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Georgetown Village

 Neighbors Helping Neighbors                                    


                    

 

Welcome to Georgetown Village!

 

Georgetown Village(GV), is a 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 on the fourth floor of 3000 K Street, NW, thanks to the generosity of Foley & Lardner LLP. 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!

 

GV Board Strategic Planning Retreat
 
Brain Games:


GV Annual Anniversary Party:
            
  
 
 
 
 
  
Private tour of El Greco exhibit, and lunch afterwards - National Gallery of Art:  
 
 
 
  
Fun on the Ferris Wheel at National Harbor:

 

 

 

           

 

 
 

News and Events

 

 

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

Movie Night Tuesday, May 26-The Age of Adaline 6 pm showing

 Join other GV members to see this unusual movie and have dinner.  We are going to meet for an early dinner at 5 pm call the office to vote on the dinner location.
 
After an accident in 1937 that miraculously causes her to remain 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever.

 

Those members interested in attending will vote on the dinner location-choices are Mr. Smiths of Georgetown or Mama Rouge-both restaurants are located on K Street.
   

 GV Volunteer Training May 28 at 4 pm.

  We are holding a training for neighbors interested in getting involved in Georgetown Village by volunteering to help their neighbors.  Their are many opportunities to help including: providing transportation for medical appointments and errands, helping with basic computer or technology problems, running errands, helping with pet care, assisting with Georgetown Village social events, programs, outreach, communications, and fund raising.
 
If you are interested in volunteering please call the office at 202-999-8988 and plan to meet us in the lobby of the office building at 3000 K Street NW at 4:00 pm.  Training takes approximately 90 minutes.                                                                      
 

May Newsletter

Our April Newsletter has been mailed out and the electronic copy is available here- May 2015 Newsletter
 

Coffee Talk - Thursday, May 28 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, Spring is a great time 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)
  

GV Trip to Ladew Topiary Gardens on June 12  

If you have never visited the Ledew house and gardens, you won't want to miss this upcoming GV trip. The history and grounds are magnificent, and Ledew is named as one of the top 5 gardens in North America. Trip includes a guided tour of the house and gardens. Lunch at Ledew is also included. The trip price per person is $29. Click here to view the website: Ledew Gardens The GV May Newsletter will provider more details. To register, please call or email the office. 

 The Boys in the Boat next Book Discussion on  6/15

 
The next book we will be discussing at our book discussion will be The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled  by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together—a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.

Drawing on the boys’ own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant. It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson, Timothy Egan, James Bradley, and David Halberstam's The Amateurs.
 
The book discussion is scheduled for 10:30 am on June 15 at the home of Joan Kennan.
 

Your Chance to Contribute to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging  

On April 10, The White House Conference on Aging released a policy brief on healthy aging, a key focus area for the 2015 Conference. The policy brief examines how Americans can enjoy long and healthy lives by maximizing their physical, mental, and social well-being. Members of the public are encouraged to share their thoughts in the comments section of the brief. By providing input, you’ll be contributing to the 2015 Conference in a meaningful and concrete way. Click here to read the brief: Healthy Aging Policy Brief

More Than A Meal - Meals on Wheels - Pilot Research Study 

More Than A Meal, a newly released study funded by AARP Foundation and conducted by researchers at Brown University, implemented a groundbreaking approach to investigating the impact of meal service delivery on homebound seniors receiving Meals on Wheels.The study’s findings validate what we’ve all known for decades anecdotally through firsthand experience: that Meals on Wheels does in fact deliver so much more than just a meal. Link to access the study: Pilot Research Study
                                                                                                   

Protect Yourself from Financial Fraud

Unfortunately, phone and internet scams exist. We have had Georgetown Village members let us know of recent fraudulent calls, voice mail messages, and messages they have received – including messages from the U.S. Treasury Department regarding tax fraud, calls trying to interest members in reverse mortgages, and fraudulent callers posing as Google asking for updates to personal information. The best practice is to not speak with anyone on the phone or via email unless you know them, or you have reached out to them. Do not respond to unsolicited calls, email or mail. And, always feel free to call the Georgetown Village office with any questions or concerns. We are here to help investigate.


There are many types of fraud. Learn more about financial fraud activities and ways to protect yourself at the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force website.

 

Click here:  Elder Fraud and Financial Exploitation

 

Healthy Aging Tips

Fall Proofing Your Home - Simple Changes for Home Safety

Six out of every 10 falls happen at home, where we spend much of our time and tend to move around without thinking about our safety. Many falls could be prevented by making simple changes in your living areas, as well as personal and lifestyle changes.

 

Take steps to "fall proof" your home, both inside and outdoors. To make your home safer, you can

 

         - remove or avoid safety hazard

         - improve lighting

         - install handrails and grab bar

         - move items to make them easier to reach.

 

Click here for more information:  Home Safety Tips from NIH

 
Senior Health information is available at:  NIHSeniorHealth.gov – Built with you in mind.
            

