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Managing Concerns About Falls

Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling?  Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall?  If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is the program for you.

Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself.  People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater.  Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends.  A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent.

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. 

The DC Department of Aging and Community Living's Safe at Home Program is offering A Matter of Balance on Saturdays this spring and is free to Northwest Neighbors Village members.  The course will be hosted online via Zoom and consists of 9 two-hour sessions.  Each session will be facilitated by graduate students from The George Washington University’s physical therapy program.

The course begins on Saturday, April 29 and runs weekly through Saturday, July 1 (no class Memorial Day weekend 5/27). Times are either 9am-11am or 2pm-4pm. Please note that participants are not allowed to switch between morning and afternoon sessions once the program begins. 

If you have further questions, please contact Jason Dring at 

This is one of the many benefits of being a Northwest Neighbors Village member. Click here if you'd like to learn more about becoming a member of our vibrant Village community! 

Kindest regards,


Tuesday May 23rd at 7:00PM

NNV’s annual “Tickets for a Cause” Prize Drawing! All proceeds support the costs associated with training, background checks and management of NNV’s wonderful volunteers – those amazing individuals who are the public face, heart and soul of our village.

Ticket sales begin early April.
Stay tuned for details.

COVID information is now located on our website here

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Balance Screening

There are a few spots left on Tuesday, March 21st for free balance screenings with the GWU physical therapy department. The screenings are conducted in person at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 2000. Members of Foggy Bottom West End Village have reported that the screenings are very valuable to establish a baseline of your balance and to get accurate referrals for things you need to work on. They can also refer you for further PT if needed. More details and the registration link are below.

What: You will receive an individual assessment of your current mobility based on balance, strength, cognition, and endurance. It can be a useful first step in detecting mobility or balance issues.
Who: The screening will be conducted by a team of PT students supervised by PT faculty.
To register click
Questions/more information: or Jason Dring, 202-994-0935,

Covid Centers Closing

The last day of operations for DC Health's COVID Centers will be Friday, March 31. Click here to learn more.

The following options to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine, booster, or test kits will continue to be available:

For more information on COVID-19 testing and vaccination, visit

The 21st edition of the Iona Senior Services Resource Guide is out!

The resource guide is "A FREE comprehensive guide to aging and caregiving resources in the Washington, DC metropolitan area" and includes 284 pages of resources from Adult Education and Advocacy to Volunteer Opportunities and, of course, Villages!

It is available to download by clicking here

Teach a Short Course at OLLI at American University

If you are passionate about a topic, we invite you to share your talents by leading a short course at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at AU. We are currently accepting June and July course proposals from within the OLLI membership, the Washington, DC community, and thanks to Zoom, from those outside of the area. With the shorter sessions, the summer is a great time to get started at OLLI and "dip your toe" in the teaching waters!

To propose to teach a summer course, go to our website: or contact us at 202-895-4860 or via email at
Submission deadline for both sessions: Sunday, April 9.


Northwest Neighbors Village is open and operating! We invite you to join our community of mutual support and engagement.

Visit our website to learn more about levels of membership, including our three-month trial. Try out all of the benefits of full membership, including volunteer services like rides to medical appointments, exclusive access to all of NNV's programming, and the support of our experienced professional team. 

(The three-month trial is not available for the supporting membership level.)

Join us for any or all of our upcoming speakers:

To learn more, please visit the Virtual Speaker Series page on our website.

NNV Programming for Week of March 20th

Monday, March 20th
2 pm – Online - Gentle Chair Yoga with Mayu
To join the session online: Click here
To participate via phone: call 1 (301) 715 8592 and enter Meeting ID: 419 332 136
NNV Members and Volunteers can log into their accounts to re-watch yoga sessions anytime! Click here to go to the list of recordings. (If you do not know how to log in, Click here for a video with instructions.)

