Online Activities and Resources2020-03-27T16:42:45-04:00

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 info@iona.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.dacl@dc.gov. 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#

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FITNESS

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.

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ARTS and OUTDOORS


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 coviaconnections@covia.org. Visit their website to learn more.

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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

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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:

Restaurant Meal Delivery (in addition to restaurants that might delivery directly):

Medicine Delivery:

CVS: https://www.cvs.com/content/multidose


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.


ONLINE EDUCATION

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.
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NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS

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OTHER RESOURCES
“Freebees if you’re stuck at home”

-Send other ideas and suggestions you have! Community@iona.org.

Around Town DC activities (in person) canceled March 16-April 24, 2020.
Click here to see online activities and resources