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Great Things Are Happening At Senior Services of Alexandria!

2014 Young at Art is Coming!

Welcome to another year for "Young at Art," the juried art show for artists 55 years and older. This is the seventh year that Goodwin House Foundation and SSA will so-sponsor this event. The exhibit and reception will be held at the Durant Arts Center in Alexandria with the opening reception on August 27 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. The exhibition runs to November 20, 2014. For more information and to download the application and other pertinent information click here.

SSA Receives Rotary Donation

Rotary contributions day gave nearly $100,000 to local non-profits to help residents of Alexandria. Senior Services of Alexandria was proud to be one of the local non-profits supported by the Alexandria Rotary Club. The donation will be used for SSA's Friendly Visitor Library Materials Outreach Program.

Senior Living in Alexandria July Program

This month's show features the first of three segments with Mark Friese and Michelle Cooper of Merrill Lynch re: financial issues that seniors should be aware of and what actions to take regarding estate planning; more cooking with Inova Alexandria Hospital's Chef Hans and highlights from the June Speaker Series on Talking Books. To view the program click on Senior Living. To download Chef Hans' recipes click here.

SSA's Annual Meeting and Luncheon June 18

Thanks to everyone who attended our Annual Luncheon meeting last week. SSA had a productive year serving Alexandria's senior population with our meals on wheels and friendly visitor programs; a robust monthly speaker series and tv program; and serving as the call center for the DOT Paratransit program for the disabled.Also, SSA advocated on behalf of seniors during the recent city budget debate. SSA is proud of its collaboration during the past year with the Alexandria Library on a Library Materials Outreach and the Animal Welfare League on its AniMeals on Wheels program. Alexandria is a great place to be a senior! To download the Highlights Brochure click on SSA Highlights. You can find out more about SSA activities through its website, www.seniorservicesalex.org; like us on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/seniorservicesofalexandria; and follow up on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@seniorservices.

Photo: Outgoing Board Member, Art Sauer with Executive Director Mary Lee Anderson.

June Speaker Series: Technology For Seniors

June's Speaker Series on "Technology for Seniors" featured several speakers talking about what the Alexandria Library offers in the way of talking and ebooks as well as experts who can help you decide which devices, i.e. Kindles, iPads etc. are the rights ones for you. There were also speakers talking about "high tech" options for low vision, AARP's driver safety programs, and technology for senior care in the home. The following are useful websites: Alexandria Libraries; AARP Driver Safety; High Tech for Low Vision; and Technology for Senior Homecare. To download the Library's presentation click here. To download AARP's Driver Safety presentation click on Driver Safety.

Photo: Dr. Alexis Malkin, Low Vision Learning Center; David Baker, SSA Board Vice Chair; Mary Lee Anderson, SSA Executive Director; Kevin Osborne, Alexandria Library Coordinator for Adult Services; Kym Robertson, Alexandria Library Talking Books Program; Jim Lindsay, President/COO of ACCfamily; and Josh Dunning, AARP Driver Safety Program.


This month's show features Megan Webb from the Alexandria Animal Welfare League talking about "Animeals" on Wheels, a new program SSA is partnering with the Welfare League on to deliver pet food to low-income seniors; healthy breakfast cereals by Chef Hans from Inova Alexandria Hospital and highlights from the May Speaker Series, "Positive Approaches to Difficult Conversations," on knowing when to give the car keys and the different health care models. To view the program click on Senior Living. To download Chef Hans' recipes click here.

Check out Mary Lee Anderson Featured on "Comcast Newsmakers" talking about Technology for Seniors!

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Thank you to MCENEARNEY ASSOCIATES REALTORS for their generous financial support of the Friendly Visitor Program. This program matches socially isolated seniors with members of the community to provide companionship. For more information about the program email friendlyvisitor@seniorservicesalex.org or call us at 703-836-4414, ext. 20.

May Speaker Series: Positive Approaches to Difficult Conversations

May's Speaker Series on positive approaches to difficult conversations brought together several experts from AARP, MediationWorks, Synergy HomeCare and Alexandria's Division of Aging & Adult Services, as well as a filled room of participants, discussing strategies, ideas and tips for talking with loved ones about everything from giving up the car keys, to accepting in-home care, to when assisted living may be the right move. Click on the following to download copies of the morning's presentations and the useful document "Planning your Legacy": Life Planner; Driver Safety; Senior Programs & Costs. The following are useful websites: Driver Safety; MeditationWorks; Synergy Homecare and Alex Division of Aging.

Photo: Mary Lee Anderson, SSA; Sally Hurme, Esq.,AARP; MaryAnn Griffin, Division on Aging & Adult Services; Jeannette Twomey, MediationWorks; and Mitch Opalski, Syngery HomeCare.

April Speaker Series: The 5 Senses and Aging

April's Speaker Series combined the 5 Senses and Aging with the annual Senior Health & Wellness Fair at Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center. It was a lively morning filled with valuable information and participants tried their hand at belly dancing and tai chi, sampled delicious healthy recipes, had free blood pressure and hearing tests, and even enjoyed shoulder massages! Click on the following to download copies of the morning's presentations: 5 Senses & Aging; Senior Nutrition; Vision Loss and Hearing Loss. Click here to download Chef Hans' healthy recipes.

Photo: Having Fun Belly Dancing!

Thank you very much for supporting Senior Services during Spring2ACTion. We exceeded our goal of $7,500 with donations totaling over $9,000. Your generosity made this possible. We will continue to work on behalf of all Alexandria seniors to enhance their lives with programs and services so they can age with dignity and independence. We are grateful for your continued support!

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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

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

Senior Resume Workshop

Thursday, July 24, 1-3 pm, Senior Services of Alexandria, 700 Princess Street, Mezzazine Level, Alexandria. FREE workshop sponsored by Goodwill of Greater Washington for seniors 55+ looking for assistance with writing or updating resumes. To register email admin@seniorservicesalex.org or call 703-836-4414, ext 10.

Robust Walking Group in Del Ray. Join Jerry King every Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 8:00 am at the tennis courts at the intersection of Mt. Vernon & Commonwealth Avenues in Alexandria. Great way to get your morning started by doing the Robust Walking Exercises. More info click here.

July Blockbuster Movie Series - Thursday at 6:30 pm

Beatley Central Library Large Meeting Room, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria. July 17 - 12 Years a Slave; July 24 - Winter's Tale; July 31 - The Grand Budapest Hotel. For more information call 703-746-1702 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us.

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/

Reconnections Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers needed to assist throughout the program interacting with people who are in the early stages of dementia. If interested contact Christi Clark at 703-204-4664, or christi.clark@insightmcc.org.

Dial 211
211 is a free information referral number to all residents in the DC metro area. The free service helps individuals in need with community resources that can help. For more info go to www.211metrodc.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
Mezzanine Level
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 836-4414
Fax: (703) 836-1252 http://www.seniorservicesalex.org

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