News and Events
Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye Lecture and Slide Show for GV Members National Gallery of Art-Friday, 7/10
The National Gallery of Art has mounted a special exhibit of the work of Gustave Caillebotte. There are no guided tours of this work, instead they will be giving us a special lecture and slide show overview of the work, and then we will view the exhibit independently. We are meeting at 11 am in the West Building Lecture Hall. The Lecture hall is located in the west building on the ground floor, close to the Garden Café. The lecture and slide show will last until 12 and then we will view the exhibit. After that, we will have lunch together at the museum café. Please call or email the office to register for this lecture as we have only reserved for 15 people and if more are interested we will need to contact the museum.
In 1875 Gustave Caillebotte (1848 – 1894) submitted a painting of floor scrapers to the jury of the Salon, the official exhibition of the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. The work was rejected, but Edgar Degas and Auguste Renoir admired it and encouraged him to exhibit with the impressionists. Caillebotte’s canvas, depicting shirtless laborers finishing a wood floor, became one of the sensations of the second impressionist show in 1876. Over the next six years he participated regularly in their exhibitions, submitting paintings of the people and places he encountered in and around Paris. Featuring skewed perspectives and modern subjects, the canvases reflect the visual drama of the capital — then undergoing radical transformation into a modern metropolis. Caillebotte established himself as an artistic force in the group, as well as a vital organizer who helped curate and finance their exhibitions. During his brief career he also became a significant patron, amassing a collection of more than seventy works, including masterpieces by Degas and Renoir as well as Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, and Alfred Sisley.
Despite these accomplishments, Caillebotte remains perhaps the least known of the French impressionists. Because of his secure finances — derived from his father’s successful textile business — he had no need to earn an income from his art. He therefore did not sell his pictures, and few entered public collections. After he bequeathed his collection to the state, it became the cornerstone of impressionist art in French national museums.
More than a half century after his death at age forty-five, interest in Caillebotte’s art began to reemerge. Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye continues this rediscovery, gathering his best work for a fresh look. Although all periods of his career are represented, attention focuses on the years 1875 to 1882 when he was most closely allied with the impressionists. The exhibition not only includes his most famous cityscapes and interiors, but also shows his artistic range with a selection of portraits, nudes, river scenes, still lifes, and landscapes. Together they portray an artist deeply interested in his surroundings, preoccupied with the ways art can connect us to our environment: “I imagine,” wrote Caillebotte to Monet, “that the very great artists attach you even more to life.”
Our April Newsletter has been mailed out and the electronic copy is available here-
Coffee Talk - Thursdays at 10:30 am
Please join others for coffee, tea, cookies, and discussion. All are welcome. If you have never attended a Thursday GV Coffee Talk, Spring is a great time to get out and try some new things and meet new people - we hope to see you soon!
We meet in the St. John's Episcopal board room - please use the entrance on Potomac Street (3240 O Street NW)
The Elegance of the Hedgehog next Book Discussion on August 10, 2015
The Elegance of the Hedgehog is a novel by French novelist and philosophy professor Muriel Barberry. The book follows events in the life of a concierge Renee Michel, whose deliberately concealed intelligence is uncovered by an unstable but intellectually precocious girl named Paloma Josse. Paloma is the daughter of an upper-class family living in the upscale, Parisian apartment building where Renee works. This book is full of allulsions to literary works, music, films and paintings. In incorporates themes relating to philosophy, class consciousness and personal conflicts. We are sure to have an interesting and provocative discussion about this book!
Summer is a great time to relax with a cool drink and a good book-read this one and join us for the discussion in August.
Your Chance to Contribute to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging
On April 10, The White House Conference on Aging released a policy brief on healthy aging, a key focus area for the 2015 Conference. The policy brief examines how Americans can enjoy long and healthy lives by maximizing their physical, mental, and social well-being. Members of the public are encouraged to share their thoughts in the comments section of the brief. By providing input, you’ll be contributing to the 2015 Conference in a meaningful and concrete way. Click here to read the brief: Healthy Aging Policy Brief
More Than A Meal - Meals on Wheels - Pilot Research Study
More Than A Meal, a newly released study funded by AARP Foundation and conducted by researchers at Brown University, implemented a groundbreaking approach to investigating the impact of meal service delivery on homebound seniors receiving Meals on Wheels.The study’s findings validate what we’ve all known for decades anecdotally through firsthand experience: that Meals on Wheels does in fact deliver so much more than just a meal. Link to access the study: Pilot Research Study
Protect Yourself from Financial Fraud
Unfortunately, phone and internet scams exist. We have had Georgetown Village members let us know of recent fraudulent calls, voice mail messages, and messages they have received – including messages from the U.S. Treasury Department regarding tax fraud, calls trying to interest members in reverse mortgages, and fraudulent callers posing as Google asking for updates to personal information. The best practice is to not speak with anyone on the phone or via email unless you know them, or you have reached out to them. Do not respond to unsolicited calls, email or mail. And, always feel free to call the Georgetown Village office with any questions or concerns. We are here to help investigate.
There are many types of fraud. Learn more about financial fraud activities and ways to protect yourself at the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force website.
