(Washington, DC) Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser joined a fitness class to highlight the in-person programming available at wellness centers and meal sites across the District. The Mayor and the DC Department of Aging and Community Living also highlighted investments for DC seniors, while encouraging seniors to register for programming at senior wellness centers.
“With this $19.5 billion budget, we are focused on making sure older residents have access to world-class health care, housing, and opportunities to stay connected,” said Mayor Bowser. “We want our seniors to know: DC is open – our wellness centers are open, our senior meal sites are open, and we encourage them to take advantage of all the opportunities we have to stay engaged, healthy, and connected. We also want our seniors to help us spread the word by telling their friends and neighbors that we have centers open across the city where they can come work out, socialize, participate in programming, and receive meals.”
Mayor Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2023 Fair Shot Budget includes a $40 million package of Legacy Initiatives that will help longtime DC residents stay in DC, in part by making it more affordable to own and maintain a home. The Mayor’s FY23 budget also focuses on ensuring greater access to opportunities for District seniors including $1 million for expanded transportation access through the Connector Card program, $2.6 million for tablets for qualifying homebound seniors, $750,000 to launch a new grocery card pilot program for qualifying seniors to address food insecurity, and an additional $646,000 in the Eat Well, Live Better! senior nutrition pilot program, providing fresh produce delivery and connection to nutrition education and healthcare to participating seniors.
Other investments include $3.5 million to modernize and renovate the Joy Evans Therapeutic Recreation Center in Ward 7; a 2% property tax cap for seniors, which lowers the amount that property taxes can go up every year; a $500,000 investment in free dental services; and $425,000 investment in the expansion of Safe at Home to address additional fall risk factors including balance and strength activities and vision screenings.
The DC Department of Aging and Community Living’s (DACL) wellness centers are designed to help seniors continue living boldly by taking charge of their health, wellness, and social life. DC seniors can visit one of our centers to find new hobbies, explore new topics, connect with new friends, and enjoy group lunches.
To take advantage of these programs, seniors can contact a senior wellness center near them.
Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center
3531 Georgia Avenue, NW
Phone: (202) 727-0338
Wards 2 and 3
Around Town Satellite Wellness Program
4125 Albemarle Street, NW
Phone: (202) 895-9485
Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center
324 Kennedy Street, NW
Phone: (202) 291-6170
Model Cities Senior Wellness Center
1901 Evarts Street, NE
Phone: (202) 635-1900
Hayes Senior Wellness Center
500 K Street, NE
Phone: (202) 727-0357
Washington Seniors Wellness Center
3001 Alabama Avenue, SE
Phone: (202) 581-9355
Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center
3500 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE
Phone: (202) 563-7225
In addition to senior wellness centers, DACL has more than 40 community dining sites across all eight wards where seniors can also take part in group meals and activities. To find a community dining site near you, please call (202) 724-5626.
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