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Welcome to Georgetown Village
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Georgetown Village (GV), is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization providing services and programs in Georgetown, Burleith, Hillandale, and nearby neighborhoods. GV was established to help our neighbors age in place by providing them with a variety of support services, educational opportunities, cultural and social programming. We provide trained and vetted volunteers and when necessary professional service providers to meet our members’ needs.

Georgetown Village is part of a growing network of similar communities nationwide, including many in the Washington, DC area, in which neighbors are helping neighbors. Our village represents the new face of aging-in-place that allows Village members to live full lives in their own homes with the assistance of  their neighbors. In this way we create a caring, supportive, local community to help seniors remain safely and happily in their own homes.

Come be part of a caring, supportive community.

The Georgetown Village office is located in the Penzance building, on the lower level of 1680 Wisconsin Avenue NW. The office is staffed by our Executive Director, Lynn Golub-Rofrano, and volunteers, Monday through Thursday, from 10 am - 6 pm. The office is not open on Federal Holidays. Be sure to call before you stop by in case we are out helping one of our members or enjoying some of our trips or social activities!

Georgetown Village News and Events

Scroll down to our What's New and In the News section.  There you will find resources on "How to Protect Older Adults from Financial Fraud," and the "Top 25 Cars Best for Seniors". 
What's Going on at Georgetown Village

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

Photos from Georgetown Village Summer Excursions:  

Slideshow
2018 June & July Trips

Georgetown Village Monthly Activities    

Monthly Newsletter

Our October Newsletter has been mailed out and the electronic copy is available. Click here to read the newsletter.

New Series on Contemporary Issues

Click here to view Dr. Hans Kaper's presentation on  “Climate and Climate Change: What Is It and Why Should We Care?”


Coffee Talk - Thursdays at 10:30 am 

Please join others for coffee, tea, cookies, and discussion. All are welcome. If you have never attended a Thursday GV Coffee Talk, it is a great way to get out and try some new things and meet new people - we hope to see you soon!


We meet in the St. John's Episcopal board room - please use the entrance on Potomac Street
(3240 O Street NW) 



Portable IT Support

Do you have a question about using your iPhone or android phone? Do you need to learn how to change the font on your laptop or kindle?  Bring your portable electronics and your questions to our IT Support Group sessions and learn from our volunteers and other members.  We also share tips about useful apps. Some of our members have also learned how to use Uber and Lyft during these sessions! Join us 10:30 am-11:30 am on October 3rd & October 17th and we will teach you how to use portable electronics to make your life easier.




Book Discussion

I have heard only from a few people, and the votes received have selected “The Lemon Tree” is the narrative non-fiction book chosen for the October book discussion.  It's fiction set in Palestine or Israel, which was very positively reviewed.  For more information please contact Toni Russin
tonirussin@hotmail.com.  Please click here to check out the book list.



Georgetown Village Around the World

Please share your amazing travel photos of the last place you've traveled to with the village electronically. We will be creating an online photo album to showcase our members and volunteers enjoying their summer excursions.   The name of the album is "Georgetown Village Around the World".  Please limit your photos to no more than three of your favorites so we can try to include as many Village members as possible.
Images can be sent to Varnita via email at
varnita@georgetown-village.org




Basic Training 4 Your Body




11:30 am (Every Monday)
Christ Church of Georgetown
3116 O Street NW

This is a fitness class that focuses on the basics of functional movement. Great for first times, deconditioned adults, and anyone looking to improve their activity level. We work on balance, memory, flexibility, breathing, strength, cardio, etc. The class includes a variety of seated and standing exercises and is a perfect start for most seniors. Please contact the GV office at 202-999-8988 to sign up.
  Book Discussion

Monday, October 15th @ 9:30 am (New Time)



"The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East" by Sandy Tolan

In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian twenty-five-year-old, journeyed to Israel, with the goal of seeing the beloved old stone house, with the lemon tree behind it, that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house he was greeted by Dalia Ashkenazi Landau, a nineteen-year-old Israeli college student, whose family fled Europe for Israel following the Holocaust. On the stoop of their shared home, Dalia and Bashir began a rare friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and tested over the next thirty-five years in ways that neither could imagine on that summer day in 1967. Based on extensive research, and springing from his enormously resonant documentary that aired on NPR's Fresh Air in 1998, Sandy Tolan brings the Israeli-Palestinian conflict down to its most human level, suggesting that even amid the bleakest political realities there exist stories of hope and reconciliation.




