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
September 2020

Events and Resources
Voting Has Begun
Free Flu Shots
New Normal Committee
Grow with the Flow 
Employment During Covid
Virtual Center

Voting Has Begun!  
Your voice is your vote and to that point, Virginia has made certain election law changes that make it easier. Urge family and friends to register and vote. A few important dates to keep in mind:
Register to Vote Deadline - October 13, 2020  
Request an Absentee Ballot to Vote by Mail – October 23, 2020
In-Person Absentee (early) Voting in Process Now 
  • September 18-October 31 - Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy; M-F, 8 am – 4:30 pm 
  • Oct 14 - More locations open (examples—North County Government Center/Reston, Herndon Fortnightly Library; M-F, 8 am – 4:00 – 7:00 pm; Sat, 9 am – 5 pm
No excuse needed to Vote early or Absentee
No witness requirement for Absentee voting
No photo ID requirement, just proof of address (i.e. utility bill)
Election Day is a State Holiday: November 3, 2020 – 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
If you requested an absentee ballot and decide to vote early (absentee-in-person), you need to bring the absentee ballot with you to vote.
Ballot Questions
Ballot Question #1 deals with a Redistricting Amendment to our State Constitution.
Learn more at:

Need a Flu Shot?
The Fairfax County Health Department is hosting free flu shots for 50+, October 6, 8 and 9 at Herndon Senior Center, 873 Grace Street, Herndon. Hours are 9 am – 3:30 pm. For an appointment (required), call 703-246-6010. For other locations and dates, click here

New Normal Committee
Covid-19 has upended much of our day-to-day lives with public health playing a very important leadership role in keeping us safe and healthy. Fairfax County has rolled out many actions in meeting this challenge 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 that list you will find tips on safely visiting  older adults and steps to stay safe if you are over age 60. 
Fairfax County Covid Cases – Daily Tally   
To view the number of cases in Fairfax County this page is updated at noon daily. 

Grow with the Flow
Learn how to become better prepared to provide care and support to individuals with dementia during this virtual conference sponsored by the Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium.  For two hours daily, November 9-13, join with family caregivers, volunteers working with older adults, and professionals in aging and related services for this informative event. No cost to attend “Grow with the Flow: Learn, Adapt, and Thrive.”
Speakers include former Wisconsin Gov. Martin J. Schreiber, author, My Two Elaines; and 
Ana Nelson, Vice President of Programs & Services, Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter.
Register: Click here
Employment During Covid
Older adult employment, to be specific, is the topic of a recent Fairfax County’s recent 50+ podcast. Host Jim Person interviews county residents involved in local arts, sports,
community volunteering. safety, wellness and county services. Check out Linda Siam of the Senior Community Services Employment Program discussing how the County’s new virtual employment services can help older adults seeking employment. 
Other 50+ podcasts have included “How to use Technology to Stay Social,” “Older Adults and the New Normal” and “Virtual Osher Lifelong Learning.” Click here to see a complete list. 

Virtual Center for Active Adults
The Reston Community Center and Senior Centers remain closed. Meanwhile, have a look at the Country’s Virtual Center whose goal is to enrich the lives of adults in Fairfax County while combatting isolation. You can also watch programs on demand on your own schedule. Here are highlights of the upcoming schedule: 
  • Sept. 30, 1:15 pm – Crossword Puzzles
  • Oct. 1, 9:00 am --Learning Zoom
  • Oct 1, 10 am – Fitness
  • Oct 1, 11 am – Gentle Stretch 
  • Oct 2, 11 am – Introductory Book Club
For a complete October – early November calendar, click here.   
Sponsor: Sunrise Senior Living
Cost: All three are free
October 1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Preventing Heart Attack and Stroke

October 7, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
A Day in the Life of a Power of Attorney

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