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Learn, Stay Active and Connect at Senior Centers in Montgomery County and DC


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One place where you will find your tax dollars hard at work is at the many wonderful senior centers that the Washington Metropolitan Area has to offer. These centers provide a boost to the health of our senior community by offering a full menu of classes and activities that keep them mentally and physically engaged. Perhaps even more important is the role the centers play in easing the social isolation that so often plagues the elderly. For many seniors, the centers have been a cure for loneliness and a spot where new friendships have flourished.

Montgomery County
Montgomery County has six senior centers, serving adults 55 and over. All of the centers serve lunch each day; reservations are required. The cost of the lunch varies by location; people under 60 are asked to pay the full cost, and people over 60 are asked to make a voluntary contribution.

  • Damascus. 9701 Main St., Damascus; 240-777-6995. Open Monday – Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center, which shares space with the Damascus Library and the Damascus Heritage Museum, offers fun activities for seniors, including speakers, dances, and social events.
  • Holiday Park. 3950 Ferrara Dr., Silver Spring; 240-777-4999. Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (From April to November, the center has extended hours on Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.) The largest of Montgomery County’s senior centers, Holiday Park serves 500 to 600 seniors a day. The center has a computer lab and exercise room and offers classes, lectures, musical performances, card and board games, discussion groups, and more. Many people use the health clinic on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – noon, where a registered nurse or volunteer will take blood pressure and discuss health concerns.
  • North Potomac. 13850 Travilah Rd., Rockville; 240-773-4805. Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The county’s newest senior center, North Potomac is located in the Nancy H. Dacek North Potomac Community Recreation Center. This large center offers technology programs, sports such as pickleball and table tennis, community services, workshops, demonstrations, parties, travel opportunities, social activities, and more.
  • Long Branch. 8700 Piney Branch Way, Silver Spring; 240-777-6975. Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Located within the Long Branch Community Recreation Center, this senior center offers exercise classes, social activities, seminars, and entertainment that appeal to the diverse population of the area.
  • Margaret Schweinhaut. 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring; 240-777-8085. Open Monday – Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. One of Maryland’s first senior centers, Margaret Schweinhaut offers a library, billiards room, computer room, fitness center, multipurpose room, meeting room, art room, social hall with a large stage, kitchen, and an inviting lobby. The center offers an array of social, educational, and recreational programs.
  • White Oak. 1700 April Ln., Silver Spring; 240-777-6944. Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. This large and modern center, which opened in 2012 and is located within the White Oak Community Recreation Center, offers a wide variety of activities. Seniors can take exercise classes, participate in sports (basketball, pickleball, volleyball, table tennis, etc.), and attend lectures, workshops, technology classes, parties, and cultural programs. There are also drop-in programs, trips, and community-based services.
Washington, DC
Washington, DC, has six senior “wellness centers,” serving residents age 60 and over. The focus of the centers is to promote a healthy lifestyle among seniors through education, activities, exercise, companionship, and health services.

Like the centers in Montgomery County, the ones in DC offer daily lunch. All programs for seniors are free, and each center has activities planned from early morning to late afternoon, Monday through Friday.

All the centers offer similar amenities, activities, and services. You will find weight rooms, exercise studios, teaching kitchens, multipurpose rooms, computer labs, and libraries. Trained staff are on hand to provide medical screenings, nutritional assessments and advice, and help for smoking cessation.
There are too many things going on at the centers to list them all, but here are just a few:
  • Aerobics
  • Zumba
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Hand dancing
  • Line dancing
  • Salsa dancing
  • Tennis
  • Weight lifting
  • Tai chi
  • Meditation
  • Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Hula hoop
  • Chair fitness
  • Crochet
  • Knitting
  • Quilting
  • Painting
  • Bible study
  • Book club
  • Chess, pinochle, and other board and card games
  • Piano lessons
  • Spanish lessons
  • Sign language lessons
  • Cooking classes
  • Computer classes
  • Financial management seminars
  • Choir
  • Trips to local attractions and shopping
  • Movies
The following are the six DC senior wellness centers:
  • Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center. 3531 Georgia Ave. NW; 202-727-0338. Open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center. 324 Kennedy St. NW; 202-291-6170. Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Model Cities Senior Wellness Center. 1901 Evarts St. NE; 202-635-1900. Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Washington Seniors Wellness Center. 3001 Alabama Ave. SE; 202-581-9355. Open Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center. 3500 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE; 202-563-7225. Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hayes Senior Wellness Center. 500 K St. NE; 202-727-0357. Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Consider taking advantage of the fabulous benefits these centers offer in your area! To find more information on these senior centers on the internet, check out the links below.
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By Jill Renkey for Home Instead Senior Care
Since 1998, Home Instead Senior Care has provided companionship, meal preparation, laundry/light housekeeping, incidental transportation, medication reminders, and personal hygiene assistance to seniors in Montgomery County, MD, and Northwest Washington, DC. For more information, please call (301) 588-9710; HomeInstead.com/197.
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