News and Events
GV April Mailing
Our April mailing is out and I have put the link here as well -April 2014 Newsletter As you see in the newsletter we are continuing to offer our members opportunities to exercise their minds and bodies, as well as socialize and enjoy the DC area! We are hoping to start a bridge group and re-start our walking group and/or sunset strolls group. Please be sure to contact the office if you are interested in participating. In addition, one of our members has asked if there would be any interest in starting a German Conversation Club-please call the office if you would participate.
Our writing class has grown and the instructor is willing to accept a few more students if you are interested. In addition our Tai Chi program also has some openings for students. I hope you saw the article about the benefits of Tai Chi in the recent AARP journal. The article indicated that the benefits of Tai Chi are not only physical-balance, core strength, etc. but also mental-helping to remember the moves sharpens mental acuity. Join us to take advantage of these benefits!
Fit for Life-Monday April 21
This special exercise class geared for Georgetown Village members will be held every other week at Elements, 2233 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 217 at 2 pm. The cost is only $12 a session and you should wear loose, comfortable clothing for class.
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 GV
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!
IT Help-Portable Electronics
If you have recently received a new phone, laptop, tablet, ipad, or kindle -call the office to schedule a time to come in and discuss your device with one of our interns. Both Caroline, and Sarah are happy to help you and they are in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. They are happy to meet with you in the afternoon, be sure to schedule an appointment.
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 article for those of you who haven't seen it CAG November 2013 Newsletter
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.
PBS News Hour Highlights Beacon Hill Village
On Thursday, August 8, the PBS news highlighted Villages with a lengthy story about Beacon Hill Village and the Village movement. Here is the link to the story for those of you who missed it-sound familiar? We offer many of the same services and more! Here is the link to the story for those of you who missed it- PBS News Hour-There's No Place Like Home
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 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 ac
If you use Twitter our User Name is Georgetown VillageDC, be sure to follow us. Don't worry about getting too many messages as I really don't have a lot of time to tweet-but I am trying to keep the pages update.
Of course, 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.
Coffee Talk Every Thursday @ St. John's Church, 3240 O Street NW
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. Johns Episcopal Church, use the Potomac Street Entrance and the room is on street level.