Age Well Academy

Foundry United Methodist Church
Iona Senior Services
through its Take Charge/Age Well Academy

Present a 5-Session Series



We all want to live long and happy lives, so come to one or all of these informative, interactive sessions and learn how to plan for the practical aspects of aging. The series is useful for people of all ages and stages who want to explore what’s ahead, and for adult children wanting to help their parents.


Location: Foundry UMC Fellowship Hall (1500 16th Street NW)

Time: 5:15-7:00 pm, alternate Wednesdays beginning March 29, 2017

Cost: $50 for all 5 sessions; $15 per session for single sessions

Pre-registration is strongly recommended:

  • Online with a credit card ( or pay later by mail or in person
  • In-person at Foundry UMC (at church Welcome Desk or Discipleship Ministries Table with cash, check or credit card)
  • By mail (Foundry UMC, 1500 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036, check only)
  • At the door, cash, check or credit card (limited seats available)

For further information, call the church Welcome Center (202.332.4210) or email (

For those who would like to explore a topic in greater depth, there will be free, optional small group discussions on the Wednesdays following each session (April 5, April 19, May 3 and May 17) at Foundry UMC, from 5:15 – 6:15 pm.



Session 1, March 29

Managing change in retirement and later life: Identity, roles, and relationships

Deb Rubenstein, MSW, LICSW, Director of Consultation, Care Management and Counseling, Iona Senior Services

Aging is a process of working through changes in your body, your activities, and your life. Learn strategies to manage, and even embrace, these changes.  


  • Series overview
  • Perceptions about aging
  • Changes in body image
  • Letting go of old roles and relationships and finding new ones
  • Preparing for and making the most of retirement


Session 2, April 12:

Making choices for aging well: Physical health, mental health, and social connection

Deb Rubenstein, MSW, LICSW, Director of Consultation, Care Management and Counseling, Iona Senior Services

What choices need to be made to take care of yourself as you grow older?  Learn strategies to maintain physical and mental health, and explore ways to maintain your current social connections and to build new ones.


  • Overview of the elements of successful aging 
  • Key strategies for physical health
  • Key strategies for mental health
  • Why social connection matters
  • Building a social network
  • Building a support network
  • How where you live impacts your social and support networks


Session 3, April 26:

Aging well in the community: How to navigate and plan your housing choices

Carol Kaplun, RN, Care Manager, Iona Care Management, Iona Senior Services

As you grow older, you may ask whether you should stay where you are or move.  Learn strategies for making this important decision.


  • Aging in place, including community resources such as Villages
  • Innovative housing arrangements such as co-housing
  • Types of senior living communities and long-term care facilities
  • Tips for researching and making a housing plan


Session 4, May 10:

Legal planning for aging well 

Amy Griboff, Esq. and Lawrence Jacobs, Esq., Mc Millan Metro, P.C.

Learn about (or review) important legal choices to help you and your family plan for the future.


  • Financial powers of attorney
  • Advance directives and health care powers of attorney
  • Estate planning basics


Session 5, May 24:

Financial planning for aging well

Rick Gow, CSA (Certified Senior Advisor), Lara, May and Associates, LLC

Learn how to prepare an aging plan that includes long-term housing and care needs within your financial resources.


  • Budgeting for housing and care needs
  • Strategies for managing assets
  • Overview of government long-term care benefits
  • Daily money management


Foundry UMC thanks its collaborators Dupont Circle Village, Asbury UMC, Mt. Vernon UMC, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for their support and participation in this series.