ANV Picnic: 60 people gathered
We had beautiful weather for our annual Picnic at Bluemont Park on Saturday, September 10, welcoming 60 members and volunteers to enjoy the usual trappings of a BBQ. Thanks to the Events Committee that planned and executed a perfect and fun event. Our next get together will be for the Thanksgiving Holiday on November 18.
Fall Prevention Expo: Friday, September 16
Falls are the #1 reason older adults end up in the ER, but falls are not a normal part of aging and can be prevented. Arlington County 55+ Program, VHC Health, and Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Alliance are hosting a Falls Prevention & Safety Expo on Friday, September 16, 10 am to noon at Lubber Run Community Center, 300 North Park Drive. The event is free; no registration is required. Details below.
Roosevelt Island Walk: Thursday, September 22
The quarterly walk will be on a weekday this year, Thursday, September 22 and a little later start time at 11 am. Details below.
Hillwood Estate Tour: Friday, September 23
Tour is canceled.
Tour of Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex: Friday, October 21
ANV members and volunteers are invited to join a private, guided tour of the Wilkes St. (Alexandria) Cemetery Complex on Friday, October 21 at 10:30 am. 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.
Home Safety Assessment
Have you wondered about possible safety hazards in your home, and how to address them? This may include slippery rugs, stairs in need of handrails, and more. ANV offers Home Safety Assessment, provided in person in your home by an AARP-certified ANV volunteer, using the AARP Home Fit program. This assessment uses an AARP Home Fit checklist; it identifies potential safety hazards, and the service includes a post-assessment discussion about how best to address any hazards that are identified. If you are interested, please call the office at 703-509-8057 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Alease Brooks
- John Riggins
- Rudraksh Nighot
- Melissa Nairobi Polanco-Monegro
ANV Events are posted on our online calendar at arlnvil.org/calendar so you can always easily find the Zoom link for any scheduled event.
Coffee and Conversations on Wednesdays at 10 am
- September 21: What’s New with Park and Recreation and 55+?
- September 28: The C&O Canal National Historical Park
- October 5: Goodwin Living
- October 12: National Museum of African American History
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, September 21: What’s New with Park and Recreation and 55+?
Think you know all there is to know about Arlington’s Park and Recreation and 55+ programs? Perhaps you’ve even taken a few fitness or art classes through them. But they are so much more than that! Jessica Vasquez will join us to talk about some of their new offerings including a meals program and travel opportunities.
Wednesday, September 28: C&O Canal National Historical Park
Running from Washington, DC, to Cumberland, MD, the C&O Canal towpath is 184.5 miles long, providing a popular place for people to bike, hike, run, and walk. The park encompasses more than 20,000 acres, includes more than 1,000 historic structures, and is home to 200 rare, threatened, and endangered plants. More than 5 million people visit the park each year, making it the 11th most visited National Park, with more visitors than Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Charissa Hipp from the C&O Canal Trust will talk about the park’s history and the C&O Canal Trust’s role as the official nonprofit partner to the park.
Wednesday, October 5: Goodwin Living
Goodwin Living offers senior living and healthcare services, including Hospice and Home Health, to adults ages 55+ in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. Eileen Spinella, Community Outreach Hospice Manager, will provide an overview of the residential, hospice and other services available.
Wednesday, October 12: National Museum of African American History
Have you wondered how the Smithsonian Institution produces outstanding exhibits and memorable collections? Lindsey Bestebreurtje, Ph.D., Curatorial Assistant at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, will tell us about the creativity, research, and hard work from conception to exhibit opening. A Northern Virginia native, Dr. Bestegreurtje also researches Arlington’s African American communities from 1860 through the 1970s.
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!
Roosevelt Island Walk: Thursday, September 22 at 11 am
The quarterly walk will be on a weekday this year, Thursday, September 22 (the actual Autumn Equinox) and a little later start time at 11 am. Join your fellow ANV-ers on the next seasonal walk at Theodore Roosevelt Island. Each one is a happening-we never know exactly who’s going to show up, but it’s always good. Family and friends are welcome to join us. Remember that auto access to the Roosevelt Island parking lot is only from the northbound George Washington Parkway. Alternatively, there’s paid parking in Rosslyn, and the island is about a 15-minute walk from the Rosslyn Metro and bus stops. Please meet at the landward end of the footbridge to the island at 11 am. As usual, this is a rain-or-shine event—there’s no back-up date. If you have questions, please email David Christian at email@example.com or call him at 703-785-3434.
Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex Tour: Friday, 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 at 10:30 am. 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 Olde Town Alexandria restaurant (TBD).
Register with the ANV Office by calling 703-509-8057 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before Wednesday, October 19 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 email@example.com and we will set you up with a volunteer who can help you hone your skills.
Tai Chi: Tuesdays at 9:30 am
ANV Tai Chi is meeting outdoors with the warmer weather, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 674-5553 to get weekly emails with the plan for the week.
Bocce: Mondays at 5:30 pm
Join weekly Bocce on Monday afternoons at 5:30 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 Thomasemail@example.com.
ANV Board Games Day: Thursday, September 22 at 2 pm
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 2 pm. Parking is available in the Ballston Quarter parking garage for $1.
Happy Hour: Thursdays, 5–7 pm
Join the ANV Happy Hour Group. As warm weather settles in, 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.
Page Turners: Thursday, September 22 at 11 am on Zoom
Page Turners is back! 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
Pop Up Picnic (PPP): Friday, September 30 at noon
Join us at the September 30 Pop-Up Picnic at Oakland Park at 3705 Wilson Blvd. 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.
