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RESOLUTION #4: PLANNING FOR YOUR FUTURE
RESOLUTION #6: THINK LOCAL!
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Inside the Crystal Ball: Bringing the Lessons of COVID-19 into 2021 BY ALLYN RIPPIN
s we approach the end of the year, many of us are starting to think about New Year’s resolutions and goals. In a typical year, readers might expect to see articles espousing all the ways to create a “new and better you.” The usual checklist might include: join a gym, start a diet, learn a language, or meet new people. Yet, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, this list has taken a slightly different tone. Will gyms be open? Will it be safe to mingle in public places? Can I stick to a diet when I have so many other things on my mind? Plans for 2020 flew out the window in March, which makes predictions for the coming year that much harder to anticipate. As this magazine goes to press, the U.S. election hangs in the balance. Local businesses are preparing for their first sociallydistanced winter indoors. The promise of a vaccine dangles on the horizon. For many of us, a fresh start to the new year will be a welcome sight, but what exactly will 2021 hold? How do we create a vision for the future when some days we can only see a few yards ahead?
If only we had a crystal ball. The good news is: all hope is not lost. We may not have the ability to control or predict the upcoming year, but we can change how we approach it — by building on the wisdom and lessons of COVID-19. As it turns out, a dark time in history has shed light on some of our best human qualities: resiliency, adaptability, and a willingness to be flexible. For every setback in 2020, there were just as many success stories that demonstrated ingenuity, persistence and true grit. New technologies allowed businesses to stay open, workplace models shifted, everyday routines were re-imagined. At Athens Community Council on Aging, a dramatic shift in normal operations brought challenges but also created conditions that were ripe for innovation. “As a leader, my role is to pay attention to what will happen 2 to 4 years from now,” says ACCA’s CEO Eve Anthony. “I couldn’t do that at the beginning of COVID. We needed to re-imagine today.” For instance, the Center for Active Living had to close its doors to seniors who rely on daily meals and socialization, yet staff were able to quickly launch
a virtual senior center that kept clients connected. “We solved a problem almost overnight that we had talked about for five years.” Just as pressure forms diamonds, times of uncertainty can lead to positive change. The pandemic may have stopped life in its tracks, but it hasn’t dampened the desire to have a great year. Here are a few ways to greet 2021 with confidence and harness the lessons of 2020.
Do It Differently
If Nike had a slogan for 2020, it would be “Just Do It (Differently).” COVID-19 fundamentally changed how we live, work, shop, and socialize. This same approach can be applied to health and wellness goals. Diet and exercise usually top the resolution list, but dietician Courtney Vickery, MS, RD, LD, of Vickery Wellness suggests taking a gentler approach. “Dieting, restricting calories… life is already hard enough right now.” Instead, Vickery encourages clients to focus on intuitive eating and listening to what the body needs. “There is no perfect diet,” she says. “Give yourself grace.” The same is true for fitness goals. Vickery suggests expanding your approach to exercise beyond just hitting the gym. “It’s about finding how you like to move.” The more you enjoy it, the more likely you will follow through. Gardening, dancing, and walking are great ways to get moving and have a good time while doing it.
Leverage Your “Why”
Vickery says the key to sticking with resolutions and achieving goals is having a strong “why” (in other words, your reason for wanting to do it.) COVID-19 brought into focus what matters most – health, home, friendships, and access to resources. The need to protect one’s health, take care of finances and foster connections has never been greater. The “why” is practically a flashing neon sign! While many are feeling the effects of stress, stress does have a hidden benefit – it can motivate action. Leverage your “why”
in 2021 by working to boost your immune system, hire a legal advisor to assist with retirement or estate planning, or learn how to use Zoom to connect online with grandkids and friends.
Live for Today
When aspects of life feel out of control, living in the present moment can be a powerful antidote. Thinking short term may seem counterintuitive when planning the future, but gratitude is an effective way to stay grounded and invite more joy. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that living day-to-day has benefits. Focusing on all the good things you have in your life can even improve physical and psychological health and quality of sleep. You may not be able to control the future, but you can control today. Consider adding a practice of gratitude to your resolution list.
