May Newsletter is Available

Our members are getting out and about again and enjoying time together! There were several opportunities for folks to participate in an in-person AHA event this past month: Bob and Michael’s happy hour, Easter dinner at Tempo, Men’s Night Out and last but not least Spring2ACTion day at Del Ray Cafe. Our Zoom events were well attended, including our two new events – Movie Group and Travel Group. Click here to read about these happenings and more in the May newsletter.

AHA Remains Strong During Challenging Times

This past year has been challenging, but AHA remains strong! Spring2ACTion started off very slow for us, but we ended with success. Early giving begins two weeks prior to Spring2ACTion day, and on the morning of “big day” we had only achieved 25% of our goal. Cele and I stationed ourselves at the Del Ray Cafe all day and AHA members and friends stopped by to cheer us on, grab a bite to eat and or make a donation. The day was full of excitement and happy times. It was great to be able to get together again. By the end of the day, we had achieved 85% of our goal. We are grateful to the Del Ray Cafe for allowing us to make their kitchen room our “nerve center” for the day and for donating 10% of their proceeds to AHA. Many thanks to all who supported us through either donations or just cheering us on. Our hearts are full with gratitude.

Spring2ACTion 2022 Early Giving Day is Here!

Today begins the early giving days for this annual fundraiser!

On April 27th, we are celebrating 12 years of Alexandria’s annual fundraiser Spring2ACTion. AHA relies on the donations of our friends and supporters to keep our operations going, as membership dues cover less than 50% of our expenses. Please visit our AHA donation page on the Spring2Action website here.

We welcome your gift of any size on this important giving day.

Thank you for your support – and come see us on April 27th at Del Ray Cafe!

AHA Opens up In-Person Events Again

We’re excited to be opening up some in-person events this month! Program facilitators have the option to continue their events on Zoom or schedule them for in-person. Please be sure to check the calendar to see where this month’s events are scheduled to take place.

April Newsletter is Available!

Spring has sprung and April has arrived! Spring2ACTion, our annual fundraiser, is this month! Members are hosting an in-person happy hour and an Easter dinner is on the calendar. Read about these events and more in this month’s newsletter.

AHA Member Survey Kicks Off on March 7!

AHA will be conducting a member survey to gauge how well we are meeting our members’ needs. Living with a pandemic over the past two years has given each of us new insights into what we each need to remain safe, confident and healthy as we age. We are pleased to be working with Customer Care Measurement & Consulting (CCMC), a professional firm that is generously providing services to AHA on a pro bono basis. CCMC is headed by President and Co-Founder Scott Broetzmann, a longtime resident of Alexandria. Though the firm is located here, it provides services for clients across the country, like AARP, SHEA and Squire Patton Boggs. Scott and his team have helped us to design this survey and, most important, will provide third-party analysis of the information you share with us.

– Cele Garrett

March Newsletter is Available

This month’s newsletter is full of important information. Announcement of AHA’s upcoming member survey, remembering three of our members who passed away, What’s Up with our members, what to do with expired drugs, and other interesting articles. Click here to read the full March newsletter.

Tuesday, February 15 is National Village Day – Celebrating 20 years!

Though At Home in Alexandria does not have the word “village” in its name, we are considered a village organization—one of over 280 local nonprofit villages across the country serving older neighbors in their respective communities. This month marks 20 years since the very first one—Beacon Hill Village (BHV) in Boston—began operation. It wasn’t long before word of BHV’s work spread like wildfire and countless groups sought to replicate that model in their own community. A small national office was established to offer support and training to these “startups”—and that entity, the Village to Village Network, continues today. Our established movement has proven to be a cost-effective, sustainable solution for healthy, vibrant aging. Collectively, villages serve about 40,000 older adults.

Tuesday, Feb. 15 is National Village Day and the central event will be a virtual celebration from noon to 1:30 p.m. The event is co-hosted by BHV and the Village to Village Network. It will feature BHV founders, trace key developments in the movement, highlight stories from various villages and celebrate the role of villages today. The event is limited to 1,000 attendees.

– Cele Garrett

StrongerMemory™ Info Session – February 23

In the last few newsletters, we have mentioned the StrongerMemory™ program that AHA will begin offering in March. On Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 2 to 3 p.m., AHA will offer a StrongerMemory™ information session. Any AHA member interested in the program is encouraged to register and attend this virtual session so you can make an informed decision about participating in the 12-week program, which consists of self-directed participation in exercises that have been shown to improve memory.
Goodwin House is offering this program to villages, with the only expense being the cost of reproducing the workbooks (which AHA will cover). Goodwin House has invested energy and resources into the program—and villages are reporting favorable results. After careful review, we felt that our AHA members would appreciate this
opportunity. I am grateful to our wonderful volunteer Roberta McGregor, who will facilitate this group initiative. Roberta has been working with the StrongerMemory™ program director at Goodwin House and participating in the monthly village facilitator meetings to prepare for these sessions.

There will be a limit of 20 spots in the program and we do anticipate that it will fill to capacity. For a couple in a household, both parties can share one spot in the program. Call the AHA office with questions or to sign up—or sign up through AHA Hub.

– Cele Garrett

February Newsletter is Available

February’s calendar includes AHA’s Social, Racial and Equity Group book discussion of “African Americans of Alexandria, Virginia, Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century” which reports the experiences of 67 Black residents of the city whose stories are important to an understanding of the city’s history. The Village Movement celebrates its twentieth anniversary this month. You can participate in a nation-wide Zoom celebration of this anniversay. Read about this opportunity, the upcoming Roundtable event on the Alexandria Covanta facility, and other news in the full newsletter.