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

August 2020

Events and Resources
Finding Memory Care Facilities
Early Voting
Virtual Center for Active Adults
Covid Updates
Encore Creativity 
Oktoberfest Virtual Travel Party – Coming 
Complete the Census

Finding Memory Care Facilities
Need help finding memory care for loved ones with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? Through a free search tool and nationwide database, families have access to local licensed care homes and communities. Enter city name, zip code or county to find facilities near you. Check out for information on staff-to-resident ratios, affordability, security measures, option to bring a pet and other factors.
Questions: Maria Suico

Early Voting 
Every election is critical and to be sure your vote counts November 3, here a few things to know. 
  • All Virginians may vote early, either absentee by mail or in-person absentee. No excuse needed. 
  • In-person absentee voting begins September 18, Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, 22035. No forms to fill-out. Satellite locations (like North County Government Center, Reston) are open, beginning October 14. 
  • The photo ID requirement is gone. Instead you may use such forms as a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck. 
  • If you have requested an absentee ballot mailed to you, you MUST have it with you if you go to vote early.
More election law changes coming to make it easier to vote. Watch for updates. 

Go to to:  1) to register to vote, 2) to check the status of your registration, 3) to apply to vote absentee by mail, 4) view your polling place.

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.  

Virtual Center for Active Adults
The Reston Community Center and Senior Centers around the area are 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. Here you can connect with peers, engage in a variety of activities and discover useful resources. Join live, interactive programs and engage with other adults. You can also watch programs on demand on your own schedule. Activities include: Meditation, Spanish Class, High and Low Aerobics, and Facts and Figures.  Click for the schedule.

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. 

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

Sing with Encore 
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.
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.
Tuition: $180 
For information:
RegisterClick Here

Census 2020 – It’s Not Too Late
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! 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.
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.

Virtual Travel Party- Oktoberfest 9/30
In recent months you may have joined hosts Pat Williams and Eileen Curtis for virtual trips to Tahiti, Bora Bora, Santa Fe, and the Galapagos Islands. Mark your calendar for September 30, 5:30 pm and get ready to raise a stein of your favorite beer for Oktoberfest Party in Bavaria, Germany. Watch for Registration Details. 
Sponsor: Lansdowne Heights Memory Care
September 17, 1-3 pm
Caregiver Presentation
Speaker: Jane Priest, Dementia Specialist
  • Your New Normal
  • 5 Stages of Caregiver Emotions
  • Savvy Caregiver Spot – perfect vs good
Facebook Live - Lansdowne Heights Memory Care
Information: or
Cost: Free

Sponsor: Sunrise Senior Living
Cost: All three are free
Sept 23, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Decreasing Your Risk of Falling
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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Fall Coming - Stay Safe! 
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