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For more information about programs and services offered within CAUSES' Division of Land-Grant Programs

Contact Information
202.274.6697 | 202.274.6605 |

Claudia John, MHA/GER | 202.274.6659

UDC Honors its Senior Citizen Volunteers

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Institute of Gerontology

Activities and Accomplishments


The Mission of the Senior Companion/Respite Aide programs is for seniors tohelp other seniors through volunteerism. The Senior Companion/Respite Aide Programs preserve the independence of District of Columbia residents. Our programs support low income and disabled older persons 55 years and older with high quality and compassionate volunteer service.


The Senior Companion/Respite Aide Vision is to improve the lives of the seniors who are in need of assistants to maintain living in their homes and communities so that they do not become institutionalized.

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Program Overview:

Senior Tuition Program: Tuition and fees normally required for students will be waived for qualifying senior citizen, 65 years of age or older and a resident of the District of Columbia on space availability.  Senior 65 years of age or older who wish to obtain a degree will pay half of the tuition and fee set for students within their category.  All applicants must first be admitted to the University.  Courses are held at the Community College and the University.

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. 

The Senior Companion Program touches the lives of adults who need extra assistance to live independently in their homes and communities.  The program serves frail older adults, adults with disabilities, and those with terminal illness.  Senior Companions assist their adult clients in basic, but essential ways: by offering companionship and friendship to isolated older adults, assisting with simple chores, providing transportation, and adding richness to their client 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. 


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CAUSES Academic Programs

RN to BS in Nursing – Dr. Pier Broadnax, Program Director
Nutrition and Dietetics - Dr. Prema Ganganna, Program Director
Urban Architecture and Community Planning - Dr. Susan Kliman, Program Director
PSM in Water Resources Management - Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Health Education - John Slack, Program Director

CAUSES Land-grant Programs

Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education – Che' Axum, Director
Center for Sustainable Development – Dr. Dwane Jones, Director
Water Resources Research Institute – Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health - Dr. Lillie Monroe-Lord, Director
Institute of Gerontology - Claudia John, Director
Center for 4-H and Youth Development – Rebecca Bankhead, Director
Architectural Research Institute - Clarence Pearson, Director

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