A Message from the Executive Director
“Living Active, Living Healthy, Living Happy,”
This is the overall goal that we want all of our senior participants to achieve. Since 1974, Vida Senior Centers has served low income Latino and other seniors in the District of Columbia. On a daily basis, the two senior center sites operated and managed by VIDA will serve from 250 – 300 District residents who are 60 plus years of age most of whom are very low income or live below the poverty level. On an annual basis, the sites will collectively serve over 500 unduplicated seniors. Because Vida has bilingual staff, participants come to Vida from all eight Wards in the District.
How do seniors benefit from our programs?
At Vida Senior Centers our seniors find a “home away from home.” There are daily activities – Tai Chi, Zumba, dancing, yoga, chair aerobics and more. Some locations have a gym area. Seniors can participate in arts and crafts, recreational activities and socialization activities. Health and Wellness staff is on hand to take blood pressure readings, glucose readings, help with control of chronic illness and provide health education. All participants have access to a Nutritionist/Dietitian to learn how to eat healthy and develop healthy dietary habits. Counselors and social workers are available to assist with accessing services available in the community and to help the seniors overcome any obstacles to services. Computer classes are offered at both sites. This new technology may initially intimidate the seniors, but they learn and know that it is essential to gain technological skills in today’s world.
English classes are offered at Vida Calvert Street and Vida Brightwood to help the large Spanish speaking population that we serve overcome any language barriers so that they can live independently and better navigate the community in which they live. All two locations are congregate meals sites, so all eligible seniors can get one hot meal a day as required under the Older Americans Act.
How does the community benefit from our services?
The District of Columbia’s Office on Aging’s Long-Term Planning Guide reports that the cost of long-term care in a facility in the District is $107,000 per year. Receiving long-term care in the home cost less than one third of that amount. All of the programs provided at Vida Senior Centers aim to help our seniors “age in place” in their homes for as long as possible. The benefits to the community are great in both financial and social terms and the benefits to our seniors are that they can maintain a high quality of life in their homes for as long as possible.
How can you help?
Vida Senior Centers is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, community-based organization and your donations will help a senior in need every day and is tax deductible. You can mail your donation directly to Vida Senior Centers, 1842 Calvert Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009, or donate on line at www.vidaseniorcenters.org. We also accept donations of items on our wish list which is also posted on our Website.
Would you like to volunteer or become a Vida Senior Centers Board Member? You will find a Volunteer Application and Nomination Form on our Website should you want to apply to serve on our Board of Directors or call 202-483-5800.
I would love to have you come by one of our sites for a tour. We want you to see your generosity in action. Contact me directly at 202-483-6141. I am looking forward to meeting you.
Interim Executive Director
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