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

July 2020

Events and Resources
Everything You’ve  Wanted to Know
Covid Updates
Travel to Polynesia
Encore Creativity 
Complete the Census
Voter Registration
Alzheimer’s Guide

Everything You’ve Wanted to Know
From questions on the status of testing vaccines on older adults to detecting Covid via  heart rate variability and explanations for Covid terms like ‘shedding,’ there was much to learn during a recent Reston for a Lifetime (R4L) co-sponsored webinar. Speaker NIH physician Dr. Matthew Memoli, M.D., M.S., addressed these and a range of other topics. 
During the Q&A session, attendees asked about antibodies and re-infection rates; washing groceries after shopping; guidelines/suggestions for those with autoimmune diseases and those with asthma; and the likelihood of outdoor transmission.  The discussion focused on the science as well as on practical matters in coping with the pandemic. 
Co-sponsors for Everything You’ve Wanted to Know about Covid-19, but Didn’t Know Who to Ask attended by over 300 individuals, included The Medical TeamHunters Woods at Trails EdgeEldercare ConsultantsAllegiance Home Care and Positive Aging Sourcebook.  
Click here for the webinar recording and slides.    

Fairfax County Covid Cases – Daily Tally   
To view the number of cases in Fairfax County this page is updated at noon daily. Fairfax County surpassed 15,000 cases as of July 23  as the trajectory of cases continues to remain stable in the county. 

One of the most important measures of community transmission — charting confirmed cases by new cases per week — indicates that cases are not growing exponentially. For the last three weeks, the number of new cases has remained relatively stable. That is good news.

Find COVID-19 Testing Near You
The Virginia Department of Health has provided a tool for finding a COVID-19 testing site close to your home. Just go to this link, type in your address, and search the map for a location. Contact information and more is available for each testing site.
Inova has three Respiratory Illness Clinics to evaluate all patients with respiratory illness symptoms. If you meet COVID-19 criteria they will test you. Clinic locations can be found here.  All Inova hospitals and emergency rooms are a resource for those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Shopping and Pharmacy Pick-Up - Free
Fairfax County Health Department’s Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) Program offers a countywide shopping and pharmacy pick-up service for older adults who hesitate to leave their homes during the Covid pandemic. The program is free and is a collaboration with the Department of Family Service and the Fire and Rescue Department. 
The customer (older adult) provides the vetted and background-checked volunteer with a shopping list and either cash or personal check pre-written to the store with the amount blank.  Volunteers actually do the shopping.  If someone calls and is unable to pay for their groceries or prescriptions, they are screened to see if they qualify for the county’s adult and aging program and if so, they would assist with financial needs. 
Service is available for delivery to private residences, but not to long-term care retirement communities, assisted living, nursing homes, group homes or other facilities.  
Cost: Free
Contact: 703-324-7948

Virtual Travel Party – French Polynesia 7/31
Sail the islands from Tahiti to Bora Bora to Moorea and Tahaa. Snorkel in a coral garden, visit a vanilla farm, see the oysters with their Tahitian pearls, savor tuna delivered by outrigger, and more!  Follow the adventures and delight in the underwater photography of our Captain Ryan Risley and his wife Liz. Join hosts Pat Williams and Eileen Curtis for yet another virtual travel adventure.
What: Virtual Travel Party 
When: July 31, 6:30 pm
Cost: Free
RegisterClick Here

Sing with Us! 
Encore Creativity for Older Adults is developing an exciting and engaging curriculum of online choral singing classes and rehearsal sessions for Fall 2020.  The semester is 15 weeks, running September to December.
There is an "early bird" registration price of $150 if you register before August 1, 2020. Tuition will be $170 after that date.

A frequently asked question: "Why are we rehearsing when we will not be performing?"  While there were several reasons, we are happy to announce we are planning a performance in December.  We are in discussion with a production company to produce a virtual concert.  Details will be forthcoming.
For information:
RegisterClick Here

Voting and Changes to Virginia Election Law
Every election is critical and to be sure your vote counts November 3, here a few things to know.  No excuse absentee voting means any registered voter may vote absentee without giving a reason. Election Day is now a Virginia State Holiday.  The photo ID requirement is gone. Instead you may use such forms as a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck. 
Early voting period (in-person absentee voting) begins September 18 which is 45 days before the election. In just 7 weeks, Virginians can go to the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, 22035 and cast  ballots for President, US Senator and Member of Congress. To vote absentee by mail, you must submit your absentee ballot request by October 23.  Click here to see a list of deadlines regarding absentee voting and other information. 

Covid-19 presents many challenges to the voting process while safeguarding one’s health. That said, make a plan to vote----in-person absentee voting; or absentee by mail; or in-person November 3.  

Most important, are you registered to vote?  October 13 is the voter registration deadline.  
Check your status here.
Apply for Absentee Ballot 
Census 2020 
While little more than half of the country responding to the 2020 U.S. Census, Fairfax County's response rate is already past 70% and is one of the highest in the state. As of early May, Fairfax County's self-response rate was 72.7% — well above Virginia's overall rate of 63.5%, according to census data. That’s a great start!
Here’s how to complete the census questionnaire. Respond by going to  If you do not have a census ID, click here. You will be asked basic information about the adults, children, and babies that live at your current address. Include EVERYONE who lives at the listed address, not only family members. There is NO citizenship question on the census. Responses are used only for statistical purposes and cannot be shared with other agencies, including law enforcement or immigration officials.

Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
An estimated 44 million people in the world live with dementiaWith this many people suffering, it's important to know the possible causes and risk factors and to share them with family and friends. Check out  A 2019 Guide to Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia that gives a great overview of the types of dementia as well as risk factors for developing dementia.

August 5, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Understanding the Person-Centered Care Model

Learn the benefits of putting an individual's specific needs, desires, and preferences at the center of all healthcare decisions. Pauline Daniels is a geriatric care manager with over 20 years of experience and is a leader in training medical professionals on the value of transitioning to a person-centered care model.
Sponsor: Sunrise Assisted Living
Cost: Free
Register: Click Here
August 12, 11:00 am – 12 pm
How Depression and Anxiety Differ in the Elderly

Learn the symptoms and signs of depression and anxiety, how to discuss these concerns with a senior, and various methods to manage symptoms and improve outcomes. Amanda LaRose is the owner of We Care Management and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Mary Beth Albence is a LCSW and provides counseling on anxiety grief and depression, as well as managing the challenges of the aging. Alicea Ardito is a LCSW with extensive experience working with older adults and families. 
Sponsor: Sunrise Assisted Living
Cost: Free
RegisterClick Here
August 18, 7:00 pm
Death Café

Death Care is national movement providing a place to hold a conversation about death with “a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” The café does not provide counseling or grief support but is a place where discussions can take place in a thoughtful atmosphere. 
Sponsor: Assisting Hands Home Care
Cost: Free
RegisterClick Here  
August 31. 3:00 pm
Being My Mom’s Mom

Meet author Loretta Ann Woodward Veney as she invites readers on her personal journey before and after the onset of her Mom's dementia. Personal vignettes highlight the heartache and humor in this life-changing disease. The author offers strategies from real experience for building the best care team for loved ones, increasing one's capacity for patience, and making the most of every day. Book information on Being My Mom's Mom
Sponsor: Assisting Hands Home Care
Cost: Free
RegisterClick Here
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