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Sibley Senior Association

Sibley Memorial Hospital offers a number of classes, events and programs to improve the health and wellness of people 50 and older.

COVID-19 Announcement

Due to COVID-19, members are not able to come into the Sibley Senior Association (SSA) office until further notice. We are working remotely to continue to provide you with timely information and resources.

New and replacement membership cards will continue to be mailed on a regular basis. Please call our office number 202-364-7602 for more information. SSA Members can check out and register for our events on our MemberClicks website.

 

A Wellness Program for Those Over Fifty

If you are 50 years or older, Sibley Memorial Hospital invites you to become a member of an association that will help you maintain your good health. We have over 6,000 members.

Register for membership

  • The annual fee for new members is $25 for one person or $45 for two people at the same address. In addition to offering an annual primary membership for $20, we now offer a multi-year option to new members and renewing members. There are similar discounts for associate members living at the same address.

    • 3 year primary membership $60 (savings of $15)
    • 5 year primary membership $100 (savings of $25)
    • 10 year primary membership $180 (savings of $70)
    • A 50 percent discount in our parking garage
    • The Sibley Senior Association quarterly newsletter, which lists all of our seminars, classes and events
    • A 10 percent discount on gift items in the Serenity gift shop, located on the first floor of the Sibley Medical Building
  

Exercise and Brain Improvement Classes

In-person community classes and events at Sibley have been canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. We are pilot testing exercise classes with a limited number of people, distanced and masked - at the Palisades Hub. Please check the Sibley website and our Facebook page for ongoing updates.

  • Our exercise classes were originally designed for Sibley Senior Association members, and we have noticed many non-members are also attending. While we welcome non-members to attend, we recognize it does take time away from paying members. In order to process your request, there is a quarterly administrative handling fee in the amount of $10 for non-members to attend SSA classes. Non-members may attend as many classes as desired during the quarter.

    Please read the class schedule carefully for class locations.

    • Classes will be meeting in off-campus locations.  If in doubt, please call the SSA Office for information.
    • Payment must be received before your first day in class. 
    • Call 202-364-7602 to register for your desired class as soon as possible. 
    • For new students only: Late registrations are accepted the first three weeks of class (on all courses except Tai Chi).
    • No refunds after your first week in class. 
    • Make check payable to Sibley Hospital, and mail to the Sibley Senior Association, or call 202-364-7602 to have your payment processed over the phone with a credit card.
    • Register on line by visiting our events calendar
    • Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen.
    • Exercise classes must meet minimum numbers to start.
    • If DC Schools are closed due to snow, the classes at MMUMC and Palisades Church will be cancelled.
    • For more information, call the SSA Office at 202-364-7602.
  • Offered via Zoom this summer.

    Qigong, part of traditional Chinese medicine, concentrates on body structure (correct spine alignment), meditation (to calm the mind and relax the body) and correct breathing (to increase oxygen intake and toxin expulsion). Body Awakening uses slow, nonimpact movements derived from the martial arts to improve respiratory and balance functions of the body while addressing each student’s individual health issues. Combined, these two practices are the ideal way for you to experience both the mental and physical aspects of Eastern health exercises.

    $185 for the twelve week session (or $18 per class for late registrants)

    Please call the SSA office (202-364-7602) at your earliest convenience to register and pay. Advance registration and payment required. Students will receive the zoom link after they pay for the class.

  • Offered via Zoom this summer.

    Tai Chi uses gentle flowing movements to reduce the stress of a busy lifestyle and improve health. Often called “meditation in motion,” it promotes serenity and the connection of the mind and body.

    $185 for the twelve week session (or $18 per class for late registrants)

    Please call the SSA office (202-364-7602) for more information.

  • Sibley offers two opportunities for Senior Association members, hospital staff, patients and visitors to learn and practice mindfulness-based stress-reduction techniques in a group setting. Drop-ins and all levels, including beginners, are welcome. Tuesdays and Thursdays. No cost.

