News and Events
GV January 2015 Newsletter
Here is the link to our January newsletter to keep you informed on upcoming GV events - January 2015 Newsletter
Healthy Aging Tip from NIH Senior Health
Additional Senior Health information is available at: NIHSeniorHealth.gov – Built with you in mind.
Tuesday, January 27 Movie Night-Selma @ 7:15 pm Dinner @ Mr. Smith's at 5:45 pm
Join with other GV members to see the well-reviewed movie Selma at the AMC Loew's theater on K Street. Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This movie covers that time in American history.
We are meeting for an early dinner at Mr. Smith's of Georgetown down the block from the theater in the former Chadwick's location.
Be sure to call the office and let us know if you are planning to join us for the movie, dinner or both.
Coffee Talk - Thursday, January 29 - 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 at St. John's Church (3240 O Street, NW - use the Potomac Street Entrance and the room is on street level).
U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Reception Rooms Tour - Friday, January 30 at 10:30 am
On January 30, we will have a tour of the beautiful reception rooms that were established as a space for official government entertainment. The rooms were renovated and underwent an architectural transformation from 1965-1989. The architectural improvements gave the Diplomatic Reception Rooms not only a national, but an international reputation. The art which furnishes these rooms is reputed to be one of the top ten collections of American 18th and 19th century art in the United States.
The tour of the State Diplomatic Rooms is limited to 25 people. We will take reservations on a first come basis - please call the office at 202-999-8988 to RSVP. You must arrive at the Reception Rooms by 10 am to give yourself time to get through security as the tour will start promptly at 10:30 am.
Will in the World-Book Group's Next Read
Join our book group for our next book discussion, scheduled for February 2, 2015. This
well-reviewed book offers fascinating insight into the probably life of William Shakespeare.
One reviewer writes:
There's no shortage of good Shakespearean biographies. But Stephen Greenblatt, brilliant scholar and author of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, reminds us that the "surviving traces" are "abundant but thin" as to known facts. He acknowledges the paradox of the many biographies spun out of conjecture but then produces a book so persuasive and breathtakingly enjoyable that one wonders what he could have done if the usual stuff of biographical inquiry--memoirs, interviews, manuscripts, and drafts--had been at his disposal. Greenblatt uses the "verbal traces" in Shakespeare's work to take us "back into the life he lived and into the world to which he was so open." Whenever possible, he also ushers us from the extraordinary life into the luminous work. The result is a marvelous blend of scholarship, insight, observation, and, yes, conjecture--but conjecture always based on the most convincing and inspired reasoning and evidence. Particularly compelling are Greenblatt's discussions of the playwright's relationship with the university wit Robert Greene (discussed as a chief source for the character of Falstaff) and of Hamlet in relation to the death of Shakespeare's son Hamnet, his aging father, and the "world of damaged rituals" that England's Catholics were forced to endure.
Will in the World is not just the life story of the world's most revered writer. It is the story, too, of 16th- and 17th-century England writ large, the story of religious upheaval and political intrigue, of country festivals and brutal public executions, of the court and the theater, of Stratford and London, of martyrdom and recusancy, of witchcraft and magic, of love and death: in short, of the private but engaged William Shakespeare in his remarkable world. Throughout the book, Greenblatt's style is breezy and familiar. He often refers to the poet simply as Will. Yet for all his alacrity of style and the book's accessibility, Will in the World is profoundly erudite, an enormous contribution to the world of Shakespearean letters .
We are discussing the book on February 2, location to be announced.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.