While its hard to believe, next week will be September and this week's Village News has all the details for our September events. Why do I encourage everyone to find an activity that interests them? Research has consistently shown that social isolation leads to loneliness which ultimately affects our health. So, I hope that you’ll recommit to finding something of interest. I’ve always liked to make resolutions at this time of year, perhaps associated with the routine of going back to school and the need to recommit to keep my notebooks neat and organized! (It sometimes happened!)
Check Our Our Events (And Keep Your Mask Handy ...)
Due to the prevalence of the Delta variant and the rise in COVID cases in our city, we’re asking everyone to wear a mask at in-person events. We have also paused sponsoring any activity that involves eating or drinking (which necessarily involves removing your mask) because of our desire to be cautious. It’s worth reminding all of you that we still have some great activities that hopefully pique your interest – yoga, stretching, walking groups, book clubs, French conversation, coffee and conversation, a cultural outing, a caregiver support group, and a smattering education sessions. Event details can be found on our calendar where you can register and even request a reminder be sent to you via email the morning of the event.
A few highlights for the month include:
· September 1st 5pm, Caregivers Support Group
· September 8th at 3pm, Fall Prevention Class
· September 15th at 2pm, Woodley Park’s newest restaurant, Bistro Bites, will demonstrate the art of making crepes for our Chef’s Secrets series
· September 23 at 11am, a trip to Dumbarton Oaks
Ask me about a Village "Care Team"
I’ve been giving some thought to creating “Care Teams” to help someone that has just been released from the hospital or a rehabilitation facility. This innovative idea creates a small group of members/volunteers to offer short-term support as someone transitions back home. This team would make social visits, bring a few home cooked meals, and undertake some helpful tasks around the house to make life a little easier during the transition period. If you’re interested in being a part of a care team, please send me an email. I’ve learned over the last 6 week’s of my mother’s recovery just how important having support is during difficult times. Forming care teams would be an incredibly helpful Village service to our members, especially those that live alone. I hope you’ll join me in being part of the Village’s solution!