News and Events
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
Book Club Discussion on Monday, March 2 at 10:30 am
If you have not yet participated in the GV Book Club, we welcome you to join in! We are now reading (or, listening) to Penelope Fitzgerald's books. Please select a book of you choice, and we'll gather on March 2 for lively discussion. Books to choose from include: The Beginning of Spring, Offshore, Human Voices, The Bookshop, Innocence, The Blue Flower, and The Gate of Angels. The GV Book Club discussion will be held on March 2 from 10:30 am - Noon at the home of Toni Russin.
As biographer Hermione Lee writes about Penelope Fitzgerald - she was a great English writer whose career didn't begin until she was nearly sixty. She would go on to win some of the most coveted awards in literature—the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Fitzgerald, born into an accomplished intellectual family, the granddaughter of two bishops, led a life marked by dramatic twists of fate, moving from a bishop’s palace to a sinking houseboat to a last, late blaze of renown.
Happy Hour at The Daily Grill - Monday, March 2 at 5:30 pm
Join the fun this Monday, March 2 at the Daily Grill. All members are welcome. The Monday beverage special includes $4 Handles and Well Drinks, $2 off any Carafe, special Lobster Pot Pie for $13, and other bar food from $6 - $8.
Coffee Talk - Thursday, March 5 at 10:30 am - St. John's Church
Join your fellow Georgetown Village members for coffee, tea or other hot drinks and discussion every Thursday at St. John's Church (3240 O Street, NW - use the Potomac Street Entrance and the room is on street level).
Tour of U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Reception Rooms - Friday, March 6
On Friday, March 6 at 10:30 am, we'll have a special tour of the beautiful reception rooms that were established as a space for official government entertainment. The rooms were renovated and underwent an architectural transformation from 1965-1989. The art which furnishes these rooms is reputed to be one of the top ten collections of American 18th and early 19th century art in the United States.
The tour of the State Diplomatic Reception Rooms is limited to 25 people. Please call the office at 202-999-8988 to RSVP. All guests will need to show government issued identification, and no later than 10:20 am.
GV February 2015 Newsletter
Here is the link to our February 2015 Newsletter to keep you informed of upcoming GV events and activities, be sure to mark your calendar to participate in our many programs, we look forward to seeing you!
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
Benefits of Playing Games
There have been studies done about the benefits of games.The researchers say that games work to stave off dementia, strengthen critical thinking skills, and promote brain health. The following games range from online games meant specifically to nurture brain health to puzzles. No matter what your interests or level of tech-savvy there are games here that will help you keep your brain in the best shape.
Online Brain Sharpeners
These online games are developed for improving your brain fitness.
- BrainCurls. Find jigsaw puzzles, memory games, and games that sharpen your observation skills here.
- Sharp Brains Brain Teasers and Games. These 50 brain teasers and games are meant for keeping your brain fit and young.
- Braingle. This popular site offers fun brain activities that include brain teasers, riddles, trivia, and brain exercises.
- Fit Brains. If you want brain games designed by scientists specifically for promoting brain health, then give these a try.
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.
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.
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.