Successful ANV All Hands Meeting
Thank you to the 80+ members and volunteers who joined us on Saturday, Sept. 23, to share their perspectives on ANV operations and plans for the future. Sixty people attended in person and 23 people joined us on Zoom. For those who were unable to attend, please take some time to watch the recorded meeting on our YouTube channel. We had a rich discussion and will share the results with you in the near future, but it’s not too late to share your thoughts with us by calling the ANV Office at 703-509-8057 or emailing Office@ANVarlington.org.
Free COVID Tests by Mail
The Government is again offering up to 4 free COVID tests by mail. This program started on September 25. Every U.S. household can place an order to receive 4 free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to your home. Before you throw out “expired” tests, check to see if your COVID-19 tests’ expiration dates have been extended.
ANV Office Closed
The Office will be closed Monday, October 9 for the Federal Holiday.
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. Programs are planned for Tuesday, October 24 at Arlington Mill.
- Javier Gil
- Dorian Bailey
- Donald Grieco
- Nicole Hampton
- Alexis Ramirez
- Parthe Rege
- Trygve Rorvig
- Julia Rydzewski
- Jane Ryu
- Ilvia Tabaku
- Laura Thorn
Please join us in remembering Nancy McKay, a volunteer and member who joined ANV during COVID and provided services for members during this difficult time.
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
- October 4: The Military Women’s Memorial
- October 11: Arc of Northern Virginia
- October 18: Arlington County Emergency Management.
- October 25: Perch Houses
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, October 4: The Military Women’s Memorial. Marilla J. Cushman, a 25-year Army veteran and senior advisor to the Memorial’s president, will provide an overview of America’s only major national memorial to honor all of the women who have served in the U.S. Military. The Memorial’s staff operates and maintains the 33,000 sq. ft. memorial and education center. They also manage an archive of items relating to women’s service and compile and maintain a growing registry of women’s service records.
Wednesday, October 11: Arc of Northern Virginia. Planning for the support of a loved one with disabilities after one’s own death can create tremendous anxiety. Resources such as special needs trusts are fairly new and baffling to many. Larry Rockwell, the Arc’s Director of Communications & Community Relations, will describe the resources the Arc offers for people with disabilities and their families throughout Northern Virginia.
Wednesday, October 18: Arlington County Emergency Management. Don’t let emergencies get you spooked! Join Tania Bougebrayel Cohn, Community Engagement and Resilience Manager in Arlington County’s Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management, to learn how older adults can easily carve out time to prepare for disasters and emergencies this fall.
Wednesday, October 25: Perch Houses. Wing Pepper, the CEO and co-Founder of Perch Houses will speak about how Perch Houses serves as a model for solving the problems of housing affordability and social isolation for people aged fifty-five and older. Perch Houses is a new type of home sharing service that brings together professional women aged fifty-five and older to co-live in affordable houses while offering homeowners the opportunity to rent to thoroughly vetted tenants who are looking for long-term leases, stability, and community.
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!
- Tai Chi
- Bocce and Boules
- Happy Hour
- Board Games
- Men’s Lunch Bunch
- Ladies Lunch
- Pop Up Picnic
- Page Turners
Also of Interest
Zoom Practice Session
If you need some extra help getting familiar with ZOOM, just call or email firstname.lastname@example.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 5:00pm
ANV members, volunteers, and friends enjoy weekly outdoor bocce every Monday in Ballston at 6:00pm. 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, October 5 and October 19 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 Friday, October 13 at noon
The Ladies Lunch will gather at the Celebrity Deli, 7263A Arlington Blvd, Fall Church.
The Deli features traditional Jewish fare with a new age fusion menu. They were recently featured on the series Kitchen Comando. There is ample parking in the shopping center. Please rsvp to email@example.com so we may have an accurate count of attendees for our reservation.
Men’s Lunch Bunch Friday, October 13 at noon
Please join us for the Men’s Lunch at Pupatella in the Bluemont neighborhood, 5104 Wilson Boulevard. Pupatella is well-known for its Neapolitan-style pizza and is frequently on best pizza lists in DC. If it’s nice weather, we can sit on their outdoor patio. Please RSVP to Tim Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him at 571-224-4546.
