Iona’s video gallery is an extension of our work – it’s a behind-the-scenes look at what we do day-in and day-out.
In the clips below, you’ll see captured creative moments from within our art therapy studio and Lois and Richard England Gallery at Iona events. You’ll hear from overwhelmed caregivers who found comfort in our support groups or respite in the Wellness & Arts Center. You’ll meet older adults who found new hope and new community through our Active Wellness Program at St. Alban’s and our Take Charge/Age Well Academy for Baby Boomers. And, you’ll see firsthand how Iona’s expert and compassionate team works hard to provide those necessary safety net services for vulnerable older adults in our community.
Take a look, explore our videos, and watch the magic of our community in the following clips. We hope that they will bring a smile to your face!
Heart of Caring 2017
This short film celebrates connections by sharing stories from some of the people Iona has been honored to serve this year through our Active Wellness Program at St. Alban’s, Wellness & Arts Center, and the Friendly Visitor program.
Meet father and daughter Bill and Mary-Margaret Walsh; longtime friends Gregory Everett and Carlton Washington, and Gregory’s sister Karen Bivens; and, Iona volunteer Mary Frances McGuiness and retired Iona staff member and current client Connie Zara.
Heart of Caring 2016
Iona welcomes older adults and caregivers from all walks of life into our family. In this video, hear from family members, clients, and staff on what it means to be a part of our community of care.
Art of Caring 2015
Meet Maria, Sandy, Vernice, and her daughter Sandra — four women who all benefit from Iona’s compassionate care. As their stories unfold, you will hear hope, pride, humor, and happiness — all created by Iona’s programs and services.
Art of Caring 2014
Hear from caregiver Ana Maria Boitel, client Netty Mostert, and Take Charge/Age Well participant Wes Morrison on how Iona helped create a new sense of community and belonging.
Art of Caring 2013
Through our caregiver support groups, individualized care plans, and social work, Iona helps older adults – like Terry Baker, Darneal Johnson, and Shirley Conover – remain connected and safe in our community.
Art of Caring 2012
In this clip, hear from Edna Barber, Mabel Torres, and Lizzie Hamlet, who all benefited from our different services and programs.
Art and Wellness: Creative Aging 2016
Through a unique partnership with The Phillips Collection — an art museum in Dupont Circle — participants in Iona’s Wellness & Arts Center have the chance to engage in art appreciation, art production, and art therapy, culminating in a show at the Phillips each fall.
This video celebrates that partnership with behind-the-scenes moments from our art studio at Iona. Take a look and enjoy!
Art and Wellness: Creative Aging 2015
This video showcases the ongoing collaboration between Iona Senior Services and the Phillips Collection. Through this innovative partnership, Iona’s Wellness & Arts participants are encouraged to connect with each other through conversations in the Phillips galleries. Using the museum’s artwork as visual stimuli, individuals engage and respond to pieces in the art therapy studio.
2015 Participant Art Show: Making Our Mark
As a way of honoring the breadth of art created, and the growth experienced and witnessed, the Gallery at Iona celebrates and showcases artworks created in Iona’s art therapy studio each May.
In this clip, enjoy behind-the-scenes footage from “Making Our Mark,” the 2015 exhibition.
Wellness & Arts Center: Support for the Whole Person
At the Weinberg Wellness & Arts Center, we have a person-centered and holistic approach to programming. From music classes and morning exercise to discussion groups or intergenerational visits, we offer a variety of programs that speak to our individual participants’ interests.
In this clip, hear from staff members and volunteers on how our center makes extraordinary days out of ordinary ones. As Program Manager Sarah Grogan says, we aim to create “moments of joy.” Watch how we do it.
Wellness & Arts Center: Care for the Caregiver
When an older adult becomes frail or forgetful, families sometimes struggle with what to do. A “hidden gem” in the range of possibilities is adult day services. At the Wellness & Arts Center, our experienced staff works together to provide an encouraging and supportive environment every day so that older adults can remain living at home.
In this clip, hear from caregivers and participants on how our Center has improved their quality of life and created days full of happiness. Adult Day Services provides a strong community network and social outlet for participants and families. Watch how we do it.
Wellness & Arts Center: Creating New Memories
At Iona, we believe in the therapeutic benefits of art therapy. Our Wellness & Arts Center incorporates group and individual art studio sessions into our daily programming. Led by our art therapists, who are trained in counseling and psychotherapy, these sessions provide opportunities for creative expression and non-verbal communication. This can be particularly important for those participants beginning to lose their verbal skills.
In this clip, hear from participants, caregivers, and our art therapist on how art therapy has supported positive aging. In our Wellness & Arts Center, we strive to engage all of our participants with creative outlets and moments for reflection. Watch how we do it.
Wellness & Arts Center: Hands on Caring
At Iona, we aim to provide as much support to caregivers and their families as possible. Our Wellness & Arts Center offers this support through our specially trained staff that is experienced caring for older adults and their unique needs. Along with engaging and stimulating programs, our adult day health center provides health and wellness monitoring that can save caretakers from unnecessary doctor visits. We can be partners in caring for your loved ones. Watch how we do it.
Wellness & Arts Center: Community Health Care
At Iona’s Wellness & Arts Center, we pride ourselves in being a safety net and support system for caregivers and their families. Hear from members of our diverse staff, including registered nurses, program specialists, nursing assistants, and a social worker on how our robust adult day program engages participants and provides the respite caregivers need and deserve. Our goal is to reduce the caregiver’s burden. Watch how we do it.
Wellness & Arts Center Slideshow
When older adults become frail or forgetful, it’s very common for them to begin withdrawing from friends and family, and isolating themselves from what they once enjoyed. In Iona’s Wellness & Arts Center, we focus on uncovering those memories and interests that revitalize the individual sense of self and community. We help each person rediscover a passion for learning and a passion for living.
In this slideshow, see our daily moments of laughter and joy.
Gallery at Iona: Behind the Scenes
From hands-on workshops and educational lectures to special guided tours of our Gallery, Iona infuses art into our mission to help older adults age well and live well. In this clip, Artist in Residence Cynthia Farrell Johnson leads a workshop and Special Guest Artist Paul Brown shares how art keeps him passionate about life.
Lunch & Learn with Gwen Aqui and Bernard W. Brooks
At Iona, we encourage the arts as a healing modality by honoring and exhibiting artists 60+ through our Special Guest Artist Program. This program also features hands-on workshops, special guided tours of our Gallery at Iona, and educational lectures from the many artists in our community.
In this clip, hear from artists Gwen Aqui and Bernard W. Brooks on their artistic process and inspiration. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of their works on display.