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Senior Wellness Center Seeks Donations

March 16, 2011

Box of fabrics destined for quilting

The Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center has really begun to serve the area’s seniors in earnest since its open house on February 28th. Yet, to live up to their potential they need support for their programs. They were able to get a grant from ANC 1A during the March meeting which should help, but it won’t be able to provide for all of their needs.

There are many opportunities for the entire community to be involved and support our seniors. One easy way is through donations of needed items in new or like-new condition. Below is a list of items needed by the Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center. People can call 202-727-0338 for more information.

  • Shuffle Board Set (Floor)
  • Putt Golf Set
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Sewing and quilting supplies — (including fabric, cutting mat, rotary cutter, scissors, thread, straight pins (quilting), ironing board, backing, batting, long plastic cutting ruler, marking pencils, yard sticks)
  • Yarn
  • Crochet and knitting needles
  • Jewelry making materials
  • Gently used books – Self-help, Novels, Nonfiction
  • Bibles and Korans
  • Board Games and Puzzles
  • Coffee Machine
  • Microphones
  • Podium
  • Umbrella  Caddy
  • Hand Truck
  • Patio table, chairs, umbrellas
  • Cameras (photography class)

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Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center Opens, February 28, 2011

February 25, 2011

It’s been over four months since the ribbon cutting for the Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center, and now it is time for it to begin serving the community.

According to an announcement sent out by Michelle Singleton, Director of the Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center, “0pening day will be an open house with a morning and afternoon orientation session scheduled to provide an opportunity for registrants to become familiar with the center, programs, equipment and policies and procedures to ensure safety. The remainder of the week will be a daily showcase of programs being offered at the center. The regular monthly calendar will be introduced during the week of March 7th.” A grand opening and naming ceremony is anticipated to take place in April.

While a fully operational wellness center has been a long time coming, it will be well worth the wait. Registration is open to District residents, 60 years of age or older.

The building’s features  include:

* Nutrition Counseling and teaching classrooms
* Intake Room
* Health Education Seminar Rooms
* Exercise and Fitness Area
* Massage Room
* Computer Training Center
* Multipurpose Rooms for health, wellness and social activities
* Roof top terrace with trail path trial

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Senior Wellness Center Aiming for September 13th Opening

September 2, 2010

Dr. Clarence Brown, Executive Director of the DC Office on Aging, was at the Park View UNC meeting last night to address the community about the programs at the soon to open Ward One Senior Wellness Center.

The Center is shooting for a September 13th opening, although the full range of services will not be available until the end of September. According to Brown, the facility will be one of six centers serving the Districts elderly. Its goal is to take a holistic approach to help seniors live longer and stay in their homes longer.

The non-profit Center will be entirely free to DC seniors (age 60 and older) and will have a range of programs focusing on fitness, disease prevention, nutrition education, and other social and medial issues. Visiting non-DC residents will be allowed to use the Center as long as they are accompanied by a DC resident.

The 15,000 square foot building will have reading rooms, areas for relaxation, an exercise room, multi-purpose rooms, areas for computer training, and a green roof.

One thing the Center will not have a lot of is parking. Being located on the corner of Georgia Avenue and Newton Place there is also little street parking to be had. That  said, vans will be provided to transport any senior requiring a lift and the Center will place an emphasis on serving those with disabilities.

Though open to all, the Center is intended to primarily serve Ward One residents.

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