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					       Mature Life
  Quarterly Newsletter of Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging ♦ Volume 42                                                 Oct. 2010 - Jan. 2011

               Seventh Annual Empty Plate Luncheon
                                                                                         Expanding Services for our Seasoned
                                                                                         Citizens: Filling Empty Plates
                                                                                             Imagine lunch being served by the     of the Empty Plate Campaign, a
                                                                                         Deputy Chief Administrative Officer       brainchild of the Agency’s esteemed
                                                                                         for Human Services, City of Richmond      former Director of Community Rela-
                                                                                         and the Senior Vice President, Bank of    tions and Development, Harris Spindle.
                                                                                         America, dessert served by the Deputy     He had the idea that we might be able
                                                                                         County Administrator of Chesterfield      to mail an empty paper plate to the
                     PIC & CAPTION                                                       with ice tea poured by Genworth           community and ask for donations for
                                                                                         Executives. Senior Connections, The       meals. Out of this idea, the Empty
                                                                                         Capital Area Agency on Aging, plans       Plate Campaign and Luncheon
                                                                                         and presents such an event annually.      evolved. We discovered that with a
                                                                                         The Empty Plate Campaign promotes         donation of $50, we can fill empty
                                                                                         community awareness of “seasoned”         plates 12 times with meals, transporta-
                                                                                         citizens’ needs, provides information     tion, home care, help with emergencies
                                                                                         about programs designed to fulfill the    and other needs. The Empty Plate
                                                                                         needs, and petitions contributions from   Campaign provides donors with the
Mr. Bob Blancato, Chair of the Commonwealth Council on Aging, gave rousing
greetings to the crowd at the Empty Plate Luncheon. He congratulated Community           the corporate sector, community           opportunity to meet unfulfilled needs.
Partners for helping to meet unfulfilled needs for so many seniors. Mr. Blancato         groups and individuals in order to            In the Richmond region, we assist
received the 2010 Arthur S. Flemming Award during the June meeting of the National
Association of State Units on Aging. Mr. Blancato was instrumental in having the
                                                                                         enhance the quality of life for the       more than 22,000 citizens each year
National Elder Justice Act included in the health care reform legislation passed by      seniors of the Richmond community.                           CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
Congress. Luncheon participants included the service, business, government and               The Empty Plate Luncheon is part
nonprofit communities.

                                                           The Honorable Jim
                                                           Rothrock, Commissioner
                                                           of the Virginia Depart-
                                                           ment of Rehabilitative
                                                           Services and Interim
                                                           Commissioner of the
                                                           Virginia Department
                                                           for the Aging, shared
                                                           with the audience the
                                                           importance of local
                                                           fundraising. Commis-
                                                           sioner Rothrock also
                                                           applauded the goal of the
                                                           Empty Plate Campaign in
                                                           intergrating services for
                                                           older adults and persons
                                                           with disabilities.

                                                                Empty Plate
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                                                            Medicines      Re Mea
                                                                                 H are   Ms. Rita Randolph, Senior Community Affairs Representative with Dominion and a
                                                             Filling Critical Needs      Senior Connections Board member proudly presents the 2010 Eva Teig Hardy Award.
                                                                                         The award was presented to Dr. Richard W. Lindsay for exceptional leadership.

                                                                                         6   Senior Connections Partners with      10 Genworth Volunteers Build
                                           INSIDE THIS ISSUE                                 City of Richmond for 21st Annual         Wheelchair Ramps for Seniors
                                            3   Seventh Annual Empty Plate                   Holiday Gift Basket Project for           Friends Association for Children
                                                Luncheon                                     Seniors                                   Recognizes Foster Grandparent
    Resources for Aging Well
                                                Special Thanks to Days of Grace          7   Home for the Holidays:                    Mentors for Exceptional Volunteer
           Since 1973                       6
                                                Senior Services                              10 Warning Signs That Your Older
 Senior Connections, The Capital                                                             Family Member May Need Help
 Area Agency on Aging serves                    Dominion Virginia: An Advocate                                                     11 Volunteers Needed to Serve as
 seniors, families and caregivers               for Seniors                              8   Support A Senior                         Senior Advocates at the 2011
                                                                                                                                      Virginia General Assembly
 residing in the City of Richmond               The Science Museum of Virginia           9   ARRA Funds Help Seniors in the
 and the Counties of Charles City,              Offers Science Education in a Fun            Greater Richmond Community            12 Focus 50 Plus Screening:
 Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover,              Way for All                                                                           It’s Easy to Get A Mammogram
 Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan.
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                                                              Message from the Executive Director
   Mature Life                                                Dr. Thelma Bland Watson
 Mature Life is the quarterly news-
 letter of Senior Connections, The                                                     Resources for Aging Well
 Capital Area Agency on Aging, a
 private, nonprofit organization                     Senior Connections: Now and Then (1973 to 2010)
 serving older persons and their               Senior Connections is the desig-          also offers employment and training          citizens with disabilities find the
 families in the City of Richmond           nated Area Agency on Aging for               assistance, a wealth of volunteer            resources they need to maintain a level
 and the Counties of Charles City,          Planning District 15. It is one of 25        opportunities and help through its           of independence. The goal is to better
 Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover,
                                            such agencies in Virginia and one of         Long-Term Care Ombudsman Pro-                coordinate and integrate services for
 Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan.
                                            700 in the nation. The Agency provides       gram for nursing home residents and          older adults and persons with disabili-
 Mature Life is produced and                home and community services to help          their families.                              ties. One in four citizens provide care
 published by Senior Connections            meet the needs of older adults, persons          Senior Connections serves the            for older relatives and friends. Senior
 with financial assistance, in whole        with disabilities and caregivers. The        Richmond Metropolitan Region known           Connections provide support and
 or in part, from the Administration        mission is to help citizens live with        as Virginia Planning District 15. This       services to caregivers to help them
 on Aging and/or the Virginia               dignity and choices in their homes and       includes the City of Richmond and the        continue their responsibilities.
 Department for the Aging.                  community. Founded in 1973, Senior           Counties of Charles City, Chesterfield,          Meals on Wheels is a well-known
                                            Connections also identifies issues that      Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New             national organization that uses volun-
 Mature Life is distributed, free of
 charge, to older adults, caregivers,
                                            need to be addressed to better serve         Kent and Powhatan. The Agency                teers to deliver meals to citizens who
 families, organizations and busi-          our communities. The Agency also             primarily serves older adults age 60         are homebound, recovering from illness
 nesses. Donations are accepted to          serves as an advocate for older adults,      and over. These individuals lack the         or have a disability that prevent them
 help defray production costs.              persons with disabilities and families.      resources to meet many of their daily        from preparing their own meals. This is
 Opinions or ideas expressed by             Currently Senior Connections is              needs. Many of the individuals served        a valuable service that is available in
 guest columnists are not necessarily       collaborating with the United Way and        are homebound and benefit from               our community through Feed More,
 those of the editorial staff or            other groups to plan for the future          having supports that improve their           Inc. - the merger of Meals on Wheels
 Senior Connections.                        needs of our growing population. This        overall health and well-being. Others        with the Central Virginia Food Bank.
                                            effort, know as Age Wave Planning,           benefit from services that keep them         Meals on Wheels is one of our most
 Mature Life accepts advertising            raises awareness of current resources        active as volunteers or through em-          valuable partners in the provision of
 solely to help defray production           while identifying gaps in services and       ployment and training. Those who             services to our homebound seniors.
 and mailing costs. We appreciate           encouraging collaborative partnerships.      participate with Friendship Cafe             Senior Connections contracts with
 the support of our advertisers.            The goal is to make it easier for the        programs and related activities report       Meals on Wheels to provide services
 Products and services advertised           public to find and use needed services.      fewer doctors visits and hospital                             CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
 for profit does not constitute an             With more than 170,000 persons            admissions. These activities provide
 endorsement by Senior Connec-              age 60 and over along with a growing         health/wellness, fitness, educational
 tions, The Capital Area Agency on                                                                                                           Contributions to
                                            Baby Boomer population (those born           programs and opportunities for fellow-
 Aging but are intended for infor-
                                            between 1946 and 1964) in Planning           ship. For individuals who are experi-              Senior Connections
 mational purposes only. Call 804-
                                            District 15, the Agency has requests         encing financial difficulties, the assis-    Senior Connections, The Capital
 343-3046 for additional informa-
 tion about advertising.                    for more services each year. Federal,        tance provided by Senior Connections         Area Agency on Aging depends on
                                            state and local funding sources have         and other community partners provide         the support and generosity of indi-
                                                                                                                                      viduals, corporations, and other or-
 Mature Life reserves the right to          not kept pace with the growing needs.        critical assistance that allows citizens     ganizations to fund our programs
 refuse advertising.                        The Agency offers service coordina-          to remain in their homes and thereby         and services for seniors, caregiv-
                                            tion, meals, transportation, home health     avoid more costly services such as           ers and their families. As a chari-
                                                                                                                                      table nonprofit organization, the
                                            care, respite for caregivers, insurance/     nursing home or assisted living facili-      Agency encourage contributions
                                            benefits counseling, financial manage-       ties. Senior Connections is also one of      which are tax-deductible. The fol-
                                            ment and help with emergencies               the Commonwealth’s designated Aging          lowing options for making donations
                                                                                                                                      are available.
                                            (mortgage, rent, utilities, medications      and Disability Resource Centers. In
                                                                                                                                            Empty Plate Campaign
         24 East Cary Street                and minor home repairs). The Agency          this role, it addresses ways to help         Contributions to this ongoing cam-
     Richmond, VA 23219-3796                                                                                                          paign help provide critical services
           (804) 343-3000                                                                                                             and programs such as Meals,
       TDD: (804) 343-3008
     Toll Free: 1-800-989-2286
                                            Henrico County Presents 2009 Older Virginians                                             Emergency Services, Transporta-
                                                                                                                                      tion, and Fuel Assistance. For only
        Fax: (804) 649-2258                 Month Proclamation to Senior Connections                                                  $50, you can fill an empty plate 12
                                                                                                                                      times for a needy senior.
                                                                                                                                               Support A Senior
     Thelma Bland Watson, Ph.D.                                                                                                       Donations help persons older
         Executive Director                                                                                                           adults facing financial crisis in emer-                                                                                                           gency situations. Direct assistance
                                                                                                                                      is provided.
      Hannah Pryor Robinson                                                                                                                 Senior Services Fund
   Community Relations Coordinator                                                                                                    The Senior Connections Senior
        Mature Life Editor                                                                                                            Services Fund is managed by The                                                                                                           Community Foundation and is a
                                                                                                                                      long-term investment for the future
                                                                                                                                      needs of seniors and caregivers.
        Nancy Nagle Bolio                                                                                                             Contributions should be made pay-
    Community Relations Specialist                                                                                                    able to the Senior Connections Se-                                                                                                             nior Services Fund and mailed to:
                                                                                                                                      The Community Foundation, 3501
                                                                                                                                      Boulders View Drive, Suite 210,
           Senior Center,                                                                                                             Richmond, VA 23225-4047.
      A Community Partnership
                                            The Honorable Frank Thornton (at podium), Henrico County Board of Supervisors,            If you have questions about mak-
        4200 Innslake Drive                 presents Older Virginians Month - May 2009 Proclamation to Senior Connections
       Glen Allen, VA 23060                                                                                                           ing a donation, please call 343-
                                            representatives, right to left: Mrs. Gloria Johnson, Board Member, Ms. Marian Dolliver,
          (804) 353-3171                                                                                                              3000.
                                            Caregiver Support Services Manager, Dr. Watson, Executive Director, Mrs. Mary Catherine
                                            Kolbert, Senior Center Director, and Mr. Felix Sarfo-Kantanka, Jr., Board Member.
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                                    Seventh Annual Empty Plate Luncheon
                              Keynote Speaker                                                                      Thanks To Our Sponsors
Mr. Hugh F. Gouldthorpe, Jr.
Vice President, Quality and Communications
Owens & Minor, Inc.
Hugh F. Gouldthorpe, Jr. is known as“ the head cheerleader.” His signature neckties
and colorful attire say “high creative.” His smile and handshake say the rest. H.F.
“Goldie” Gouldthorpe, Jr. is a gifted motivational speaker, writer and teacher in
leadership, sales, marketing communications, customer service and organizational                                                Chapter               VIRGINIA
                                                                                                                                                      HOSPITAL & HEALTHCARE
culture. He is the author of I’ve Always Looked Up to Giraffes and To Make a Giraffe Smile,                                                           ASSOCIATION
books that focus on leaders and organizations that stand head and shoulders above the

