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Supporting Older Adult Mental Health

Our later years are full of transitions, from retirement to managing our aging bodies to loss of loved ones. These changes can be hard to process, especially when you add in the isolation and stress brought on by the pandemic. According to the CD...

How Older Adults Can Best Protect Themselves from COVID-19

By Dr. Laura Blinkhorn, Family Physician/Geriatrician As we age, we need to take extra care to stay healthy and prevent illness since our bodies are not as good at fighting off and recovering from infection. COVID-19 has been a prime examp...

Meet Tom – Addressing Senior Food Insecurity, One Phone Call at a Time

Food insecurity is an issue for people of all ages in the district, but older adults in DC have the highest rate of hunger in comparison to the rest of the nation, Feeding America reports. DC Hunger Solutions found that in 2020, nearly a third...

5 Ways Older Adults Can Get Their Groove Back

By Michelle Singleton, Director of the Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center, and Teresa Moore, Director of the Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center The pandemic has been tough on all of us, and especially isolating for older adults. During...

Flu Vaccine: Your Best Shot at Staying Healthy

Fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath – the symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 can be hard to differentiate, but these are two distinct illnesses. That means you could contract both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, and getting one do...

Flu Shot: Know before you say “No”

By: Dr. Dana Mueller, Director of Adult and Family Medicine. As a primary care doctor, I recommend almost all my patients get vaccinated against Influenza (or Flu). Young, old, pregnant, healthy, or chronically ill – ev...

Is a Healthy Brushing Routine a Part of your Senior Lifestyle?

By: Jillian Hartman, Hygienist A healthy senior lifestyle today requires more than a regular game of pickle ball or a walk in the park. It should include attentive oral health care and a healthy brushing routine follo...

Let’s Talk About Loneliness

By: Austyn Holleman, MSW MPH LGSW, Manager of Senior Mental Health Project This September, Mary’s Center is commemorating Healthy Aging Month by talking about one of the biggest health concerns facing seniors today: loneliness. It may seem su...