    The clinical effects of meditation and mindfulness practices are well documented. Mounting research shows that numerous and almost immediate benefits to one’s physical and emotional state occur from just practicing simple meditation techniques on a regular basis. Meditation and mindfulness practices have been linked to the following results, from as few as four days of daily practice:

    • Increased alertness
    • Boost to the immune system
    • Improved quality of sleep
    • Decrease in emotional reactivity
    • Decrease in stressful thoughts
    • Relaxation of the mind and body
    • Increased awareness of surroundings
    • Increased sense of well-being
    • Decreased feelings of loneliness
    • Support for the grieving process

    The opportunities are as follows:

    Facilitated by Leyla M. Kenny, Ph.D., L.I.C.S.W.

    Tuesdays (ongoing) from 11 a.m. to noon. Zoom link provided to registrants.
    Attendees will practice together for 20 to 30 minutes and will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences.

    Facilitated by Patricia Ullman J.D., certified mediation instructor

    Thursdays (ongoing) from 1 to 2 p.m. Zoom link provided to registrants.
    Attendees will practice sitting techniques and learn how to bring mindfulness more fully into their lives. They will also have the opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences with other attendees. Drop-ins and all levels, including beginners, are welcome. No cost.

    Registration is required by calling 202-364-7602.

  • Join us at the Sibley Senior Association Book Club and enjoy the company of book lovers. We have read books like:

    • Mornings On Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt by David McCullough.
    • Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
    • Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson’s First Ladies by Kristie Miller
    • Cleopatra by Stacey Schiff

    The Book Marks meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Contact the Senior Association Office at 202-364-7602 for more details. All are welcome.

  • Note: Effective Thursday, March 12 2020 until further notice, we have decided to cancel all community classes and events at Sibley out of an abundance of caution. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and look forward to resuming classes when we feel it is safe to do so. Please check the Sibley website and our Facebook page for ongoing updates.

    Facilitated by Joe Ryan, The AARP Smart Driver Course is the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older; it has helped millions of drivers remain safe on the road. During this course, you'll learn how you can manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. In addition, you'll learn:

    • How to minimize the effects of dangerous blind spots
    • How to maintain the proper following distance behind another car
    • The safest ways to change lanes and make turns at busy intersections
    • Proper use of safety belts, air bags, antilock brakes and new technology found in cars today
    • Ways to monitor your own and others' driving skills and capabilities
    • The effects of medications on driving
    • The importance of eliminating distractions, such as eating, smoking and using a cellphone

    After completing the course, you will have a greater appreciation of driving challenges and a better understanding of how to avoid potential collisions and injuring yourself or others.

    Those who attend this course at Sibley may also get a reduction in their auto insurance fee by taking the class. Please call your auto insurance company for details.

    Please Note: The six hour class is for people who have not taken the AARP Smart Driver Course before. The four-hour class is a refresher for people who have already taken the 6-hour AARP Smart Driver Course class. Anyone is welcome to take the 6 hour course.

    Cost: $15 for AARP members with membership card, $20 for non-members. Payable by check only (no cash or credit cards will be accepted). Please make check payable to AARP. To receive the AARP rate you must bring your AARP membership card to class.

    Registration is required. Contact Joe Ryan at 202-360-0704.

    • Full participation is required
    • Please bring a pen or pencil
    • Arrive 15 minutes early to check-in

    You may also take the class online, and also locate other classes in the area by going to www.aarp.org and looking up Driver Safety, or call 1-888-227-7669 to locate a class near you.

 

Special Seminars and Events

The Sibley Senior Association hosts informative, educational and fun seminars each quarter. View calendar for upcoming events and call 202-364-7602 to register.

 
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Support Groups

Sibley offers a variety of support groups to our Senior Association members and to the community. Support groups are free, ongoing and open to new members. Call the numbers listed for more information and registration.

  • This support group is for persons who are caring for someone who needs assistance. It may simply be the challenges of aging or chronic illness, such as Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, Cancer, Parkinson’s disease, or even because of mental health issues. You are also welcome if your loved one is long distance or in a care community. Group leader: Marianne Panke, M.A., L.M.T. This group meets regularly during the month via Zoom.

    Registration required. Please email Marianne Panke at Mpanke1@jhmi.edu for more information and to register.

  • Widowed Persons Outreach (WPO) is a free community service that has been providing bereavement support to newly widowed persons in our community since 1992. WPO has more than 30 volunteers; men and women who have been widowed themselves have taken our volunteer training and are now helping newly widowed people through their grief in a variety of ways, including one-on-one help, support groups, social activities, educational events and a bimonthly newsletter.