Rather than heap more on your plate this coming year, why not dig deeper into what is already there? In an article from 2017, writer David Cain says try a “Depth Year.” He writes, “What if, for a whole year, you stopped acquiring new things or taking on new pursuits? Instead, you return to abandoned projects, stalled hobbies, unread books and other neglected intentions, and go deeper with them than you ever have before.” Why not reinvest in friendships, make art again, or dedicate yourself to a single hobby? Cain found that going deep produced a greater sense of personal fulfillment and satisfaction at year’s end. Whether you want to go deep, dream big, or just take it slow, your crystal ball is yours to create. They say, “out on the limb is where the fruit lies.” COVID-19 forced many of us outside our comfort zone, but these changing times also hold the possibility for transformation and a few silver linings along the way. In conclusion, ACCA’s Anthony offers some guiding wisdom: “Every challenge is an opportunity.” It’s up to us to seize the moment.
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Running into 2021 with open arms! BY PAIGE POWELL
here is no doubt the year 2020 will go down into history. It was surely one for the books! We are excited for a new year and are truly running into it with open arms. Here’s a great list of fun resolutions you may want to try in 2021. In the following pages, we’ll offer stories and advice on how to turn your resolutions into reality. When you try these, share a photo or story on social media and make sure to tag ACCA (@accaging — and don’t forget to like our Facebook or Instagram pages too!). We would love to see how you’re aging and living well in the year 2021!
1. Incorporate more gratitude into your life this year. Pay attention to the good things happening to you and those around you. Let’s improve your emotional and physical health in 2021.
2. Smile more often, even with a mask on!
A smile at the right time can be the cure for what ails you!
5. Learn new technology
Seek knowledge that will make you more tech savvy.
6. Think local!
We all care about the community we live in. By supporting local businesses, we are in turn supporting our neighbors, friends and local economy. Support local today and check out some of the great restaurants, our local farmers market and shops around town! Want to know more about the farmer’s market and our local farmers? Check out page 12.
7. Read more
Reading helps reduce stress, gain and expand your knowledge and learn about new things. Pick up a new book, get lost in the story and enjoy the bliss and woes of each character.
8. Find time for yourself 3. Mindfulness Meditation
It can reduce stress, supercharge your brain, and helps you live a happier, healthier life!
4. Planning for the future
Ensure your final wishes are honored and get your affairs in order. Did you see the article on page 10 from Laura French? It’s a great way to get started!
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Find a physical activity that you enjoy! Join us for a yoga class and connect with others as you find time to improve on your personal well-being. See how Josh is sharing his love for yoga with the Center for Active Living on page 18 and then flip to page 33 to see how you can get involved with our classes.
9. Play upbeat music
10. Share your talent or hobby with a local non-profit
Did you know that having a hobby is good for you? Sharing that hobby is even better! Join us to learn how you can share your talent or hobby with ACCA on page 23!
11. Visit your healthcare provider
Take a second and step away. 2020 felt like it would never end. Whew, what a year! Sometimes it’s okay to unplug from media. It’s good to recharge!
17. Hour of gratitude
Schedule annual visits with your healthcare provider to discuss changes or concerns that you may have, current medications that you are taking and any recommended health screenings or immunizations!
Instead of focusing on the negative in a day or situation, take an hour and focus on the good. Focus on the fact that you can, rather than the fact that you need to do something. That workout may not be what you want to do, but it’s definitely something you can do!
12. Connecting with others
18. (Virtually) Travel more
Get to know your neighbors! You never know what their story may be. Check out page 20, to get to know our friend, Tim Johnson.
13. Learn a new skill
Is there something you always wanted to learn to do? Have you ever thought about playing the guitar? Today is the day! The possibilities are endless.
It’s a powerful life tool that can help you achieve goals, organize thoughts and plan for the future. Tell your story, jot down your ideas.
