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Online and Phone
You might already use the Internet to find answers to questions, watch movies, or stay connected with friends and family. As you likely know, there’s truly a wealth of resources and information available to you online. You might even already have a few favorite go-to sites!
Below, we’ve picked some of our favorites for you to enjoy. These resources address everything from finding performances and other cultural art opportunities in the DC Metro area to phone chats and education programs that you can tap into from the comfort of your home. Learn with others, exercise, get support, and more with these online tools!
Please let us know if you have recommendations to expand our growing list of online resources by contacting Lena Frumin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 895-9485.
COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
- Culture Capital aggregates cultural activities happening in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. You can search the website for upcoming plays, movies, art exhibits, musical performances, and more. Many of the programs are free or have senior rates.
- Destination DC lists many activities in Washington, DC that are open to people of all ages. Check out their recommended weekend activities and the other events they recommend.
- The Forest Hills Connection provides up-to-date information about what goes on in the neighborhood north of Van Ness and South of Chevy Chase.
- Georgetown DC suggests many interesting activities that take place in Georgetown.
- Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets is a wonderful resource for activities and programs in the Dupont Circle Neighborhood.
- Tenleytown Main Streets has a great calendar and lots of fun activities.
- Washingtonian sends weekly emails of events and programs.
Eventbrite shares events you may be interested in nearby. There can be over 1000 free and low cost events/per month.Set up your account by going to Eventbrite. Provide your email and they will email you an opportunity to set your own password. Then you can see what might be of interest to you and receive emails from them about activities matching your interests.
Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park, Dupont Circle, Forest Hills, Georgetown, Glover Park, Palisades, and Tenleytown all have robust listservs neighbors use to share local information. You can join them by making a Yahoo Groups account (you will need to enter your user name, email address and password) and searching for the location which best meets your needs and interests. You can request that posts feed into your email box individually or are collected in a daily digest.
ONLINE AND TELEPHONE RESOURCES
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 https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/exercises/
- Falls Prevention, State of Hawaii https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCd-Dpj07kM
Mather LifeWays Telephone Topics is a great way to connect with others, learn new things, or 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.
Visit https://www.matherlifeways.com/neighborhood-programs/telephone-topics for more information.
MEET UPS are a way to connect with other people who are interested in informally gathering around a particular interest you may have. See their website: https://www.meetup.com/
NEXTDOOR is a private social network that some neighborhoods use for communication. See if it is a service that makes sense for you and if your neighbors are also using it. https://nextdoor.com/city/washington–dc/
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 table 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.
Iona’s Resource Guide is published biennially. It provides a comprehensive directory of aging and caregiving resources in metropolitan Washington, DC. Listings cover popular topics like Food Programs, Home Care and Home Health Services, Housing Options, Legal Services, Senior Service Agencies, Transportation, Support Groups, and more. The Guide is also available online and can be accessed at https://www.iona.org/resource-guide/.