A key component of aging well is "aging in place," which incidentally saves billions of dollars that might otherwise be spent on institutional care. For over 40 years, Iona Senior Services has provided the support that makes this possible, enabling older people – whose numbers are greater now than at any time in history – to stay (and thrive) in their own homes. Of Iona’s clients, 80% are financially insecure, nearly 70% are all alone, and many have difficulty shopping, preparing meals, managing money, doing housework, and taking medication. So Iona offers a full range of services: adult day programs for some, coordination of in-home and out-of-home services for others; community programs like group meals, fitness classes, visual art and creative writing courses, and recreational activities that promote a healthy lifestyle; and meal delivery and volunteer companions for those who are homebound. The Client Care Fund supports seniors whose families can't afford even the most modest fees. Someone's mother, someone's father: your support can make the difference.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 3

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; Iona offers comprehensive and vital senior services, including information and referral to people calling from all over the metropolitan area and even the nation. Our Consultation, Care Management, and Counseling services provides intensive, one-on-one counseling and support to help keep older adults people safe in the community. Iona's Wellness & Arts Center provides an award-winning day program for older people with cognitive and/or memory loss and other physical disabilities who come from all over the greater Washington region. Iona's Active Wellness program at St. Alban's provides a free, nutritious lunch, exercise, educational programming, and community Monday through Friday, and draws people from all over the city and close-in suburbs. As a lead agency for the DC Office on Aging, Iona is designated to serve residents of Ward 3 and parts of Wards 1, 2, and 4.

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: All; Disabled; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Iona is fortunate to work with quite a few public and private schools in and around the city. Students come to volunteer and to intern throughout the year.


  • Number of meals served to homebound seniors:  
    47,910 nutritious, well-balanced meals are delivered to 204 homebound older adults
  • Number of hours of care management in the community:  
    5,322 hours of intensive care management support provided to 337 low-income, extremely vulnerable older adults
  • Number of older adults with cognitive and/or memory loss and/or physical disabilities cared for in Iona's Wellness & Arts Center:  
    83 people are cared for Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm, and their 90 caregivers benefit from respite and support
  • Number of calls to Iona's Helpline:  
    4,600 calls annually to Iona's free and confidential Helpline are skillfully and compassionately answered by Iona social workers and nurses
  • Number of adults participating in Iona's Active Wellness program at St. Alban's:  
    94 older adults from diverse neighborhoods and backgrounds benefit annually from 5,800 nutritious, free lunches, exercise, classes, and fellowship

Awards & Recognition

Iona's Wellness & Arts Center has been certified as a Center of Excellence in Dementia Care from the Alzheimer’s Foundation since 2008 and is certified through Medicaid to provide nursing home level care.

Press

  • At Day Center for the Elderly, 'They Have Everything.'
    Sat May 23 2015, NPR  
    As America grapples with how to care for an aging population, a growing industry aims to provide families a place to send their loved ones.

Budget (FY2015)

  • The current budget for Iona Senior Services is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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