15. Be the good
What are ways you can help your fellow neighbor? How can you be a force of good? See how others in Athens are helping ACCA Age and Live Well on page 26.
Plan a virtual trip. There are so many beautiful things to see and do. Join us on our next Center for Active Living trip to Denmark. We are traveling virtually and it’s sure to be a sight! Check out page 28 for more details.
19. Try new foods!
Variety is the spice of life and today is the day you should try a new recipe! Check out page 16 or 24 for inspiration!
20. Be hopeful in your planning
We can’t predict the future, but we can be hopeful in our planning. Join us for a class or activity today! Check out our Center for Active Living’s calendar starting on page 33.
21. Keep your brain busy
The more your keep your brain busy and active, the better it works!
Get groovy and let’s dance! It’s good for the ears and your soul! WINTER 2020 I CO N N E C T I O N S / W H AT ’S N E X T M AG A Z I N E I 9
Resolution #4: Planning for your future BY LAURA FRENCH
appy Fall, Y’all! It’s a different sort of season this year, but one I hope everyone is able to enjoy. There are plenty of ways to get outside, have socially-distanced catch-ups with friends, or even go to a local outdoor event. As we head into the last few weeks of 2020, I am providing a couple of year-end tips for you about your personal legal planning. Here are a few things to be mindful of as we all prepare to turn the page on 2020. First, do you know what is in your Last Will and Testament or your Trust? Do you even have an estate 1 0 I CO N N E C T I ON S / W HAT ’S NEX T MAGAZINE I WINTER 2020
plan? If you do have a plan, when was it completed? When was the last time you looked at your documents? I often hear from clients that they have forgotten what they put into their plan, or that it was done 5, 10, or even 20 years ago. Estate planning is not “once and done,” and must be reviewed to ensure that YOUR plan is up to date for your unique circumstances. Second, have you updated your financial and medical power of attorney within the last few years? Georgia law in these areas changes often, so I encourage you to make sure these plans are also current, and reflect not only your wishes, but include your desired decision-makers. We see clients wait too long to update their powers of attorney. The impact of delay on clients and their families is enormous. If your documents are not current
or do not contain the appropriate delegation of powers, a court will become involved in your personal and family decision-making. Finally, take a few minutes to review our “Estate Planning Audit.” This is a simple listing of estate planning components that you may need to implement or update. Are these statements true or false for you?
3 My estate plan is current and regularly updated. My plan protects my loved ones; I have taken steps to preserve family harmony and simplify legal matters such as avoiding probate through trust planning. My children and grandchildren (minors or adults) are protected. My minor children have guardians to care for them, and trustees to protect their inheritance.
1 I have a foundational estate plan including: Last Will and Testament, Financial Power of Attorney, and Advance Health Care Directive. These documents were signed and/or professionally reviewed within the last two years.
4 I have protected my assets from the government, such as my home, through proper trust planning. My plan also minimizes or eliminates estate taxes. My estate plan reflects my life’s story, personal values and priorities.
2 I have created my own private court through a living trust. My family will not need to go through the probate court to handle my affairs after my death. I have simplified matters for my family.
If any of your answers are “false,” or if you’re unsure and want further guidance about your unique circumstances, please contact a legal professional in your area.
