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Ask the Experts: Seniors & Aging


Chevy Chase House

Nicki Beekman, Executive Director

5420 Connecticut Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20015


Q: How important is location when selecting a senior living community?

A: Very important! It should be relatively close, or have easy access, for family and friends to visit. Just inside the Maryland/D.C. line inside the Beltway, our neighborhood is attractive to seniors, especially younger and more independent seniors who like the feeling of having an apartment in the city rather than living in a place that feels like a facility. Because Chevy Chase House was built in 1929 as an apartment building, our apartments are spacious. Some even have sunrooms and two exposures. Meridian Senior Living executed a $12 million renovation that added modern updates while maintaining the building’s vintage charm.

Q: What is an unusual exercise or enrichment program that Chevy Chase House offers?

A: Definitely it would be Boxing for Parkinson’s! Kristen Sahd, our life enrichment director, added this specific kind of boxing class to the activities calendar. It was developed by the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA), with whom we partner. Therefore, the classes are open to our residents and to the general public through registration with PFNCA.

Kristen, who has a master’s degree in dance/movement therapy, works with two assistants to keep residents busy with a full calendar of education, fun and wellness options. At least twice a week we take our residents, in our wheelchair accessible bus, to museums, the Kennedy Center and other cultural venues. Vibrant city living is just outside and all around our front door in northwest Washington. Our immediate neighborhood has restaurants, shops, a library and community center, and the historic Avalon Theatre. We take full advantage of all D.C. has to offer.

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