Men’s Lunch Bunch: Friday, October 14 at noon
The Men’s Lunch Bunch will get together on Friday, October 14 at noon at a location to be announced in the October 1 newsletter. Please RSVP to Tim Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him at 571-224-4546.
Ladies Lunch: Friday, October 21
The Ladies Lunch will get together on October 21 at noon at a location to be announced in the October 1 newsletter. Contact Roslyn Rubin at email@example.com with questions.
Arlington Public Library Programs
The Library has several events planned for August; please visit their website to see the calendar of events. The Library staff has curated events from the 55+ Program, Encore Learning and elsewhere to make it easy to find something that will pique your interest.
Virtual Center for Active Adults (VCAA), through October 2022 (NEW!)
Arlington County is partnering with Fairfax City, Fairfax County, Prince William County and the Town of Vienna to host live virtual programming on Zoom five days a week, including fitness classes, special presentations and interactive games. To learn more about this free resource, visit the Virtual Center for Active Adults (VCAA) website.
All VCAA programs are free and do not require preregistration! When you visit the website, you will see a calendar of virtual events. The Zoom link is the same for all of the programs. Just follow this link to join any of these classes on a computer, smartphone, or tablet. To join by phone, call 301-715-8592; Meeting ID: 905 123 5932#; Meeting password: 3636#
Falls Prevention & Safety Expo, Friday, September 16 at 10 am
Falls are the #1 reason older adults end up in the ER, but falls are not a normal part of aging and can be prevented. Learn from experts throughout the community about fall risks and fall prevention strategies. Arlington County 55+ Program, VHC Health, and Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Alliance are hosting a Falls Prevention & Safety Expo on Friday, September 16, 10 am to noon at Lubber Run Community Center, 300 North Park Drive. The event is free; no registration is required. Stop by anytime during the scheduled event.
Informational booths, activities and screenings will be available and include fall risk assessment, balance and strength exercises, medication review with a pharmacist, home modification techniques, blood pressure and vision screening, along with general safety tips to protect yourself and your home.
Falls Prevention Classes
Matter of Balance, Virtual class
The Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Alliance is offering a FREE virtual Matter of Balance workshop that will begin on September 20, during Falls Prevention Awareness Week. A Matter of Balance is an 8-week, 2-hour class that is an evidence-based cognitive restructuring program. The program will focus on how we view falling, our fears of falling, strategies for preventing a fall, and participation in gentle exercises.
This is open to all older adults in our region. It will run on Tuesdays from 10 am to noon. Space is limited. Registration required.
Falls Prevention Awareness Week is September 18-24
Theme: Strengthening Community Connection
On average, one in four Americans age 65+ fall each year. The financial toll for older adult falls may reach over $101 billion by 2030. The good news is that falls are not an inevitable result of aging. Most falls can be prevented! The National Council on Aging provides facts, tools, and fall prevention strategies to help keep you safe. As the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans, falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence, and generate enormous economic and personal costs. We know that with practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and clinical-community partnerships, many falls among seniors can prevented.
Here’s a great resource on falls prevention.
Also make sure to take a look at the Falls Free Check Up Tool that is free and easy to use.
For information about falls prevention programs and events in our area, please check out the Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Alliance’s website.
Finding Mental Calm
September is Healthy Aging Month. There is so much we could include here for that! However, with so much uncertainty and insecurity swirling around our planet at the moment, it behooves us to tend to our mental/emotional “healthy aging.”
Recently the New York Times (Science section, 6/28/22) included research done on “The Calming Power of Therapy Dogs.” While this research was done on children in the UK, other research has focused on aging people and “therapy animals”. While we all chuckle about the person with the “therapy (7 foot) alligator,” or the “therapy peacock” which was not allowed on an airplane, we are most familiar with cats and dogs; our warm-blooded pets. Research shows a huge decrease in the body’s stress hormones when a therapy dog is given attention (petted, scratched) when a person is in high anxiety. Some people who were very anxious, depressed, and closed off to others, began to relax and open up when engaged by a therapy dog. And for a treat, a current “feel good” movie (Netflix), you might watch Gigi and Nate, the story about a young man who becomes paralyzed in a diving accident, and his “therapy” monkey!
So go pet a neighbor’s (friendly) dog, and forge “therapy friendships” with a friendly animal near you. Then, just notice how much calmer and more relaxed you feel!
To calm the mind, a favorite method is Meditation. But some people say they don’t know how to do this. A.C. Shilton (NYTimes, 8/30/22) gives a simple, clear “how-to.” Getting the mind to stop the chatter to gain mindfulness is not easy at first. But, continuing to practice focusing the mind, letting the chatter pass through and then refocus attention on one thing (such as your breathing), does pay off. Each time you get distracted, notice that, and start again. Just the fact that you noticed the distraction is actually proof of success. And don’t forget to encourage yourself and forgive yourself as you go. Doing this, focusing on your breath, for just 10 minutes a day can have big rewards. And you can meditate no matter where you are. Very anxious at the Medical office before an appointment? Slip into the washroom cubicle and meditate for a few minutes. This also gives you time to refuel your confidence and to “remain present” during the visit so you can understand everything that happens there.
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 4 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.
Radio Program – Classical Explorations
The classical music program Classical Explorations airs every Thursday from 5 to 6 pm on the Arlington community radio station WERA LP, 96.7 FM, hosted by Dennis Siebert, husband of ANV board member Cheryl Beversdorf. The program can also be heard by online streaming. All Classical Explorations programs can also be heard on demand by visiting the website and entering the words “Classical Explorations” in the search box. The program plays classical music heard less frequently on other classical radio stations, with an emphasis on 20th-century composers. Requests and comments can be sent to Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.