    WPO now holds meetings via zoom. An ongoing group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month via conference call or Zoom. For grieving spouses and life partners under 70 years of age, a group meets evenings every 2nd and 4th Wednesday via Zoom.

    For information, call the WPO office at 202-537-4942. Please leave a message on the voice mail system and a volunteer will return your call.

    WPO Welcomes New Volunteers

    If you have been widowed for over two years and would like to volunteer with WPO, call Marti Bailey at 202-660-5658. “We are always in need of volunteers — it is very rewarding,” said one of our founders, the late Peg Masi. “Helping others in turn helps you. We all feel the need to repay the comfort and support we received when we needed it most.”

  • Club Memory is a stigma-free supportive social group for people with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their care partners. Club Memory began with a small group of people coming together in Sibley’s cafeteria in September 2011. Since its inception, Club Memory has continued to grow exponentially, in response to members’ and community needs. Club Memory serves all wards in the District of Columbia through a combination of a grant from Department of Aging and Community Living (formerly DCOA) and private philanthropy. At each session we offer activities such as board games, puzzles, sing-alongs, trivia and challenges, sharing of resources and discussions.

    At Club Memory, conversation, community and even laughter among peers who truly understand each other open the doorway to living life to its fullest in the face of a mild cognitive impairment or dementia diagnosis. Club Memory also offers support groups for people with a diagnosis of dementia and their family care partners. Support groups meet twice a month as well.

    If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment or any other form of dementia, know that there is hope and support for you and your family. Please contact one of the community dementia program managers for more information about Club Memory and support groups:

    • Please contact Jihan Starr, Community Dementia Program Manager, for more information about Club Memory and support groups at jstarr12@jhmi.edu.
  • National Capital Lyme Disease Association - for information about Lyme disease and other events, offerings and support resources including Zoom meeting groups, please call the National Capital Lyme Disease Association at 703-821-8833 or visit natcaplyme.org.

  • This social support group is for people with myotonic dystrophy. For more information please contact Pat Dinsmore at 202-361-1087 or by email at p.dinsmore@icloud.com.

  • For those living with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, their care partners and family members. Meets the second Thursday of the month from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom.

    Group leader: Marti Bailey

    Please call 202-364-7602 for more information or to register.

  • For care partners and family members of those who are living with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. This group meets the fourth Thursday of the month from 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom.

    Group leader: Marti Bailey

    Please call 202-364-7602 for more information or to register.

  • CurePSP is the leading nonprofit organization working to improve awareness, education, care and cure for devastating prime-of-life neurodegenerative diseases. These include progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), multiple system atrophy (MSA) and others. CurePSP offers many virtual support groups for individuals, care partners and family members diagnosed with PSP, CBD and MSA. Support groups help provide emotional and practical support to those diagnosed and their loved ones, and reduce the sense of isolation associated with these rare brain diseases. Metro DC Support Group for PSP/MSA/CBD patients and caregivers meets every 3rd Saturday of the month on Zoom from 2 to 4 p.m.

    Please contact Kristen Weidner at weidner.kristen@gmail.com to register or visit www.curepsp.org/ineedsupport to view CurePSP’s virtual support group offerings.

  • The Stroke Support Group offers survivors, their caregivers and other family members a chance to share concerns and support each other. Professionals from various disciplines provide advice, resources and timely updates and information about post stroke recovery in an informal setting. The Stroke Support Group meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m. over Zoom.

    For more information, please contact Amy Chew, Group Leader at achew6@jh.edu or Jenni Knittig, Sibley Stroke Coordinator at 202-660-7413.

 

Celebration of 35th Anniversary of Sibley Senior Association and 10th Anniversary of Club Memory®
Where: Sibley Memorial Hospital Meditation Garden September 29, 2022

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    If you are sending a check for membership or any classes or events, please make checks payable to Sibley Memorial Hospital and mail to our listed address.

    The Sibley Senior Association office recently moved back to the first floor of the Renaissance Building. Please visit the office for photo IDs.

    Contact Information

    Phone: 202-364-7602
    Hours: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    Email: SibleySenior@jhmi.edu

    Mailing Address

    Sibley Memorial Hospital
    Attention: Sibley Senior Association
    5255 Loughboro Road, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20016
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