Author Archives: Maryann Long

News from JABA

This very long link will take you to a message from Marta Keane, JABA Executive Director. In it, she describes some of the JABA activities going on in these Covid-19 days.

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Stay home, but walk outside when you can. Wear a mask to protect others in case you’re pre-symptomatic. Stay connected. Stay safe!

What we’re doing

I’ve heard from a few of the steering committee in the past couple of weeks. It’s been difficult but necessary to put our organizing efforts on hold for a bit while we all focus on keeping ourselves and others we love safe. But here’s a little update from a few of us.

Laura is enjoying the relative peace and being grateful for friendly faces (from 6 feet away) and friendly voices.

Carla is getting ready to plant her garden.

Vikki is enjoying the blossoming of spring, watching Netflix (she recommends “Kim’s Convenience”), supporting local restaurants by ordering takeaway on Friday nights. She was part of a Zoom seder this week!

Helen is working hard from home to prepare her workplace for her imminent retirement. In her spare time she’s been producing masks, and there’s a new puppy at her house, so undoubtedly she is busy.

Yours truly has also been making masks, as well as finishing two baby quilts (one is for my grandson due in early May!), working on a gift quilt, reading from the stash I got from the library before it closed, and continuing involvement with other aspects of my volunteer life. I tweet something to the @cvillevillage feed almost every day, try to maintain a bit of strength via training with elastic bands, and walk at least a couple of miles every day if it’s not pouring. Oh, and bake.

Now would be a good time to make sure your voter registration is up to date. Stay safe, help each other, we’ll get through this.

Coronavirus: What you can do

We, the Board and Steering Committee of CvilleVillage, really wish we were already a functional Village right now. In our community and worldwide, we’re coping with a health challenge like nothing we’ve seen before. Times are tough and not looking like getting better any time soon. So what can each of us do to help?

Keep yourself safe. Stay home unless you have to go out for food, medicines, or other essentials. Wash your hands, for at least 20 seconds, several times a day, especially after you’ve touched something from outside your house. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet from other people both inside and outside. If you feel unwell, call your primary care provider for instructions if you can, before going to the office or the ER.

Do you need help? Help is available in Cville and surrounding counties. Here are some resources:

Support Cville is a site where you can request help https://www.supportcville.com/en/get-support or offer help https://www.supportcville.com/en/provide-support.

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation https://www.cacfonline.org/ is another source for urgent assistance. The Community Resource hotline phone is 434-234-4490.

Coffee parties postponed

When we developed the schedule for our spring coffee parties, we didn’t anticipate a virus getting in the way. But it has, and so out of caution we have taken the decision to postpone the next two parties.

They were set for this Sunday, March 15; also Sunday, April 19.

We will get word out to all when we reschedule them. Thanks for visiting our website and let us know what you think!

A (future) volunteer’s thoughts

by Jodie

Recently my sister has been without the use of her car, so I have had the chance to drive my sister and her son when they have needed to attend an event or to do some grocery shopping.  Helping them in this way has been immensely satisfying for me.  Not only has it brought me closer to my sister and her son and been a time of camaraderie for us, but I have noticed that I have also been energized by it.  This has been especially apparent when I have further helped my sister, who has scoliosis, by carrying her groceries from my car to her kitchen.  When I am taking in my own groceries at home, I do what I need to do, but without enthusiasm.  Hauling her bags in, though, is a lively, jolly experience and it is gratifying to see how much she appreciates it.  This experience with my sister gives me a sense of how privileged I will feel as a volunteer for Cville Village.

Coffee Party #3 is set!

We’re excited to announce that our April coffee party will be hosted at Wegmans “Timber Room” on Sunday the 19th from 2 to 4 pm. The Timber Room is the one off to the left as you enter from the Pub entrance, that has doors we can close.

We’ll be specifically inviting people from Ridge St, Fifeville, Forest Hills, Johnson Village, Fry’s Spring and other south-side neighborhoods to join us, hear about the progress so far, and share their ideas with us.