“I often hear from clients that they have forgotten what they put into their plan, or that it was done 5, 10, or even 20 years ago. Estate planning is not “once and done,” and must be reviewed to ensure that YOUR plan is up to date for your unique circumstances.” —Laura French, Founder and Owner of French Law Group, LLC WINTER 2020 I CO N N E C T I O N S / W H AT ’S N E X T M AG A Z I N E I 11
Resolution #6: Think local! BY JASON BUTT
hen they arrived in the Athens area, Paul and Lindsey Sorah didn’t do so with the intention to farm. But burned out from the city life in Atlanta, the two decided it was time to move and eventually found a rural property in Arnoldsville with 2.5 acres of land in the fall of 2017. After they moved in, the Sorahs started to remodel their new home and tended to the land. The soil was densely compacted like a horse track, which required hiring someone with a tractor to plow it. As they took the necessary steps to fix the ground, they realized it could be put to good use. And in the process, the Sorahs decided they should use their property to start their own farm. “Then we just jumped in head first,” Paul said. Although their families had farming in their background, neither Paul or Lindsey had any experience. 1 2 I CO N N E C T I ON S / W HAT ’S NEX T MAGAZINE I WINTER 2020
They started watching YouTube videos and studied the dos and don’ts of agriculture. In the spring of 2018, their first season, the Sorahs’ farm, Hearts of Harvest, was in business. A lot of what they began to grow started with trial and error. Their first seed orders were “bonkers,” they said, since they wanted to see what would work and what wouldn’t. As time would tell, what their customers responded to is what they began to focus on. The Sorahs grow a wide variety of vegetables in each season 12 months of the year. They have protective greenhouses to grow some of their crops. Among the vegetables they grow are salad mixes, lettuce, radishes, beets, turnips and carrots. They also grow Asian greens such as bok choy and tatsoi. In the summer, their crops range from squash, beans, tomatoes and peppers. They also grow mushrooms and microgreens. In addition, they offer cut flowers as well. Hearts of Harvest is Certified Naturally Grown and
follows the National Organic Program’s standards. Last year, Lindsey’s father purchased a 10-acre property that will eventually be a “you pick” farm, where customers can take fruits off of the trees themselves. The plan was for that farm to open this year but the COVID-19 pandemic changed those plans. That farm will have strawberries, blueberries with a mini orchard with additional fruit options including figs, muscadines, apples and lemons. “Ultimately we’re trying to provide what people want,” Paul said. “We don’t want to make the buying process hard. We want to make it easy for them to come in and say, ‘Yeah, that’s what I want! All of that, give me that!’”
Come for the flowers and add some coffee to go
Outside of Rita and Robert O’Brien’s home can be divided into two parts. In the front, it has the typical makings of a neighborhood front yard. In the back sits less than an acre of land packed with a wide array of flowers to go with a few vegetables sprinkled in. This is R&R Secret Farm, run by both Rita and Robert. Rita has been farming for 10 years, which included time spent in North Carolina and Michigan. The two have been in Athens since 2017. Although they still grow some vegetables, Rita said they have scaled back and focus primarily on cut flowers.
And the flowers they grow include multiple varieties— dahlias, chrysanthemums, marigolds, zinnias, ranunculus, delphiniums, larkspurs, lisianthus and snapdragons, to name a few. “We predominantly do flowers so it’s beautiful for most of the year,” Rita said. “We try to focus a lot on keeping the farm beautiful and having things in bloom.” While the bulk of what’s grown are flowers, Rita said they do still grow tomatoes, peppers, ginger and hibiscus. They also grew some root vegetables in the spring. In addition, this smaller-scale urban farm has some fruit trees on the property that produce peaches, figs and pomegranates. “But predominantly those are for us,” Rita said. “We try to be as self sustaining as we can and we still try to support other local farmers as well since we’re not growing a lot of those other vegetables.” Rita said R&R Secret Farm is Certified Naturally Grown and follows the National Organic Program’s requirements.
In addition to what’s grown, R&R Secret Farm roasts their own coffee from beans sourced via FarmGate. Roasting coffee beans has long been a passion for Robert. “We roast them and we always roast them the day before the farmers market, so they are super fresh roasted coffee beans,” Rita said. “We really encourage people to drink their coffee when it’s fresh. I think a lot of people drink stale coffee because they don’t know any better. It makes a huge difference when they’re fresh. They’re amazing when they are fresh roasted beans.”
