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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 Events:  

Slideshow
Michael Usdan Talk


Georgetown Village Monthly Activities    

Monthly Newsletter

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


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 and we will teach you how to use portable electronics to make your life easier.




Book Discussion

“ LaRose ” is the non-fiction book chosen for the December book discussion.  It's In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning The Round House and the Pulitzer Prize nominee The Plague of Doves wields her breathtaking narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture.

  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
Parish Hall (Second Floor)

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.





Tuesday, December 4th
5:30 pm
Mai Thai
3251 Prospect Street NW


GV Anniversary Celebration

December 6th at 6:30 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church - Blake Hall
3240 O Street NW

To sign up call 202-999-8988 or email rsvp@georgetown-village.org



 



Book Discussion Group 

Monday, December 10th @ 10:15 am 

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction

Finalist for the 2017 PEN Faulkner Award

In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning The Round House and the Pulitzer Prize nominee The Plague of Doves wields her breathtaking narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture.

Inspiring and affecting, LaRose is a powerful exploration of loss, justice, and the reparation of the human heart, and an unforgettable, dazzling tour de force from one of America’s most distinguished literary masters.





Drum & Fun 


Monday, December 10th

3:00 pm

Christ Church (Parish Hall)

3116 O Street NW

Drum circles are a time-honored method of healing and helping others.  Group     drumming helps alleviate  isolation, and when our rhythms are in sync, we feel better about ourselves.  Join professional drummer Katy Gaughan as she teaches us how to get bass, tone, and slap on the drum! Katy supplies the drums, you supply the fun!


Scientific studies have shown that drumming can:


¨
Reduce tension, anxiety and stress

¨Help control chronic pain

¨Boost the immune system

Come experience rhythmic pathways to joy and well-being!

Please RSVP to Georgetown Village by December 6th
Call: 202-999-8988 or Email
varnita@georgetown-village.org



Wednesday, December 12th
12:30 pm
Pinstripes Bistro (Georgetown Park)
1064 Wisconsin Avenue NW



Willard Intercontinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

5:30-7:30 PM

Now in its 17th year, the Willard Intercontinental’s holiday caroling lineup has evolved into one of the most comprehensive of its kind in Washington DC with a wide array of highly accomplished choral and vocal ensembles from around the DC metropolitan area. Come join us for food, and fun. If you need transportation please contact the GV office at 202-999-8988 no later than Thursday, December 13th.

We hope to see you there!



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 and Trader Joe's every 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”

 



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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