What Exactly Is 'Aging in Place'

 Some really great things are happening with the Braddock District Aging in Place Committee. What, exactly, is Aging in Place, you might be asking yourself? Aging in Place is a program consisting of a network of volunteers that help older adults live in their current homes longer and remain productive, contributing member of our communities because of an organized support program. The Braddock District Council has organized an Aging in Place committee to spread awareness about such programs, i.e. villages and help neighborhoods initiate such practices.
The key to an Aging in Place Program is your neighbors. They see you often and know you well. Over 85 communities in the U.S. have created successful “villages” as a response to their Aging in Place needs. The Braddock Aging in Place community meetings help Braddock District residents determine how to create successful villages. Each village is unique to the nuances of each community. Priorities and principles differ from neighborhood to neighborhood. The concept is extremely helpful and adds value to a community that is difficult to measure. Residents feel connected to their communities and neighbors. They are invested and able to live where they want, not where they can.
If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, drop by a meeting. The group is pausing in August, but will be starting back up in September. There will be a July presentation on Educational Opportunities offer edthrough Lifelong Learning Institute and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held in the Braddock Hall, the same building as the Kings Park Library. Meeting announcements are regularly posted throughout the library as well. The last community presentation was an outstanding seminar on how to work with Medicare. Aging in Place will likely be hosting a follow up seminar in the fall.
You can also send your email address to Bruce Wallachy at bwallbdc@gmail.com and ask to be included on the Braddock District Council Aging in Place distribution list. If you are interested in learning more about Aging in Place efforts locally go to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/ltccc/villages.htm.
It would be a pleasure to welcome you to the next meeting. We hope to see you there.

Human Services Corner

Summer is in full swing and we wish a happy and safe Independence Day to all of our family and friends. Many great events and activities are taking place around the County this month, particularly the 50+ Community Forum. The Board of Supervisors in collaboration with the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging and the Area Commission on Aging are hosting 50+ community forums. These open assemblies are an opportunity to learn about the services provided for older adults and to initiate conversations about topics of interest to YOU. The three focus areas include: housing and transportation; easy access to services and healthy lifestyles; and community engagement. It is your chance to share ideas on what we can to do together to become a livable, lifelong community. There are many forums being held around the County. The forum for the Braddock/Mason Districts will take place on July 11th from 9:00 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Ravenswood Baptist Church. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

Other events include:

“Let’s Embrace, Celebrate, and Appreciate Our Diversity and Uniqueness”
Saturday, July 13
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Mott Community Center – 12111 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
Multi-Cultural Day at Mott is a free event that gives an opportunity for families from various traditions and ethnicities that live in our community to connect and celebrate one another. Families will showcase their traditional dress, present cultural performances, and display unique artifacts, pictures, souvenirs, coins, brochures, posters, and postcards. If you would like to participate by sharing information about a country, or sharing your own family’s background, please call 703-278-8605, TTY 711.

Master Gardeners - Plant Clinic
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
Library: Kings Park
Master Gardeners from the Fairfax County Cooperative Extension will host plant clinics each Saturday morning through the summer to answer your gardening questions.

Grief Bereavement Workshop
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Haven of Northern Virginia
4606 Ravensworth Rd.
Annandale, VA 22003

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