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Age-Specific Programs


Senior Shape
Senior Shape is an exercise program for the 55+ population designed to improve and maintain balance, muscle strength, flexibility and cardiovascular strength through a variety of fitness classes. Classes are held year-round in ten different community and senior centers throughout Montgomery County and Prince George’s County. Senior Shape incorporates weight training, aerobics/strength and stretch, stability ball, flexible strength, advanced weight training and advanced aerobic/strength and stretch exercises. 

Benjamin Gaither Center | 80-A Bureau Dr. Gaithersburg

Bethesda Regional Service Center | 4805 Edgemoor Ln, 2nd Floor | Bethesda

Clara Barton Community Center | 7425 MacArthur Blvd | Cabin John

Gwendolyn Britt Senior Activity Center | 4009 Wallace Rd | North Brentwood

Holiday Park Senior Center | 3950 Ferrara Dr | Wheaton

Jane E. Lawton Community Center | 4301 Willow Ln | Chevy Chase

Margaret Schweinhaut Center | 1000 Forest Glen Rd | Silver Spring

North Potomac Community Center | 13850 Travilah Rd. Rockville 

Potomac Community Center | 11315 Falls Rd | Potomac

Wisconsin Place Community Center | 5311 Friendship Blvd. Chevy Chase

Specialty Exercise Classes for Seniors 

Balancing Act
A certified Physical Therapist will teach balance, strengthening and flexibility exercises that can be done safely in your home. First session will include a presentation about balance, falls and fall prevention with the remaining sessions focusing on strengthening and balance specific exercises to reduce fall risk. Recommended for those with mild balance problems.

Gentle Yoga for Seniors
Yoga for seniors will help maintain muscle softness and flexibility, keep the mind alert and awake, encourage relaxation and strengthen muscles and joints.  Appropriate for all levels of physical fitness; includes the use of chairs and props.  

Pilates for Seniors
Incorporate gentle movements to strengthen the core, lengthen the spine and build muscle tone while improving posture and increasing flexibility. Bring a mat and dress comfortably. 

Tai Chi
Improve your memory, coordination, balance and flexibility through Tai Chi using gentle, flowing movements. Wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes. Appropriate for beginners. 

Survival Guide for First Time Grandparents 
Receive instruction on infant and child CPR and choking rescue for first-time grandparents. Refreshers on life skills such as diapering, swaddling, feeding and soothing a crying baby will also be included. Non-credentialed course.   


Check It Out
Check It Out (CIO) is a community-based program that provides breast cancer education and early detection information to female 11th and 12th grade high school students. CIO is organized by Suburban Hospital and Hadassah Greater Washington in partnership with Montgomery County public and independent high schools. This onetime interactive lecture, held every two years educates over 5,000 female students along with families and loved ones on the importance of early detection to help save lives. 

Suburban Hospital looks forward to expanding CIO into schools throughout the county and reaching many more young women with critical education resources. If you are interested in incorporating the Check it Out Program into your school curriculum, please contact Community Health and Wellness at 301-896-3844 or

Medical Explorers Program
The Medical Exploring Program is a signature, one-of-a-kind interactive, educational initiative designed for high school students who are interested in pursuing a career path in health care and want to strengthen their understanding of the medical profession.  For nearly 20 years, the Suburban Hospital Medical Exploring Program has been made possible through a partnership with Suburban Hospital and the Boy Scouts of America. 

Throughout the academic year, students have the opportunity to learn about key functions of the community hospital system from the region’s top physicians, surgeons, and healthcare professionals. In addition to touring areas of the hospital, students also take field trips to some of the Washington area’s premier medical research facilities. 

How to Enroll in the Program
Each September, Suburban Hospital holds an information session for interested students and their parents to learn more about the program and determine if it is a good fit. Registration is on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis and will remain open until all slots are filled. Further information on the application process will be provided at the information session.

*Scholarships are available for students upon request. Contact Sara Demetriou for more information.*

Safe Sitter 
Safe Sitter® is a national, non-profit organization that provides programs to teach youth aged 11-13 life and safety skills for when they are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Safe Sitter graduates are prepared with the knowledge they need to prevent problems and handle unexpected emergencies. Suburban Hospital has been a registered Safe Sitter teaching site for more than 20 years. 

Designed for students in grades 4-6 with important safety training that will help them be prepared to stay home alone. Students will learn how to practice safe habits, handle common household emergencies, and who should treat illnesses and emergencies. Completing the program does not mean that a student is ready to stay home alone. Only the student’s parents can make that decision, based on the age, maturity, skills, and experience and confidence level of their child.  

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