Institute of Gerontology
Info at a Glance: Institute of Gerontology
The Institute of Gerontology was established with two goals in mind: to introduce interdisciplinary courses in gerontology into the University curriculum and to create a community resource for improving the lives of the urban elderly. In keeping with the goals of the University, special efforts by the Institute are directed toward identifying the problems of African-American and other minority aged and training professionals to work with them. The academic program of the Institute is directed towards providing the expertise essential for employment opportunities for university trained workers in services for the aged.
Senior Tuition Program: Tuition and fees normally required for students will be waived for qualifying senior citizen, 65 years of age or older and who reside in the District of Columbia. All applicants must first be admitted to the University. Admittance is also based on space availability except in cases where the applicant matriculates in a degree program. Then, applicants pay half the amount of tuition set for students within their category. Courses are held at the Community College and the University.
The Senior Companion Program touches the lives of adults who need extra assistance to live independently in their homes and communities. They serve frail older adults, adults with disabilities and those with terminal illness. Senior Companions assist their adult clients in basic, but essential ways: offering companionship and friendship to isolated older adults; assisting with simple chores; providing transportation; and adding richness to their clients’ lives.
The Respite Aide Program provides in-home assistance to seniors living alone. The program also provides support to caregivers. This service helps the individual and/or families deal with the challenges of living independently in older adulthood.
The Bodywise Health and Fitness Program is a free program designed to promote health, wellness, and fitness for DC residents 60 years of age and older. Some of the benefits which may be achieved include: an increase in participants’ cardiovascular efficiency; improved muscular strength and flexibility; and increased knowledge of physical activity. The BODYWISE program consists of water aerobics, yoga, low-impact aerobics, and movement/ chair exercise. Classes are conducted by certified instructors. Click here to read the introductory letter and here to complete an application.