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Senior Living in Alexandria October Show

The October Show is now on Youtube and will air Sundays at 2:00 pm. This month's program features an interview with Robert Blancato, AARP's Virginia State President talking about long-term health care; cooking segment with Chef Hans; highlights from the September Speaker Series on "Senior and Their Pets," and an interview with Lt. Col. Tom Christianson talking about an upcoming World War I event in early November. To view click on Senior Living.

Robust Walkathon

Ben Brenman Park was the site of the first Robust Walkathon sponsored by the City of Alexandria's Successful Aging Committee to benefit three senior events during the year--Dance for All Ages, Senior Health & Fitness Fair and Senior Holiday Party. Dr. Dan Kulund, creator of the Robust Waking movement, introduced participants to this unique way of walking that weaves low-intensity exercises intended to help seniors gain balance, strength, agility, flexibility and endurance while walking. To see more photos from the event click on Robust Walking.

Volunteers Honored at Annual Luncheon

SSA held its Volunteer Annual Luncheon hosted by The Fountains at Washington House for Meals on Wheels and Friendly Visitor volunteers. Special recognition went to Meals on Wheels volunteers John Smucker and Robert Bussler for their combined 60 years of service. Friendly Visitor volunteers Toni Dawsey and Bonny O'Neil were honored for their commitment to the program since its inception in 2012. For more photos from the luncheon click on Volunteer Luncheon.

Photo Credit: Friendly Visitor Volunteer Toni Dawsey; Program Director Sarah Drexler; and Friendly Visitor Volunteer Bonny O'Neil.

Seniors and Their Pets

SSA cosponored a Speaker Series event with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria about Seniors and Their Pets. Presentations included information about the Senior Pet Program and Adopting a Pet, AniMeals on Wheels, Keeping your Pet Heathly and Losing a Pet - Process of Grieving. For more information about these programs contact The Animal Welfare League at Alexandria Animals or Senior Services.

Photo Credit: Katherine Rieter, Pet Loss Specialist; Lynnwood Campbell, SSA/AWLA Board Member; Mary Lee Anderson, SSA Exec. Director; and Megan Webb, AWLA Exec. Director.

Senior Living in Alexandria

The September 2014 is now on Youtube. Just click on Senior Living. This month's program features the last segment of the summer's "Financial 101" series, making creative, healthy salads with Chef Hans and "In the Community" with the Alexandria Recreation Department. For the salad recipes click on salads. You can also view on Alexandria's Comcast Channel 70 on every Sunday in September at 2:00 pm. Check it out!

2014 Young At Art!

The Young At Art Exhibition officially opened with an Awards Ceremony and Reception at the Durant Arts Center at 1605 Cameron Street in Alexandria. To get more information about the exhibition and winners click on Young At Art. To view photos from the Reception click on YAA Photos. The exhibit runs through November 20, 2014.

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Wednesday, Oct. 8, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Port City Brewery, 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria
Eventbrite - Oktoberfest!

Senior Law Day
Saturday, Oct. 18, 8:30 am- 12:30 pm, First Baptist Church, 2932 King Street, Alexandria
Eventbrite - Fourth Annual Senior Law Day

Speaker Series: Difficult Financial Conversations
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 9:30 am- 12:00 pm, Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria
Eventbrite - Long Term Financial Planning

SENIOR LIVING IN ALEXANDRIA CABLE TV SHOW - A 30 minute program geared to seniors that airs on Alexandria's Comcast Channel 70 on Sundays at 2:00 pm. It is also on Youtube - just search, Senior Living in Alexandria. To view the most recent show click on Senior Living

2014-2015 SPEAKER SERIES CALENDAR - CLICK on Speaker Series Calendar of Events

SSA has created a monthly calendar featuring activities and events for the 55+ community in Alexandria. Click here to see the list of activities.

Wright to Read Volunteers Needed

One-on-One volunteers needed to provide literacy tutoring and mentoring to elementary school children. Flexible evening and weekend schedules. For more info contact Luisa Reyes at lreyes@wrighttoread.org or 703-299-9854.

Mental Health Week - Join the Conversation!

Free Presentations - Oct. 6 - 9
In Honor of Mental Health Awareness Week there will be several free presentations on topics such as Suicide Prevention; Hoarding; and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. All events will be held at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street. Call 703-746-1751 for more information.

Social Security Benefits Workshop

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Alex. This FREE event prsented by the Foundation for Peronal Financial Education will help you strategize on generating the highest possible income from your Social Security benefits. To register, please email rlaplante@alexandria.lib.va.us or call 703-746-1751.

Emotional Impact of Vision Loss Workshop

The Low Vision Resource Group is hosting a FREE workshop on the emotional impact of vision loss. Thursday, Oct 9, 1:30 - 3 pm, Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria. For more info call Kym at 703-746-1762.

Robust Walking Group - Waterfront Walkers of At Home in Alexandria meet at TC Williams Boathouse at the foot of Madison Street every Tuesday morning at 8:30. The Market Squares gather at the Wiley Mitchell Pavilion in front of City Hall every Thursday morning at 9 am. The events are FREE and open to all!

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Friendly Visitor Volunteers: SSA's Friendly Visitor program matches seniors with members of the community with the goal of relieving loneliness for seniors who don't have family or friends in the area. If you would like to make a difference in a senior's life, volunteer to be a friendly visitor. The time commitment is once a week for about an hour. You can email friendlyvisitor@seniorservicesalex.org or call 703-836-4414, ext 20.

Meals on Wheels Volunteers: SSA is now delivering meals to Alexandria seniors 7 days a week! We are looking for volunteers to deliver meals on weekdays, Saturdays,Sundays. For more information on time requirements, etc. contact SSA at 703-836-4412, ext 12. or email mealsonwheels@seniorservicesalex.org.

For more volunteer opportunities visit http://volunteeralexandria.org/

SSA's 2013-2014 Highlights
To download a copy click here.

SSA FY 2013 Third Quarter Report Click here

SSA's FY 2012 Annual Report click here

Senior Services of Alexandria
700 Princess Street
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Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 836-4414
Fax: (703) 836-1252 http://www.seniorservicesalex.org

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