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.
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. The number is 202-724-5626 OR you can email at AskTheDirector.email@example.com. You can call and talk about sports, a new book you have been reading, a show you’ve been watching, music- anything! Call for 5 minutes or 20!
- 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#
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) are 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
The YMCA Fit & Well Program will be posting new videos every day. Keep your eyes open each day for additional classes, content will be updated daily.
Introduction: Visit here. Class: Visit here.
Strength and Resistance Workout
- Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center Fitness Coordinator, Aunyeah Carr, has created and shared several work out videos. Visit the drop box link.
- Hayes Senior Wellness Classes can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v_DByjA5sQ
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org)
ARTS and OUTDOORS
- These museums offer free online tours.
- 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
- 12 Historic Sites to Tour from your Home
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 streamed 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:
- 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.
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.
- 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
- 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
“Freebees if you’re stuck at home”
-Send other ideas and suggestions you have! Community@iona.org.