He is senior vice president of quality and communications at Owens & Minor, the
nation’s largest supplier of branded medical and surgical supplies. He shares his
quality message with Owens & Minor’s trading partners and with business, educa-
tional, civic and government groups nationwide.

He is the recipient of the Voices for Virginia Children’s first ever Champion for
Children Award, The Urban League Lifetime Achievement Award, Senior Connec-
tions’ Empty Plate Award and numerous other recognitions.

Since 2005, Mr. Gouldthorpe has been a member of Senior Connections’ Board of
Directors. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Board since 2008.

Mr. Hugh Gouldthorpe, Jr. shares a serious moment with the audience during the Empty
Plate Luncheon. He emphasized the need for collaborations and partnerships in order to          Va. Dept. of ABC
meet the needs of our growing older population.

Expanding Services
           CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE           Plate Luncheon is local celebrities as
with a range of needs. Proceeds from           servers. They entertain as well as
the Empty Plate Luncheon help us               show their support for the cause while
meet additional critical needs. The            serving delicious food, prepared by
Empty Plate Luncheon gives us the              Feed More, Inc., to guests at the
opportunity to mobilize the entire             luncheon.
community to help meet these growing              This year’s Empty Plate Luncheon,
needs.                                         held on October 13 at the Science
    The Empty Plate Luncheon and               Museum of Virginia was a stellar event                                      The Honorable
Campaign started in 2003 as a pre-             featuring Hugh Gouldthorpe, Head                                            Eva Teig Hardy
celebration of the Agency’s 30th               Cheerleader at Owens & Minor, Inc.
anniversary. It started with an atten-         and Vice Chair of Senior Connections’
dance of about 50 persons and presen-          Board of Directors as the keynote
tation of several leadership awards to         speaker. Mr. Gouldthorpe applauded
local advocates. Over the years, the           the efforts of the community in coming
Campaign has grown in contributions,           together to support this seventh annual
attendance and activities. The Agency          collaborative event that:
now has four leadership awards that            • Recognized the health, income
are presented annually, an attendance             security and independence needs                                                 M.H. West
                                                                                                                                  & Company
of more than 400 and funds raised                 of older adults, persons with
during the 2009 Campaign enabled us               disabilities, caregivers and families.
to assist more citizens. Just about 500        • Raised awareness of the dramati-
citizens have been assisted with a                cally increasing needs for services
variety of needs ranging from in-home             for people of all walks of life who,
care to the provision of rides to and             as we live longer, need support
from medical appointments, for ex-                from community agencies like
ample. The awards recognize commu-                Senior Connections.                                                   Special Thanks
nity legends for outstanding contribu-         • Raised funds to expand critical                Ms. Nancy Haste                                      Mr. Gregory Mitchell
tions and services to older adults,               services for our most vulnerable            Pour House Ceramics                                        (Photographer)
persons with disabilities and caregiv-            citizens.                                      (Awards Plates)
ers. An exciting feature of the Empty                                                                                Sodexho       River City Logo
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                                     Seventh Annual Empty Plate Luncheon
                                                                                Award Honorees
                              Richard W. Lindsay, M.D.                                                                       Mr. Charles Barker, Sr.
                              Eva Teig Hardy Service Award for Exceptional                                                   Richard Hogan Memorial Award for Service
                              Corporate Support                                                                              PRESENTED BY MS. HEIDA CRAPOL, VICE-PRESIDENT
                              PRESENTED BY MS. RITA RANDOLPH, SENIOR                                                         COMMUNITY RELATIONS, GENWORTH
                              COMMUNITY AFFAIRS REPRESENTATIVE, DOMINION                                                     This year’s recipient of the Richard Hogan Memorial
                               This award recognizes Eva Teig Hardy’s exceptional                                            Award, Mr. Charles Barker, has made numerous contribu-
                               leadership and service during her distinguished career in                                     tions as a volunteer for the past 30 years. Mr. Barker is a
                               government and the corporate sector. This award ac-                                           tireless volunteer for many causes that impact seniors and
                               knowledges the outstanding record                                                             persons with disabilities. He is a passionate advocate for
                               of service provided to seniors and Virginia’s Aging                                           the needs of fellow Veterans, persons who have given
                               Network by Mrs. Hardy and Dominion. This year’s                                               much to protect the United States and other countries.
                               award to Dr. Lindsay recognizes and celebrates his                                            Mr. Barker’s volunteer spirit is contagious as was Mr.
                               lifetime achievement in helping seniors improve their         Hogan’s. Other volunteers are inspired by him to do more to help improve the quality
                               health and well-being. He also helps service providers        of life for seniors in their neighborhoods. Mr. Barker has volunteered countless hours
enhance programs that support successful “aging in place.” Dr. Lindsay is a nationally       to help improve the quality of life for older citizens in the Highland Park area in the
recognized author, scholar, lecturer and expert on healthy aging. As the former head         City of Richmond. He helps with transportation, provides groceries, does minor
of the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Virginia, Dr. Lindsay is an authority     homes repairs and makes with personal visits. Mr. Barker volunteers with the High-
on health care and treatment for older adults. He has also contributed to the enhance-       land Park Business Association, Military Retirees Club and Post 10654 Veterans of
ment of resources for informal caregivers, family members and friends who give of            Foreign Wars. Mr. Barker has joined with Richmond City Councilwoman Ellen
themselves to care for their loved ones. Most recently, Dr. Lindsay served in a              Robertson, M.H. West and Associates (Business Partner), ElderHomes and the City of
pioneering role in helping to found the Older Dominion Partnership, which advocates          Richmond to implement a new initiative, RAMP-UP. Older Citizens and those with
Age Wave Planning to steer the Commonwealth of Virginia to a reasoned strategic              disabilities are being identified who need ramps to have safe access to and from their
approach to confronting the impact of the Baby Boomers as they retire. Dr. Lindsay is        homes. In keeping with those characteristics exemplified by Mr. Hogan through a
commended for his outstanding service and lifelong commitment to improving the               lifetime of contributions, Mr. Barker is a compassionate volunteer who is commended
quality of life for older adults, persons with disabilities, caregivers and families.        for extending himself to his community and fellow citizens.

                Mr. James “Buddy” Kelly, Jr.                                                                                 William R. Nelson, M.D.
                MaryEllen Cox Memorial Award for Advocacy                                                                    E. Harris Spindle Award for Service to Seniors
                PRESENTED BY MS. RITA RANDOLPH, SENIOR                                                                       PRESENTED BY MS. HEIDA CRAPOL, VICE-PRESIDENT
                COMMUNITY AFFAIRS REPRESENTATIVE, DOMINION                                                                   COMMUNITY RELATIONS, GENWORTH
                 Like the late Mrs. MaryEllen Cox, Mr. James (Buddy) Kelly, Jr. is                                         This award has been renamed in honor of E. Harris
                 committed to community service in support of successful aging. Mr.                                        Spindle, a retired Senior Connections employee who
Kelly has advocated effectively for services to improve the quality of life for seniors in                                 made numerous contributions and advocated on behalf of
Hanover County and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. His leadership has                                             seniors and service providers. This year’s recipient, Dr.
paved the way for the recognition of many senior issues in his community. He has                                           Bill Nelson, has made many outstanding contributions
provided leadership, advocacy and hands on assistance. As Chairman of the Hanover                                          during his tenure as a public health official at the state
Older Perspective Committee, Mr. Kelly                                                                                     and local levels. Dr. Nelson, who recently retired as
ensured that issues important to seniors                                                                                   Director of the Chesterfield Health District, has been an
were included in the County’s Compre-                                                        outstanding leader and advocate on public health issues that impact seniors, persons
hensive Plan. He has worked with other                                                       with disabilities, caregivers and families. Dr. Nelson is highly regarded and re-
AARP leaders to construct wheelchair                                                         spected for his life long commitment to public health service. He has served as
ramps and make minor home repairs for                                                        Acting State Health Commissioner, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Public Health
citizens in need. He has also been                                                           and in other important positions. Most recently, Dr. Nelson led a successful effort to
instrumental in making the assessment of                                                     win federal funding for a Chronic Disease Self Management Program to serve
specialized transportation a priority in                                                     Chesterfield, Richmond and other areas. This program will provide life changing
Hanover County. Mr. Kelly has long                                                           experiences for older adults, persons with disabilities and caregivers who will be
recognized that persons with limited                                                         empowered to better manage and cope with chronic diseases. Due to Dr. Nelson’s
incomes, older citizens and individuals                                                      outstanding leadership, this two-year pilot project will be sustained well into the
with disabilities have problems getting to    Dr. Cheryl Thomas (left), daughter of Mr.      future. Dr. Nelson is commended for his outstanding and noteworthy contributions.
needed services and medical facilities.       Kelly, accepts the MaryEllen Cox Award on
                                              his behalf. She was accompanied by her
Mr. Kelly has also worked with County
                                              brother, Mr. Gregory Kelley.
officials to improve real estate tax relief
for seniors. As an advocate on legislative issues at the local, state and national level,
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                                                                                                          OCT.           Eighth Annual Empty Plate
Mr. Kelly has served with the AARP, Senior Connections and the Hanover Arts and
Activities Center. Mr. Kelly is commended for his contributions that positively
                                                                                                          2011           Luncheon
impact the lives of citizens, old and young.

