Seniors

The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities sponsors social programs designed just for you. For additional information, to register, or to be placed on our mailing list call the Power-Plus Program Office at 703.746.5585.

Page updated on Oct 7, 2019 at 4:08 AM


Power-Plus Classes

Register for Power-Plus classes at participating recreation centers, the Lee Center's Registration & Reservation Office, or online. Learn about registration options. Please call the Registration & Reservation Office at 703.746.5414 with registration questions.

Click here to view a full list of current class sessions, schedules and locations. 

Aquatics Exercise for Seniors Deep Water Aqua Exercise
Improve muscular and cardiovascular strength and endurance without jumping, running, or swimming. Eliminate joint aches, improve balance and minimize chances of falling. Email candicekaup@yahoo.com or call 703.863.1898 if you have any questions. No previous exercise experience required. Instructor Candice Kaup, M.S.

Senior Body Part Aerobics
Strengthen and tone muscles while improving flexibility. This cardio and weight training curriculum is designed for older adults to increase endurance and burn calories using a timed interval system. All fitness levels welcome! 

Functional Fitness for Older Adults
Ages 50 and up. Improve your independence and meet your functional goals. Help improve upper and lower body strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. Safe and effective physical activity improves your physical health and enhances psychological well-being. Instructor Fitness for Older Adults. 

 


Power-Plus Clubs

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
  • Leonard "Chick" Armstrong 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
  • Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4653 Taney Ave., 703.746.5541
  • William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Ave., 703.746.5558  

55+ Game Nights
Play table games and cards while enjoying entertainment, refreshments, and new friends.
Fridays, 7-9 p.m., Mount Vernon

Art Class
Begin with sketching and progress through various visual mediums with assistance from professional artists. $5 materials fee.
Mondays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Mount Vernon 

Belly Dance 101
Perform fluid combinations of moves to energizing music in a self-directed step-by-step class with safe, gentle warm-ups and stretches. 
Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m., Chick Armstrong. 

Bridge Club
Know when to hold them.... Know when to fold them. Play cards with your neighbors and friends in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Nannie J. Lee

Coffee Social Hour
Enjoy coffee and cake with new and old friends. 
Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Chick Armstrong

Dance Fitness
Learn the basic steps of line dance for new and old dances with Instructor Glenda Davis. No partner needed.
Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m., Chick Armstrong

Del Ray Robust Walking Group
This wholesome pathway to successful aging weaves low-intensity exercises into a walk. 
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9 a.m., Mount Vernon

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.-3 p.m., Mount Vernon

Dun Lo Arts
Learn to paint in a group setting. Art exhibits scheduled each May and December. Registration is encouraged. For more information call Rhoda Seligmann at 703.751.7924. This class is free because you bring your own supplies.
Tuesdays, 12-2 p.m., Nannie J. Lee

Game Day
Enjoy board games, cards, or billiards in a fun social environment. 
Fridays, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Chick Armstrong 

Knitting Club
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

Pinochle Club
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

Silk & Soul Hand Dance
Enjoy one of the fast-est growing activities. It is a male-led performance, with both partners performing syncopated turns and steps.
Fridays, 7-9 p.m., Mount Vernon

Silver Screen Movie
Seniors, pop on over for a great time watching movies and enjoying snacks. Bring a movie or make a suggestion for the group. 
Third Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Chick Armstrong

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 
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.
Mondays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., William Ramsay
Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m., Chick Armstrong

Tech Class 
Become friends with your technology. Learn how to use computers, tablets and smartphone devices to keep up with your kids and grandkids. 
Fourth Fridays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Chick Armstrong

Walking Club
Connect with others who share your health goals and be a part of a fun group!
Tuesdays and Thursday, 9-10 a.m., Chick Armstrong

Zumba
Want to have fun while exercising? This safe, self-directed fitness workout combines Latin dance and modern day hip hop. 
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., Chick Armstrong


Power-Plus Sports

Pickle Ball Open Play
What do you get when you combine badminton, tennis, and ping-pong? The sport known as Pickleball is a popular and quickly growing sports program for active adults. Meet new friends, socialize, enjoy weekly challenge games and quarterly workshops. Residents free, nonresidents $8.
Mondays and Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Nannie J. Lee
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Patrick Henry
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Patrick Henry
Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Charles Houston
Second and Fourth Sundays, 3-4:30 p.m., Charles Houston 

For information on pickle ball classes, clinics and tournaments, contact the Adult Sports Office at 703.746.5409.senior10

Women's Basketball
Stay healthy and have fun while exercising in 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!
Wednesdays, 1-2:30 p.m., Nannie J. Lee

Additional Adult Sports Leagues include: 
Coed Volleyball 
Coed Soccer
Coed Softball
Men's Softball

For more information, visit the Adult Sports page, or contact Marvin Elliott, Adult Sports Supervisor, at 703.746.5409 or at marvin.elliott@alexandriava.gov.



Recreation Center Fitness Passes

There are multiple pass options for the use of the fitness rooms at the following recreation centers: Charles Houston, Leonard "Chick" Armstrong, Patrick Henry, and William Ramsay. 

  • Alexandria Residents*
    • $4 per day
    • $32 for a 3 month pass
    • $60 for a 6 month pass
    • $100 for an annual pass

*Fees include 20% discount for residents 60 and up. Contact your neighborhood recreation center for nonresident fees and further details.



Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility

Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility 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 Alexandria Residents*
    • $6.40 per day
    • 12-month Individual Fitness Pass (25 visits) - $120
    • 1-month Unlimited Fitness Pass
      • Single- $40
      • 2 persons- $69.60
    • 6-month Unlimited Fitness Pass
      • Single- $200
      • 2 persons- $350.40
      • Family (includes up to 4)- $404
    • 12-month Unlimited Fitness Pass
      • Single- $360
      • 2 persons- $630.40
      • Family (includes up to 4)- $727.20
    • Racquetball Play
      • Non Prime Time- $8 per hour
      • Prime Time- $11 per hour

 

*Fees include 20% discount for residents 60 and up. Contact Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility for nonresident fees and further details.



Robust Walking

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 dankulund@gmail.com.

 


 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics 

senior11The 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 is required.



 For additional information, visit www.nvso.us or call 703.746.5575.


Other Services for Seniors

Successful Aging Committee (SAC)Dance for All Ages
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.
    703.746.5456
    Operating Hours: Monday - Friday  8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Activities: Sharing Groups, Bingo, Wellness Training, Table Games, Faith Services, Shopping, Bowling, and Trips.
  • St. Martin de Porres Senior Center
    4650 Taney Ave.
    703.751.2766
    Operating Hours: Monday - Friday  9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Activities: Sharing Groups, Exercise Classes, Bingo, Special Events, Dancing, Ceramics, Citizenship Class, and English Classes.
  • Adult Day Health Care Center
    1108 Jefferson St.
    703.746.5676
    Operating Hours: Monday - Friday  7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    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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