
May 15th, 2020 @ 12:30 PM EST
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Decreasing Health Disparities for LGBTQ Older Adults — Virtual
May 28th, 2020 @ 1 PM EST
Register in advance for this meeting:
“Freebees if you’re stuck at home”
BENEFITS/SERVICES (prepared by Iona Senior Services Information and Referral Services (Info@iona.org)
- (National) – Stimulus checks under the federal CARES Act: clarification on who will receive the checks, how much they’ll receive, and how they’ll receive the checks summarized by the National Academy of Social Insurance (https://www.nasi.org/discuss/2020/03/cares-act-rebates-who-how-much-when-how).
- (National) – “Where’s My Coronavirus Stimulus Payment? Here’s How to Check” by Consumers’ Checkbook (https://www.checkbook.org/washington-area/consumers-notebook/articles/Where-s-My-Coronavirus-Stimulus-Payment-Here-s-How-to-Check-7350).
- (National) – COVID-19: An Advocate’s Guide to Medicare-Related Changes now available from the Center for Medicare Advocacy (https://tinyurl.com/yams4dhv).
- (National) – Nursing homes now must report COVID-19 infections to government and resident families, or face fines—as reported by McKnight’s Long-Term Care News (https://tinyurl.com/yb7b9y5h).
- (National) – New brochure for tenants of HUD-subsidized properties explains tenants’ rights and responsibilities during COVID-19, including how tenants can get a rent reduction if their income has dropped, guidance on eviction suspensions, and scam warnings, as reported by Leading Age. Link to brochure included on Leading Age’s webpage (https://tinyurl.com/yax8jdnk).
- (National) – Volunteer telephone friends now available for isolated LGBT older adults via SAGE (https://www.sageusa.org/sageconnect/).
- (National) – Free home video communications device, available to qualifying veterans, from Facebook and the American Red Cross, according to the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs (https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/73756/eligible-veterans-can-get-free-portal/).
- (DC, MD, VA) – Applications for state-administered public benefits (e.g. Medicaid, SNAP, LIHEAP, etc.) now may be completed online. DC residents may apply via the Dept. of Human Services’ website (https://dcbenefits.dhs.dc.gov/), MD residents apply via the Dept. of Human Resources (https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/dashboardClient/#/home), and VA residents can apply via Common Help (https://commonhelp.virginia.gov/).
- (DC, MD, VA) – “Local and Emergency Food Assistance Resources” list available from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments” (https://tinyurl.com/y9gnhswx)
- (DC) – DC’s SNAP (a.k.a. “Food Stamps”) program will soon permit recipients to purchase food online using their SNAP benefits, according to federal press release (https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/04/17/dc-and-north-carolina-added-innovative-snap-online-pilot-program).
- (DC) – GWU Hospital expands services and partnerships to improve health education and medical services to DC neighborhoods, especially those in eastern DC, as reported by the Washington Business Journal (https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2020/04/08/gwu-hospital-tackles-covid-19-with-new-testing.html).
- (MD) – MD State updates unemployment insurance claims process to require claimants to file on certain days of the week according to the first letter of their last names (https://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/unemployment.shtml).
- (MD) – Montgomery County’s Call N Ride (taxi-subsidy) participants now may receive grocery deliveries from participating taxi companies during the COVID-19 crisis, according to press release. Link to the Call N Ride program also on press release (https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Press_Detail.aspx?Item_ID=25220).
- (MD) – Montgomery County establishes new Emergency Assistance Payment Program for low-income residents ineligible for federal COVID-19 stimulus checks and for certain MD state programs (https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS/RightNav/Coronavirus_EARP.html).
- (MD) – “Food Assistance Resources for [PG County] Residents Impacted by Coronavirus Outbreak” available from the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council (https://tinyurl.com/yaswnqbr).
- (MD) – “Food Pantry Location[s]” in PG County mapped on the County’s website (https://tinyurl.com/y8d62htz).
- (MD) – Financial aid available to PG County hourly workers, laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from the County’s COVID-19 Hourly Employee Relief Fund (https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/29604/Employ-Prince-Georges-Hourly-Relief-Fund—English). Flier also available in Spanish (https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/29625/Employ-Prince-Georges-Hourly-Relief-Fund—Spanish).
- (VA) – Governor improves “access to Medicaid-covered healthcare services” during COVID-19 via executive order (https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-58-Access-to-Medicaid-covered-Health-Care-Services-in-Response-to-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19).pdf).
- (VA) – COVID-19 related legal fact sheets, available in multiple languages, from the Virginia Poverty Law Center. Included are fact sheets on unemployment, housing, public benefits, and immigrant rights (https://vplc.org/learn/covid-19-civil-legal-response-in-virginia/).
-Send other ideas and suggestions you have! Community@iona.org.