Howard University Geriatrics Division has been awarded a grant by the District of Columbia Office of Aging (DCOA) to operate fitness and wellness programs at the city’s new Hayes Senior Wellness Center.
John M. Thompson, executive director of DCOA, said he was pleased that the external review panel selected Howard. He expressed confidence that under Howard’s administration, senior citizens in Ward 6 will begin living healthier lifestyles through fitness and exercise. “Howard University is a leader in administering evidence-based wellness programs that have been proven to improve health outcomes,” Thompson said.
Registration is currently open for programs at the center, located at 500 K Street, NE. The center will serve the approximately 11,000 senior citizens who reside in Ward Six as well as any other city resident over 60.
Dr. Thomas Obisesan, chief of the Division of Geriatrics for Howard University Hospital and Howard University College of Medicine, will oversee the project. “We are excited to have the opportunity to work with the city and contribute to the wellness of our seniors in Ward 6,” said Obisesan, who is internationally recognized for his work on Alzheimer’s Disease and other issues related to elder care.
The Hayes Senior Wellness Center includes a nutrition counseling and instructional kitchen, an aerobics room and total fitness area, a massage area, a computer training center, a multipurpose room, offices for wellness center staff and locker rooms with shower and bathroom facilities
The new center sits on the site of what was the Rutherford B. Hayes Elementary School. The school was rehabilitated for the center. It also houses the main office of DCOA.