Reston for a Lifetime is group of concerned citizens and organizations seeking to understand the needs and perceptions of Restonians and help create solutions toward making Reston a great place for people of all ages and abilities.

 News to Support Healthy Longevity
October 2020

Updates and Resources
Vote! Vote! 
Virtual Travel Party 10/30
Book Discussion: 10/29
Third Coast Percussion Performance, 10/30
Webinars: 11/4, 11/18
Covid Help

Vote! Vote!
More than 51 million people have already voted early in 2020, surpassing 2016’s overall early vote total and there are still 8 more days to go until Election Day. Not yet voted? Be part of history and cast your ballot! Points to keep in mind:
  • Early Voting continues through October 31 at these locations and times:
  • Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy; 
    • M-F, 8 am – 7 pm; Sat, 9 am – 5 pm 
  • Other locations across Fairfax County, including North County Government Center/Reston; and Herndon Fortnightly Library/Herndon. Click for additional Locations
    • M-F, 1-7 pm; Sat 9 am – 5 pm
  • If you requested an absentee ballot and decide to vote early, you need to bring the absentee ballot with you to vote.
  • Early Voting (absentee in person) no longer requires an excuse
  • No photo ID requirement, just proof of address (i.e. utility bill)
  • If you mailed your absentee ballot, you can track it by clicking here.
  • Election Day is a State Holiday: November 3, 2020 – 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
Curbside Voting for 65+
For persons 65 or older or with a physical disability, curbside voting is available. Curbside voting does not put you to the front of the line, though, and voters should expect to wait. Fairfax County Government Center has 20 curbside spaces set aside. All polling locations have curbside spaces for this purpose.  Instructions for curbside are posted at your polling location. Call when you arrive if you wish to use curbside voting. For more information on voting accessibility, click here. 

Virtual Travel Party - Alps, Northern Italy
You're invited to the most beautiful lake in the world--no, make that five! Three famous ones, two sleepers, all of them gorgeous, and nestled at the foot of a vast stretch of Alps Across Northern Italy. Besides the beautiful gardens and villas hugging lakeshores of Maggiore, Como, Garda, some wonderful surprises await: The jewel-like Lake Orta; the rainbows of Lake Carezza, an umbrella museum, an Ice Man, and an ancient culture with its own language discovered in the mountains.
What: Virtual Travel Party
When: Friday, Oct 30, 5:30 pm
Cost: Free
Future Travel: Nov 20, India

Book Discussion
As a member of the Washington Area Villages Exchange (WAVE), Reston for a Lifetime is pleased to share calendar events sponsored by other area Villages.  No cost to participate. To register, please respond as noted below.

What: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. Discussion led by At Home Alexandria member Jane King. The Nickel Boys (based on a real story about racial equity) has been named one of TIME’s best books of the decade.
When: Thursday, October 29, 10-11:15 am
RSVP: by October 27 to or by calling 703-231-0824.

Virtual Center for Active Adults
The Virtual Center aims to enrich the lives of adults in Fairfax County while combatting isolation. You can also watch programs on demand on your own schedule. From fitness classes to bingo, beginner Tai Chai to intermediate German, there are offerings for every taste and interest. To check the calendar for late October-early November, click here.   
A few highlights: 
October 28, 10-11:30 am.  Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL): Strength and balance training.
October 28, 12 Noon Lunch Bunch.  Learn about the importance of taking the flu shot during the pandemic and where they are offered.
Oct 29, 9 – 10 am, Tech Thursday.  Join this informational session to learn more about apps, technology and virtual communication beyond Zoom. This week we will be learning about video and audio streaming services like Netflix or Spotify. You will learn about these high-tech great alternatives to the radio or cable tv!   
Oct 30, 2-3 pm, An Afternoon with Third Coast Percussion. Join Grammy Award-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion for an interactive lecture and performance during their virtual residency this Fall with the Center for the Arts at George Mason University. Third Coast Percussion is an artist-run ensemble that teaches and performs across the country for musicians of all ages and experience levels. Their mission is to inspire and educate through the creation of exciting and unexpected musical experiences.
By registering for this event, you will be invited to a free, virtual concert with an opportunity to interact with the artists and ask them questions. After you register, a link and password will be emailed to you for the event. Please register by Thursday, October 29 to secure your spot.
Registration Required by Oct 29

Beyond specific classes offered through the Virtual Center for Active Adults, the Center partners with others in the community. Check out these organizations for events on health and wellness, culture, entertainment, education and more, including Fairfax County Public LibraryInsight Memory Care CenterJewish Community Center of Northern VirginiaReston Community CenterAARP and Mason Center for the Arts.

Nov. 4, 11 am-12 pm: Palliative Care and Living Well with Alzheimer’s
Learn what palliative care is and why it’s so important to families facing a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. 
Speaker: Michele Darwin, Executive Director, Windward Foundation
The Foundation provides education, respite, and community for family caregivers through their growing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Alliance. 
Sponsor: Sunrise Senior Living
Cost: Free
Nov 18, 2020, 11 am - 12 pm. Using VA Pension Benefits to Pay for Senior Care
Speaker: Patty Servaes, Elder Resources Benefits Consulting
What is the VA Pension Benefit and how can you leverage it? Patty Servaes will discuss qualifications for the VA Aid and Attendance Pension, when someone qualifies for pension benefits, and how pension benefits can affect families. Since founding her company, Patty has helped change legislation to make this benefit available to more seniors. 
Sponsor: Sunrise Senior Living
Cost: Free

Where to Find Covid-19 Help
Fairfax County has rolled out many actions in response to Covid-19, from offering free grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up for older adults to daily detailed reporting on cases, and where to find CoVid-19 testing . 
The County’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council, whose mission is to identify needs and promote solutions to enhance the lives of older adults and people with disabilities, formed a subgroup---New Normal Committee. Now called, COVID-19 Impact & Response Committee, the group has created this comprehensive list on where to get help. In the list you will find tips on safely visiting grandparents and older adults and steps to stay safe if you are over age 60. 


  Stay Healthy...Stay Safe 
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