Click here: Elder Fraud and Financial Exploitation
Healthy Aging Tips
Fall Proofing Your Home - Simple Changes for Home Safety
Six out of every 10 falls happen at home, where we spend much of our time and tend to move around without thinking about our safety. Many falls could be prevented by making simple changes in your living areas, as well as personal and lifestyle changes.
Take steps to "fall proof" your home, both inside and outdoors. To make your home safer, you can
- remove or avoid safety hazard
- improve lighting
- install handrails and grab bar
- move items to make them easier to reach.
Click here for more information: Home Safety Tips from NIH
NY Times Again Highlights Village Benefits
The NY Times recently ran another article about the many benefits of Village membership to help older adults age in their own homes. The article highlights both the financial and social benefits of Village membership. Link to article: Retirees turn to Villages for Support
Easy to get around on the DC Circulator
The Circulator's distinct red buses are unlike any other public transit service around town - with low floors, big windows and multiple doors for easy on-and-off service. Also, passengers don't need a bus schedule; the Circulator comes every 10 minutes and each ride only costs $.50 for Seniors. Circulator Map
Support Georgetown Village With Amazon Purchases
Georgetown Village has been accepted into the Amazon Smile program, please support us when you shop at Amazon online.
Do you shop at Amazon.com? You can now give back to Georgetown Village while you shop online! Amazon smile is a simple way for you to support our village every time you shop at no cost to you.
When you shop at smile.amazon.com, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to GV. This may seem minimal, but it multiplies quickly into help for the Village!
How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
Go to Amazon Smile Georgetown Village Login to your Amazon.com account or create one. You will be prompted to select a charitable organization to receive donations from purchases. When you type in Georgetown Village one of the options will be Georgetown Village Inc. Washington DC. That's us! Please click on it and from that point on Amazon Smile will remember your selection, and every purchase you make on Amazon Smile will result in our receiving a donation, unless otherwise noted. Amazon will directly deposit the donations in our account on a monthly basis. From time to time,
Amazon may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations.
We appreciate your shopping and giving to Georgetown Village.
Georgetown Village ER Flash Drive Program
Georgetown Village is very excited to be able to present each of our members with a flash drive pre-loaded with a form for you to enter your important medical information. This program is available to our members because of a very generous donation from John Bradshaw, a GV volunteer and Georgetown resident. John heard me talking about this program when I returned from the Village to Village annual conference and offered to cover the cost of bringing this program to our members. We are extremely grateful to John for providing this for Georgetown Village members.
The pre-loaded form on the flash drive includes space for you to enter current medications, allergies, emergency contacts and other important information. Here is a link to the ER Info ER Info Form In addition, you can upload copies of any medical directives or other important information you would want communicated in the event of an emergency. We are the first Village in the DC area to offer this, and the program is based on a successful program being offered by Avenidas Village.
IRS Scam Alert for Seniors
Earlier this year the IRS provided for the public a list its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes.
Change to Medicare Coverage for Skilled Care
Recent changes in Medicare coverage means that they will now pay for skilled care services such as physical therapy for beneficiaries who have chronic conditions to help them maintain their condition and prevent deterioration. Although in the past coverage for such services might have been dropped if there was no improvement, this is no longer the case. Medicare officials were not required to let beneficiaries know about this change. For more information or to check on your coverage call 1-800-MEDICARE.
CBS News Features Georgetown Village
Georgetown Village member, Page Wilson and volunteer, Jim Smith were the focus of a great piece on CBS about the Village movement and how important it is to helping people remain in their homes as they age. This piece was aired nationally on Thursday, February 20, and we have received some emails and calls from across the country from others looking to get involved with a Village. Here is the link to the story, please watch it, like it, and share it with your friends and neighbors!
Georgetown Village You Tube Channel
Georgetown Village's Health Care Advisory Committee is offering a series of Health Lectures for the Community. We are also taping these lectures and placing them on You Tube for those who are unable to attend the lecture. Please be sure to click the thumbs up icon to 'like' our video in order to keep it visible on You Tube.
In addition to our HCAC lectures, we will also be highlighting other videos available on You Tube that will be of interest to our members. Visit our You Tube channel and check out the You Tube video of the week. We have added our January lecture-Dementia: Early Signs and Behavior Changes.
Georgetown Village Featured in CAG Newsletter
Edith Schafer, writer and GV Member, has written a wonderful article about Georgetown Village that was published in the CAG (Citizens Association of Georgetown) November Newsletter. I have included a link to the paper for those of you who haven't seen it CAG Newsletter November 2013
As the article states, the Village movement is about community, and we at Georgetown Village are very excited to be forming such a dynamic one!
If you are not yet a member, and you would like to join us, call the office at 202-999-8988, or download the application from this website, and send it in with your check.
GV is on Facebook and Twitter
If you use Facebook be sure to check out our Facebook page, and don't forget to 'like' us on Facebook. Tell your friends and family they can keep up with Georgetown Village and see pictures from our activities by liking us on Facebook. This is also another way you can get regular updates on events and activities. If you use Twitter, our User Name is Georgetown VillageDC.
The best way to stay informed is still to check this page on a regular basis as the first updates are always on our website.