When senior centers throughout the region closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many began offering virtual programming for their members – fitness classes to help older adults stay fit, flexible, and balanced; social events to connect with friends; arts and crafts classes to encourage creative expression and reduce stress; and lectures and performances to educate and entertain. Over many months, these events created connection while people remained physically distant.
Although centers have reopened, the need for virtual programming persists. Even before the pandemic, many older adults and adults with disabilities lived in isolation, rarely able to leave home. Additionally, some former center participants are no longer comfortable returning to the centers they once enjoyed.
To address the continued need for virtual programming, four Northern Virginia jurisdictions and one non-profit organization partnered to offer weekly virtual programming for older adults and adults with disabilities. Arlington County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, the Town of Vienna, and ServiceSource Inc., hosts live virtual programming on Zoom five days a week. The events range from fitness classes to special presentations to interactive games. This resource is free and all older adults and adults with disabilities who live in Northern Virginia are welcome to use it.
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