                                                                             Celebrity Servers
    •   Ms. Dawn Beninghove                         •   Ms. Yvette Jones                           •   Ms. Mandy Treadway                        •   Ms. Carol Young
        (Companion Extraordinaire)                      (City of Richmond)                             (River City Logo)                             (Henrico County)

    •   Mr. Victor Branch                           •   Ms. Debbie Leidheiser                      •   Ms. Dana Wells                            •   Ms. Ruth Ann Young
        (Bank of America)                               (Chesterfield County)                          (Lucy Corr Village)                           (Family Lifeline)

    •   Ms. Rowena Colina                           •   Ms. Jean Murphy
        (Genworth)                                      (Universal American Corp.)

    •   Ms. Dianne Denny                            •   Ms. Jenn Nourse
        (The Crossings at Bon Air)                      (Genworth)

    •   Ms. Mary DePillars                          •   Mr. Floyd Robinson
        (Retired, Bank of America)                      (Community Volunteer)
    •   Ms. Joyce Ford                              •   Mrs. Yinestra Robinson
        (Community Volunteer)                           (Senior Center, A Community
    •   Dr. Carolyn Graham
        (City of Richmond)                          •   Mr. Richard Schultz
                                                        (Feed More, Inc.)
    •   Mr. Bill Hedish
        (Genworth)                                  •   Ms. Tammy Smiley
                                                        (Care Advantage, Inc.)
    •   Ms. Anne Hogan
        (Community Volunteer and widow
                                                    •   Sarah Snead
        of Mr. Richard Hogan)
                                                        (Chesterfield County)
    •   Ms. Cindi Johnson
        (Buford Road Pharmacy)
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                                                             COMMUNITY NEWS
ElderHomes: Changing Lives and Improving Neighborhoods
One House at a Time
ANNE MCNEAL                                Energy Conservation Program helps
ELDERHOMES CORPORATION                     homeowners reduce their heating and
    Home maintenance can be very           cooling costs. Services include applying
costly in these economically challeng-     insulation, resealing doors and win-
ing times. Many people are now             dows, and replacing furnaces. The
finding that they can no longer take       Weatherization Department help
care of all of the problems that can       homeowners cut heating and cooling
come with owning a home. Many are          cost on an average of 30 percent.
seniors whose sole income is a monthly        Elder Homes’ Home Rehabilitation
social security check which for many,      Program provides moderate to major
doesn’t cover the cost of housing, food,   home rehabilitation services and
transportation, medical appointments       emergency home repairs to low-
and medications.                           income residents. Repairs focus on a
    There is good news, however. Help      home’s infrastructure and often feature
is out there for qualified low income      repairing or replacing roofs.
families. ElderHomes can be like a            ElderHomes’ Renew Crew Pro-
Godsend to those people who qualify        gram is staffed chiefly by volunteers.
for assistance. ElderHomes is a            This program provides minor safety
nonprofit corporation founded in 1992      related home repairs and accessibility      teers take part in is building wheelchair        In 2006, ElderHomes established a
by Senior Connections, The Capital         improvements including wheelchair           ramps for disabled seniors. One group         Renew Crew program in Petersburg to
Area Agency on Aging. Their goal is to     ramps for clients who may not be            of retired friends are considered             better serve the Tri-Cities Area.
improve living conditions of low-          eligible for the weatherization and         “permanent volunteers” because they              For Elder Homes’ 2010 fiscal year
income seniors and disabled                rehab programs. The volunteers who          meet every week to build and install          that ended on June 30, workers
homeowners residents so they can live      perform these repairs are from area         these wheelchair ramps. This group of         rehabbed 143 homes and weatherized
safely, affordably and independently in    clubs, businesses, churches and civic       volunteers is very dedicated to their         290. Renew Crew Volunteers per-
their own homes as long as they            groups. One of the most important           work and showed their feelings about          formed 295 minor home repairs for 239
choose.”                                   activities that the Renew Crew volun-       this when they gave up an opportunity         households including building and
    ElderHomes’ Weatherization and
                                                                                       to attend a luncheon and chose instead        installing 114 wheelchair ramps.
                                                                                       to build a ramp for a lady who was
                                                                                       desperate to move into her home but
                                                                                       couldn’t until the ramp was built. Many
                                                                                       volunteers also donate funds that go
                                                                                       toward buying the supplies for the
                                                                                       various projects they complete.
                                                                                           Volunteer orientations are con-
                                                                                       ducted on the first Monday of each
                                                                                       month, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the
                                                                                       ElderHomes’ Richmond office located
                                                                                       at 88 Carnation Street in southside
                                                                                       Richmond. If you are interested in
                                                                                       attending or would like more informa-
                                                                                       tion please call Wayne Swatlowski at
                                                                                       (804) 612-3353 or Tony Williams at
                                                                                       (804) 343-3050.

Senior Connections
                CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2      Aging and other state entities. Citizens
to our seniors who receive home            and participants also make contribu-
delivered meals. They provide approxi-     tions to support services. There is not a
mately 500 meals per day for Agency        cost for any of the Agency’s services.
participants in the Home Delivered         However, there are opportunities for
                                           participants to give voluntary contribu-
Meals Program.
                                           tions or pay fees on a sliding scale
   Senior Connections receives             dependent upon their incomes. Finally,
funding from the federal Older Ameri-      the Agency promotes fundraising
cans Act and the Virginia General          through activities and events such as
Assembly through the State Depart-         the Empty Plate Campaign (a yearlong
                                           activity) and the Empty Plate Lun-
ment for the Aging. All of the local
                                           cheon (an annual event).
governments in the service area               In 2010, we have several new
provide funds that are needed for          programs that address Transportation
Senior Connections to receive the          Mobility, Community Living, Options
federal funding. The Agency also           Counseling, Respite Care and Chronic
                                           Disease Self-Management. We are
receives grants from local foundations
                                           most grateful for the opportunity to
and the corporate community. Senior        serve. We also wish to extend thanks
Connections also participates in special   to our many supporters.
projects led by the Department for the
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                                                           COMMUNITY NEWS
                                                    Special Thanks                     Senior Connections Partners with City
                                                    to Days of Grace                   of Richmond for 21st Annual Holiday
                                                    Senior Services
                                                     Days of Grace, formerly the       Gift Basket Project for Seniors
                                                     Richmond Community Center,            The Annual Holiday Gift Basket          Advocate. This important partnership
                                                     served the senior community       Project is an important partnership of      will allow us to reach and assist more
                                                     for more than 42 years before
                                                                                       Senior Connections and the City of          seniors in the greatest need throughout
                                                     closing its operations this
                                                     summer. The presence of this      Richmond Office of the Senior and           the metropolitan Richmond area.
                                                     organization will be missed but   Special Needs Advocate. This initiative     We are asking the community for
                                                     its memory lives on through its   promotes healthy aging and helps            support and appreciate the response
                                                     legacy and contributions. We      seniors remain independent in their         we know we will receive.
                                                     wish to extend special thanks     homes and communities. The Project          The Holiday Gift Basket Project is
                                                     for the financial contribution    brings holiday cheer to isolated seniors    accepting donations through Friday,
                                                     made by the organization to
                                                     Senior Connections.
                                                                                       and those in the greatest need of           December 10, 2010. Individuals and
                                                                                       support.                                    local organizations including civic,
                                                                                           Over the years, the project has         nonprofit, faith and corporate wishing
Dominion Virginia Power: An Advocate                                                   grown from a gift of food during the
                                                                                       holiday season to granting wishes.
                                                                                                                                   to donate items may drop them off at
                                                                                                                                   the Richmond East District Center, 701
for Seniors                                                                            Through the Holiday Gift Basket             N. 25th Street or Senior Connections,
   Dominion Virginia Power offers             Another important program pro-           Project, we have assisted seniors with      24 E. Cary St., Second Floor, Rich-
several programs that support seniors     vided by Dominion is the EnergyShare         obtaining mattresses and box springs,       mond, VA 23219. Donations needed
and their families. One is the Fan Care   Program. The program helps seniors           winter coats and other clothing,            are non-perishable food items, canned
Program that provides cooling equip-      who need help paying their heating           televisions, radios, and emergency          goods, toiletries, paper products,
ment in the summer. The Fan Care          bills. Eligible persons can receive a        preparedness items. These special gifts     emergency preparedness items and gift
Program has been offered through          one-time payment. The public donates         have greatly enhanced their quality of      cards for grocery stores and pharma-
Senior Connections and the other area     to this program. For details, call 866-      life. These gifts have helped seniors       cies.
Agencies on Aging in Virginia for         DOM-HELP (366-4357).                         who often have to choose between               In addition to items for the gift
almost 20 years.                                                                       paying utility bills, purchasing medica-    baskets, other emergency needs may
                                                                                       tions and food or taking care of the        be met through monetary contributions
                                                                                       rent or mortgage. Special gifts have        from individuals and area businesses
                                                                                       helped more than ever during the            interested in supporting the Project.
The Giving Heart To Hold Fifth Annual                                                  recent years of economic recession.         Please make checks payable to Senior
Community Thanksgiving Feast                                                               This year we are helping seniors        Connections, write “2010 Holiday
                                                                                       impacted by the economy. Many               Project “on the memo line of your
   On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday,         Special emphasis is placed on inviting
                                                                                       seniors have been impacted by the           check and mail to SC/CAAA, 24 E.
November 25th, The Giving Heart will      the homeless, elderly, less fortunate
                                                                                       economy to a great extent. We are           Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219.
hold its annual Thanksgiving Feast at     and those who otherwise would be
                                                                                       responding to calls from additional         Donations are tax deductible.
the Greater Richmond Convention           alone during the holiday. Free parking
                                                                                       seniors seeking assistance. Therefore,         For additional information please
Center. The meal will be served from      is available at the 3rd and Marshall
                                                                                       we are pleased to announce our              contact Ms. Toni Beechaum at (804)
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Center’s   Street Parking Deck
                                                                                       continued partnership with the City of      646-6885 or send an email to
Exhibit Hall A                                For more details please call Ms.
                                                                                       Richmond Senior and Special Needs 
   This free event for all to come        Vicki Neilson, Founding and Executive
together for food and fellowship.         Director, at 804-749-4726.