Tuesday, March 21st
11 am - Virtual Speaker Series -
The Carter Barron Amphitheater: History, Present, and Future with speaker Tony Richardson
The Carter Barron Amphitheater is a historical and cultural landmark located within Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC. From 1950 to 2017, the 4,200-seat outdoor amphitheater brought diverse communities together to celebrate the confluence of urban outdoors, nature, and the performing arts. As a federally-owned and operated venue, it was fully integrated in the 1950s, which was unique at a time when other concert venues were segregated.
Due to structural issues and long-term rehabilitation needs, the amphitheater has lain dormant for the past 5 years. Join us for a virtual presentation that will explore the past, present, and future of the Amphitheater and hear from Tony Richardson about the ongoing efforts to support the National Park Service in reopening this iconic venue and ways that the community can get involved.

4:00 pm - Neighborhood Chat
This chat group is full. If you're interested in joining a chat group, please email the office at
(For NNV Members and Volunteers only)

7:00 pm - Developing a (Non-Financial) Plan for a Successful Retirement
Speakers: Stephanie Chong, LICSW, Executive Director, Northwest Neighbors Village and Deb RubensteinPhD, LICSW, Senior Director of Programs, Iona Senior Services
You have a financial plan for retiring, but what will you do with your time? How will you replace all the social interactions that work brings? Will life feel aimless? Stephanie Chong, NNV, and Deb Rubenstein, Iona, will share their insights on the elements critical to building a successful and meaningful retirement.

Wednesday, March 22nd
1 pm – Online - Coping with Uncertainty
Village Social Worker Barbara Scott leads a discussion on coping with uncertainty.
Due to the confidential nature of the discussions in this group, this session is for Members and Volunteers of the following Villages only: Northwest Neighbors Village, Cleveland Woodley Park Village, Dupont Circle Village, East Rock Creek Village, Foggy Bottom West End Village, Georgetown Village, Glover Park Village, and Palisades Village. If you are interested in participating in this meeting and are not a Village member, please contact the office at 202-935-6060.

Thursday, March 23rd
12:30 pm - NNV Foods of the World Lunch Series: Paragon Thai
NNV’s next event in the Foods of the World series will be at PARAGON THAI. Thai food is known for its unique combination of an interplay of spicy, sweet, and savory flavors.
(NNV Members and volunteers only)

Friday, March 24th
10 am - NNV walks - Rock Creek Park Walk - Friday Morning Walks are Back!
We meet every Friday for a 45-60 minute walk (weather permitting!). Typically, there is a leader and co-leader so we can accommodate moderately-paced walkers as well as those preferring a faster pace. This route starts at Picnic Area 6 and enters a well-trod dirt trail that parallels the creek. There are some mild inclines involved. Directions to Picnic Area 6 are on our website.
Inclement weather policy: NNV will make a decision to cancel a walk by 2:00 pm Thursday, in the event of predicted inclement weather. All registered walkers will be notified by email or you can check our events calendar for an updated status.
NNV Full Members: If you would like to request a ride to get to the starting point of the walk, please mention that you need a ride when you register for the walk or call the office at (202) 935-6060 to request a ride at least three days in advance of the walk.

11 am - Drawing the Map of Your Life with David Oldfield (Session 4)
Third session of a 5-week program to work on telling the story of how you came to be the unique person you are by drawing your life's journey as a map. (This program is full, you may be added to the waiting list for possible future sessions by emailing or calling the office at (202) 935-6060.)

More events on our calendar here!

Upcoming public events at other local DC area Villages

Capitol Hill Village
Monday, March 20, 3 pm - Caregiving Support Group for Men

Cleveland Woodley Park Village
Mondays, 10 am - Gentle Yoga (virtual)
Last Monday of each month, 11 am - Coffee & Conversation Political Discussion Group (virtual)
Wednesdays & Fridays, 10-10:30 am - Morning Stretch (virtual)
Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 am - Village Walkers, Cathedral Commons

Dupont Circle Village:
Mondays, 3:30 pm - Accessible Mat Yoga
Tuesdays, 10:30 am - Chair Yoga
Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00 am - Meditation with Patricia Ullmann (new meditation instructor)

DC Villages LGBT events:
Biweekly on Fridays, 1 pm - LGBTQ Brain Health Support Group

More local village events are on the WAVE (Washington Area Village Exchange) calendar.
More community events are listed on our events calendar.

NNV is a community based non-profit that gives residents the confidence and practical help to grow older at home while staying healthy, engaged, and connected to neighbors and friends.