The ‘supportive’ Athens Farmers Market
When the Sorahs first decided to start Hearts of Harvest, they visited the Athens Farmers Market as customers. In addition to supporting the local farming community, they wanted to ask questions and see what they needed to do to get their operation off of the ground. One of the first farmers to support the Sorahs was Carter Dodd, the owner and operator of Diamond Hill Farm. Dodd is also the president of the Athens Farmer Market. Dodd vouched for the Sorahs and got Hearts of Harvest into the Athens Farmers Market in their first season growing. “We were surprised with how supportive the community is at Athens Farmers Market in terms of your fellow growers,”Lindsey said.“It’s not a competition thing. It’s just very free with advice for helping us and being supportive of a new farmer starting out. In other industries, that’s usually not the case. That was a pleasant surprise with how supportive everyone was at the Athens Farmers Market.” Before the pandemic took hold, the Athens Farmers Market held two markets per week—one 1 4 I CO N N E C T I ON S / W HAT ’S NEX T MAGAZINE I WINTER 2020
on Wednesdays at Creature Comforts and one on Saturdays at Bishop Park. For now, only Saturday’s market is open. Rita is in her second year with the Athens Farmers Market and is thankful for the sense of community it brings. “Being able to talk growing with other farmers that get it and geek out talking about farming, it’s kind of nice,” Rita said. “Just being able to support one another in that way has been great. And just being able to be at the market and vendors are bringing different products is making it a diverse shopping experience
for everybody. I think that’s been making it a draw to come out there. I think a lot of vendors are doing a good job at really pushing that, ‘We’re going to be at the market, come to the market.’ They each have their own people who follow them, so that’s good.” Lindsey said she has been blown away by the response of the Athens community at the farmers market. While the pandemic caused the Athens Farmers Market to temporarily shut down, it partnered up with Collective Harvest to give farmers an outlet to sell their products. Once the Athens Farmers Market reopened in the safe manner it has, Lindsey said the public has exceeded their expectations with its response. “We’ve heard from customers who otherwise wouldn’t have found our farm or wouldn’t have found the farmers market if not for the pandemic, and then realizing just how precarious the food system is, that most of our food in grocery stores is being shipped from California or imported from other countries,” she said. “When something like a pandemic hits, those supply chains shut down. I’d say the community support is even stronger because people are more aware and are now wanting to support local farms even more.”
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Call 1-888-420-7798 or visit https://www.accaging.org/ athenseatstogether for more information and to get signed up for food assistance.
Si necesita comidas, llame a la lĂnea de admisiĂłn de Athens Eats Together al 1-888-420-7798 para obtener mĂĄs informaciĂłn. Athens Eats Together is a county-wide initiative created to provide emergency food relief to any Clarke-County resident, regardless of age, facing food insecurities during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Athens Eats Together Volunteer Opportunities! If you are interested in helping, please contact Ellen Everitt at 706-549-4850 or email@example.com for more information.
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Resolution #8: Find time for yourself Josh Hussey BY ELLEN EVERITT
n through the nose… out through the mouth…” is the one piece of yoga that almost everyone knows by heart – or has at least seen portrayed on your favorite TV show. The premise seems simple enough; you exchange a little measured exercise for a large lot of tranquility. And in times like these, a little tranquility is something we could all use a dose of. But it isn’t always simple. With working from home, the pressures of being around the same people all the time, and disruption of your normal routine, it becomes very hard to take a minute to take time for yourself and just…breathe. But what does all of that breathing and time really mean? Our resident yoga instructor for the Center for Active Living, Josh Hussey hopes to illuminate that for our clients, along with bringing understanding of personal reach. “It’s about turning inwards towards the self,” he clarifies when I ask him how he takes alone time, “anyone can take time for yourself anywhere, even if you are in a room full of people you can take time for yourself.” He tells me that it’s often difficult for people to take that step of taking personal time because it seems like a physical action, rather than re-framing your thinking. The best way to do this, he says, is by steadying your breath and focusing on projecting a “loving kindness first to yourself, then to the people around you that you love, then further that feeling towards everyone you know, and then take it even further to people you might not like. Finally, focus on the world as a whole.” This, he says, is the best way to center yourself and stabilize your mind, spirit, and body during times of difficulty or distress. 1 8 I CO N N E C T I ON S / W HAT ’S NEX T MAGAZINE I WINTER 2020
And if anyone would know how to do this, it would be Josh. Balancing teaching yoga all over the North East Georgia region, teaching English at UGA as an adjunct professor and raising his children all while remaining a student of different yoga practices takes a lot of personal discipline. When asking him how he manages to scrape out time amidst all that – he assures me that taking time for oneself can be as brief as a few quiet minutes. In teaching Yoga here at ACCA, he has become very
impressed with our client’s kindness towards themselves and the sense of community he has been able to witness in becoming a part of our ACCA team. At ACCA, we hope to foster self-care amidst this turbulent time, whether that is through serving others, learning a new skill, or simply giving people a space to take time for themselves. If you are interested in becoming a CAL member or volunteer as an instructor, you can inquire through our website or flip to our schedule of events starting on page 34.