                                                                                       The Science Museum of Virginia Offers
                                                                                       Science Education in a Fun Way for All
                                                                                       Our Mission                                 Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad
                                                                                           Inspiring Virginians to enrich their    (RF&P) solicits bids for a new passen-
                                                                                       lives through science. Since its found-     ger station to be built in Richmond,
                                                                                       ing by the Virginia General Assembly        Virginia. Company directors select a
                                                                                       in 1970, the Science Museum of              design submitted by New York archi-
                                                                                       Virginia has become the premier             tect John Russell Pope.
                                                                                       center for hands-on science education           April 21, 1916: The RF&P and the
                                                                                       in Virginia. Permanent exhibitions          Atlantic Coast Line Railroad announce
                                                                                       include interactive exhibits on a wide      that a new station will be built on a 50-
                                                                                       range of science topics. The Ethyl          acre tract on Broad Street. Plans
                                                                                       Corporation IMAX®DOME creates               feature an innovative rail yard and
                                                                                       the ultimate “you are there” experi-        track system.
                                                                                       ence. Additional museum programs                Jan. 6, 1917: Ground is broken for
                                                                                       include visiting exhibitions, educational   the new station.
                                                                                       programming, overnight adventures,              April 22, 1943: During World War
                                                                                       lectures, demonstrations, live theater      II, a record 33,324 passengers arrive,
                                                                                       and summer camps.                           depart or pass through Broad Street
                                                                                       Guest Accessibility                         Station. Download old aerial view of
                                                                                           All exhibit areas, theaters, class-     Broad Street Station.
                                                                                       rooms, labs, shop and café, restrooms           1953: After it is struck by lightning,
                                                                                       and offices are barrier-free. The           the station’s terra-cotta dome is
                                                                                       Wonderplace Lab has narrow passage-         replaced with sheet copper.
                                                                                       ways and steps that cannot be altered           May 1, 1971: RF&P’s passenger
                                                                                       due to their historic nature. Ample         rail service ends. Amtrak takes over
                                                                                       convenient handicapped parking is           passenger train service to Richmond
                                                                                       available. We also have a limited           and throughout much of the country.
                                                                                       number of wheelchairs available on a        Broad Street Station is listed in the
                                                                                       first-come basis. Please contact Guest      National Register of Historic Places.
                                                                                       Services for more information.              Nov. 15, 1975: Amtrak moves all
                                                                                       History of Broad Street Station and         passenger train operations to a new
                                                                                       the Science Museum                          station on Staples Mill Road. The last
                                                                                           Early 1913: The Richmond,
                                                                                                                                                      CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
                                                                                                                                Mature Life October 2010 - January 2011 7

                                                          CAREGIVER SUPPORT
Home For The Holidays: 10 Warning Signs That Your Older Family Member
May Need Help
   For many Americans, the Holiday              entered an unusual amount of          assistance, financial management               Transportation - Services avail-
season is one of the few times during           contests, increased usage of          counseling, food stamp assistance,          able for older adults and persons with
the year that adults and their older            purchasing from television adver-     prescription drug assistance, and social    disabilities who do not have private
loved ones spend quality time together.         tisements?                            security.                                   transportation and are unable to utilize
The Holidays may be a time when            How Caregivers Can Respond                    Nutrition Services: Home Deliv-          public transportation.
families face and discuss the difficult        Through the Eldercare Locator,         ered Meals are nutritious meals                Volunteer Services: Programs
decisions about finding care for their     individuals and families can get infor-    delivered to the homes of older persons     and opportunities available for older
older relative. The Eldercare Locator      mation on services available through       who are homebound. Congregate               adults interested in volunteering.
has produced a guide of “10 Warning        state area agencies on aging and local     Meals (Friendship Cafes) provide the        Opportunities include daily telephone
Signs” to help families and older          aging service providers.                   opportunity for persons aged 60 and         reassurance, friendly visiting and
Americans determine if help is needed.     Examples of Services to Assist             over to enjoy a meal and socialize with     insurance counseling.
Any one of the behaviors listed may or     Family Members                             their peers.                                      Sources: The U.S. Administration on
may not indicate that an action should         Adult Day Care Centers: Offer             Home Health Services: Includes               Aging and the National Association of
be taken and your family member’s          social, recreational and health-related    care activities such as changing wound                       Area Agencies on Aging
physician should be kept informed of       services to individuals in a protective    dressings, checking vital signs, cleaning
physical or psychological behavior         setting who cannot be alone during the     catheters and providing tube feedings.
changes.                                   day because of health care and social         Legal Assistance: Legal advice
Has Your Family Member:                    need, confusion or disability.             and representation available to persons       The Eldercare Locator is a public
                                                                                                                                    service of the U.S. Department of
1. Changed eating habits within the            Information and Referral/              aged 60 and over for certain types of         Health and Human Services’ Adminis-
    last year resulting in weight loss,    Assistance Information Services:           legal matters including government            tration on Aging and administered by
    having no appetite, or missed          Information Specialists provide assis-     program benefits, tenant rights, and          the National Association of Area
    meals?                                 tance and linkage to available services    consumer problems.                            Agencies on Aging in cooperation
2. Neglected personal hygiene result-      and resources.                                Personal Care: Assist individuals          with the National Association of State
    ing in wearing dirty clothes, body         Case Management: Case manag-           with functional impairments with              Units on Aging.
    odor, bad breath, neglected nails      ers work with family members and           bathing, dressing, shopping, walking,         To access services and for information
    and teeth, sores on the skin?          older adults to assess, arrange and        housekeeping, supervision, emotional          on programs in your area, contact the
3. Neglected their home so it is not as    evaluate supportive efforts of seniors     security, eating and assistance with          Eldercare Locator Monday through
                                                                                                                                    Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET at 800-
    clean or sanitary as you remember      and their families to remain indepen-      securing health care from appropriate
                                                                                                                                    677-1116 or visit
    growing up?                            dent.                                      sources.
4. Exhibited inappropriate behavior by         Elder Abuse Prevention                    Respite Care: Respite is relief or
    being unusually loud or quite,         Programs: Allegations of abuse,            rest for a specified period of time, from
    paranoid, agitated, making phone       neglect and exploitation of senior         constant supervision, companionship,
    calls at all hours?                    citizens are investigated by highly        therapeutic and/or personal care of a
5. Changed relationship patterns such      trained protective service specialists.    loved one.                                            Caregiver
    that friends and neighbors have
    expressed concerns?
                                           Intervention is provided in instances of
                                           substantiated elder abuse, neglect or
                                                                                         Senior Housing: A variety of
                                                                                      housing options available for older
6. Had physical problems such as           exploitation.                              adults including assisted living, retire-    Alzheimer’s Association
    burns or injury marks resulting            Emergency Response Systems:            ment communities, nursing facilities,        Greater Richmond Chapter
    from general weakness, forgetful       A number of services available to          government assisted housing and              4600 Cox Road, Richmond
    ness, or possible misuse of alcohol    provide in-home 24 hour electronic         shared housing.                              804-967-2580
    or prescribed medications?             alarm system that enables an elderly          Senior Centers: Offer recreational        Helpline:800-272-3900
7. Decreased or stopped participating      homebound person to summon help in         and educational programs, seminars,
    in activities that were previously     the event of an emergency.                 events and activities for the active and     Call local office for times and
                                                                                                                                   locations of group meetings.
    important to them such as bridge           Employment Services: Various           less active older adult.
    or a book club, dining with friends,   programs available to help older adults       Telephone Reassurance: Pro-               Crestwood Presbyterian
    or attending religious services?       explore employment opportunities.          vides regular contact and safety check       Church
8. Exhibited forgetfulness resulting in        Financial Assistance: Benefit          by trained volunteers to reassure and        6627 Jahnke Road, Richmond
    unopened mail, piling newspapers,      programs are available and may             support seniors and persons with             4th Thursdays 7-9 p.m.
    not filling their prescriptions, or    include consumer protection, energy        disabilities who are homebound.              Phoebe Fensterman
    missed appointments?                                                                                                           804-276-3669
9. Mishandled finances such as not                                                                                                 Hanover Adult Day Care
    paying bills, losing money, paying     Community Partners Support Caregiver Seminars                                           7231 Stonewall Parkway
    bills twice or more, or hiding         JUDY NELSON, BSN                           day was comforting and beneficial.”          Mechanicsville
    money?                                 HEALTH AND WELLNESS SPECIALIST             Senior Connections’ upcoming Family          3rd Tuesdays 5:30-7 p.m.
10. Made unusual purchases such as            Senior Connections extends special                                                   804-746-0743
                                                                                      Caregiver Seminars are scheduled for:
    buying more than one magazine          thanks to HealthSouth Rehabilitation       • March 24                                   Jewish Family Services
    subscription of the same magazine,     Hospital for hosting our day-long                                                       6718 Patterson Ave., Richmond
                                                                                         HealthSouth, 5700 Fitzhugh Avenue
                                           Family Caregiver Seminar on August                                                      3rd Thursdays 2-3:30 p.m.
                                                                                         (corner of Libbie and Fitzhugh)
                                           26. Thanks also to Sharon Goodman,                                                      804-282-5644
                                                                                      • May 12
                                           MSW, Director of Case Management,             HealthSouth                               Parkinson’s Disease Support
                                           for her invaluable help with the ar-                                                    Group
                                                                                         Please call Judy Nelson at 343-3035
                                           rangements. We had a most successful                                                    PO Box 70283, Richmond
                                                                                      or Marian Dolliver at 343-3056 for           1st Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m.
                                           day! The seminar covered caregiver         additional information about these           Kathy Morton, President
                                           issues and community resources             classes.                                     804-730-1336
                                           including Medicare and Medicaid
                                                                                                                                   SCAN Kincare Support Group
                                           benefits. A physical therapist and an
                                           occupational therapist taught safe
                                                                                                    * * *
                                                                                      A personal thanks to Ms. Pamela Zell,
                                                                                                                                   for Grandparents
                                                                                                                                   1506 Staples Mill Road, Suite 203
                                                                                      Clinical Manager for Skilled Home Care
                                           caregiving techniques.                                                                  Richmond
        CONNECTING                            12 caregivers participated and
                                                                                      Program, Professional Resources,
                                                                                      Richmond. Ms. Zell presented a “Living
                                                                                                                                   1st and 3rd Thursdays
       CAREGIVERS TO                       afterwards comments included “The          with Diabetes” program for several of
                                                                                                                                   6-7:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                   Registration required.
        RESOURCES                          bonding with other caregivers was          our Friendship Cafes. Thanks Pamela for      804-257-7226
Visit         wonderful,” “The class was timely          contributing your time to inform our
        for more information               and helpful to me,” and “The entire        older adults about diabetes.
8 Mature Life October 2010 - January 2011