Tuesday, October 16th
5:30 pm
Los Cuates
1564 Wisconsin Avenue NW





Tour of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation 
Friday, October 19th
10 am - 3 pm 
 The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation dedicates itself to preserving and sharing the traditions, history and culture of the U S Marine Corps.  The National Museum of the Marine Corps. shares with us the American story of the Corps’ contributions, sacrifices, valor and victory. 



Dinner & Movie Night

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Tuesday, October 23rd
AMC Loews Theater
Dinner at Mr. Smith's on K Street NW




Chat with Martin "Marty" Tolchin
Thursday, October 25 @ 6 pm

St. John's Episcopal Church

3240 O Street NW 

Martin Tolchin will speak about President Trump, recent policy decisions and the upcoming midterm elections. 


Please contact the GV Office at 
202- 999-8988 or email varnita@georgetown-village.org to RSVP.



Georgetown Village News and Events 




Pre-Scheduled Trips to Safeway and Trader Joe's

 

Contact Lynn to make your reservation
202-999-8988 
by Wednesday at 3 pm.

We provide transportation to Safeway every Friday Trader Joe's every 1st and 3rd Thursday (times vary)

Check our event calendar for additional information.


Service for GV Members: E-Cycling
If you have old un-wanted electronics to get rid of, you can drop them off at the Georgetown Village office during office hours, or we will arrange to have a volunteer pick them up from you.  We will be collecting electronics, and a volunteer will take them to the DC e-cycling center.
DC Village Collaborations

Villages in the DC area work closely together and we often share resources and invite each other to participate in our larger programs.  Therefore, we are now listing joint Village activities in a new category labeled DC Village Collaborations. 


 



"Three Seated Body Movements to Help your Brain Health"


One of the major injuries that the brain can suffer is alterations to its blood circulation, which we commonly call strokes. Although strokes have multiple causes and contributing factors, recent research has shown that accumulation of fat around the waist line was significantly associated with new strokes in women between 50 and 74 years of age. Interestingly, abdominal obesity measures were not independent predictors of new stroke in men from the same age groups.

One way to help your brain health is by incorporating more exercise into your life.

Start small by integrating these three easy movements into your daily seated activities:

When attempting to sit down, do it slowly by bending your knees and keeping your back as straight as possible. Ideally, your thigh would be at a 90-degree angle from your body, and 90 degrees to your legs. Sit at the edge of the chair first, then scoot to the back. This simple way of sitting down will not only help strengthen your abdominal muscles, but it will also help tone your back muscles. Of course, feel free to rise and sit as many times as you wish!

When seated, cross your thighs alternating the right over the left and then the left over the right. This movement exercises the flimsy muscles at our lower abdomen.

When seated for a while, simply bend forward, keeping your back as straight as possible. Your legs should be uncrossed, and your feet firmly planted on the ground. Let your arms hang loosely towards the ground. Your goal is to touch your knees with your forehead – don’t worry if you can’t do it at first try, it will get easier with repetition. Again, repeat as many times as you feel like.

These movements are small ways that you can begin incorporating activity into your life. That said, you won’t reduce your risk factors for stroke overnight.

Rather, these baby steps can get you started into the mentality of movement, to set your mind to move your body more frequently, more effectively, and at occasions you haven’t considered before. Hopefully, this will be your beginning to address your potential risk factors for stroke, thus protecting the health of your brain.

What else can you do to increase the amount and the frequency of your movements while doing what you always do? Learn tips at “Making the Best Lifestyle Choices for a Healthy Brain”



Successfully Navigating the New Tax Law 
Strategies for Tax Savings

Thursday, October 18  
10:00 am- 11:00 am
Forest Hills of DC
Assembly Room
4901 Connecticut Ave NW
RSVP: 202-777-3435 or lpenner@nwnv.org

Join Mark Friese, Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch and a panel of speakers who will help make sense of the new tax law and how to make the most of your charitable giving.



ALL ABOUT MEDICARE

Monday, October 22
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
West End Library
2301 L St NW

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

Sign up on the Dupont Circle Village’s website at dupontcirclevillage.net under “Upcoming Events”or contact the DCV Administrator at
202-436-5252.
The facility is wheelchair accessible


What is covered by Medicare?  What changes can be made during the Medicare Open Enrollment?  What is Medicaid and how do you qualify for it? At Dupont Circle Village’s October Live & Learn Program, co-sponsored by the Foggy Bottom West End Village, Cheryl Smith will answer your Medicare and Medicaid questions. Ms. Smith is the Acting Director of the Health Insurance Counseling Project, part of the George Washington University Law School's Community Legal Clinics.