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AGE WELL. LIVE WELL. ACCA believes you can explore your passion and make a difference at any age. Older adults make a lasting impact on our community by sharing their experience, knowledge, creativity, and heart. These stories are examples of how each of us can Age Well and Live Well.
Resolution #12: Connecting with Others BY: MICHAEL ASH
im Johnson is a long-time Athens resident and advocate for connecting members of our community. In his 30 years serving as the Executive Director of Family Connection-Communities in Schools of Athens, he has seen many cultural and societal shifts. If you have the privilege of spending time with him, you will immediately sense that he is passionate about his work and our unique community we call home. His forward-thinking approach to community resources has propelled Athens as a role model for collaborative work. While he says, “we still have a long way to go,” there is no denying how far we’ve come with the help of Tim and Family ConnectionCommunities in Schools of Athens. I had the pleasure of (virtually) meeting with him to chat about his time in Athens, Family Connection-Communities in Schools of Athens, and his plans for the new year.
Tim Johnson with Former U.S. Representative, John Lewis, an American statesman and civil rights leader who served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death in 2020.
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Tell us a little bit about your background:
I grew up in Athens, went away to college, lived in Atlanta for a while and worked with environmental and consumer issues. I moved back to Athens with my family after my first wife got a job with the UGA Law School. There was an organization called “Community Connections” that did information referrals for the community. I applied for the Executive Director job and got hired. Part of that organization was to identify gaps and make referrals for resources. None of the organizations we worked with
were focused on children, which I was really interested in. Initially, I pulled together the heads of different government agencies that serve children to identify their needs. I was frankly surprised that many of them weren’t already collaborating and working together. Half a dozen of us met at a bar called “Allen’s” in Normaltown in 1991, and that was the beginning of what later became Family Connection-Communities in Schools of Athens. During that time, the state was also focusing on communities and how these different systems could be better integrated. Our focus became “how can we work together to get better outcomes specific for children and youth.” The Council on Aging was one of our initial partners. Katheryn Fowler was the Executive Director of ACCA at the time. We looked at what data told us, identified what was working and what was not working.
How does Family ConnectionCommunities in Schools of Athens look today compared to when it first began?
The biggest difference is, at that time, there was no cross-collaboration. We weren’t combining medical services, social services and other resources. Today
there’s a lot of collaboration across systems. The culture really has changed. People are much more likely to think “who might already be doing this” when coming up with a new initiative. Thirty years ago, someone might have just tried to do it on their own. Today we would say, “have you connected with these other groups?” The other big difference today is having so much expertise. We have been very fortunate to have research and traditional experts [in their field.] There is also expertise from front-line staff who are working with those families. We wanted to bring everyone together and say, “how can we do better together?” There is a famous saying from an activist in Australia, Lilla Watson said, “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” I think in the last 30 years there has been a shift to recognize that the single mom struggling day-to-day has a whole lot of knowledge of what is needed that is deeper than anybody else’s. The families themselves are the most important experts. WINTER 2020 I CO N N E C T I O N S / W H AT ’S N E X T M AG A Z I N E I 21
They selected two of the ambassadors from Cedar Shoals out of 13 for the entire program. You could just see the pride on their face for accomplishing their great work. We are continually learning from each other. You have dedicated much of your life to building up the Athens Community.
Volunteer Opportunities What can you do with an hour of free time? Volunteer with us!