NY Times Again Highlights Village Benefits

The NY Times recently ran another article about the many benefits of Village membership to help older adults age in their own homes. The article highlights both the financial and social benefits of Village membership. Link to article: Retirees turn to Villages for Support
 

Easy to get around on the DC Circulator

The Circulator's distinct red buses are unlike any other public transit service around town - with low floors, big windows and multiple doors for easy on-and-off service. Also, passengers don't need a bus schedule; the Circulator comes every 10 minutes and each ride only costs $.50 for Seniors. Circulator Map                                    
                       

Support Georgetown Village  With Amazon Purchases

Georgetown Village has been accepted into the Amazon Smile program, please support us when you shop at Amazon online.
Do you shop at Amazon.com?  You can now give back to Georgetown Village while you shop online!  Amazon smile is a simple way for you to support our village every time you shop at no cost to you. 
When you shop at smile.amazon.com, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to GV.  This may seem minimal, but it multiplies quickly into help for the Village!
  
How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile? 

Go to Amazon Smile Georgetown Village  Login to your Amazon.com account or create one.  You will be prompted to select a charitable organization to receive donations from purchases.  When  you type in Georgetown Village one of the options will be Georgetown Village Inc. Washington DC.  That's us!  Please click on it and from that point on Amazon Smile will remember your selection, and every purchase you make on Amazon Smile will result in our receiving a donation, unless otherwise noted.  Amazon will directly deposit the donations in our account on a monthly basis.  From time to time,
Amazon may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations. 
 
We appreciate your shopping and giving to Georgetown Village.
                       
                                     

Georgetown Village ER Flash Drive Program                   

Georgetown Village is very excited to be able to present each of our members with a flash drive pre-loaded with a form for you to enter your important medical information. This program is available to our members because of a very generous donation from John Bradshaw, a GV volunteer and Georgetown resident.  John heard me talking about this program when I returned from the Village to Village annual conference and offered to cover the cost of bringing this program to our members.  We are extremely grateful to John for providing this for Georgetown Village members.
The pre-loaded form on the flash drive includes space for you to enter current medications, allergies, emergency contacts and other important information. Here is a link to the ER Info ER Info Form In addition, you can upload copies of any medical directives or other important information you would want communicated in the event of an emergency.  We are the first Village in the DC area to offer this, and the program is based on a successful program being offered by Avenidas Village.
This program has been covered by their local NBC News affiliate and we have placed a link to the news story here to further explain the program Flash Drives :Putting Seniors at Ease
  
                                             

IRS Scam Alert for Seniors

Earlier this year the IRS provided for the public a list its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes. 
                                          

Change to Medicare Coverage for Skilled Care

Recent changes in Medicare coverage means that they will now pay for skilled care services such as physical therapy for beneficiaries who have chronic conditions to help them maintain their condition and prevent deterioration.  Although in the past coverage for such services might have been dropped if there was no improvement, this is no longer the case.  Medicare officials were not required to let beneficiaries know about this change.  For more information or to check on your coverage call 1-800-MEDICARE.
 

CBS News Features Georgetown Village

Georgetown Village member, Page Wilson and volunteer, Jim Smith were the focus of a great piece on CBS about the Village movement and how important it is to helping people remain in their homes as they age.  This piece was aired nationally on Thursday, February 20, and we have received some emails and calls from across the country from others looking to get involved with a Village.   Here is the link to the story, please watch it, like it, and share it with your friends and neighbors!
 

Georgetown Village You Tube Channel

Georgetown Village's Health Care Advisory Committee is offering a series of  Health Lectures for the Community.  We are also taping these lectures and placing them on You Tube for those who are unable to attend the lecture.  Please be sure to click the thumbs up icon to 'like' our video in order to keep it visible on You Tube.
 
In addition to our HCAC lectures, we will also be highlighting other videos available on You Tube that will be of interest to our members.  Visit our You Tube channel and check out the You Tube video of the week. We have added our January lecture-Dementia: Early Signs and Behavior Changes.
Our link of the week is Easy Yoga for Seniors-visit our You Tube channel by clicking on this link-Georgetown Village You Tube Channel                                         
 

Georgetown Village Featured in CAG Newsletter

Edith Schafer, writer and GV Member, has written a wonderful article about Georgetown Village that was published in the CAG (Citizens Association of Georgetown) November Newsletter.  I have included a link to the paper for those of you who haven't seen it CAG Newsletter November 2013
As the article states, the Village movement is about community, and we at Georgetown Village are very excited to be forming such a dynamic one! 
If you are not yet a member, and you would like to join us, call the office at 202-999-8988, or download the application from this website, and send it in with your check.                                                                                                                           
                 

GV is on Facebook and Twitter

If you use Facebook be sure to check out our Facebook page, and don't forget to 'like' us on Facebook.  Tell your friends and family they can keep up with Georgetown Village and see pictures from our activities by liking us on Facebook.  This is also another way you can get regular updates on events and activities. If you use Twitter, our User Name is Georgetown VillageDC.
 

The best way to stay informed is still to check this page on a regular basis as the first updates are always on our website.

                                                                                                                                                      

                       

 

 

 

 

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