Page Turners – October 26 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. See August booklist below.
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), Friday October 27 at noon
Our next Pop Up Picnic will be at High View Park located at 1945 N. Dinwiddie St near the Virginia Hospital Center. Free street parking is available on Dinwiddie St. Meet at the picnic tables under the pavilion next to the children’s playground. PPPs are scheduled the last Friday of the month at a different Arlington neighborhood park. ANV members and volunteers enjoy PPPs for casual outdoor conversation and fresh air. Bring your own lunch and something to drink. Contact John Thomas, email@example.com, if you have any questions.
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.
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.
Free Flu Shots
Arlington is offering free flu shots at the Arlington Mill Community Center on Tuesday, October 10 from 2 pm – 7pm. You can learn more about the Flu from Arlington County’s Public Health Division.
Fighting Loneliness: The Surgeon General’s Report
Recently there has been a lot of interest and research in “loneliness,” being disconnected from others (The New York Times, September 7, 2023). We often find this escalates as we get older; we no longer have work/colleague relationships, our families grow up and move away, old friends are no longer available to us, some die. Without the activities of family, work, perhaps activities such as sports, and clubs, we may find ourselves spending more and more time alone. Now, while “solitude” from a busy life can be bliss, “loneliness” is not a choice but rather a result of losing/having no ongoing connections. But while we often think that older people are most lonely, indeed polls find that young adults are twice as likely as seniors to report loneliness.
Nicholas Kristof (NYTimes) points out humanity’s paradox, that as we have evolved and gained resources, “we stop sleeping 8 to a hut and build a big house with high walls, each with their own room, but then with mortgages we work so hard that we never manage to have meals together.” And social media was initially thought to bind us together, but experts now think this has made us more lonely. On social media, it seems everyone (else) is having fun and a great life. One may think ‘why don’t I have meals like all those posted, by people wearing pricey clothes and driving great cars?’
Dr. Vivek Murthy, the surgeon general of the United States, published an 81 page report this spring, entitled “Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation.” He states that loneliness is as deadly as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and more lethal than consuming six alcoholic drinks a day. Dr. Murthy compares loneliness to tobacco, obesity and addiction, and warns that if we don’t take steps to address it now, “we will further retreat to our corners—angry, sick and alone.”
While this sounds bleak, the good news is that it is treatable! There are many things we can do to conquer this “epidemic”, and we are not alone in our efforts! Other countries have been working on this issue as well. Britain in 2018 established the post of minister for loneliness. Britain works with public/private partnerships to establish countless activities meant to knit people together, and since 2018 has invested over $100 million to this effort. Japan has also appointed a minister for loneliness, and Sweden’s minister for social affairs has worked aggressively on the issue of loneliness.
We have all seen how the Covid-19 pandemic has escalated isolation and loneliness, for all age levels, and reports abound about how difficult it has been to try to reverse this problem. This has been a wake-up call to all of us to address the loneliness problem, and there is a plethora of published “how-to” reports. Let’s consider some of these.
Physical infrastructure can encourage bonding; park benches thoughtfully grouped, social coffee houses where patrons are encouraged to talk to each other, and libraries. Social infrastructure such as “NextDoor” online sites where people exchange ideas and items within their own zip code boundaries, and of course social engagement opportunities offered by organizations such as ANV that weave together volunteers and members with similar interests.
So here is where I encourage all you readers, members and volunteers of ANV, to please review (again) all the possible social contacts that we have at our disposal, from friendly visitor to daily check-ins, walking buddies, interest groups (happy hour, bocce, board games, books, lunches out), and holiday parties. And remember, if you have an interest, hobby or passion that we have not addressed, please suggest it and we can help you get it started. Help us all to tackle the “epidemic of loneliness” and triumph!
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.
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 Fall Guide.
ANV Events are posted on our online calendar so you can always easily find the Zoom link for any scheduled event.