                                                                   CLIENT SERVICES
                                                                                           Senior Law Day: A Collaborative Partnership
                                                                                           with Williams Mullen and the University of
                                                                                           Richmond Law School
                                                                                              Andy Nea is an attorney with the        Senior Connections. The third floor
                                                                                           Williams Mullen Law Firm and an            Conference Room was a hub of
                                                                                           advocate for seniors who need legal        activities as more than 35 people came
                                                                                           assistance. Through the efforts of Mr.     throughout the day to take advantage
                                                                                           Nea, more than 200 seniors have            of the opportunity to receive free and
                                                                                           received free Wills, Powers of Attor-      professional legal assistance.
                                                                                           ney and Advance Directive docu-                We are most appreciative of the
                                                                                           ments.                                     efforts provided by Mr. Nea, Williams
Longtime Friendship Café Participant Ms. Virginia Shelton, celebrates her 105th birthday      The most recent Senior Law Day          Mullen, University of Richmond, Mrs.
with her own “personal police officer,” Tommy Gilbert of the Ashland Police Department.
                                                                                           was held on October 27, 2010 at            Phoebe Hull and others.
Senior Connections Host Celebration
for Ms. Virginia Shelton’s 105th Birthday                                                  Science Museum of Virginia
CHERYL GOODE                                 family and friends, including grand-                           CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6     “the Kugels” dedicated. Features the
FRIENDSHIP CAFÉ COORDINATOR                  daughter Mrs. Antoinette Smith who            passenger train departs Broad Street       Guinness World Record-holding 29-ton
    On September 8, Senior Connec-           shared their personal reflections and         Station at 4:58 a.m.                       solid granite globe of the Earth.
tions gathered friends, family and           stories of this remarkable woman. Ms.            1976: RF&P sells Broad Street              September 2005: 40 new interac-
members of the community to cel-             Shelton shared her secret to longevity        Station to the Commonwealth of             tive exhibits were opened. Also
ebrate Ms. Shelton’s milestone birth-        as well, “taking the JC Pill {her faith},     Virginia.                                  unveiled were multipurpose galleries
day at the Ashland Friendship Café at        attitude, exercise and applesauce.”              Jan. 6, 1977: Gov. Mills E.             devoted to the history of Broad Street
Shiloh Baptist Church. Joining in the            Perhaps the greatest gift Ms.             Godwin unveils the Science Museum          Station and Virginia’s prehistoric past.
celebration were Faye Prichard,              Shelton received came several weeks           of Virginia’s first permanent exhibit            Science Museum of Virginia
Mayor of the Town of Ashland and             later when she met President Obama            gallery, the Discovery Room.                       2500 West Broad Street
Terri Winston-Abri, Council Member           and was greeted with a hug.                      April 22, 1983: Completion of the                Richmond, VA 23220
of the Town of Ashland. Ms. Shelton’s                                                      Ethyl IMAX®DOME & Planetarium.                          (804) 864-1400
                                                                                              1995: The Virginia Department of                          Source:
                                                                                           Historic Resources erects a marker to
Weatherization Kits Distributed to Seniors                                                 commemorate the station’s place in the
   The City of Richmond Department              Senior Connections assisted with           history of the Commonwealth
of Public Utilities sponsored a give-        the distribution of approximately 450            October 2000: Completion of                      CLIENT SERVICES
away of weatherization kits on Friday        kits that will help seniors prepare their     extensive exterior renovations, new
                                                                                           interior spaces and a new exhibition.                          AND
October 29 at Pleasants Hardware             homes and possibly decrease their
Store on West Broad Street.                  heating bills this winter.                       January 2003: Mary Morton                  CARE COORDINATION
                                                                                           Parsons Earth-Moon Sculpture
                                                                                                                                          (804) 343-3000

                                                                                                             Support A Senior
                                                                                                             Mrs. G Goes To A Friendship Café
                                                                                                            Mrs. G, a 73 year-old recently widowed mother
                                                                                                            of three was living in isolation and beginning to
           NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS                                                                       show symptoms of depression. Over the last
                                                                                                            year, Mrs. G. spent most of her time caring for
  Beth Sholom Woods is an equal housing opportunity facility designed                                       her husband of 55 years, a man she described as “the love
                                                                                                            of her life.” They grew up together, raised and educated
  to provide housing to extremely low, very low and low-income elderly age                                  their three children and were very happy. Nothing prepared
  62 and over. Ten percent of its 111 apartments have been altered for                                      her for death of her husband.
  accessibility. Applicants age 18 or more who have mobility/physical                                       Afterwards, Mrs. G remained in their home, as it was a
  disability and need the features of our barrier-free/handicapped units may                                comfort to her, but she became more and more isolated.
  apply for one of these accessible units.                                                                  Two of her three children returned to their own homes out
                                                                                                            of town. The third child, a daughter who lives in the area,
  Beth Sholom Woods is a Section 202/8-Section 223 (f) U.S. Department                                      began thinking about support services for her mom. She
                                                                                                            learned about Senior Connections’ Friendship Café
  of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) project. Qualified applicants                                      Program from a co-worker whose parents attend one of the
  cants pay 30% of his or her monthly income towards rent and utilities.                                    Cafés. They like socializing with peers and enjoying new
                                                                                                            experiences at the Café. Now Mrs. G is picked up by a
  An Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic with a therapeutic pool is located on                                 van three days a week to attend a Friendship Café in her
  site. Beth Sholom Woods is part of the Beth Sholom Lifecare Community                                     area. She loves it! She’s actively involved with others who
  in the Far West End of Richmond. For more information or an                                               share similar interests and some of the same experi-
                                                                                                            ences. They support each other and look forward to their
  application, please call (804) 741-4691, Monday-Friday, 9am-4:30 p.m.                                     time together. Making new friends can be difficult as we
                                                                                                            age, but it can be very rewarding. Our Friendship Cafes
               Voice and TDD Telephone: (804) 741-4691                                                      are appropriately named because “friendship” is the key
                           Fax: (804) 741-9813
               Email:                                                        Your donations to our Support a Senior Fund are greatly
                                                                                                            appreciated and enables Senior Connections to provide
                   Website:                                                         Nutrition Support and other critical services for additional
                                                                                                            seniors in need.
                  Beth Sholom Woods                                                                                        Please Send Your Donation to:

            Beth Sholom Lifecare Community                                                                              Senior Connections Support A Senior
                                                                                                                         24 E. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23219

                         2027 Lauderdale Drive                                                                          Please write “Support A Senior” on the
                                                                                                                       memo line of your check or money order
                          Richmond, VA 23238                                                                              Thank You For Your Support!
                                                                                                                                Mature Life October 2010 - January 2011 9

                                                           NUTRITION SUPPORT
ARRA Funds Help Seniors in the Greater
Richmond Community                                                                                                                    Friendship Cafés
                                                                                                                                    A nutrition support program provided
COLLEEN WILHELM                            Partnership as well as provide extra         living on a limited income, upon receiv-
                                                                                                                                    by Senior Connections, The Capital
COMMUNITY OUTREACH SPECIALIST FOR          weekend meals to our Home Delivered          ing her breakfast and dinner box.           Area Agency on Aging
MEALS AND WELLNESS                         Meals clients.                                   In addition, Senior Connections
    On February 17, 2009, President           Missi Boyer, Meals and Wellness           partnered with over 12 outside commu-
                                                                                                                                          Café Locations
Obama signed into law the American                                                                                                         Charles City and
                                           Manager, coordinated a community             nity agencies and organizations includ-
Recovery and Reinvestment Act                                                                                                            New Kent Counties
                                           outreach effort to assist additional         ing Richmond Redevelopment and
(ARRA) of 2009. The legislation                                                                                                     Ruthville Gymnasium Complex
                                           seniors in need of nutritional support.      Housing Authority, local Departments            13100 The Glebe Lane
contains key investments to help older     ARRA funds were used to purchase             of Social Services, Shepherd’s Center                 Charles City
Americans maintain their health and        over 2,600 supplemental shelf-stable         of Chesterfield, ElderFriends, and local
independence during these challenging      boxed meals to help low income               Parks and Recreation Senior Groups.                Chesterfield County
economic times. The legislation            seniors stretch their food dollars. The      With these partnerships and ARRA                  Bon Air Presbyterian
included $100 million for meals and        boxed meals also provided seniors with       funds, Senior Connections coordinated          Friendship Café and Senior
nutrition services under the Older                                                                                                             Activities
                                           “emergency food” when getting to the         the delivery of 12,000 meals to ap-
Americans Act. The purpose of the                                                                                                       9201 W. Huguenot Road
                                           grocery store becomes challenging.           proximately 1,300 seniors in the
ARRA funds is to increase the number       Each box contained five each of shelf        Greater Richmond Community.                    Ettrick Community Center
of congregate and home delivered           stable breakfasts and dinners. The               For more information or to learn               20400 Laurel Road
meals provided to older adults and         boxes were much appreciated. “Wow,           how to sponsor this program, please                 New Covenant
provide additional nutritional support -   this is so wonderful... is this all for      contact Colleen Wilhelm, Community                Presbyterian Church
such as the purchase of meals for          me...everything looks so good...thank        Outreach Specialist for Meals and                 6415 Irongate Drive
disaster response or to assist low’s hard for me to get to the store   Wellness at 804-672-4497 or                       Rockwood Village
income seniors with rising food costs.     sometimes,” said Ms. Joan, a senior                      3901 Price Club Blvd., Midlothian
“Across the country, older Americans
depend on senior centers and home                                                                                                        Goochland County
delivery programs for regular, healthy                                                                                               Goochland Recreation Center
meals. Today, more senior citizens are                                                                                                 2415 Sandy Hook Road
in need,” said Vice President Biden,
                                                                                                                                            Hanover County
“The Recovery Act will help ensure                                                                                                       Shiloh Baptist Church
older Americans are not forced to                                                                                                       106 S. James St., Ashland
choose between paying bills and buying
                                                                                                                                        Montpelier Senior Center
food.” (Source: Department of
                                                                                                                                         17203 Mountain Road
Health and Human Services 04/03/
09 Press Release).                                                                                                                         Henrico County
    ARRA funds were designed to help                                                                                                Four Mile Creek Baptist Church
aging service networks meet those                                                                                                   2950 New Market Road, Varina
needs. Senior Connections provides                                                                                                         Highland Springs
nutritional support for seniors through                                                                                                    Community Center
its Congregate Meals Program                                                                                                              16 South Ivy Avenue
(Friendship Cafés) and Home Deliv-
                                                                                                                                      Village Presbyterian Church
ered Meals Program. Friendship Cafés                                                                                                   110 N. Laburnum Avenue
are neighborhood gathering places for
seniors. A hot midday meal, good                                                                                                           West Richmond
friends and many activities help keep                                                                                                    Church of the Brethren
                                           Nutzy, the Richmond Flying Squirrels mascot and the Now and Then Dancers                      7612 Wanymala Road
the participants connected to the
community while meeting their nutri-       First Annual Seniors Party in the Park Held                                                     Powhatan County
tional needs. The Home Delivered                                                                                                           St. John Neumann
                                           CHERYL GOODE                                 contests, music, exhibits, games and
Meals Program provides a hot midday        FRIENDSHIP CAFÉ COORDINATOR                                                                      Catholic Church
                                                                                        great food.
meal to homebound seniors in partner-          On September, 16, Senior Connec-                                                           2480 Batterson Road
                                                                                           Nutzy, the Richmond Flying Squir-
ship with Meals on Wheels. Senior          tions partnered with Henrico County          rels mascot, joined the Now and Then             City of Richmond
Connections used ARRA funds for            Department of Recreation and Parks           Dancers to entertain attendees.               CAPUP East Senior Center
various nutritional programs including     to sponsor the First Annual Seniors             Save the Date - Thursday, Septem-            1103 Oliver Hill Way
the opening two new Friendship Cafés       Party in the Park at Hunton Commu-           ber 22 - for next year’s Party. To            CAPUP West Senior Center
- The Guardian Place and Rockwood          nity Center and Park in Glen Allen.          become a sponsor or participate,             (Grace & Holy Trinity Church)
Village in Richmond. ARRA funds            This free event attracted over 300           please contact Cheryl Goode, Friend-               8 N. Laurel Street
were also used to support lunches at       seniors from Henrico County and              ship Café Coordinator at 804-343-3029
the Senior Center, A Community                                                                                                      Good Shepherd Baptist Church
                                           Senior Connections’ Friendship Cafés.        or                           1127 N. 28th Street
                                           The fun-filled day included crafts,
                                                                                                                                           Guardian Place
                                                                                                                                        1620 N. Hamilton Street
                                                                                                                                        Korean Senior Center
                                                                                                                                   United Methodist Family Services
                                                                                                                                         3900 W. Broad Street
                                                                                                                                   Linwood Robinson Senior Center
                                                                                                                                         700 N. 26th Street
                                                                                                                                            Monarch Woods
                                                                                                                                            6501 Jahnke Road
                                                                                                                                     Randolph Community Center
                                                                                                                                       1415 Grayland Avenue
                                                                                                                                       Open 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                     Days of operation vary per location
                                                                                                                                              (804) 343-3000
                                                                                                                                           for more information
10 Mature Life October 2010 - January 2011


