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Successful Aging: Go bare(foot) and improve your life

By Angelyn Frankenberg   Feb 16, 2015   From the Post Independent/Citizen Telegram

Test your balance by standing on one foot with your arms crossed in front of your chest and raising one leg so your foot is near but not touching your other ankle. How long can you hold the position? The average durations by age group are: 40-49, 42 seconds; 50 to 59, 41 seconds; 60-69, 32 seconds; 70-79, 21 seconds. If you are 50-plus and physically active, you probably will experience better-than-average duration.

Now try the same test with your eyes closed. Even if you are very active — unless you start your day with balance beam gymnastics or a unicycle ride — do not be surprised to find your time is not above average for your age group: 40-49, 13 seconds; 50-59, 8 seconds; 60-69, 4 seconds; 70-79, 3 seconds.

Maintaining a good sense of balance is a cornerstone of successful aging. It helps prevent falls and the fear of falling and contributes to a general sense of well-being, of feeling at home in one’s own body. Balance involves a complex interplay of physical and mental factors but depends on three sensory components: vision, the inner-ear (vestibular) system and proprioception, the subconscious sense of movement and position. For a detailed look at all three systems, see Scott McCredie’s “Balance: In Search of the Lost Sense.”

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Advance Care Planning

What follows is the first part of a publication from the NIH and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Click HERE to go to their website where you can read the complete article and/or download a PDF version of the article.

  • What is Advance Care Planning?
  • Decisions That Could Come Up Near Death
  • Getting Started
  • Making Your Wishes Known
  • Selecting Your Healthcare Proxy
  • Making It Official
  • After You Set Up Your Advance Directive
  • Still Not Sure?
  • Looking Toward the Future
  • For More Information
Advance care planning is not just about old age. At any age, a medical crisis could leave someone too ill to make his or her own healthcare decisions. Even if you are not sick now, making healthcare plans for the future is an important step toward making sure you get the medical care you would want, even when doctors and family members are making the decisions for you.

More than one out of four older Americans face questions about medical treatment near the end of life but are not capable of making those decisions. This tip sheet will discuss some questions you can think about now and describe ways to share your wishes with others. Write them down or at least talk about them with someone who would make the decisions for you. Knowing how you would decide might take some of the burden off family and friends.

‘Age is not a barrier’: Tech designer, 91, lands her dream job in Silicon Valley

By Scott Stump      From: Today – Money        Feb. 27, 2015

While growing up during the Great Depression, Barbara Beskind was an inventor by necessity who hoped to become one professionally. Eight decades later, the 91-year-old has finally realized her dream at a top design firm in Silicon Valley.

As a 10-year-old I wanted to be an inventor,” Beskind told Jenna Bush Hager on TODAY Friday. “I’ve arrived. But it took me about 80 years.”

Beskind was 10 years old during the Great Depression, when ingenuity was a life requirement.

“I wanted to make a hobby horse, and I made it out of old tires,” she said. “I learned a lot about gravity because I fell off so many times.”

Her initial dreams of becoming an inventor were dashed when her high school guidance counselor told her that engineering schools don’t accept females. Instead, she served in the U.S. Army and as an occupational therapist while also writing books and learning to paint. Two years ago, she read about the Silicon Valley design firm IDEO and decided to apply for a job at the firm, which is famous for designing the first mouse for Apple and dozens of other well-known devices.

“It took me about two months to write my resume, paring it down from nine pages,” Beskind said. “Then I wrote the letter and sent it by snail mail.”

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Village to Villlage Network HQ Moves to St. Louis

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Village to Village Network Moves Headquarters to St. Louis

Local Executive to Lead International Senior Resource Organization

ST. LOUIS, MO, (January 6, 2015) – The Village to Village Network (VtV Network), an international nonprofit organization promoting the aging-in-community movement, has moved its headquarters to St. Louis, Mo. to better serve its members on both coasts and new villages in the middle of the country. To provide additional support, St. Louis area native Natalie Galucia has been named Director of the VtV Network. The office recently opened in the TechArtista building at 4818 Washington Ave. in the Central West End neighborhood.

The Village to Village Network provides guidance to Villages, non-for-profit membership organizations offering comprehensive support and social engagement to seniors wanting to maintain independence. Villages use trained volunteers and vetted businesses to provide a broad range of services, and members choose which services and activities they desire. This cost-effective model for addressing the needs of an aging population has experienced dramatic growth recently, especially in the Midwest, as more seniors opt to stay home as long as possible. Though each Village operates independently, the groups share best practices through the VtV Network.

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A Public Event of Interest

Charlottesville Elder Lawyer Doris Gelbman is giving a series of talks at the Senior Center entitled “Aging Gracefully”.  The first was on January 14th, the next two are February 24th and March 17th, both at 10:00 a.m. at the Senior Center, 1180 Pepsi Place, Charlottesville. A video of Ms. Gelbman’s first presentation can be viewed on her website [Click HERE to go directly to that video]

Imagine This Antidote To An Aging Parent’s Depression

Forbes 02/07/2015 by Carolyn Rosenblatt

“I’ve felt it’s either get out and do something or sit at home and feel sorry for myself. So if I ever start feeling sorry for myself, I put my shoes on and take a little run somewhere.”

