Thanksgiving Celebration, Friday November 17
We look forward to seeing you at our Thanksgiving celebration dinner on Friday, November 17, at 5:00 pm at the Church of the Covenant Fellowship Hall, 2666 Military Road. Remember, it’s at a new location this year. Doors will open at 4:30, with dinner at 5pm. Registration is required so we have a good count of attendees.
Winter 55+ Program Registration starts today, November 15
The Winter 55+ Guide was issued November 8. Registration for winter programs will begin on Wednesday, November 15 at 10 am for Arlington County residents. You may register directly through the online 55+ Guide. Just click on the registration number for the class of your choice beginning Wednesday, November 15 at 10 am.
ANV Office Closed
The ANV Office will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Save the Date, Friday, December 15, ANV Holiday Lunch
Our December Holiday Lunch will be Friday, December 15. We will share more information in the December 1 Community Update; mark your calendars now.
Peter Olivere, ISCC Community Leader Award
Pete has been selected by the Inter-Service Club Council as its Community Leader for 2023. As reported in the Gazette Leader, though new for 2023, the Community Leader Award is the linear descendant of the Man and Woman of the Year honors that the organization has been presenting for more than 60 years.
Medicare Open Enrollment Season
Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15 to December 7. Take some time to ensure that your Medicare Prescription Drug coverage is right for you. Your needs change and plan offerings change each year so it is important to do an annual “checkup.” Arlington offers free Medicare counseling from well-trained volunteers through VICAP (Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program). Learn how to use the Medicare Plan finder and other tools to maximize savings. Please sign up by visiting this website, emailing Medicarehelp@arlingtonva.us or calling 703-228-1725.
Open Enrollment events held at the community centers are open to the public and appointments are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.
- Morgan Davenport
- Jenny Godes
- Martin Gutmann
- Bill Jackson
ANV Events are posted on our online calendar at www.ANVarlington.org/events so you can always easily find the Zoom link for any scheduled event.
Coffee and Conversation on Wednesdays at 10 am
- November 15: English Empowerment Center
- November 22: ANV Update
- November 29: Trees
- December 6: Local author Michelle Brafman
- December 13: Public Radio Broadcaster Mary Cliff
- Tai Chi
- Bocce and Boules
- Happy Hour
- Board Games
- Men’s Lunch Bunch
- Ladies Lunch
- Pop Up Picnic
- Page Turners
Also of Interest
Coffee and Conversation: Wednesdays at 10 am
Coffee and Conversation occurs on Wednesdays, 10–11 am. Join our weekly conversations via Zoom:
You also have the option to dial in by phone to participate without video. For that, dial: 929-205-6099. The meeting ID is 889 4857 7106 and the passcode is 872327.
Wednesday, November 15: English Empowerment Center. Imagine not being able to read, write or speak English. Even the simplest tasks like grocery shopping, navigating a bus schedule, or filling out a job application would be insurmountable. Amy Tristan, Volunteer and Outreach Manager with the English Empowerment Center will talk about their mission to improve English literacy among non-speakers in our region so they can become active members of our community.
Wednesday, November 22: What’s New at Arlington Neighborhood Village. Missed the All-Hands Meeting? Wendy Zenker will fill us in on what happened at the meeting and bring us up-to-date on what’s new at Arlington Neighborhood Village.
Wednesday, November 29, 2023: Caring For and Enjoying Trees – The benefits of trees are many. They help reduce cooling and heating costs, filter air pollution, generate oxygen, provide shade in the summer and protection from winds in the winter, provide habitats for wildlife and can increase home values. Jessica Strother, an ANV member, and retired Fairfax County Urban Forester and ISA Certified Arborist will talk to us about the value of trees in our community and provide tips for maintaining the trees on your property. As an added bonus, she will also talk about how to maintain your holiday tree so it lasts the season!
Wednesday, December 6: Christmas is a great time to tell ghost stories. Local author Michelle Brafman’s recently published novel Swimming with Ghosts is inspired by Arlington’s local history. In her presentation, Ms. Brafman will explain how local history informs her writing. She’ll also talk about her career as a writer and teacher and update us on her current projects.
Wednesday, December 13, 2023: Public Radio Broadcaster Mary Cliff is the creator of Traditions, Washington DC’s longest-running Radio Show devoted to Folk Music. After more than 50 years as the voice of DC Folk Music, Mary is retiring. Learn about her long and storied career and about her plans for the future.
ANV’s YouTube channel
If you miss a Coffee and Conversation speaker, be sure to check out ANV’s YouTube channel where we are posting some of our Coffee and Conversation speakers and other special events. Sit back and enjoy!
Friday, November 17 at 5:00 – 7:00pm
How does a year go by so quickly? ANV Members and Volunteers are invited to join us to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday on Friday, November 17 at 5:00 pm at the ANV office at the Church of the Covenant, 2666 Military Road. (Note new location.) Doors open at 4:30pm if you would like to enjoy good cheer and thanksgiving wishes. The meal will be catered, a traditional Thanksgiving feast. We welcome your bringing an appetizer or dessert item to share. Registration is required so we have a good count of attendees.