                                                                                       Foster Grandparent Program Welcomes
                                                                                       New Mentors, Staff and Council Members
                                                                                       CHARLENE COLE, PROGRAM MANAGER                ing and monitoring volunteers, stations
                                                                                           We are pleased to announce the            and community partnerships. The
                                                                                       enrollment of new Foster Grandparent          Community Advisory Group is cur-
                                                                                       Mentors who joined our program in             rently planning the Foster Grandparent
Genworth Volunteers Build Wheelchair Ramps to Provide
                                                                                       May and August. They are Ms.                  Annual Volunteer Recognition event
Seniors Better Access To and From Their Homes                                          Eleanora Spencer, Ms. Shirley Kidd,           scheduled for December 2010.
   The AARP Team at Genworth Financial celebrated this past June’s Month of            Mr. Thomas Johnson, Ms. Carol
Service by participating in a Volunteer Day of Service at ElderHomes.                  Hughes, Ms.Yvonne Best, Ms. Louise
   ElderHomes Corporation is a not-for-profit community development corpora-           Caine, Mr. Artie Parks, Mr. Robert
tion, founded in 1992 by The Capital Area Agency on Aging (now Senior Con-             Jackson II, Ms. Gladys Barner and
nections). Their mission is to improve the housing and living conditions of elderly,   Ms. Jean Barbee.
disabled, and low-income persons in Richmond and the surrounding counties.                 In July, The Foster Grandparent           Friends Association for
The AARP Team was part of the “Renew Crew” that helped build, piece by                 Program welcomed Ms. Betty Ford               Children Recognizes FGP
piece, the components that make up the wheelchair ramp that will be used by            Wilson to the Foster Grandparent
more than 150 people on the wheelchair waiting list. The division of labor for this
                                                                                                                                     for Exceptional Volunteer
                                                                                       Program Staff. Ms. Ford is a part-time        Service
project was comprised of Matthew Majikes and Keith Jasper furnishing the               Clerical Assistant through participation
team with the wood source, cutting and sawing the various wood lengths.                                                                 The Senior Connections’ Foster
                                                                                       in Senior Connections’ Senior Commu-
   By the end of day, 16 foundation bases and 40 side railings for the wheelchair                                                    Grandparent Program received a
                                                                                       nity Service Employment Program.
ramps were completed.                                                                                                                Certificate of Appreciation for volun-
                                                                                           Ms. Betty Allison, a Foster Grand-
                                                                                                                                     teer service at the Friends Association
                                                                                       parent Mentor since 2004, has joined
                                                                                       the FGP Community Advisory Group.
                                                                                                                                     for Children’s Annual Trustee Meeting
                                                                                       The Group provides input for the              on October 12.
                                                                                       development of short and long-term               Seven Foster Grandparent Men-
                                                                                       plans that guide the program in recruit-      tors currently volunteer at two of the
                                                                                                                                     Friends’ child care centers.

                                                                                                          Sharing Today . . . Shaping Tomorrow
                                                                                       The Foster Grandparent Program currently has several openings for caring volunteers
                                                                                       who wish to mentor children in Public School, Health Care or Day Care settings in the
                                                                                       City of Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico counties.
                                                                                       If you are 55 or older and would like to meet new people in a stimulating environ-
                                                                                       ment, while making a difference to the children in our community, please contact
                                                                                       Ms. Jeanette Salley, Foster Grandparent Program Volunteer Resource Coordinator
                                                                                       at 804-343-3022 or
                                                                                       Foster Grandparents must complete an application, interview and background check,
                                                                                       meet certain income eligibility guidelines, and complete 20 hours of pre-service
                                                                                       training. Mentors must commit to a minimum of 20 hours of service per week.

Jeff Condit (a member of the Senior Connections Board of Directors), Bill Hedish and   Most Foster Grandparents are eligible to receive a modest tax free stipend. Also
Justin Westcott drilling the screws to secure the slats onto the base of the ramp.     offered at no cost to eligible volunteers are annual physicals, transportation reimburse-
                                                                                       ment, and recognition events.

                                                                                                        Remember Senior Connections
                                                                                                         In Your Estate Planning
                                                                                                  Perhaps you or a loved one have benefited from Senior
                                                                                                  Connections’ Caregiver Support Services or Insurance
                                                                                                  Counseling or Home Delivered Meals or Medication
                                                                                                  Assistance Program.
                                                                                                  Help us continue our efforts of enhancing quality of life
                                                                                                  for older adults that in turn leads to independence so
                                                                                                  they can remain in their homes and communities. We
                                                                                                  are most grateful of your consideration of our Agency.

                                                                                                   A Bequest or Legacy in your Will is a
                                                                                                  Great Opportunity to Express Your Thanks
                                                                                                     to Senior Connections, The Capital
                                                                                                         Area Agency on Aging.”
Terry Noonan and Victoria Harvey build the side railings for a ramp.
                                                                                                                               Mature Life October 2010 - January 2011 11

                                                           EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
Senior Connections’ Mobilization:
Enhancing Our Website
    Beginning in 1973, Senior Connec-         key words to help find information
tions, The Capital Area Agency on             quickly.
Aging, mobilized to provide services to          We are pleased with other new
help older adults maintain their indi-        features that will include a photo
vidual levels of independence.                gallery, online donations option, an
Through the years, we mobilized also          interactive calendar and, of course,
to support caregivers, persons with           Executive Director’s blog! These
disabilities, and our community part-         blogs will cover current issues, events
ners. We stayed abreast of technology         and topics. These will include topics
with a computer lab for learning, No          ranging from age wave partnerships,
Wrong Door Service Coordination               community living programs, aging &
System for improved access and                diversity, aging & disability resource
various means for disseminating               center updates, to stories about the
information about programs, issues,           wonderful people who participate in
events and activities.                        our programs.
    We recently mobilized our Social             Plans are to launch the new site in
Media. The most prominent of our              January 2011 to coincide with the new
Social Media ventures has been the            year. We look forward to your visit to
enhancement of our website that now           our enhanced website and anticipate
includes a new search engine that uses        feedback.
                                                                                           Wanted: Volunteers to Serve as Advocates
                                                                                           at the 2011 Virginia General Assembly
                                                                                               Wednesday, January 26, 2011 is       field, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico,
                                                                                           Senior Advocacy Day at the Virginia      New Kent and Powhatan.
                                                                                           General Assembly. In observance of           An orientation session is scheduled
                                                                                           this occasion, Senior Connections, The   for Tuesday, January 11 from 10:45
                                                                                           Capital Area Agency on Aging is          a.m. to noon at the Senior Center, A
                                                                                           seeking citizens of the City of Rich-    Community Partnership, 4200 Innslake
                                                                                           mond and the Counties of Charles City,   Drive, Suite 101, Glen Allen. Volun-
                                                                                           Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover,        teers will learn about the workings of
                                                                                           Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan to        the Virginia General Assembly. We
                                                                                           serve as Volunteer Advocates. This is    strongly encourage you to sign up to
                                                                                           a wonderful opportunity for volunteers   learn about advocacy issues and
                                                                                           to learn how the General Assembly        concerns that impact older persons,
                                                                                           works and methods by which advo-         caregivers and families.
                                                                                           cacy groups such as senior citizens,         For additional information or to
Senior Connections To Serve as AARP                                                        their families or neighbors can make     participate in the training, please call
Tax Aide Site in Downtown Richmond                                                         their voices heard by their local        Mrs. Patricia Giesen at 804-343-3059
                                                                                           representatives. Senior Connections      by Friday, January 7. You may also
   In mid-February, an AARP Tax               volunteers. This service is available to
                                                                                           would like to have at least one advo-    sign up by completing and returning the
Aide will open at Senior Connections,         middle and low income taxpayers of
                                                                                           cate from the City of Richmond and       Response Form below.
24 E. Cary Street (corner of 1st and          all ages with special attention to those
                                                                                           the Counties of Charles City, Chester-
E. Cary Streets), to serve the Rich-          age 60 and older. However, the
mond community. Those eligible can            service is provided to individuals of
receive free assistance in preparing          any age if they meet cerain eligibility
their 2010 state and federal tax              criteria.
returns.                                          Appointments are required. For
   AARP Tax-Aide is a confidential,           additional information to schedule an                       Volunteer Advocate Response Form
free and quality service supported by         appointment, please call (804) 343-              Yes, I want to serve as a Volunteer Advocate at the 2011 General
AARP-trained and IRS-certified                3059.                                            Assembly and I will attend the two-hour training session.
                                                                                               I would like more details.

               NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY                                                     Name
     Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging operates in compliance
 with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the
 Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Commonwealth of Virginia regulations prohibiting
 sexual harassment.                                                                         Home Phone
     Senior Connections shall not discriminate against elderly Virginians on the basis
 of race, color, sex, disability, religion, ethnic background, or national origin in the    Email
 receipt or delivery of its services, programs, activities, employment, and/or
 procurement activities.                                                                    Fax No.
     Senior Connections is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative
 Action Employer and gives preference in hiring to persons age 60 and older.                  Please complete and return this form by Friday, January 7 to:
     Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any                  Patricia Geisen, SC/CAAA, 24 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA 23219.
 agency-related activity or service, is encouraged to write to: Executive Director,
 Senior Connections, 24 E. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23219-3796.                                                      Thanks for Your Interest!
12 Mature Life October 2010 - January 2011

