You need to take charge of your aging, or it will take charge of you.”
— Bertha Johnson, Iona client
You’re independent, healthy, and active…for now. You’re also realistic. You know that there could be a time when you need extra help or care. But it might not be clear who your likely helper will be down the line. That’s why you need to plan.
Who will help me if I have a health crisis? Is it time to make a move? I want to age in place, but who can provide help if needed? What can I afford?
These questions—and countless more like them—inspired the launch of Iona’s Take Charge/Age Well Academy back in 2013. Since then, we’ve helped hundreds of older adults make a plan and find the support they need. And you can be one of them!
Take Charge/Age Well Academy
Take Charge/Age Well Academy is an education program that offers multi-session workshops and special shorter presentations to ease your worries about your future and better equip you for whatever lies ahead. Classes cover everything from long-term care planning to how to expand your social network. They’re taught by Iona staff and other local experts.
Staff and guest speakers give you a roadmap for your aging by sharing:
- Advice and support
- Guidance on critical decision-making
- Information on planning for the future
- Next steps and action items
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
Nuts & Bolts
When you enroll in a Take Charge/Age Well Academy workshop or presentation, you’re giving yourself an hour or two a week to focus on yourself and address your very real concerns about the future.
Our classes cover important topics like:
- Aging in place
- Making a move
- Legal and financial planning
- How to strengthen your social network
- And more!
In addition to our core learning curriculum, Take Charge/Age Well Academy frequently offers special single-session classes on other valuable topics like:
- How to get rid of a lifetime of clutter
- Financing long-term care
- Preparing healthy meals for one or two people
- And more!
Additionally, class participants find comfort meeting other people who have the same concerns about the future. Candid conversations among participants often lead to new friendships and ongoing meetups and social activities, facilitated by class participants or by Iona.
You are not alone
Maybe you’ve never been married or partnered. You might be widowed, childless, or far from family who can help. Perhaps you do have family or other loved ones right here in Washington, DC—but you don’t want to depend on them. No matter your situation, you need a plan for your aging. Take Charge/Age Well Academy can help you get started, and Iona’s other services can be there down the line.
If you’re 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). If there aren’t any classes listed, you can sign-up to receive Iona’s eNews for information on upcoming events, blog posts on planning ahead, and more. To do so, please email our Community Engagement Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to our eNews list.