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Sibley Senior Association

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Sibley Senior Associations 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 $25, 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 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. While we welcome non-members to attend, we recognize it does take time away from paying members. There is a $10 quarterly administrative fee for nonmembers to attend as many SSA classes as desired during the quarter.

    Please read the class schedule carefully for class locations.

    • Wear comfortable clothing.
    • Payment must be received before your first day in class.
    • Call 202-364-7602 for more information and to register for your desired class as soon as possible.
    • No refunds after your first week in class.
    • Make check payable to Sibley Memorial Hospital and mail to the Sibley Senior Association, or call 202-364-7602 to pay via credit card. Note: there is a $10 quarterly administrative fee for non-SSA members.
    • Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen
    • If the federal government or D.C. schools are closed due to snow, the classes at the Palisades Hub will be cancelled and make-up class(es) will be scheduled. If you feel weather conditions are dangerous, please do not attempt to drive.
  • Offered via Zoom.

    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.

  • Join us once a month for a healthy walk in and around the lovely Palisades community, led by a staff member of the Sibley Senior Association. Everyone is required to wear a mask. We’ve enjoyed real estate walks checking out new construction, walking along the Capital Crescent trail, and identifying plants in neighborhood gardens. We meet in the lobby at the front of Building D, weather permitting. Please wear comfortable clothing and don’t forget to bring a water bottle. We usually meet the fourth Wednesday of each month (weather permitting).

    Register online, email [email protected] or call 202-364-7602

Brain Improvement Classes

  • 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 [email protected].

  • 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 club meets on the second Tuesday of each month. All are welcome,

    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.

    Registration is required by calling 202-364-7602. View upcoming classes.

    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.

    How Meditation Can Help

    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

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.

Recorded Webinars (Slideshow)


    10th Anniversary Celebration

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

    Watch video

    Contact Us

    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: [email protected]

    Mailing Address

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