                                                                  HEALTH PAGE
Agency Launches New                                                                 Focus 50 Plus Screening:
Disease Self-Management                                                             It’s Easy to Get A Mammogram
                                                                                    CATHERINE HENDRICKSON
Program                                                                                Regular mammograms will give
                                                                                                                              saving information for yourself and
                                                                                                                              your loved ones. Focus 50 Plus is for
    Do you live with a chronic disease    · Feedback
                                                                                    women life saving information. Most       women 50 years
that impacts your life? Senior Connec-       and probl-
tions, The Capital Area Agency on            em solving                             times, your mammogram tells you good      old and older and
Aging has partnered with the Rich-        · Better                                  news. Sometimes, mammograms give          is funded by a
mond City and the Chesterfield Health        breathing                              you an early warning that you need        grant from the
Districts to offer workshops entitled     · Fitness/exercise
                                                                                    treatment. Mammograms are the best        Susan G. Komen Richmond affiliate.
Chronic Disease Self-Management           · Pain/fatigue/depression
Program. The free workshops will be       · Nutrition                               and easiest way to catch breast cancer        The staff of Focus 50 Plus are
led by lay leaders for approximately      · Communication                           early. When detected in a timely way,     eager to give you information on
two hours, once a week, for six weeks.    · Medications                             women have a very high survival rate.     mammogram screening centers near
It will provide confidence, motivation    · Working with your healthcare
                                                                                    All women over age 40, including          your home or workplace and to answer
and coping skills needed to live a           professionals
happier, healthier life.                  Adults with a chronic disease, friends,   women 65+, are recommended to have        your questions about mammograms. To
    Whether it is arthritis, high blood   family members and caregivers are         an annual mammogram.                      learn more about Focus 50 Plus please
pressure, diabetes, heart or lung         welcome to participate in the work-          Did you know that Medicare pays        call Cynthia Martin (English) at 804-
disease, the workshops will focus on:     shop.
                                                                                    80 percent of the cost of a mammo-        672-4486 or send an email to
· Developing an action plan                  Please contact Joan Welch with
· Using your mind to manage               Senior Connections at 804-615-0135        gram and if you have insurance, it or
    symptoms                              for additional information.               usually pays the rest? Also, did you      call Anir Velez (Spanish and English)
                                                                                    know that for women under 65, who         at 804-672-4486 or send an email to
                                                                                    lack insurance, there are programs that
                                                                                    help eligible women obtain a free         Encourage other women to get a
                      Medication Assistance Program
                                                                                    mammogram? Mammogram screening            mammogram, volunteer with Focus 50
                                                                                    centers are scattered throughout the      Plus by calling Ms. Martin or Ms.
WHAT WE DO                                HOW TO APPLY
Screen and complete applications for      An application must be completed in       Richmond area and many of them            Velez.
reduced cost or free medications          order to determine whether your           have affordable payment plans.                We have one life, let’s take good
offered by pharmaceutical companies.      prescribed medications are available at
                                          reduced cost or free from pharmaceuti-
                                                                                       Senior Connections’ Mammogram          care of it by having regular mammo-
WHO SHOULD APPLY?                         cal companies.                            Outreach Program, Focus 50 Plus           grams and living to see our grandchild
Income eligible seniors age 55 and over
                                          For additional information please         Screening will help you to get life       and great grandchildren grow up!
and not covered by Medication
Insurance or any other program.           call (804) 343-3018.
                                                                                                                                  Mature Life October 2010 - January 2011 13

Meet Mrs. Beatrice Pryor, a Member of the Senior Connections’ Montpelier
Friendship Café
CHERYL GOODE                                      Mamie’s home is not far from their
FRIENDSHIP CAFÉ COORDINATOR                   childhood home that years earlier
    Mrs. Beatrice Pryor, Ms. Bea,             burned in a fire. She cares for both her
usually arrives at Montpelier Friendship      mother, Ms. Bea, and her husband,
Café after a few of the other partici-        Floyd Franklin Johnson, with constant
pants are already there. Nothing              help from her sister Nancy. Floyd, they
warms the atmosphere in the room              explained, is a picky eater. Ms. Bea
more than having her stop to greet you        however has a hearty appetite and
as she makes her way to her seat. She         obviously a great metabolism because
is accompanied by one or sometimes            she has no trouble maintaining her
both of her daughters Mamie Pryor             girlish figure.
Johnson and Nancy Pryor Winston.                  Ms. Bea was born February 28,
Ms. Bea while being kindly coaxed by          1908 in Farmville Va. Mamie and
her daughters to her seat takes her           Nancy still remember Ms. Bea’s
time to smile and tell those she encoun-      mother Isabel Hill very well. They
ters how beautiful they are and how           were blessed to have their grand-
much she loves them. She is absolutely        mother live with each of them at some
delightful and one of the many reasons        point. When Ms. Bea married Delma
I enjoy Montpelier so much.                   Pryor, they lived for a while in New
    One truly gets the sense of family        Jersey where she gave birth to their
                                                                                         Mrs. Bea (center) with her daughters Mrs. Mamie Pryor Johnson (foreground) and
at this location. The reason for this is      oldest child, a son. They later moved      Mrs. Nancy Pryor Winston.
probably because many of the mem-             back to Montpelier and had six more
bers have known each other’s families         children. Ms. Bea now has three            how after church on Sundays for                   Ms. Bea and the Montpelier Café
since childhood. They have gone to            surviving children. Mamie and Nancy’s      recreation they would sit on the lawn          certainly make one think of community,
school, church, and social events             sister Cammie Pryor Dailey lives in        with Edna Jenkins and Alice Mitchell           cohesiveness, and family, but they are
together all of their lives. So although it   Richmond, Virginia.                        (sisters and participants at the café) all     also welcoming to newcomers. Mont-
is rare to have four immediate mem-               Mamie shared how when Ms. Bea          the girls would change into their wide         pelier boasts of having participants that
bers of a family participating at a café      would send them off to catch the bus       broomstick skirts which they would             once lived other places but now has
it should not in this case surprise us.       for school and on cold wintery days the    spread on the quilts they were sitting         have formed warm bonds and friend-
Mrs. Pryor, two of her daughters and          bus would often break down. A passing      on. They would have watermelons that           ships there.
her son-in-law Floyd Johnson all are          neighbor driving by the bus would let      had cooled in Edna and Alice’s father’s           If you are 60 or older and would
regulars at our Montpelier Café.              the parents know this had happened         cellar, with homemade lemonade.                enjoy spending your mornings with
                                              because not everyone had a telephone       There they would enjoy the afternoon           peers, please inquire about our Friend-
                                              at that time. When the bus broke down      by laying claim on cars as they passed         ship Café Program by calling Cheryl
                                              someone would eventually come to           by. Gleeful shouts of “there is my car”        Goode at (804) 343-3029. With twenty
      Friendship Cafés                        take them to school. If however they       and “that one is mine” could be                cafés in the City of Richmond and
     A nutrition support program of
     Senior Connections, The Capital
                                              missed the bus they would have to          overheard as they reveled in what was          surrounding counties chances are we
     Area Agency on Aging                     walk the distance to school.               comparable to a day in the park.               may have one near you.
                                                  Nancy told a wonderful story of

  Transportation Services Quick Reference Chart                                                 If you are a transportation provider and would like to be added to this chart,
                                                                                                please call Jim Congable, Transportation Coordinator, at (804) 672-4495.

                                                                                             Wheelchair          Advanced
 Name of Agency                          Phone No.             Service Area                  Equipped?           Notice Required?                Additional Information
 Access Chesterfield                      279-8489             Metro Richmond,               Yes                  24 hours up to 4 days          60+ or disabled; County
                                          (to register)        Tri-Cities                                                                        resident; income eligible
 American Cancer Society                  527-3700             Richmond, Chesterfield,       No                   Yes                            For cancer-related medical
                                          1-800-227-2345       Henrico                                                                           treatments
 American Red Cross                       780-2298             Richmond, Chesterfield,       Not available         2 weeks                       9am-3pm; No Charge;
                                                               Hanover, Henrico              on all vans                                         referral by Social Worker
 CAPUP                                    Powhatan Office      Powhatan                      Yes                  Yes                            60+ or disabled; Shopping,
 Action Program (CAPUP)                   598-3351                                                                                               Dr. visits
 CARE Vans                                358-4782             Richmond, Henrico             Yes                  Yes                            Reduced fare for eligible
                                                                                                                                                 persons with disabilities
 Caring Companions                        323-6900             Richmond, Chesterfield,       No                   1 day                          $13.50 hour plus mileage
 EnRoute Transportation                   658-1935             Planning District 15          Yes                  1 day                          Charge for service
 E-Z Van, LLC                             263-5244             Greater Richmond area         Yes                  1 day                          Charge for service
 Goochland Family Service                 556-6260             Goochland                     Yes                  Yes                            No Charge for those eligible
 and Free Clinic
 LogistiCare                              1-800-742-9758       Statewide                     Yes                  48 hours                       Medicaid only
 Napoleon Taxi                            354-8294             Greater Richmond area         No                   Same day                       Charge for service
 Piggy Back Transportation                365-2560             Planning District 15          Yes                  1 day                          Charge for service
 River City Transport                     240-4960             Call for service areas        No                   24 hours                       Charge for service
 Shepherd’s Center                        706-6689             Limited Zip Codes             No                   1 week                         No charge
 of Chesterfield                                               in Chesterfield                                                                   Accepts Donations
 Shepherd’s Center                        355-7282             Limited Zip Codes             No                   1 week                         Shopping; Dr. visits, etc.
 of Richmond                                                   in Metro Richmond                                                                 No Chg., accepts donations
 Van Go                                   261-7388             Statewide                     Yes                  1 day                          Charge for service
 VIP & Associates                         421-2500             Planning District 15          Yes                  1 to 2 days                    Charge for service
14 Mature Life October 2010 - January 2011

                                                                                    Community Idea Stations Offering Series For
                                                                                    Those Who Care For Young Children
            THE VOLUNTEER                                                               A Place of Our Own is designed for
                                                                                    parents, grandparents, early learning
                                                                                                                                        December 6
                                                                                                                                    Taking Back Childhood

          MONEY MANAGEMENT                                                          providers or anyone else who takes
                                                                                    care of young children. This series
                                                                                                                                        December 8
                                                                                                                                   Caring for Boys vs. Girls
              PROGRAM                                                               combines an entertainment format —
                                                                                    the daytime talk/demonstration show
                                                                                                                                      December 9
                                                                                                                             How Sensory Issues Affect Learning
                                                                                    — with solid educational information
                                                                                    on how young children learn, and what             December 13
       Your Connection to Independence                                              adults need to know to help kids be      How Words Can Affect Your Children
                                                                                    prepared for kindergarten and beyond.
                                                                                                                                        December 23
       From balancing a checkbook to paying bills,                                  It broadcasts on WCVE each
                                                                                                                               Coping with Economic Insecurities
                                                                                    weekday at 6:00 a.m. and on
       managing your money can get harder as you                                                                                      as a Care Provider
                                                                                    Saturdays on WCVW at 10:00 a.m.
       age. Help is available. Please call 343-3055                                 and 5:00 p.m. Following is a partial               December 27
       to ask about our services.                                                   listing of upcoming topics.                       Emotional Literacy
                                                                                                  November 22
                                                                                                                                        December 29
                                                                                             Why Social Skills Matter
       Call 343-3024 to volunteer to be a bill payer                                                                             Environments That Encourage
                                                                                              November 23                              Positive Behavior
       for a person needing assistance to remain                                     Helping Kids Be Wild About Books                   December 30
       independent                                                                                                                    Impulsive Behavior
                                                                                               November 24
                                                                                        Supporting the English Learner                   January 3
                                                                                                                                      Separation Anxiety
                                                                                               November 29
                                                                                         Helping Children Retell and                        January 6
                                                                                              Act Out Stories                Taking Care of Yourself as a Caregiver
                                                                                                                                 For additional information please
                                                                                               December 2
                                                                                                                             contact Trish Reed, Ready To Learn
Free Computer Classes for Older Adults                                              How to Be an Advocate for Your Child
                                                                                                                             Coordinator, Community Idea Stations,
    Computer classes are held in the      knowledge who would like to learn                                                  at 804 560-8134.
first floor Resource Center at Senior     how to access the Internet. Single
Connections, The Capital Area Agency      session class approximately two hours
on Aging, 24 E. Cary Street, Rich-        long. Held on the third Tuesday of
mond.                                     each month from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
          BASIC BEGINNER                              BASIC E-MAIL
    For individuals with little or no     Participants will learn how to send and
computer experience. Single session       receive e-mail messages. Single
class approximately two hours long.       session class approximately two hours
Held on the first Tuesday of each         long. Held on the fourth Tuesday of
month from 10:00 a.m. to noon.            each month from 10.00 a.m. to 12:00
            BEGINNERS II                  p.m.
    For individuals with some computer       To register for a class, please call
experience and looking to learn more.     John Jakubec at (804) 672-4481 and
Single session class approximately two    leave your name, telephone number
hours long. Held on the second            and the name of the class you would        For both health and prescription drug help, some income
Tuesday of each month from 10:00          like to attend. You will receive a call    and certain assets may not be counted including, but not
a.m. to noon.                             confirming your attendance.                limited to the house you live in, a car, burial plots and up
    For individuals with basic computer
                                                                                     to $1,500 for burial expense.
                                                                                     If you think you are eligible, you need to apply. A VICAP
                                                                                     Counselor can help you apply on-line for Extra Help and
                                                                                     provide you with a referral for help applying for the
                                                                                     Medicare Savings Programs. Please call 343-3014 for
                                                                                     additional information.
                                                                                     VICAP counseling is unbiased, confidential and free.
                                                                                     VICAP volunteer counselors are not licensed to sell
                                                                                     insurance and do not promote any insurance products.
                                                                                                                                    Mature Life October 2010 - January 2011 15

