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Great Things Are Happening At Senior Services of Alexandria!

"Preparing for Difficult Conversations" Speaker Series

Thanks to everyone who attended the November Speaker Series. To view the questions and answers asked during the event click here.

Photo: John Porter, ACT for Alexandria; Sally Hurme, Esq., AARP; Mark Friese, Merrill Lynch and Mitch Opalski, Synergy HomeCare.

AARP Virginia Honors SSA with Community Partner of the Year Award

Senior Services was honored by AARP Virginia with their 2014 Community Partner Award for its outstanding contribution to the work of the community by partnering with AARP on numerous education opportunites on age-related topics. Jane King an Alexandria resident and member of the Alexandria Commission on Aging was also honored for her advocacy work. To read more click on AARP.

Photo: Donna Shaw and Mary Lee Anderson

Senior Living in Alexandria November Show

The November Show is now on Youtube and will air Sundays at 2:00 pm on Alexandria's Comcast Channel 70. This month's program features an interview with Chris Thiel from Rebuilding Together Alexandria; a conversation with Vanessa Greene, Director of the Charles Houston Senior Center and highlights from the recent Robust Walkathon and Senior Law Day. To view click on Senior Living.

Senior Services of Alexandria was honored as 2014 Non-Profit Business of the Year by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce!

Photo: Sarah Drexler, Mary Lee Anderson, David Baker, Dolores Viehman and Jane Marcus.

2014 Senior Law Day

Thanks to everyone who made this year's Senior Law Day such a great success! Over 100 attendees heard from two panels of experts about the importance of early Estate Planning and Long-Term Care. To view the powerpoint presentation click on Senior Law Day. Comcast Channel 70 is airing extended highlights on Nov 17, 23, & 30 at 2:30pm. Sunday, Questions and Answers from the session will be posted shortly.

Oktoberfest 2014

SSA thanks its supporters for a great turnout at Oktoberfest hosted by Port City Brewing Company. The proceeds from the event will benefit senior programs including Meals on Wheels, Friendly Visitor and Information and Education Outreach. To see photos from the event click on Oktoberfest.

Photo: Former SSA Board Member Art Sauer and Board Member Lynnwood Campbell.

Shop at Reunions and Support SSA

During the month of October, Reunions, a specialty gift shop located in the Fairlington Shopping Center off Quaker Lane, will donate 5 percent of all profits to Senior Services. There will be a special SSA shopping evening at Reunions on October 23, 6-8 pm. Get a jump on your holiday shopping! Proceeds will go to supporting and expanding SSA's programs including Meals on Wheels, Friendly Visitor and its Information and Education Outreach Programs.

Photo: Barbara Watts, Owner of Reunions and Mary Lee Anderson, SSA's Exec. Dir.

Senior Living in Alexandria November Show

The November 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.

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Speaker Series: Preparing for Important 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 Calendar.

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

Robust Walking Group Winter Group- Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 9 am at Mt. Vernon Recreation Center. Go to Robust Walking.

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/

Volunteers Needed for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

Volunteers are needed to help residents prepare and file their 2014 returns next year. Join a dedicated corps of volunteers for the 2014 tax season. Training is provided in December and January 2015. For more info visit taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669.

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.

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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