Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Info at a Glance: Institute of Gerontology

Are you or do you know a senior who resides in the District of Columbia? As we begin a new year, why not encourage them to participate in one of the offerings from the UDC Institute of Gerontology! Learn more about the: Senior Companion/Respite Aide, Bodywise and Senior Tuition programs.

THE SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM touches the lives of adults who need extra assistance to live independently in their homes and communities. They serve frail older adults, adults with disabilities and those with terminal illness. Senior Companions assist their adult clients in basic, but essential ways: offering companionship and friendship to isolated older adults; assisting with simple chores; providing transportation; and adding richness to their clients’ lives. Senior Companions and Respite Aides are also have the opportunity to attend a monthly In-service training.   

THE RESPITE AIDE PROGRAM provides in-home assistance to seniors living alone. The program also provides support to caregivers.  This service helps the individual and/or families deal with the challenges of living independently in older adulthood. Learn more about the Senior Companion and Respite Aide programs.

THE BODYWISE HEALTH AND FITNESS PROGRAM is a free program designed to promote health, wellness, and fitness for DC residents 60 years of age and older. Some of the benefits which may be achieved include: an increase in participants’ cardiovascular efficiency; improved muscular strength and flexibility; and increased knowledge of physical activity. The BODYWISE program consists of water aerobics, yoga, low-impact aerobics, and movement/ chair exercise. Classes are conducted by certified instructors. Learn more about Bodywise.

SENIOR TUITION PROGRAM: Tuition and fees normally required for students will be waived for qualifying senior citizen, 65 years of age or older and who reside in the District of Columbia. All applicants must first be admitted to the University. Admittance is also based on space availability except in cases where the applicant matriculates in a degree program. Then, applicants pay half the amount of tuition set for students within their category. Courses are held at the Community College and the University. Learn more about the Senior Tuition program.

For additional information contact:
Institute of Gerontology
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW 20008, Building 39, Room 101
Phone: (202) 274-6697; Fax: (202) 274-6605

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