www.aarp.org – AARP is a nonprofit membership organization for persons 50 and older. It provides information and education, advocacy, legal services, tax counseling and service, caregiving, volunteer and travel opportunities “to enhance the quality of life for all by promoting independence, dignity, and purpose.”
Alexandria Council of Human Services Organizations (ACHSO)
www.alexandriava.gov/ACHSO – The Alexandria Council of Human Services Organizations, or ACHSO, released a needs assessment report this week identifying 5 Key Issues affecting the quality of our human services network in the city. Those issues include Affordable Housing, Early Intervention Services for Youth, The Information Gap, The Eligibility Gap, and Nonprofit Advocacy. Meeting Needs Today provides a snapshot of the state of Alexandria’s human services system – including services, service gaps, and service improvements – since the last needs assessment in 2008. Senior Services of Alexandria is a member of ACHSO and participated in the development of the report, which is available online at the web address above.
https://alexlibraryva.org/ – This site gives information about library services as well as year round, 24-hour-a-day access to the catalog, library records, and several databases to which the library subscribes. Alexandria residents may borrow books from many libraries nationwide; the cost for seniors (65+) is $1.50 per title.
To search the catalog, reserve or renew books, or to search databases for newspaper and magazine articles:
- Click Online Information Services at the top of the home page
- Select Catalog Search/Renew Books (in English or Spanish) to search the catalog, renew or reserve books
- Select Click Here for Online Catalog
- To check your account, renew books or reserve books, enter the barcode on your library card and your home phone number, as instructed (You do not need to enter this information to search the catalog).
- Select Electronic Resources Homepage to search for newspaper and magazine articles and other information; note that you will need your library card number to use these resources.
Alexandria Senior Centers
Saint Martin de Porres Senior Center – 703-751-2766
The Senior Center at Charles Houston – 703-746-5552
City of Alexandria’s Adult Day Center provides a safe and supportive environment for older adults and respite for their caregivers. Fees are on a sliding scale based on income level.
Insight Memory Care is a wonderful non-profit, based in Fairfax, that provides many supportive services (some on-line) for families of those living with dementia.
Virginia Road Map: A Guide for People Impacted by Dementia
This new resource takes people stage by stage through the changes resulting from cognitive decline and dementia, highlighting some things that can be expected and things to do at each stage, and includes practical, concrete Action Steps to be taken at each stage. The Road Map also includes information on caregiver selfcare and a list of resources. Click on https://vda.virginia.gov/dementia.htm.
AARP Dementia and Caregiver Support Resources:
Division on Aging and Adult Services
www.alexandria.gov/aging – The Division on Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) serves Alexandria’s seniors and adults with resources ranging from caregiving, delivered food through Meals on Wheels operated by Senior Services of Alexandria, employment and volunteer opportunities, financial assistance, housing, in-home services, recreation, and transportation to help citizens remain independent. DAAS also has a Directory of Resources which you can download by clicking here.
Virginia Department for the Aging
www.vda.virginia.gov – The Virginia Department for the Aging (VDA) works with 25 local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) as well as various other public and private organizations to help older Virginians and their families find the services and information they need. The Department operates the Center for Elder Rights, which is a central point of contact for older Virginians to access information and services.
- Alzheimer’s – Early Warning Signs of Dementia & Alzheimer’s, Capturing Memories for Someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, Alzheimer’s Society: Exercise and Physical Activity
- 2019 Guide to Alzheimers and Dementia
- Blind and Vision Impaired – Virginia Department
- Dementia Services – DARS Dementia Services (virginia.gov)
- Depression Resources – Aging and Depression, Overcoming Holiday Depression, Depression is not a normal part of getting older, Therapy, Medication and Lifestyle Changes, Older Adults and Depression,
- NIH Depression Resources – NIH
- Mesothelioma – www.mesotheliomagroup.com, www.mesotheliomahelp.org, www.mesotheliomaguide.com
- Rheumatoid Arthritis – Living with RA
- Alexandria Neighborhood Health Clinics
- Cost of Aging
- Healthy Aging | National Council on Aging
- Medical Alert System Reviews
- Smart Home Technology for Seniors
- NOVA Veterans Association – http://novavets.org
- Request for Dental Services, Eyeglasses, and Hearing Aids
- Senior Navigator
- Substance Abuse and Addiction Prevention Among Older Adults
- ‘How Technology Benefits Senior Citizens.’
- Senior Sleep Guide
- Guide to Retirement Living – The Source Book magazine list senior housing options, including independent, assisted living, nursing facilities, home care agencies, and other care resources. (866) 393-0957
- Home modifications (Walk-in Bathtubs)
- Home Safety Checklist
- 10 Smart Home Features to Help You Age in Place
- SeniorHomes – Free directory of Senior Living communities in the United States. The directory has a rich listing of Senior Living Communities grouped by region and type (independent living, assisted living, care homes, Alzheimer’s care, and nursing homes). Additionally, the website also offers rich and detailed information about each type of Senior Living community – useful to families who are deciding what is best for their parents/grandparents.
- Retirement Housing Guide – https://www.fiscaltiger.com/retirement-communities-senior-homes/.
- Home Insulation Guide for the Elderly – http://www.buildingmaterials.co.uk/resources/insulation-guide-elderly
- Senior Taxi – Reservations for Alexandria’s Senior Taxi service should be made directly with Yellow Cab. In order to obtain a discounted fare, Seniors must enroll for the new program directly with the City of Alexandria’s Division on Aging and Adult Services at (703) 746-5999 (then press 1) to obtain the new Senior Taxi Yellow Card. If you do not have a Senior Taxi Yellow Card you will pay full fare for taxi service.
- DOT Transportation for Disabled – SSA continues to manage reservations for the DOT Paratransit transportation program which may be reached at (703) 836-5222.
- Unique Hands – Medical Transportation
- Virginia GrandDriver – This initiative is aimed at helping older Virginians on staying safe on the road.
- Cheapflights – Senior airfare discounts can be found in Cheapflight’s latest guide. It covers policies of the airlines still offering them as well alternative strategies for finding lower fares. Sometimes these can yield better deals than the discounts.
- Travelling With Diabetes
Continuing Education Opportunities
- Art League of Alexandria
- Lifetime Learning Institute
- Road Scholar Program
- Torpedo Factory
- JCA Computer and Productive Aging Classes
- Encore Learning
- Insight Memory Care Centers
- Alexandria Electoral Board – www.alexandriavoter.org
- Alexandria’s Mentoring Partnership – www.alexandria.gov/mentoring
- Alexandria Tutoring Consortium – www.alexandriatutors.org
- At Home in Alexandria – www.athomeinalexandria.org
- Volunteer Alexandria – www.volunteeralexandria.org
- Caring Bridge – www.caringbridge.org
- Lotsa Helping Hands – www.lotsahelpinghands.com
- Meal Train – www.mealtrain.com
- Griswold Home Care offers caregiver support groups, 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm, Immanuel Church on the Hill, 3606 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA. Call 703-739-2273 for additional details.
- City of Alexandria’s Division of Aging & Adult Support Group – 1st Wednesday of every month, 4-5:30 pm, Alexandria Adult Day Services Center, 1108 Jefferson Street (in the back), Alexandria, VA 22314. For more information call Jennifer Sarinksy at 703-746-6024.
- Caring.com – This website offers caregiving resources to family caregivers and senior citizens.