Tour of the Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex, October 21, at 10:30 am.
ANV members and volunteers are invited to join a private, guided tour of the Wilkes St. (Alexandria) Cemetery Complex (www.gravestonestories.com) on Friday, October 21. The Complex, created during the 1803 Yellow Fever epidemic that swept through DC, is composed of 9 contiguous cemeteries, including Christian and Jewish cemeteries, several burial associations, and the second oldest national cemetery in the country. Details below.
ANV has a new website and new website address
We have launched our new website – please visit www.ANVarlington.org. You will notice new content and photos. We are including the Community Updates on the Home Page so you can easily access this publication without searching through your in-box, and there is a new Events calendar where you can find ANV event details and Zoom links.
Please Respond to a Virginia Survey on Older Adults
The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) is seeking the public’s insight on The Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults (CASOA™). The survey is available October 13-27. This is YOUR opportunity for your voice to be heard in Richmond on the needs of older adults. The survey is lengthy so you may find it convenient to create an account on the site. That just requires an email address and zip code, and then your answers will be saved so you don’t have to finish it in one sitting.
Dominion Guild Merry Market
We are pleased to announce that the Dominion Guild has selected ANV and 6 other local non-profit organizations to be the beneficiaries of their Merry Market held on November 15 and 16 at the Knights of Columbus Club, 5115 Little Falls Road, Arlington. This holiday bazaar charity benefit will include 25 specialty boutiques. Tickets are $15 at the door on Wednesday, November 16; a special reception is planned for Tuesday evening, with tickets priced at $35. More information and hours of operation are available at Dominion Guild. Please show your support for non-profits in Arlington by supporting the Merry Market!
Save the Date, Thanksgiving Celebration on Friday November 18
Please plan on joining ANV friends to celebrate Thanksgiving for dinner on Friday, November 18 at 5pm at St. Andrew’s Church. More information will be shared in the November 1 newsletter.
Medicare Open Enrollment
Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period (OEP) is the one time each year when Medicare beneficiaries can make changes in their Medicare plan enrollment. The OEP is available between October 15-December 7, with plan changes taking effect January 1st. The County VICAP Program offers resources and counselors to help you navigate your choices. Details below.
Early Voting has started
Early voting has started in Arlington and you can cast your ballot at one of three locations: Courthouse, Walter Reed Community Center or Madison Community Center. Check before you head to the polls to be sure that you are familiar with the hours of operation and that you will need some form of ID. More information on hours for these locations can be found here. If you need a ride to the polls, call the office at 703-509-8057 or email Office@arlnvil.org.
- Ann Bloom
- Jan Braumuller
- Vera Libeau
- Connie Carson
- Jessica Horn
- Rebecca Maestri
- Leslie Pannucci
- Cindy Schultz
- Kelsey Wengert
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 Conversations on Wednesdays at 10 am
- October 19: Arthritis
- October 26: Shirlington Employment and Education Centre
- November 2: Arlington Public Library
- November 9: ServiceSource
- Tai Chi
- Happy Hour
- Board Games
- Men’s Lunch Bunch
- Ladies Lunch
- Pop Up Picnic
- Page Turners
- Museums and Exhibits
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, October 19: Whether it’s a new mysterious ache or you’ve been living with it for a while, there’s much to learn about arthritis. ANV’s Health and Wellness Committee will host Mona Burwell, MS, Arthritis Program Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Health. Ms. Burwell will explain the various forms of the disease, new research and treatment, and resources available to help.
Wednesday, October 26: For more than 20 years, Shirlington Employment and Education Centre (SEEC) has been a powerful community force in support of day laborers and their families. Meet Andres Tobar, SEEC Executive Director, who will highlight many achievements and continuing challenges faced by this unique Arlington-based nonprofit.
Wednesday, November 2: Arlington Public Library. You know where the locations are, and you may even stop in from time-to-time to pick up a book. But are you aware of all that the Arlington Public Libraries have to offer? Ruth Compton, Librarian, Detention Center and Adult Services Outreach, will talk about what’s new at the library.
Wednesday, November 9: ServiceSource is a nonprofit organization with a mission to facilitate services and resources to support people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in our community. Kathleen Baker, Division Manager, will talk to us about the wide array of services ServiceSource provides to help those living with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities lead full and productive lives.
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!
Tour of the Wilkes Street (Alexandria) Cemetery Complex, October 21 at 10:30 am.
ANV members and volunteers are invited to join a private, guided tour of the Wilkes St. Cemetery Complex on Friday, October 21. The Complex, created during the 1803 Yellow Fever epidemic that swept through DC, is composed of 9 contiguous cemeteries, including Christian and Jewish cemeteries, several burial associations, and the second oldest national cemetery in the country. David Heiby, Superintendent of the Presbyterian Cemetery, will lead us on a 90-minute walking tour to explain its history and tell of its many notable burials, including the four men killed while pursuing Lincoln’s assassin, and the Female Stranger whose ghost is said to haunt Gadsby’s Tavern. Please note that this is a 90-minute walking tour with no rest stops in between. Attendees should wear proper walking shoes and dress for the weather. After the tour, for those interested, we will enjoy lunch together at a nearby Old Town Alexandria restaurant (TBD).