Save the Date, Holiday Party, Friday, December 15
Our December Holiday Lunch will be Friday, December 15. We will share more information in the December 1 Community Update; mark your calendars now.
Zoom Practice Session
If you need some extra help getting familiar with ZOOM, just call or email office@ANVarlington.org and we will set you up with a volunteer who can help you.
Tai Chi: Tuesdays at 9:30 am
ANV Tai Chi practice meets outdoors every week, weather permitting. Meet the group in the parking lot at Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly Arlington Arts Center) at 3550 Wilson Blvd. If the forecast is too cold or wet, we will meet indoors. If you are interested in joining this practice (not instruction), please contact Anita Wallgren at email@example.com or (202) 674-5553 to get the weekly location email.
Bocce and Boules, Mondays at 4:00pm
ANV members, volunteers, and friends enjoy weekly outdoor bocce every Monday in Ballston. Games last approximately one hour. In addition to the two sets of bocce balls, we have two sets of boules. Bocce is played at the courts on the corner of Randolph St. & N. Glebe Rd. Parking is available in the Ballston Quarter parking garage for $1. All levels of bocce skills and experience are welcome. Everyone gets to play. Contact John Thomas for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANV Board Games Day, Thursday, November 16 and November 30 at 2pm
Do you like board games? Join ANV members and volunteers for Games Day at Ballston Quarter Food Hall (lower level). Look for players at the tables near the elevators. Play games like Rummikub, Mexican Train Dominoes, Ticket to Ride, Quiddler and more. We play every other Thursday at 2pm. Parking is available in the Ballston Quarter parking garage for $1. Contact John Thomas for more information at email@example.com .
Happy Hour: Thursdays, 5–7 pm
Join the ANV Happy Hour Group. The Happy Hour Group will try locations in the Ballston area. For more information and to know the weekly plan, contact Mike Murtha, Happy Hour Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mike will add you to his email list and let you know the weekly location on Thursday morning.
Ladies Lunch Bunch and Men’s Lunch, December 8 at noon
Back by popular request, we will once again have a combined men’s and ladies lunch to share holiday cheer. We will meet at noon, December 8 at Thai Treasure, 3811 Fairfax Drive. Thai Treasure is a real Arlington “treasure” featuring authentic Thai Street Food in a modern restaurant in the heart of Arlington, proudly using the freshest & locally sourced ingredients. Metered street parking is available. The restaurant is within walking distance from the Ballston and Virginia Square metros. Please RSVP to email@example.com so we may have an accurate count. SPECIAL NOTE: We will be collecting food for AFAC so please feel free to bring a donation (non-perishable food; can or paper goods, no glass).
Page Turners – November 30 at 11am on Zoom
Share a book that you have read, and you think would be interesting for other people to read. It can be something you are reading now, or a book you enjoyed in the past. Meet up with your fellow bibliophiles, share opinions, and learn about new books to add to your reading list. The group is hosted by Donna Pastore and Beverly Cannizzaro. Please see book list at end of newsletter. Please note that Page Turners is meeting on a different day – November 30 – this month.
Join the conversation via Zoom:
You also have the option to dial in by phone to participate without video. For that, dial: 301-715-8592. The meeting ID is 896 6678 5566 and the passcode is 007241.
Pop Up Picnic in the Park (PPP)
PPPs will be on hiatus for the winter months. We hope to see you again as soon as the weather warms up.
Arlington Public Library Programs
The Library has several events planned for October; please visit their website to see the calendar of events. The Library staff have curated events from the 55+ Program, Encore Learning and elsewhere to make it easy to find something that will pique your interest. There are craft programs, book clubs, and more. It’s worth 5 minutes of your time to click on the calendar and see what’s happening at your local branch of the library.
More Library Resources
The Library offers a wealth of resources to help you connect with the world. All available with a free library card.
- Press Reader provides online access to over 5,000 local, regional and international newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries in 60 languages, displayed in their original format and accessible by country, language, or title.
- Language Conversation classes meet regularly; for example, French classes meet Sunday afternoon at Central Library and Italian on Monday evenings at Aurora Hills. Visit the Library Events calendar to see if there is a class for you!
- Using your Arlington Public Library card, you can now access Kanopy, a new-to-Arlington streaming service offering an extensive collection of narrative and documentary films, TV series, kids content and digital courses.
Digestive Issues & Aging
Friday, November 17
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
This free webinar is sponsored by the VHC Senior Health Department. Please join Dr. Ami Patel, DO, MBA to learn about the digestive process, and common issues encountered as we age. Dr. Patel is a board-certified Gastroenterologist with VHC Health Physicians. Registration required.
