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Georgetown Village

 Neighbors Helping Neighbors                                    


                    

 

Welcome to Georgetown Village!

 

Georgetown Village(GV), is a non-profit organization providing services and programs in Georgetown, Burleith, Hillandale, and nearby neighborhoods. GV was established to help our neighbors age in place by providing them with a variety of support services, educational opportunities, cultural and social programming. We provide trained and vetted volunteers and when necessary professional service providers to meet our members’ needs.

 

Georgetown Village is part of a growing network of similar communities nationwide, including many in the Washington, DC area, in which neighbors are helping neighbors. Our village represents the new face of aging-in-place that allows Village members to live full lives in their own homes with the assistance of  their neighbors, in this way we create a caring, supportive, local community to help seniors remain safely and happily in their own homes.

 

Come be part of a caring, supportive community.

 

The Georgetown Village office is located on the fourth floor of 3000 K Street, NW, thanks to the generosity of Foley & Lardner LLP. The office is staffed by our Executive Director, Lynn Golub-Rofrano, and volunteers, Monday through Thursday, from 10 am - 6 pm. The office is not open on Federal Holidays.  Be sure to call before you stop by in case we are out helping one of our members or enjoying some of our trips or social activities!

 

         
    

 

 

 

 

 

News and Events

 

 

Upcoming Events
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Year End Giving 

As you are considering year end donations, please keep Georgetown Village in mind, so we can continue to be here to serve you and your neighbors.
                  
Here is this month's newsletter  November 2014 Newsletter
   

Movie Night/Dinner - Tuesday, November 25 

Please join members this Tuesday evening to see a movie and/or have dinner together. The current plan is to go to the 5 pm AMC Loews Georgetown showing of The Theory of Everything, and dinner afterwards. Members are welcome to attend the movie and/or dinner. 
 
Reviewers are calling it one of the best movies of the year. The Theory of Everything is a stellar biopic anchored by two young actors who blaze mesmerically bright in virtually every scene. It's also a realistic portrait of one of the greatest thinkers of our time, Stephen Hawking, told through the intimate lens of the woman behind him: Jane Wilde was Hawking's wife for 25 years and is the mother of their three children, all now grown. Theory of Everything Review 
 
 

Coffee Talk - Thursday, December 4 at 10:30 am at St. John's Church

Join your fellow Georgetown Village members for coffee, tea or other hot drinks and discussion every Thursday morning from 10:30 - 11:30 am.  Coffee Talk is held in the conference room of St. John's Episcopal Church, use the Potomac Street Entrance and the room is on street level. 
 
 

Trip to Winterthur on December 4

Our trip to Winterthur, on December 4, is now sold out; however, we are keeping a waiting list. Please call the office at 202-999-8988, if you want to add your name to the list.
 

Book Club Discussion on December 8

This month's book discussion will be about The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende. We look forward to an engaging discussion about this book on Monday, December 8 at the home of Joan Kennan (10:30 am - noon). Members and volunteers are welcome at any time - no requirement to participate each month. 
 
In one of the most important and beloved Latin American works of the twentieth century, Isabel Allende weaves a luminous tapestry of three generations of the Trueba family, revealing both triumphs and tragedies. Here is patriarch Esteban, whose wild desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his ethereal wife, Clara, a woman touched by an otherworldly hand. Their daughter, Blanca, whose forbidden love for a man Esteban has deemed unworthy infuriates her father, yet will produce his greatest joy: his granddaughter Alba, a beautiful, ambitious girl who will lead the family and their country into a revolutionary future.

The House of the Spirits is an enthralling saga that spans decades and lives, twining the personal and the political into an epic novel of love, magic, and fate. (Amazon Editors)
   
 

GV Membership Renewal

Membership renewal notices have been sent via mail to GV members with a December renewal anniversary. If you have any question about when your membership expires, please call the office at 202-999-8988.
 

Scam Warning

We wanted to warn our members that there have been a series of various scam attempts. Some of our members have received phone calls claiming to be from the IRS and stating they owed money. Other members have received scam emails from phony banks or credit accounts. Please be careful and do not give out any information via email or phone.  If you receive a call that concerns you, call back the company at their main number, not a number given by the caller. 
 
Unfortunately, this seems to worsen at the holiday season, so be careful, and remember, you can always call the Village office if you have questions about a possible scam and we will investigate it for you.
 

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.
This program has been covered by their local NBC News affiliate and we have placed a link to the news story here to further explain the program Flash Drives :Putting Seniors at Ease
  

GV Member IT Help - Portable Electronics

If you would like assistance in learning how to use a new cell phone, laptop, tablet, Kindle, and/or i-pad, please call the office and schedule a time to visit the office with your portable electronics. An intern will be pleased to assist you.
 

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.
Our link of the week is Easy Yoga for Seniors-visit our You Tube channel by clicking on this link-Georgetown Village You Tube Channel                                         
 

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.

                                                                                                                                                      

                       

 

 

 

 

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