These are the words of 80 year old Anne Garrett, who set a pending American record of 2:13:23 in her 80-84 age group at the Surf City USA Half Marathon in Huntington Beach California. As reported in Runner’s World & Running, Ms. Garrett tells us that “[Running has] made me more aware of who I am and it has helped me not to feel sorry for myself, not to get depressed,” Garrett said.

Running became a way of dealing with the stress of a way of dealing with the stress of her husband’s illness. He suffered from Alzheimer’s for seven years. After he died in 2011, Anne found that running helped her cope with her grief.

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A public event of interest:

Senior Crime Prevention Academy

Every Thursday this month

Next Meeting: Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 1:00pm


Thursdays, January 29, 2015 and February 5, 12,19 & 26:  1:00pm

Officer Steve Watson will be sharing ways for seniors and their families to avoid frauds and scams, avoid identity theft, and improve personal safety.  Participants will come away with specific information to help them recognize questionable situations and prevent them from falling victim to crime in these subject areas.

Open to all.

Senior Center  1180 Pepsi Place  Charlottesville, VA  22901   for more information call 434-974-7756

Fee: free


A Public Event of Interest

The following is an announcement about an upcoming public hearing about the Commonwealth’s Council on Aging Four-Year Plan.

Commonwealth Council on Aging




(Hearing begins at 10:30 a.m. and will end approximately at 12:30 p.m.)

Switzer Building Large Classroom at the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center

243 Woodrow Wilson Avenue, Fishersville VA 22939

You can also attend the listening session by video conference at the following four Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) locations:

  • DARS Roanoke        Roanoke Valley WFC     1351 Hershberger Rd, Suite 205                Roanoke, VA 24012
  • DARS Abingdon      468 East Main Street, Suite 200              Abingdon, VA 24210
  • DARS Fairfax       11150 Fairfax Blvd., 3rd Flr. Suite 300      Fairfax, VA 22030
  • DARS South Hampton Roads (Norfolk)      Interstate Corporate Center, Bldg. #7               6340 Center Drive, Suite 101           Norfolk VA 2350

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Get Fit to Age At Home

by Rachel Adelson Huffington Post October 10, 2014

Why do we do it? It’s not for immortality, that’s for sure. We’re old enough to rule that one out.

No, it’s probably some mixture of hope, fear and vanity, layered onto the fact that working out can actually leave one feeling pretty good. Beyond the immediate rewards, though, there are:

Hope that muscle strength and stamina will help us stay independent longer, helping us carry out daily activities in better health. This tactic is central to any personal strategy for aging at home

Fear that being weak will leave us unable to carry our own bags, more likely to fall, more vulnerable to dependending on others.

Vanity about looking good, having good posture, fitting into cute clothes, avoiding “dowager’s hump” (a dated term for ‘kyphosis’), and being able to dance at weddings. Read the rest of this entry

Can We Wait?

The following article from the Huffington Post talks about the overwhelming desire of folks over 60 to “Age-In-Place” and what changes are needed to make this desire a reality.   I don’t feel that we can wait for someone else to make this happen for us.  I believe we need to do it ourselves by starting right now to build the Village we want to be there for us when we need a little help.

I think CvilleVillage can work, but we aren’t there yet.   There is a lot of interest, but we haven’t yet reached the critical mass or tipping point in terms of energy, commitment and involvement to make it happen.  Please read this article and see if it speaks to you.   And if the Village idea makes sense to you, please add your comments, and plan to come to the next meeting at 4:00 p.m. on January 23, at the Mary Williams Center.


Aging in Place: An Intergenerational Priority

From The Huffington Post 12/12/2014 By Susan Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A. and Emma Lape

The baby boom generation is revolutionizing American culture, leaving its mark on every product, service, and institution it touches in the 21st century. As baby boomers grow older, society is transforming as a result with services related to aging including health care, retirement planning, housing, and community life. Consider this: 8,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. [1] In 2013, adults over 65 constituted 14 percent of the population in the United States and will account for an estimated 20 percent by 2050. [2] There are already 55,000 Americans over age 100, and by 2050 the number of centenarians will reach 600,000 — roughly the population of the entire state of Vermont! [3] What’s more, the baby boom generation is more racially and ethnically diverse than any previous generation. By 2050, 20 percent of seniors will be Hispanic, 12 percent black, and 9 percent Asian. Women are a majority of seniors, accounting for 57 percent of the U.S. population today and a projected 55 percent of Americans over age 65 by 2050. [4]

Currently, one of the greatest unmet needs of seniors is the ability to age in place. Today, 93 percent of Americans over 65 live independently in the community, while only 3 percent reside in assisted living facilities and 4 percent in nursing homes. Moreover, studies show that the vast majority of older adults want to age in place. Aging in place can be understood as:

“The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” [5]

The concept is a simple one: Increasingly, older adults want to stay in their own homes, neighborhoods, and towns even if this necessitates specialized services to maintain their independence. Read the rest of this entry