COVID Annual Vaccination
Getting vaccinated or boosted is an important way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. But if it’s been a while since you got the shot, your protection may need a boost. Updated COVID-19 vaccines are available now and protect against the Omicron variant. Other vaccines, including this year’s flu vaccine, are also available. Staying up to date with your COVID vaccine can reduce the risk that you’ll:
- Get seriously ill, need hospital care, or die from COVID-19
- Develop long COVID-19
- Spread the disease to others, putting their health and lives at risk.
Learn more about COVID-19 and the updated vaccines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
About Alzheimer’s: Learning More Each Day
November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and we are learning so much more about this disease. Just recently, in the Washington Post (Nov. 7, 2023) Richard Sima reported on a study published in JAMA that links undiagnosed and untreated adult ADHD to the development of dementia. Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is only recently getting attention, but when untreated (by medication), it increases the risk of unsafe driving, substance abuse and early death. The JAMA research reports that undiagnosed adult ADHD “is associated with a 2.77-fold increased risk of dementia”. While the study does not report causation, it indicates that if you have (untreated) ADHD “you are going to have more trouble with normal brain aging”. The research highlights the importance of seeking care. Treatment for adult ADHD with psychostimulant medications “may attenuate the risk” several researchers have said. Most advise lifestyle changes, such as better sleep and STAYING SOCIALLY ENGAGED, can also lower risk for dementia.
Researchers followed up with 109,218 adults (51-70 years old) over 17 years, and found that of the 730 adults who had received a diagnosis of ADHD, 13% were diagnosed with dementia, compared with non-ADHD adults where only 7% developed dementia. Most interesting was the finding that, adults with ADHD who were taking the psychostimulant medication did NOT have an increased risk of dementia. While these findings do not specifically separate Alzheimer’s, that disease is included in the symptoms of those with dementia.
While an estimated 3% of adults have ADHD, most research is on childhood ADHD. But, only about 50% of childhood ADHD persists to be diagnosed as adult ADHD, and it is not clear if there is a distinction between adult and childhood ADHD. But there is a lack of research on older adults who may have ADHD, and it is thought to be underdiagnosed in older adults. Since ADHD is linked to worse vascular health, researchers are investigating whether vascular changes in the brain are linked to increased risk of dementia.
So, big breath, what do we do with this information? Most researchers say that it is not like everyone who has ADHD as an adult will get dementia. If we take care of ourselves, we can lower the risk. Simple things like taking care of hearing loss, lowering alcohol intake, and stopping smoking, while keeping up good sleep, eating, and exercise habits and STAYING SOCIALLY ENGAGED, can make a big difference.
Extra, extra, read all about it! Flu shots may fight against Alzheimer’s and other Dementias!!!
Washington Post, Nov. 7, 2023. Researchers suggest regular vaccines against influenza, shingles, pneumococcal pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. Paul E. Schulz is professor of neurology and director of the Neurocognitive Disorders Center at McGovern Medical School in Houston and has led several studies. Apparently results show that those who received these vaccines were less likely than the unvaccinated to develop dementia, but they don’t know why! They have many speculations (which we won’t repeat here), but, coupled with research by other scientists, the numbers were impressive!
More food for thought. Lots to consider, and I am sure more evidence will emerge day by day! You may notice that we emphasized the SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT factor; that is one of ANV’s most important missions, and we hope you will take advantage of it. Register to come to the Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 17, and/or the Holiday lunch on Dec. 15! Keep going to the monthly lunches, weekly Happy Hours, twice monthly Board Games, Page Turners and weekly Coffee and Conversation!
Also of Interest
Aging Matters Radio and TV
Aging Matters radio is a weekly program on Arlington’s community radio station WERA Arlington 96.7 FM. Every Tuesday at 2 pm and Friday at 2 pm, host Cheryl Beversdorf interviews experts on topics impacting the lives of older adults and their families. All Aging Matters broadcasts can be found on Apple and Spotify. Aging Matters TV Show offers interviews with aging experts, including demonstrations of aging related subjects. Stories of Life programs feature interviews with older adults who have made a difference in their communities.
Shared Area Village Events Calendar
The Washington Area Villages are sharing their speaker series for all of us to enjoy. Please visit their calendar to see what’s available.
Plain Truth by Jodie Picoult
Windmills and War by Diane Moody
Beyond the Shadow of War, Ladies Lunch and other Stories by Lorie Segal
The Wave: in Pursuit of Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mendel
Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams
The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny
Superintelligence by Nick Bostron
Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
Complimentary membership in Arlington’s 55+ Program is available as an ANV membership benefit. If you haven’t yet opted-in and would like to do so, contact our Member Services Director at 703-509-8057. 55+ Program offerings are posted in the quarterly catalogue available online at Winter Guide. (new link)
ANV Events are posted on our online calendar so you can always easily find the Zoom link for any scheduled event.