 



What's New and in the News





Protecting Older Adults from Financial Fraud

Financial fraud targeting older Americans is a growing epidemic that costs seniors an estimated $2.9 billion annually according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). This estimate is likely low as often seniors do not report fraud because they are too ashamed to admit they have been scammed, may not even know that they are victims, or do not know how to report it.  In the ongoing efforts to protect seniors from internet and telephone scams, the US Senate Special
Committee on Aging (Aging Committee) has taken a keen interest in helping protect seniors from internet and telephone scams. 

With help from Leading Age a voice for the aging, this guide will help answer the many questions regarding telephone and internet scams targeting older adults. Click here to learn how to protect older adults from telephone and internet scams.  


Top 25 Best New Cars for Seniors


Senior drivers and others with limited mobility need a car that’s easy to get into and out of, with controls that are easy to reach and intuitive to use. Here are 25 new models that best fit the bill.

Subaru Forester             

Subaru Outback               

Kia Soul                              

Chrysler Pacifica               .

Subaru Legacy   

Kia Sportage      

Toyota Highlander          

Toyota RAV4     

Honda Odyssey                                              

Nissan Rogue    

Ford C-Max        

Toyota Sienna   

Honda Pilot      

Honda CR-V

Kia Forte                            

Hyundai Sonata                

Ford Escape       

Toyota Corolla                 

Subaru Crosstrek                                           

Honda HR-V                                     

Kia Sorento        

Hyundai Santa Fe             

Kia Cadenza                                     

Audi Q7

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport   

 

These Senior Features represent vehicles that excel for particular attributes:

Front-Seat Access - Low door sills, wider openings, and step-in heights that reduce the need for ducking or climbing make entry easier for those with physical limitations.

Visibility - 
Cars that enable all drivers to see better out of the front, sides, and back of the vehicle.

Controls -  
These cars have easy-to-read gauges and intuitive controls for changing the radio, shifting gears, and adjusting the heating and cooling.

Headlights - 
High-performing headlights can make driving at night safer and easier for everyone.

AEB- If a car equipped with automatic emergency braking (AEB) senses a potential collision and you don’t react in time, it starts braking for you. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) data shows rear-end collisions are cut by 50 percent on vehicles with AEB and FCW.

FCW -  Forward-collision warning (FCW) technology provides a visual, audible, and/or tactile alert to warn the driver of an impending collision with a car or object directly in its path. IIHS data show that FCW reduces rear-end accidents by 27 percent.

BSW- 
Blind-spot warning (BSW) is a technology that detects and warns of vehicles you can’t see alongside your car. It gives a visual, audible, and/or tactile alert to indicate that it’s unsafe to merge or change lanes. The system may provide an additional warning if you use your turn signal when there is a car in the lane next to you.

To read the complete article published by Consumer Report click here.

Many of you know our Founding Board Member and past Treasurer Pat Scolaro.  We thought you would be interested in this article about Pat that was published in this month's  Burleith Citizen Association 's newsletter.  We learned a lot about Pat, and you will too.  
Click here to read this interesting article and learn more about a fellow Georgetown Village member.














The Private Security Camera Incentive Program, administered by the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (Office), creates a rebate for residents, businesses, nonprofits, and religious institutions to purchase and install security camera systems on their property and register them with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). The program provides a rebate of up to $200 per camera, with a maximum rebate of up to $500 per residential address and $750 for all other addresses. (Note: The rebate is exclusively for the cost of the camera(s), installation and accessories are not eligible). This program is intended to help deter crime and assist law enforcement with investigations. Please review the following information and if you have additional questions, please contact the program at security.cameras@dc.gov or 202-727-5124.  http://ovsjg.dc.gov/service/private-security-camera-system-incentive-program


Did you catch All Things Considered on National Public Radio? Ina Jaffe, NPR correspondent who reports on aging has created a three part series on the Village movement and the first of the three segments aired.

To hear the rest of the series, be sure to tune into your local NPR station. Here is an additional link with the NPR transcript attached for your convenience.

Read this story











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PO Box 3563
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