More dates will follow: Belmont in May, and the new Center at Belvedere in June. Watch for details. Cheers!

Coffee party #1 – done!

Today we held our first neighborhood coffee party at Park St Christian Church. It was a great venue, the facilities were perfect for our needs. We are so grateful to the Pastor for permitting us to use their space.

We had 13 people in attendance in addition to several members of our organizing committee. A few had come in response to our email blast, but several saw the flyers we put up. So yay!

Vikki and I did a short presentation and then we took several very good and thought-provoking questions from the audience. There seemed to be quite a lot of excitement and support from them We also recruited a new member to the organizing committee! The only thing we forgot was to take some pictures. Oh well, there’s next time…

Next month we’ll do it again at Christ Community Church, 329 Riverside Dr in Woolen Mills. Come and tell your friends!

Why we need a Village: Example #1

contributed by Helen

My friend L moved here a few years ago to take care of her mom. At the time, her mom was fine but L knew that the family had had several members of her mom’s generation fall prey to dementia. L called me a  few months ago, and asked if we could have lunch and talk through some supports for both her and her mom, since one of L’s issues was that she was seeing behaviors that suggested some memory loss, and she wanted to know what resources this area had for her. She was fighting an uphill battle, since her siblings hadn’t noticed anything wrong and were skeptical of L’s reports. 

As we sat down to lunch L shared some information with me about her own health issues: she had some severe allergies, and some chronic conditions. We talked a little more about some of the symptoms her mom was having, like a recent inability to remember how to find her destination, a local drugs store only a few blocks away, or the way to her husband’s grave, which she typically visited weekly. As we talked about resources such as the Alzheimer’s Association and JABA’s adult day care programs, I asked L, “Does your mother have a  medic alert pendant? Do you? “

L just looked at me as I said, “Two things occur to me. First, your mom should certainly have a medic alert system in case you and she get separated anywhere, or she gets up at night and something happens. But you have some high-risk concerns for yourself, like allergies that require an epi-pen. If your mom is able to help you today, she won’t be able to help you in an emergency much longer. If you are the caretaker, we need to make sure you are well-positioned to be of help. 

“I never thought about that,” she said. Three weeks later, she had a medic-alert bracelet identifying her allergies, as well as medic-alert pendants for herself and her mom. They are practicing using them each month, and have educated their extended family, all of whom live at least 100 miles away, about them. And she is talking with her siblings regularly to help them understand the challenges she sees with their beloved mother. 

In fact, I tell all of my friends and neighbors who live alone that each  should have a personal emergency response strategy. Each one of them is one mis-step away from a devastating injury. Who will know if you have fallen and injured yourself if you fall in the bathroom, trip over a rug and hit your head on the floor, or any of multiple other opportunities you have at home and in your yard for a life-changing emergency? Being prepared is more than the Boy Scout motto!  

Got a chronic condition? Check out this workshop.

Martha Jefferson and JABA present a 6-week series on self-management of chronic disease. Details in the flyer here.

COFFEE PARTY!!

We’re starting out the year with a series of coffee parties in various neighborhoods around town. We want to talk with groups of seniors and/or those who love them about the Village concept and see what will work best for our Village.

We have two already scheduled, and 3 more planned. They are open to all interested. Here are the details:

Party #1 will be on Sunday, February 9 from 2-4 pm at Park St Christian Church, 1200 Park St. in North Downtown.

Party #2 will be on Sunday, March 15 from 2-4 pm at Christ Community Church, 329 Riverside Ave in Woolen Mills.

Parties #3, 4, and 5 are planned for Ridge St, Belmont-Carlton, and Meadowbrook-Rugby-Branchlands, in April, May, and June, respectively. We’ll announce the locations and dates when we have them.

Please come out and join us. No need to RSVP, just come and tell us what you think the Village ought to be! I hope to see you!