Take Charge of Aging Classes

You need to take charge of your aging, or it will take charge of you.”

— Bertha Johnson, Iona client

Take Charge/Age Well AcademyYou’ve just retired and are contemplating the next stage of life. While you may see retirement as a time of great possibilities, you may also feel a sense of loss or find the transition stressful.

Wouldn’t it be nice to give yourself an hour or two a week to focus on yourself and your goals for the future — away from housework, errands, aging parents, adult children, or the countless other activities that interfere with planning for the next stage of life?

Iona’s Take Charge/Age Well Academy gives you just that: time away from the day-to-day to focus on your future. The first program of its kind in the region, Take Charge/Age Well Academy was designed with healthy and proactive older adults in mind. Just like parents or professionals who formed networking groups earlier in life, participants find comfort and joy meeting other people who are going through the same experiences. There’s an added benefit: studies reveal that older adults who plan ahead need fewer intensive services later — which results in cost savings to both individuals and to the community.

Take Charge/Age Well Academy demystified the aging process. It reinforces that we are not alone, moves you to be more proactive, to be lighter, and enjoy aging.”

— Michelle Dompierre,  Take Charge/Age Well Academy alumna


Designed by Iona experts, Take Charge/Age Well’s curriculum includes presentations by Iona staff and guest speakers who share:

  • Advice
  • Wellness coaching
  • Guidance on critical decision-making
  • Information on planning for the future

Classes address issues you may not have focused on while you were busy raising your children or pursuing your career. Our introductory Take Charge/Age Well 101 series touches on critical topics that undoubtedly come up for all of us like:

  • Housing
  • Health
  • Legal and financial planning
  • Second careers
  • Volunteer opportunities

Additionally, special workshops are held throughout the year on such topics as mindfulness, how to get rid of a lifetime of clutter, and aging solo.

Take Charge/Age Well Alumni Group

Candid conversations among participants often lead to new friendships and ongoing participation in our Alumni Group, which you’ll be invited to join once you complete the initial series. The group includes social activities hosted by members and discounts on future classes.

Take Charge Now!

• Do you want your retirement to be fulfilling?
• Do you want the next stage of life to bring you joy?
• Do you want to be prepared for what lies ahead?

If you are ready to take charge of your aging, take a look at our upcoming classes below. All sessions unless noted are held at Iona, 4125 Albemarle St. NW, Washington, DC 20016.