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Active for Life - Increasing Physical Activity Levels in Adults Age 50 and Older!
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Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington, Inc. (JCA)

Active for Life program contact:

Sharlene Hirsch

JCA participant Active Living Every Day is being offered free of charge in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the District of Columbia by the Active for Life Center of the National Capital Region through a grant to the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington (JCA). “Course participation is multi-cultural and non-denominational,” states Sharlene P. Hirsch, EdD, the Active for Life Center’s director. More than 800 midlife and older adults have already enrolled in the course. Participants receive free tuition; a copy of the textbook, Active Living Every Day; an imprinted program notebook for weekly handouts; and an Active for Life imprinted step counter.

JCA serves as managing partner of an interstate, multi-agency collaborative, the Active for Life Coalition of the National Capital Region. In partnership with the center, the coalition is responsible for implementing and sustaining the Active Living Every Day course at senior and community centers, senior residential complexes, and hospitals in the region.

JCA participantsThe Active for Life Coalition of the National Capital Region is chaired by Dr. John F. Kenney, chief of Aging and Disabilities Services, Montgomery County (MD) Health and Human Services Department. Coalition partners are as follows:

• Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan
• Montgomery County Recreation Department
• Asbury Methodist Village
• Leisure World® of Maryland
• Sibley Memorial Hospital
• Suburban Hospital
• The George Washington University Hospital
• Senior Beacon
• Episcopal Senior Ministries
• Arlington County (VA) Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department
• Loudoun County (VA) Area Agency on Aging
• City of Takoma Park (MD) Department of Recreation
• Virginia Cooperative Extension
• NRH Regional Rehab at Chevy Chase

The Active Living Every Day course is being conducted at the following senior and community centers in the region: Culpepper Garden Senior Center, Arlington, VA; Vienna (VA) Community Center; Jewish Council for the Aging, Rockville, MD; Herndon Harbor Senior Center, Herndon, VA; McLean (VA) Community Center; Mid-County Regional Services Center, Wheaton, MD; Takoma Park (MD) Community Center; and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, Fairfax, VA.

Also, at the following senior residential complexes: Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD; Leisure World®, Silver Spring, MD; Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, Washington, DC; Victory Tower, Takoma Park, MD; and Friends House, Sandy Spring, MD.

Also, at these hospitals and healthcare facilities: Suburban Hospital Outpatient Medical Center, Bethesda, MD; The George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC; Montgomery General Hospital, Olney, MD; GWU Weight Management Program, Washington, D.C.; and Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington, D.C.

Grantee Contact Info

Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington, Inc.
11820 Parklawn Drive
Suite 200
Rockville, MD 20852

Phone: 301-255-4205
TDD: 301-881-5263
Fax: 301-231-9360

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