Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!

How visual storytelling creates better health care

Comics creator Sam Hester is part of a growing movement within health care: graphic medicine. In short, literally drawing attention to a patient’s needs and goals with pictures to foster better and more accessible caretaking. Hester shares how illustrating small details of her mother’s medical story as she struggled with mysterious symptoms alongside her Parkinson’s and dementia led to more empathy, understanding, communication and peace of mind.
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Natasha’s Kitchen – Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Homemade chicken pot pie soup is the ultimate comfort food. It’s so much better than any canned or store-bought version and it’s healthier.
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Silver Sneakers: How to Improve Bone Density

Keeping your bones strong is smart at any age. Follow along in this video as Samantha walks you through exercises you can perform daily to help improve posture and balance, in addition to bone density!
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Oktoberfest is October 6

Get your Tickets Now!
It’s not too late to get your tickets to this year’s Oktoberfest supporting Senior Services of Alexandria! It will be a fun evening with delicious German fare, bratwurst, German potato salad, pretzels and of course, beer. To purchase tickets,
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Upcoming Alexandria Library and Other Events

Alexandria Library 85th Anniversary and Book Sale – Sponsored by the Barrett and Local History Branches – Saturday, October 1: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Enjoy free refreshments and peruse our book sale of gently used books, DVDs and CDs sponsored by the Friends of the Barrett Branch. Author talk by Brenda Mitchell-Powell at 1 PM.
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Hispanic Heritage Fiesta – Saturday, October 1: 2:00pm – 4:00pm – Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library – Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with live music, crafts, and food! The fiesta will take place outside in Beatley Central Library’s beautiful Reading Garden.
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Alexandria Symphony Orchestra All Hearts vie for Joy! – Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center,  4915 E Campus Dr,  NOVA Alexandria Campus

Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia creates a heavenly atmosphere with translucent strings, preparing the audience for the transcendent experience of Beethoven’s final symphony; his Ode to Joy fills the concert hall with uplifting voices, unifying and inspiring. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s new English text brings relevance for today.
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Senior Services of Alexandria’s “Senior Living in Alexandria” – Senior Technology Programs and Preventing Scams and Frauds – Thursday, October 20 at 10 am at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street

This in-person event will feature local speakers discussing technology as it relates to seniors and will also cover the latest scams targeting older adults and how to avoid them. Experts will also highlight new, easy-to-use devices that can help you stay connected to your communities and loved ones. The event is free and open to the public.
Please register online by clicking here.


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