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 News to Support Healthy Longevity
March 2020


The Covid 19 Virus has changed our daily lives quickly and in so many ways. Determining how best to navigate this new world is a challenge. For starters, check out where to get updated information; what’s been cancelled (a lot!); tips on grocery shopping; and a reminder about completing your 2020 Census questionnaire (now online).  
Updates and Resources
Covid-19 Information 
Census 2020
Patient Navigators

Fairfax County Covid 19 Website - Comprehensive website with information on health, business, help/donate, schools and more. Links (25) address coronavirus scams, food resources, testing for the virus, ways to volunteer. 
Hunter Mill District web page –Weekly updates from Supervisor Alcorn. Website calls attention to nonprofits and community organizations that need help. Donations of cleaning supplies, paper towels, rain gear, food, money or just a friendly phone call can make a big difference to a neighbor in need. More information
Fairfax County Emergency Information – Stay in touch using the County’s social media platforms and through text messaging (Text FFXCOVID to 888777 to receive updates).
Virginia Governor Northram Measures to Combat COVID-19 – Adherence to 10-person gathering ban; social distancing; quarantine for high-risk individuals; closure of schools for the remainder of the academic year; requests to private businesses to close, such as barbershops, beauty salons, gyms and all nonessential retail stores; fewer restrictions on eligibility for unemployment benefits.  

New Vocabulary & Precautions
Flatten the Curve – Here is a short video describing the paradox of pandemics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

Johns Hopkins Medicine -- clarification of certain concepts heard on daily news briefings: 
  • Social Distancing. Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.
  • Self-quarantinePeople who have been exposed to the new coronavirus and who are at risk for coming down with COVID-19 might practice self-quarantine. Health experts recommend that self-quarantine lasts 14 days. Two weeks provides enough time for them to know whether or not they will become ill and be contagious to other people.
  • Isolation. For people who are confirmed to have COVID-19, isolation is appropriate. Isolation is a health care term that means keeping people who are infected with a contagious illness away from those who are not infected. Isolation can take place at home or at a hospital or care facility. 
New England Journal of Medicine
“Scientists found that the virus that causes COVID-19 was detectable in the air for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to 2 to 3 days on plastic and stainless steel.”
Grocery Shopping – Dedicated Hours for Seniors
Giant Food:  6 – 7 am daily. Peapod Delivery
Harris Teeter:  Monday and Thursday  6 – 7 am. Harris Teeter Delivery
Whole Foods: 7 – 8 am daily
Safeway: Tuesday & Thursday 7-9 am

Buying Gas: Wear gloves or use a paper towel when pumping gas and dispose of these items before getting back in your car.
CVS Free Delivery of Rx & Everyday Essentials 
Click here

What's Not Happening
Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has closed all 75 customer service centers and suspended DMV 2 Go and DMV Connect mobile operations for a minimum of two weeks as a precautionary measure to lessen exposure to and prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Online and mail service will continue during this time. The DMV is encouraging customers to take advantage of more than 40 transactions available at

For those unable to conduct their business online or by mail, and to minimize customer inconvenience, Governor Northam has extended the validity of driver’s licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations, and escort vehicle driver certificates for 60 days. This means that those with driver's licenses or IDs expiring on or before May 15th will have an additional 60 days to renew. However, those Virginians eligible to renew online or by mail are encouraged to take advantage of those services.

March 28: Senior Care and Memory Fair, Floris UMC -Cancelled
March 28: U.S,E. Annual Meeting and Potluck - Cacelled
Closures - Fairfax County Libraries; Northern Virginia parks, trails remain open 

Census 2020
It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. Census data determines the amount of funding distributed to Virginia and Fairfax County by the Federal government. According to the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia, Fairfax County could lose $12,000 in potential funding over the course of a decade for each person who does not respond to the census.  Learn more here:
Starting In mid-March, households began receiving official Census Bureau mail.  All house-holds should have the information by April 1. For the first time, individuals may respond online.  The official Census Bureau mailings include detailed information and a Census ID for completing your response online. Once you receive your Census ID, follow instructions to complete your responses. 
Securing an accurate count is challenging in some areas of the country for reasons such as language barriers and hard to find populations. Local governments form partnerships with  community groups  representing diverse racial and ethnicities to build awareness.  Click here for an example of community outreach from Arlington County’s Complete Count Committee in conversation with Aging Matters.  
Patient Navigators and Healthcare Advocates
Looking beyond our current public health crisis, some thoughts. Has anyone ever suggested seeking out a patient navigator when facing an illness or difficult medical situation? Perhaps you've heard the term in the context of a hospital which employs a breast cancer navigator, for example. Those navigators work for the hospital and will coordinate appointments and care within that system. There is another type of patient navigator or healthcare advocate. That person is a professional who works only for the patient and family, not an institution or insurance company. 
After navigating her two-year old daughter's journey through an inoperable brainstem tumor, Elizabeth Schuler founded Patient Navigator in 2004. Schuler decided patients should not have to figure things out for themselves during a stressful, frightening time in their lives. 
Some services that navigators or healthcare advocates may provide include:
  • Coordinate care, treatment and communication among a medical team.
  • Work with a hospital or skilled nursing facility and oversee the care you are given.
  • Mobilize the resources your family needs to support your treatment and recovery.
  • Find and access appropriate social services.
  • Navigate the medical, housing and insurance needs of senior citizens.
  • Research treatment options, clinical trials or find doctors. 
  • Develop options for complementary and integrative care. 
  • Provide help with insurance claims or Medicare. 
Further Information:  Patient Navigator 703-281-4744;
National Association of Healthcare Advocates

COVID-19 Reminders:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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