The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities offers a variety of programs and activities for Alexandrians ages 55 and over. For additional information, or to be placed on our mailing list, please call the Power-Plus Program Office at 703.746.5575.
Click here to download the Power-Plus Brochure! See all of the recreation programs provided for ages 55 and up, including: classes, clubs, sports, and other opportunities available.
Power-Plus classes are scheduled through the Recreation Classes & Camps Office. Click here for registration information. Please call the Recreation Classes & Camps Office at 703.746.5414 for additional information.
Click here to view a full list of current class sessions, schedules and locations.
Aquatics Exercise for Seniors
Are you looking to improve your muscular, cardiovascular strength and endurance without jumping, running, or swimming? Eliminate joint aches and pains, improve balance and flexibility, and minimize your chances of falling. Candice Kaup, who has a Masters Degree in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion, can address other physical-related problems. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703.863.1898 if you have any questions. No previous exercise experience required. Instructor Candice Kaup, M.S.
Candice's Land Exercise for Seniors
You are never too old to improve your posture and balance, strengthen your muscles, learn how to minimize or eliminate aches and pains, and increase your flexibility. There are many exercises that can be done while seated in a chair, leaning against a wall, or lying in your bed. There's no need to get up and down off the floor. Candice will also offer guidance and tips for those with arthritis, have undergone surgery, or suffer from other musculoskeletal problems. If you have questions, email Candice Kaup at email@example.com. Instructor Candice Kaup, M.S.
Functional Fitness For Older Adults
Ages 50 & up. Improve your independence and meet your functional goals. Exercises performed in this class will help you improve upper- and lower-body strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination. Safe and effective physical activity improves your physical health and enhances psychological wellbeing. Instructor Fitness For Older Adults, LLC.
Mi Ki Do Fitness Self Defense
Ages 55 and up. Learn self defense techniques that may be useful in dangerous situations. In addition it will help improve your level of fitness. Progress at your own pace, all levels of fitness welcomed! Instructor Maria Hess.
Piano Fun for Adults
Learning to play the piano is an unfulfilled dream for many adults and has been proven the reduce stress levels, improve health and enhance overall well-being. Learn music fundamentals such as improvising and reading music in a relaxed and fun learning environment. No experience necessary. A $25 book fee is to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class. Instuctor Natalie Gibson Grimes.
Senior Body Part Aerobics
A low-impact physical workout with slow everyday movements to tone and sculpt areas of the body. Use chairs and steps to increase balance and coordination. Designed for senior's health and wellness but all ages are welcomed.
Join us for a beginner's class to learning the short form of Yang-style Tai Chi, introducing a series of 24 postures in a slow, graceful manner. This noncompetitive martial art may help lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and improve memory, balance and coordination. Instructor Picot Chappell.
Today's Technology for Boomers & Beginners
Confused about all the technology options? Delve into cell / smart phones, social media (Facebook, etc.), computers and gaming systems to keep you active. Discover interesting websites to make your life easier and save you money. Other topics include GPS and mapping technology, great travel and digital coupon websites, Skype / Webcam technology, the latest from Microsoft, Google and much more! Instructor Andy Livingston.
Yoga in the Morning
Start the day off right with a stress reducing exercise class. Practice posture and breathing techniques to reduce tension, improve circulation and learn to relax. Bring a towel or mat. Instructor Gloria Scott.
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Power-Plus Clubs are ongoing, and are free unless otherwise noted. City Residents only. For more information and to confirm activity, contact the Recreation Center where the club is located. Recreation Center ID cards are required (provided free with proper proof of City residency).
Neighborhood Recreation Centers:
- Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., 703.746.5552
- Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility, 3210 King St., 703.746.5553
- Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 W. Reed Ave., 703.746.5554
- Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., 703.746.5556
- Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St., 703.746.5550
- William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Ave., 703.746.5558
AARP Tax Preparation (February 1 - April 15)
Free income tax preparation for low and moderate income taxpayers, with special emphasis on those ages 60 and over.
Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Nannie J. Lee
American Sign Language Club
Participants continue to learn ASL grammar and etiquette. Deaf Culture is explored, as well as opportunities to converse with native signers.
Thursdays, 10:15-11:30 a.m., Mount Vernon
Students begin with sketching and progress through the different mediums of the visual arts at their own pace with assistance from professional artists. $3 per class.
Mondays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Mount Vernon
Know when to hold them.... Know when to fold them. Come play cards with your neighbors and friends in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Nannie J. Lee
Del Ray Seniors
Weekly meeting to discuss ideas and topics that center on healthy living programs, exercise and fitness, health screenings, and recreational and leisure opportunities. Quarterly luncheons, field trips and guest speakers are also part of the social experience.
Tuesdays, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Mount Vernon
Dun Lo Arts
Seniors learn to paint in a group setting. Art exhibits scheduled each May and December. For more information call Rhoda Seligmann at 703.751.7924.
Tuesdays, 12-2:30 p.m., Nannie J. Lee
Informal work group assists seniors with psychomotor skills by creating assorted jewelry items. Participants provide their own materials.
Mondays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Mount Vernon
Knitters at various skill levels meet to socialize and knit beautiful scarves, hats, sweaters, blankets, etc. The program is on-going and participants are responsible for providing their own materials.
Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mount Vernon
Lunch Time Hatha Yoga For Men & Women
Practice posture and breathing techniques to reduce tension, improve circulation and learn to relax.
Mondays, 12-1 p.m., Cora Kelly
Enjoy a classic movie at a great price. Light refreshments will be available for sale. Please call 703.746.5552 one week prior for show schedule. Residents $2, nonresidents $3.
Mondays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Charles Houston
What do you get when you combine badminton, tennis, and ping-pong? The ingredients for the sport known as pickle ball. A popular and quickly growing sports program for active adults. Meet new friends, socialize, and attend Pickle Ball workshops, entertaining one another with weekly challenge games. Residents free, nonresidents $8.
Mondays and Tuesdays, 12-2:30 p.m., Nannie J. Lee
Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Charles Houston
2nd and 4th Sundays, 3-4:30 p.m., Charles Houston
Participants have the opportunity to learn the games of bridge and pinochle and play socially on a regular basis.
Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Mount Vernon
Stay healthy and have fun while exercising through the game of 3 on 3 half-court basketball. Come learn and sharpen your skills. Other senior players will be available to assist and provide scrimmage opportunities. Bring an indoor women's basketball and a light and dark colored shirt. Come ready to play.
Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Nannie J. Lee
Senior Fellowship Luncheon
Share lunch and listen to a special guest.
2nd Thursdays of the month (confirm date with center), 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Cora Kelly
Square Dance Program
Beginners and experienced dancers are welcome to join the fun! Program led by a professional caller. $5 per class.
Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., Mount Vernon
Strength and Conditioning Club
A self-directed group activity to motivate individuals to continue a personal fitness plan and cardiovascular workout. A Recreation Center ID and Recreation Center Fitness Pass are required. Participants are encouraged to consult with their physician prior to participation.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., William Ramsay
Table Tennis Tuesdays
Join us for a few hours of table tennis as we 'Get Active to Stay Active.' Play on two tables with balls and paddles provided. All skill levels are welcome.
Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., William Ramsay
West-End Billiards at Ramsay
Play it up on two slate pool tables with cue sticks provided. All skill levels are welcome.
Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., William Ramsay
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What do you get when you combine badminton, tennis, and ping-pong? The ingredients for the sport known as pickle ball. A popular and quickly growing sports program for active adults.
For information on pickle ball classes, clinics and tournaments, contact the Adult Sports Office at 703.746.5409.
Click here for information on pickle ball drop-in sessions.
Additional Adult Sports Leagues include:
For more information, visit the Adult Sports page, or contact Marvin Elliott, Adult Sports Supervisor, at 703.746.5409 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Recreation Center Fitness Passes
There are multiple pass options for the use of the fitness rooms at the following Neighborhood Recreation Centers: Charles Houston, Cora Kelly, Nannie J. Lee, and William Ramsay.
