Proposed CvilleVillage Services

The following list was developed by the CvilleVillage Programs and Services Committee to show the proposed initial services that CvilleVillage will offer.   Once we begin offering services we will add additional services when we can.     Please feel free to add your comments on this list with your suggestions for additions.

  • Transportation
    Drive (and sometimes accompany) members to and from doctors, dentists, veterinarians, physical therapist, fitness centers,  banks, post office, hair salon/barber, grocery store, meetings, church, social events, train station,
    airport, etc.
    Run errands for members wherein member provides lists and funds but does not go with volunteer (pick up prescriptions, dry cleaning, etc.)
  • Household Chores
    Change light bulbs
    Replace smoke detector batteries
    Change furnace filters
    Check fire extinguishers
    Make simple repairs
    Perform minor infrequent housework (light dusting, etc.)
    Organize items (rearrange closets or cabinets for easy access such as kitchenware, summer/winter clothing, seasonal decorations)
    Assist in compilation of emergency numbers
    Assist with pet care
  • Yard Chores (limited; at discretion of Village or volunteer)
    Rake/blow leaves
    Shovel/blow snow
    Put out and retrieve trash/recycle bins
    Do light weeding/planting
  • Social Assistance
    Make friendly visits
    Make daily phone calls
    Take walks
    Play games
    Read Aloud
  • Technology/Electronic Assistance
    Help with computers, printers, cell phones, DVD players, E-reader
  • Financial Assistance
    Provide limited help in paying bills; sort bills from other mail and place with member’s checkbook
  • Group Socialization
    Host pot luck dinners
    Go to restaurants, theater, concerts, movies
  • Village Office Assistance
    Perform administrative duties such as answer phones, maintain database, compile mailings, coordinate volunteers

Support CvilleVillage when you shop at Kroger Stores

You can support CvilleVillage when you shop at Kroger’s by linking your Kroger rewards card to the Kroger Community Rewards program.  Then every time you swipe your card at Kroger they will make a donation to CvilleVillage.

To register on-line for the Kroger Community Rewards, have your Kroger rewards card handy and go to

Click on  CREATE AN ACCOUNT at the bottom of the page   [If you don’t already have a Kroger card, you can get one by first clicking on REGISTER in the upper right hand corner].

Enter your email, create a password and enter your zip code, and again click on CREATE AN ACCOUNT.

Follow the steps entering your card number and other information as requested.  NOTE: you will need to click on SAVE after you enter each line of information.

Next click on EDIT, and under Kroger Community Rewards, type in Cvillevillage or enter our NPO number which is 93124.

Next click on SEARCH.   The screen should say:   “CvilleVillage  93124”    Click on the little circle next to “CvilleVillage” and you are done.

That’s all there is to it.   Once your are registered, everytime you swipe your card at Kroger, they will make a contribution to CvilleVillge   [NOTE: this has no effect on their separate program of Reward Points for Fuel].

The medical system may treat you well, but less so after you reach age 80

From the Washington Post 04/06/2015 by Louise Aronson


The clinic was in a dilapidated old building, yet the entryway retained a worn grandeur. Tapering, semicircular walls extended like welcoming arms, and a half-moon of sidewalk stretched to the quiet side street.

That’s where I first saw her, standing at the curb with her cane propped on her walker, squinting toward the nearby boulevard. The woman was clearly well into her 80s, with a confident demeanor and with clothes and hair that revealed an attention to appearance. She had a cellphone in one hand and seemed to be waiting for a ride.

I had been heading into the clinic for a 4:30 p.m. appointment, and when I came back out, night had fallen. But for her tan winter coat and bright scarf, I might have missed her leaning against the clinic’s curved wall. She still held the cellphone, but now her shoulders were slumped and her hair disheveled by the cold evening breeze.

I hesitated. On one side of town, my elderly mother needed computer help. On the other, our dog needed a walk, dinner had to be cooked and several hours of patient notes and work e-mails required my attention.

I asked this woman whether she was okay. She looked at the ground, lips pursed, and shook her head. “No,” she said. “My ride didn’t come, and I have this thing on my phone that calls a cab, but it sends them to my apartment. I don’t know how to get them here, and I can’t reach my friend.”

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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