Register with the ANV Office by calling 703-509-8057 or email at Office@arlnvil.org before Wednesday, October 19th, and indicate if you need a ride or can take passengers.
Parking is limited so carpooling is recommended. The Wilkes St. Cemetery Complex is located at 1300 Wilkes St, Alexandria.
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 is meeting outdoors, or if inclement weather indoors at Saint George’s Episcopal Church in Virginia Square. Outdoors will be at the Maury Park East space on Wilson Blvd. between the vape shop and the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. Those who drive may park in the Arlington Arts Center lot towards the rear. If you are interested in joining this practice (not instruction), please contact Anita Wallgren at email@example.com or (202) 674-5553 to get weekly emails with the plan for the week.
Bocce: Mondays at 5:00 pm
Join weekly Bocce on Monday afternoons at 5:00 pm (note new time); games last approximately one hour. In addition to the two sets of bocce balls, we now have two new sets of boules. Bocce is played every Monday 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 Thomasfirstname.lastname@example.org.
ANV Board Games Day, Thursday, October 20 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 Scrabble, Mexican Train Dominoes, Cribbage, Ticket to Ride, Qwirkle, and more. We play every other Thursday at 2pm. Parking is available in the Ballston Quarter parking garage for $1.
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 email@example.com. Mike will add you to his email list and let you know the weekly location on Thursday morning.
Ladies Lunch, October 21 at 12:30pm
The Ladies Lunch will get together on Friday, October 21 at 12:30pm (new time) at Rus Uz. Featuring traditional Uzbek and Russian cuisine, Rus Uz is located at 1000 N. Randolph Street in the heart of Ballston. NOTE: The entrance is on Fairfax Drive near the corner of North Randolph. Please RSVP to Roslyn Rubin at Roslynva@gamil.com or 703-298-7780 so we have a good count of attendees.
Men’s Lunch Bunch, November 11 at noon
The Men’s Lunch Bunch will get together on Friday, November 11 at noon a location to be announced in the November 1 newsletter. Please RSVP to Tim Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him at 571-224-4546
Pop Up Picnic (PPP), Friday October 28 at noon
Join us at the October 28 Pop Up Picnic at a location to be announced on Next Door. ANV members and volunteers enjoy PPPs to meet for casual conversation, get fresh air, and discover a new neighborhood park in Arlington. Just bring your lunch and something to drink. For more information, contact John Thomas at Thomasemail@example.com.
Page Turners October 27 at 11:00am on Zoom
Share a book that you have read and 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.
Join Page Turners on Zoom by clicking on this link:
To join by phone, dial 301-715-8592; Meeting ID: 896 6678 5566; Passcode: 007241
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.
Holiday Gift Nook at the Library
Arlington Public Library is seeking donations from the public for its inaugural Holiday Gift Nook event. If you have small giftable items, place them in the Gift Nook donation boxes, located inside near the entrances at all library locations. Donated items should be smaller than a breadbox. Examples include small toys, jewelry, games or decorative items. Giftable items need to be in excellent condition. If you wish to donate books, please direct them to the Friends of Arlington Library, and no food will be accepted The Library will host a free shopping experience on Dec. 10-11 for the holidays. The Holiday Gift Nook will be open to all and free for all. The deadline for donations is Oct. 20, 2022.
Museums and Other Exhibits
It’s Fall and there are many new shows and special exhibits happening/opening in our culturally-rich metropolitan area. You can catch up on the latest exhibits which are listed in the Friday Weekend section of the Washington Post.
Here are a few you might like on our National Mall and the DC Metro area– All accessible by Metro
The National Air and Space Museum is reopening on Friday October 14, with eight new galleries. There are artifacts on display for the first time and your favorite icons of aerospace displays in new settings. The museum is located at 6th St. and Independence Ave. SW. The entrance is on Independence Ave. Reserve your Free Timed Entry Pass. Metro Access – L’Enfant Plaza.
National Museum of African Art presents “Ike Ude: Nollywood Portraits” featuring the people behind Nigeria’s $3 billion film industry through February. The museum is located at 959 Independence Ave. SW. Metro Access – Smithsonian.
National Museum of American History “Presente! A Latino History of the United States.” The Merino Family Latino Gallery, a first space in the new National Museum of the American Latino. Constitution Ave NW, between 12 and 14th Streets. Metro Access – Federal Triangle.