             Henrico County’s                vendors offer a taste of Henrico’s finest.   novel, debuted as a New York Times            more than a half million lights arranged
        400th Anniversary Events             Hosted by the Richmond Air Force Kite        bestseller. David Baldacci currently          throughout the Garden, plus botanical
           (January to April 2011            Club and the Henrico County Division of      resides in Virginia. He received a            decorations, model trains, dollhouses
      Admission to all events is free)       Recreation and Parks.                        Bachelor of Arts in political science         and more! This year’s theme is Fire &
                January 29                                                                from Virginia Commonwealth University         Ice and includes Glorious Glass in the
                                                             March 19
          10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.                                                          and a law degree from the University of       Garden sculptures.
                                                         3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
         Hunt forHenrico History                                                          Virginia. Mr. Baldacci practiced law for
                                                  Virginia IndianCultural Event                                                                      December 4
     Deep Run Recreation Center                                                           nine years in Washington, D.C., as
                                                       Cultural Arts Center                                                                   Great Holiday Greens Sale
        9910 Ridgefield Parkway                                                           both a trial and corporate attorney.
                                                      2880 Mountain Road                                                                            Noon – 2 p.m.
Join us for a unique look at Henrico                                                      Following his remarks, there will be a
                                             This event will showcase Virginia Indian                                                   Purchase unusual evergreens from the
County’s past as we commemorate our                                                       brief Q&A session and a book signing.
                                             Tribes through art and dance. Contem-                                                      Garden’s collections for holiday deco-
diverse history with a day of living                                                      Sponsored by Henrico County Public
                                             porary Indian artists and artisans will be                                                 rating!
history presentations and unique                                                          Schools and Public Libraries.
                                             on-site to discuss/demonstrate their
historic displays highlighting Henrico                                                                                                               December 31
                                             work to the public, including pottery,                     April 16, 2011
neighborhoods, schools, churches and                                                                                                        New Year’s Eve Family Frolic
                                             beadwork, leatherwork and painting.                       1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
civic organizations along with special                                                                                                                 2 – 5 p.m.
                                             Don’t miss the exhibit of black-and-                          Earth Day
activities for kids. Take part as we                                                                                                    Live entertainment, family activities;
                                             white pictures of Virginia Indians from         Three Lakes Park Nature Center
capture the personal side of Henrico’s                                                                                                  GardenFest of Lights after.
                                             the early twentieth century. The evening                400 Sausiluta Drive
history with a unique “show and tell”
                                             will culminate with an hour-long perfor-     Come out and celebrate the environ-
project when you bring in a family
                                             mance by The Virginia Indian Intertribal     ment! Bring the family and enjoy live
photograph, document or memento.
                                             Dance Group and Drum at 6 p.m.               musical entertainment, educational
Have the opportunity for this memora-
                                             Virginia native history and culture is       booths and displays, a children’s
bilia to be photographed or scanned for                                                                                                    Next Senior Connections’
                                             presented through traditional dance.         puppet show, recycling games, the
inclusion in a public archive preserving
                                             Learn the meaning and importance of          Henrico County Bookmobile, arts and                 Board of Directors
our collective histories. Experts will
                                             each dance and about the regalia worn        crafts promoting litter pick-up, face                    Meeting
also be on hand to offer advice for the
                                             by the dancers.                              painting, and more. The Wildlife Center
care and storage of your family trea-
                                                                                          of Virginia will be there with live animals            TUESDAY,
sures.                                                         April 5
                                                                                          and talk about animal rescue. Three                 JANUARY 25, 2011
                                                         7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
              February 11
                                                  Celebrating Henrico Author
                                                                                          Lakes Nature Center features hands-on                   1:30 p.m.
        7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.                                                           activities and educational displays.
                                                         David Baldacci
           February 12, 2011                                                              Concessions will be available for                  Senior Connections
                                                  ALL HENRICO READS Event
            2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
                                             Glen Allen High School Auditorium
                                                                                          purchase. Sponsored by the Division of               24 E. Cary Street
   African American Celebration                                                           Recreation and Parks, Virginia Depart-
                                                    10700 Staples Mill Road                                                                       Richmond
            Henrico Theatre                                                               ment of Conservation and Recreation,
         305 E. Nine Mile Road
                                             Enjoy an evening with internationally
                                                                                          James River Advisory Commission,                 Third Floor Board Room
                                             known author and government consult-
       Highland Springs, 23075                                                            Henrico County Energy Management
                                             ant, David Baldacci. Henrico High
 Exhibit: Remembering Our Legacy:                                                         Plan and Keep Henrico Beautiful.
                                             School graduate and internationally-
           African American
                                             acclaimed author of 19 bestselling
   Trailblazers of Henrico County                                                                 Events at Lewis Ginter
                                             novels, David Baldacci is the selected
Learn about Henrico’s African American
                                             author of the All Henrico Reads pro-                    Botanical Garden                      Donations Requested
community through photographs, music                                                              (1800 Lakeside Avenue)
and stories that will educate and
                                             gram, co-sponsored by Schools and
                                                                                                 For more information, call
                                                                                                                                           to Support Newsletter
                                             Libraries and features one author every
entertain. Featuring choirs, performing                                                       (804) 262-9887, ext. 316 or visit            Mature Life is offered free of
                                             year. Absolute Power, David’s first
groups and interpreters. Don’t miss the                                                                   charge to persons age 60 or older and
exhibit on the second floor.                                                               November 26 to January 10, 2011              to others interested in their well being.
                                                                                                   GardenFest of Lights                 Advertising is solicited to help defray
      March 5 (Rain date: March 6)                                                                                                      production costs of its quarterly
         10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.                                                          A holiday tradition! The show features
          Kite Festival & Tastes                                                                                                           To help improve our newsletter
        and Sounds of Henrico                        Happy Holidays                                                                     distri-bution, Senior Connections is
                Dorey Park
         2999 Darbytown Road
                                                     and Best Wishes                                                                    requesting contributions from individu-
                                                                                                                                        als who receive the newsletter. These
Bring your own kite or receive a free               for the New Year!                                                                   contributions are tax deductible.
kite for the entire family to enjoy! Join                                                                                                  Readers may use the form below to
                                               Senior Connections will be
us for a fun-filled day of kite flying and                                                                                              mail contributions to Senior Connec-
demonstrations, live music, exhibits,         closed on the following days:                                                             tions Mature Life, 24 E. Cary St.,
hot air balloon rides, contests and              November 25 and 26                                                                     Richmond, VA 23219.
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More Scenes from the Seventh
Annual Empty Plate Luncheon
                                                                                                                                      Resources for Aging Well
                                                                                                                                                    Since 1973

                                                                                                                                  Commemorative Plate presented
                                                                                                                                 to a Seven-Year Corporate Sponsor

                                                                                      The Honorable Cynthia I. Newbille,
                                                                                      Richmond City Council, 7th District,
                                                                                      offers greetings from the City of
                                                                                      Richmond. Ms. Newbille expressed
                                                                                      appreciation for the partnerships that
                                                                                      Senior Connections has with the City.

                                                                                         Annual Holiday Gift Basket
 The Senior Connections Choral Group performs one of many selections at the
 luncheon. The Choral Group, under the leadership of Mr. Tony Williams, is a key         Project for Seniors
 advocate group for Senior Connections.

                                                                                                      Senior Connections
                                                                                                      City of Richmond

                                                                                      Your Contribution Can Help Make this Holiday Season
                                                                                        Memorable for Isolated Seniors and Those in Need
                                                                                      The Annual Holiday Gift Basket Project is an important partnership
                                                                                      of Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging and the
                                                                                      City of Richmond Office of the Senior and Special Needs Advocate.
                                                                                      This initiative promotes healthy aging and helps seniors remain inde-
                                                                                      pendent in their homes and communities. The Project brings holiday
                                                                                      cheer to isolated seniors and those in the greatest need of support.

                                                                                      We Are Requesting Donations of:
                                                                                           Nonperishable Food Items
 Ms. Heidi Craprol of Genworth presents the Richard Hogan Memorial Award for               Gift Cards from Grocery Stores and Pharmacies
 Service to Mr. Charles Barker, Jr. Participating in the presentation is Mrs. Anne
 Hogan, widow of Mr. Hogan. Mr. Barker is an active volunteer for the City of Rich-        Household Supplies
 mond. He supports veterans activities and helped to start the new program, RAMP-UP        Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Items
 in the City of Richmond.
                                                                                      Donations may be delivered to Senior Connections at 24 E. Cary
                                                                                      Street (corner of 1st and E. Cary Streets) or the Richmond East
                                                                                      District Center at 701 North 25th Street. Friday, December 10, 2010
                                                                                      is the deadline for deliveries.

                                                                                      In addition to items for the Gift Baskets, other emergency needs may
                                                                                      be met through monetary contributions from individuals and area
                                                                                      businesses interested in supporting the Project. Please make checks
                                                                                      payable to Senior Connections, write “2010 Holiday Gift Project”
                                                                                      on the memo line of your check. Mail to SC/CAAA Holiday
                                                                                      Project, 24 E. Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219. Donations are
                                                                                      tax deductible.
                                                                                      For additional information please contact Mrs. Toni Beechaum at
                                                                                      (804) 646-6885 or
                                                                                                                         Thank You!

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