Resolution #10: Share your talents or hobbies with a local nonprofit Meals On Wheels Volunteers:
Our drivers deliver bags of food and frozen, prepared meals to vulnerable residents of our community every day of the week at 11am and 1pm. This includes older adults and people with disabilities who are homebound and unable to leave their homes due to health, mobility or transportation issues, are at an increased risk for COVID-19 and need to avoid the grocery store and are unable to utilize on-line delivery and other methods, and/or those who might not be able to afford essential groceries at the moment.
What are some things you love about Athens that have kept you here?
What are you most proud of in your time with Family ConnectionCommunities in Schools of Athens, and where do you see things moving forward in the future?
I think I’m probably most proud of two things: helping build a culture of collaboration in the community saying, “we’re all in this together,” and recognizing that the most important partners are families themselves. Our destinies are intertwined; we both want and need to walk together. Helping people in poverty helps those that aren’t in poverty. [In the next ten years] I really see this integration of services growing across generations and not focusing as exclusively on children and families. Integrating our work with economic development across cultural barriers. We are not a partisan organization, but I believe our elected officials are far more aware of the challenges facing a lot of our community and committed to addressing them. They are committed to act on that awareness.
What is one part of your job that gets you exited for the day?
Seeing the look on kids’faces when they are successful. Last year in partnership with the school district and Johnson & Johnson, we worked on the “Bridge to Employment” program for Cedar Shoals High School. [Recently] there was an annual conference where students can apply to become student ambassadors.
I love the commitment of the people of Athens to bettering Athens. It is really a shining light for other communities. I love that we have an incredible arts scene, the University of Georgia, a committed non-profit community doing innovative work, a progressive and forward-thinking business community, our diversity, and the commitment to preserving our nature areas.
What do you do in your free time?
I can’t remember when I had any free time. (laughing) During the pandemic there hasn’t been hardly any. I love to read and love to hike and get out in the woods. I enjoy movies. I like watching Georgia football games in the fall on T.V. Most of all, I love spending time with my kids and my grandchildren. I love seeing them and hate being separated by the pandemic right now.
With the new year around the corner, do you have any resolutions for 2021?
My personal resolution has always been: day by day, how can I do better? I don’t wait for the new year to figure that out. I don’t always fulfill that every day, but that’s the goal.
How do you age and live well?
Stay connected with your loved ones and others, including younger people and our peers. Strive toward the vision of a beloved community, where it really is about us loving each other and building community. Stay involved.
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We need Distribution Volunteers to help our Athens Eats Together program grow! Distribution volunteers help by enrolling new participants in Athens Eats Together and distributing grocery bags and frozen meals to those who are enrolled. This is a fast-paced volunteer role that requires a bit of muscle and a lot of heart. These volunteers help us get meals to those who need them by working at distribution sites across the county. These drive-through or walk-up sites allow us to provide food in a way that is safe and convenient! Distribution shifts take place Monday through Friday from 10:00-12:00pm or 12:00-2:00pm.
RSVP Makers Club
Calling all makers! ACCA Is looking for crafters, artists, sewers, and more to help make activity blankets for our clients with dementia and other neurological conditions. These blankets have things like zippers, buttons, and other items to produce tactical stimulus. This opportunity is with our Retired Senior Volunteer Program, so all you need to qualify is to be 55+ years of age. We will provide easy to follow instructions on how to create these blankets, so all we need now are your skills to help us put them together!
To get started, or for more information, please visit our website www.accaging.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ellen Everitt at (706) 549-4850. WINTER 2020 I CO N N E C T I O N S / W H AT ’S N E X T M AG A Z I N E I 23
Balsamic Roast Pork Tenderloins
INGREDIENTS 4 ½ lb(s) pork tenderloins, 2 packages with 2 tenderloins in each package 4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 8 cloves garlic, cracked Steak seasoning blend or coarse salt and black pepper 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves stripped, finely chopped 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped, finely chopped DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 500ºF. 2. Trim silver skin or connective tissue off tenderloins with a very sharp thin knife. 3. Place tenderloins on a non-stick cookie sheet with a rim. Coat tenderloins in a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, rubbing vinegar into meat. Drizzle tenderloins with extra-virgin olive oil, just enough to coat. Cut small slits into meat and push chunks of cracked garlic cloves into meat. 4. Combine steak seasoning blend or coarse salt and pepper with rosemary and thyme and rub meat with blend. Roast in hot oven 20 minutes. 5. Let meat rest, transfer to carving board, slice and serve.