National Portrait Gallery exhibit “I Dream a World,” portraits of Remarkable Black Women including Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Alice Walker and other prominent Black Women by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Brian Lanker through January 29. The gallery is located at 8th St. & G St. NW.; Metro Access is either at the Gallery Place – Chinatown or Metro Center.
You can go to the National Zoo, take a walk, and enjoy finding the 19 new additions at the National Zoo. There is a Komodo Dragon, Sand Cat, European Glass Lizard, Rock Hyrax, Vietnamese Mossy Frog and more new reptiles and mammals now residing at the Zoo at 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Metro Access is at the Woodley Park-Zoo/ Adams Morgan Station. There is also a parking lot accessible from Beech Drive in Rock Creek Park.
Balance, Flexibility and Strength, Oh My!
Wednesday, October 19, 2022; 1-2:30 p.m. (Zoom)
Maintaining health and fitness as we get older is so important. Staying active helps us to not only keep doing the things we want to do, but also helps with preventing and managing chronic conditions AND decreases our risk for a fall. Join us for an informative presentation on how to incorporate safe and effective exercises into your daily life. The presentation will include sample exercises (that you can do at home!) and practical strategies for falls prevention and other tips to reduce your risk for a fall.
Dr. Sara Pappa, a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and ANV Board member, is an Assistant Professor in the Health and Human Performance Department at Marymount University. She holds a BS in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Cincinnati, an MA in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University and a PhD in Health Education from the University of Cincinnati. In addition to teaching, she manages the regional falls prevention initiative, including the Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Alliance. Registration required.
Breast Health Fair
Saturday, October 22, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at the VHC Health Arlington Campus Atrium
Get the latest prevention and treatment information, see demonstrations and connect with breast health experts from medical, radiation & surgical oncology, breast reconstruction, women’s imaging, nutrition, genetics, massage and more. Ask questions, meet other patients and receive a free gift! Questions: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.558.6700. Registration required.
Medicare Open Enrollment
Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period (OEP) is the one time each year when Medicare beneficiaries can make changes in their Medicare plan enrollment. The OEP is available between October 15-December 7, with plan changes taking effect January 1st. Why should you pay attention to this?
- Plans may change their costs, the drugs they cover, or withdraw out of Medicare entirely each calendar year. When a plan stops covering a drug, it shifts the financial cost to the client, leaving the client responsible for the full cost of the drug, if they remain enrolled in the same plan.
- During OEP, using the Medicare Plan Finder, beneficiaries can assess and make changes to their health insurance coverage, to include adding, dropping, or changing their Medicare Advantage or Part D Prescription Drug Plan. They can also assess Medigap policies.
- The Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP) can help beneficiaries navigate the information provided on the Medicare Plan Finder and select a plan that is best for them. Get in Touch with VICAP 1 of 3 ways:
- By calling 703-228-1725
- By visiting their website
- By sending an email to MedicareHelp@arlingtonva.us
VICAP is hosting several workshops through the 55+ Program. Please see Page 11 of the Fall Guide for a class near you.
Walk this Way …. To Longevity!
As the season turns, my thoughts go to a “tune-up.” Getting back on a healthy track may take some deliberate effort, after a hot, lazy summer. But here are some great reasons for paying attention to this!
Both the New York Times, and the Washington Post had articles in their “Health” sections on 10/4/2022, describing new research (published in two different professional medical journals; in JAMA Internal Medicine, and JAMA Neurology) on walking. Researchers found new evidence that regular walking, in various amounts, actually adds years onto one’s life. In the study, 78,500 people were “tracked” (with technology) as they walked for 30 minutes a day at a brisk pace. Results showed a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, dementia and death. They followed the participants for 6-8 years and examined their health statuses over time.
The number of steps taken was one item of interest. Researchers found that every 2,000 additional steps per day lowered the above risks by about 10 percent. Regarding dementia, they found that 9,800 steps per day was associated with a 50 percent reduced risk, and 3,800 steps per day to a 25 percent reduction in risk.The brisker the pace, the more beneficial the outcome.
One pleasant factor is, one does not have to walk 30 CONSECUTIVE minutes, but one can do sort bursts during the day.
And, this season is very pleasant for walking! You may have heard of about shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practice of “forest bathing.” Around trees, one absorbs phytoncides, substances that protect trees from insects and other stressors which can increase our natural killer immune cells and decrease cortisol (stress enzyme) levels (Dr. Sanjay Gupta). In October, walking among trees offers a bonus; the dazzling colors surrounding us, lifting our spirits and helping us to “refuel” for future events, as we breathe deeply of the crisp fall air…a walking meditation!
Also of Interest
Aging Matters Radio and TV
Aging Matters (www.agingmattersonline.com) 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. Aging Matters TV offers interviews with aging experts plus demonstrations of aging related subjects.
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.
Remember as an ANV member, you also receive membership in Arlington’s 55+ Program. During COVID, many programs are on-line, and the Guide is now published quarterly. The new Fall Guide is available online.
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.