Hayes Senior Wellness Center

Part of the Senior Service Network
Sponsored By The District of Columbia Office On Aging (DCOA)

The Hayes Senior Wellness Center officially opened on October 11, 2012. Dr. Thomas Obisesan, clinical research scientist, professor of Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine and chief of the Division of Geriatrics at Howard University Hospital, is the program director. The center is the latest of the District of Columbia's six senior wellness centers. Located in dynamic Ward 6, with boundaries spanning all four quadrants of the city, the center is housed in the beautifully renovated Hayes Elementary School, a landmark community structure. Membership is opened to senior residents of the District of Columbia age 60 years and older. Based on the 2000 United States (US) census, Ward 6 has a relatively stable population of 76,197 persons; consisting of 63% Blacks, 30% Whites and 3.2% Hispanics. From 1990 to 2000, the overall population declined by 6%. While the racial distribution of Blacks and Whites in Ward 6 remained relatively stable showing only 3% decrease, the population of Hispanics in the Ward increased by 70% during the period of 1990 to 2000. Adults aged 20 to 64 constitutes 69% of the population, whereas persons aged 65 years and above make up 11.4% of the Ward's population. The implication of such population dynamics is the likelihood that the community will become increasingly older at around the same time, imposing greater demands on the healthcare system. A physically and mentally active senior population will contribute to the reversal of this trend.

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Our mission is to promote physical, social and emotional well-being through comprehensive programs and activities that include: physical exercise, nutrition education and counseling, health education, health promotion, medication management, and smoking cessation which all lead to a healthy lifestyle.

Programs Offered

  • Aerobics Exercise
  • Weight Lifting
  • Yoga
  • Line Dancing
  • Hand Dancing
  • Daily Lunch
  • Dental Screening
  • Memory Screening
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Cataract and Glaucoma Screenings
  • Medication Brown Bag
  • Computer Classes
  • Massage Therapy
  • Crochet Lessons and Jewelry Making
  • Trips
  • And more

A Focus on Nutrition

  • Daily lunch served from 12-1
  • Classes on food choices, portion control, reading labels, navigating the grocery store, and more.

Location and Hours of Operation

500 K ST. NE
Washington, DC 20002
Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30
(202) 727-0357