- Alexandria Residents*
- $3.20 per day
- $28 for 10 visits (anytime)
- $48 for 20 visits (anytime)
- $24 for a 3 month pass
- $40 for a 6 month pass
- $80 for an annual pass
*Fees include 20% discount for residents 55 and up. Contact your neighborhood recreation center for nonresident fees and further details.
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Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility
Chinquapin Park Recreation Center provides a variety of services, including: an indoor 25-meter pool and diving well, outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, locker rooms, a nature trail, aquatic and fitness classes, lighted tennis courts, men and women saunas, a fitness room, facility rentals and racquetball courts. For more information, call 703.746.5553.
- Admission Fees and Passes for Residents 55 and Up
- $4 per day
- $61 for 25 visits (anytime)
- 1-month Unlimited Fitness Pass
- Single- $28
- 2 persons- $43
- 6-month Unlimited Fitness Pass
- Single- $152
- 2 persons- $217
- 12-month Unlimited Fitness Pass
- Single- $263
- 2 persons- $394
- Racquetball Play
- Non Prime Time- $8 per hour
- Prime Time- $11 per hour
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Robust Walking is a wholesome pathway to successful aging that weaves low-intensity exercises into a walk. To learn more and/or to start a Robust Walking group in your neighborhood, call 703.746.5575, or contact Dr. Dan Kulund of the Commission on Aging at 703.850.0424 or email@example.com.
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Northern Virginia Senior Olympics
The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics Program is held annually and open to all residents ages 50 years and older. Compete in 25 indoor and outdoor events including track, swimming, golf, scrabble, bowling, basketball, line dancing, pickle ball, table tennis, cycling, and many more. The NVSO program promotes health, fitness and psychological well-being for older adults by providing opportunities for participation, competition, self-improvement and fellowship through various athletic and recreational events. NVSO is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics Committee which includes the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William. Registration required.
For additional information, visit www.nvso.us or call 703.746.5575.
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Other Services for Seniors
Successful Aging Committee
A group of program managers who collaborate to share information and provide several Citywide activities for older adults in Alexandria. For additional information, please call 703.746.5429 or 703.746.5676. SAC events include:
- Dance for All Ages - an intergenerational spring dance sponsored by the committee and the Student Government Association of T.C. Williams High School. DJ music, dancing, light refreshments and a very good time are the order of the evening.
- Senior Health & Fitness Fair - information tables, screenings, exercise demos and more in celebration of annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day. Last Wednesday in May.
- Holiday Luncheon - Fellowship, entertainment and holiday cheer including a delicious lunch.
Senior Services of Alexandria
A local non-profit organization that offers support and services to seniors living in the City of Alexandria, including Meals on Wheels, DOT Paratransit reservations, Companion Care Assistance, Senior Information Corners, monthly Senior Speaker Series events and the new Friendly Visitor Program. For more information, call 703.836.4414 x10, or visit www.seniorservicesalex.org.
Department of Community & Human Services
Division of Aging & Adult Services
Provides a variety of services to residents ages 60 and over including transportation, an adult day health care facility, home visits and case management, home-delivered meals, health insurance counseling, and volunteer opportunities. For more information call 703.746.5999.
The Division of Aging & Adult Services also provides meals and recreation at the following senior centers. Call the center for additional information.
- Charles Houston Senior Center
901 Wythe St.
Operating Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 2 pm
Activities: Sharing Groups, Bingo, Wellness Training, Table Games, Faith Services, Shopping, Bowling, and Trips.
- St. Martin de Porres Senior Center
4650 Taney Ave.
Operating Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 2 pm
Activities: Sharing Groups, Exercise Classes, Bingo, Special Events, Dancing, Ceramics, Citizenship Class, and English Classes.
- Adult Day Health Care Center
1108 Jefferson St.
Operating Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
The Alexandria Adult Day Services Center is a daytime program for older adults with physical and/or cognitive limitations. The program offers therapeutic recreation programs, leisure activities and nutritional meals for center participants to help increase their physical, mental, emotional and social abilities. It also provides respite and support for caregivers.
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