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55+ Guide | Learning | Mental Workouts | Fitness | Arts | Recreation | Social Events | Wellness | News & Services

55+ Guide

Recreation, education, fitness and social programs can make a difference in your life! Explore these programs planned especially for 55+ interests and schedules.

The 55+ Guide lists scheduled classes and activities: learning, mental workouts, fitness, the arts, recreation, social activities, wellness presentations and services, news and services for seniors, and travel opportunities.

Upon request, Arlington County can provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Likewise, Arlington does not want fee to be a barrier preventing residents from participating in programs. See senior center directors or call the program office (703-228-4744, TTY 703-228-4743) with questions and requests about accommodations or fee reduction.


Community and senior centers host guest speakers, computer and language learning, and many more ways to learn. More local resources:

Mental Workouts

Exercise your mind! Arlington senior centers have introduced the computer-based PositScience Brain Fitness program, which participants can use at their own pace to improve memory, communication and thinking skills. Additional mental workout opportunities include group Sudoku sessions, bridge, chess, Scrabble, puzzles, English/Spanish dialogue sessions and more.

Research shows ample evidence that a full, active life is good for both mind and body. Physical fitness, creative arts, social engagement, continued learning, dancing and games, novel experiences and purposeful work all can support brain health.


Arlington Senior Fitness classes and sports activities are offered at a broad range of fitness levels.


Community and senior centers host singing groups, painting classes, music and art appreciation sessions, crafts activities, book discussion and more. Arlington Senior Travel sponsors frequent trips to art exhibitions, concerts and opera, theater and dance performances, and more.


Come play with us! Enjoy Wii active video games plus old favorites such as Canasta, Mah Jongg, Poker and Bingo...or name your game and find new partners. Also popular are crafts, ping pong, line dancing, armchair bowling, travel videos and movie afternoons.

Social Events

Drop in for coffee and conversation anytime during senior center hours...or reserve ahead for frequent parties and holiday celebrations. Visiting musicians often make for impromptu parties at Walter Reed and Langston-Brown.

Several longtime clubs meet regularly and welcome new members, as do Red Hat Society chapters, dining-out groups and a comedy club. Many continuing programs—card players, walking groups, knitting and woodworking, book discussion, volunteering—become informal social groups as well.


You’ll find resources for wellness at community centers and senior centers. Centers schedule health education sessions to promote healthy lifestyle choices; help you manage chronic health conditions; and protect against illness and disability.

Presentations are led by visitors from community agencies and organizations including Arlington Public Health Services, Virginia Hospital Center, Inova Health System, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons.

There are many life transitions in the years after 55. It can be a relief to talk with others sharing these experiences. Some guest speakers and discussion leaders at senior centers are specialists in counseling, group support and aging and disability services.

Langston-Brown Senior Center and Walter Reed Senior Center serve hot lunches Monday through Friday, along with transportation assistance and scheduled morning activities for those who can benefit from nutritious meals shared in a supportive social environment. These services are federally subsidized, with voluntary contributions by participants. For more information and application to the congregate nutrition program, please see Langston-Brown center director Eva Mayor (703-228-5321) or Walter Reed center director Nelly Urbach (703-228-0949).

News & Services

Stay plugged into news and services of special interest to people over 55: Medicare updates, safe driving refresher classes and recertification, real estate tax relief, transportation services, assistive technology, senior housing, legal affairs, legislative advocacy and more. Senior centers host frequent information sessions and workshops, and registrants with Arlington Senior Adult Programs receive updates through the Arlington County 55+ Guide.

Learn, grow, flourish at any age! In addition, Arlington County offers a wide variety fitness, arts, dance, music, swimming and wellness options for children and adults of all ages. See the quarterly Enjoy Arlington! guide to recreation and leisure.


Office of Senior Adult Programs
703-228-4744 Main
711 TTY
Lubber Run Center
300 N. Park Drive
Arlington, VA 22203


Arlington County has six Senior Centers that offer a variety of programs and services - check them out!

Find a Senior Center on the Map


Young seniors “Flourishing After 55” especially invites adults just entering their retirement years to enrich this phase of their lives. Come and explore the possibilities in the Flourishing After 55 section full of information, or use keyword “flourishing” when you enter the Arlington website.


When you are looking for assistance for yourself or a loved one, the Arlington Agency on Aging is an excellent resource for information and referrals. Please call 703-228-1700 for more information.

Arlington Agency on Aging
Directory of Services for Arlington Senior Adults
SeniorNavigator: VA's Resource for Health and Aging
Social Services for Seniors
Transportation Resources for Seniors

Last Modified: April 14, 2014
2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201 Tel: 703-228-3000 TTY: 703-228-4611