Resolution #19: Try New Foods!
(Photo and recipe source: Rachel Ray, Food Network)
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INGREDIENTS ¾ cup whole milk 3 large eggs ¾ cup whole-wheat pastry flour 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ tsp ground cinnamon Kosher salt ¼ tsp grated lemon zest 3 Tbsp unsalted butter 3 medium sweet, crisp apples, such as Honeycrisp (about 1 lb), peeled, cored, quartered and cut into ½-inch chunks 3 Tbsp granulated sugar Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting, optional
DIRECTIONS 1. Place all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer. Divide among individual mugs and serve hot.
DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Blend the milk and eggs in a blender until thoroughly mixed. Add the flour, vanilla, cinnamon, ½ teaspoon salt and lemon zest and blend again until combined, scraping down the sides if necessary, about 15 seconds. Cover the blender jar and refrigerate while cooking the apples. 2. Melt the butter in a 10-inch nonstick oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Add the apples and sprinkle them with granulated sugar. Reduce heat to mediumlow and cook the apples, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and softened, 20 to 25 minutes. Arrange apples evenly in skillet. Remix the batter to reincorporate ingredients, then pour it over apples. 3. Bake the pancake until it is browned and set in the center and the sides have risen about 1 ½ inches, about 25 to 30 minutes. Serve directly from the skillet or use a large spatula to transfer the pancake to a plate. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.
(Photo and recipe source: Bobby Flay, Food Network)
(Photo and recipe source: Food Network)
BY PAIGE POWELL
ave you heard of hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”)? It’s a cozy Danish concept that we love to celebrate each winter at ACCA! Hygee is about coziness, warmth and togetherness. And, like most traditions that we love, it comes with food! We’ve gathered up a few great recipes to go along with our trip to Copenhagen, Denmark (make sure to check out page 28 and join us!). Grab a blanket, a great cup of coffee or mulled cider, your computer and let’s have a hygge delicious winter as we travel together!
Whole-Grain Caramel Apple Oven Pancake
INGREDIENTS 2 qts apple cider 2 sticks cinnamon 2 whole allspice berries 2 whole cloves 1 orange, thinly sliced
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AGING... EVERYBODY’S DOING IT
Resolution #15: Be the Good
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1 1 Thank you, St. Mary’s Health Care System for joining ACCA for United Way of Northeast Georgia’s Day of Caring 2020! We are beyond grateful for the time you spent with us helping clean out our garden! You made a HUGE difference today! Thank you for helping us keep ACCA so beautiful. 2 Michelle Watson with Give Back Real Estate stopped by ACCA to drop off a donation to our Meals on Wheels program. Through their mission, Give Back Real Estate donates 10% of each commission to a local nonprofit. Thank you, Give Back Real Estate, for your continued support! 3 In October, ACCA’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program
and Center for Active Living welcomed Dr. Don Scott with the AU UGA Medical Partnership, Dr. Kerstin Emerson with the UGA Institute of Gerontology, and Registered Dietician Renae Brown with the Georgia Department of Human Services who spoke on aging and tips for healthy eating. Thank you to our panelists for sharing your expertise and insight!
4 Thank you, Spectrum and Meals on Wheels America for your
recent donation of Safe and Healthy Home Kits! Each contain a variety of items, including smoke detectors, first aid kits and emergency 2 6 I CO N N E C T I ON S / W HAT ’S NEX T MAGAZINE I WINTER 2020
radios. Thank you, Spectrum and Meals on Wheels America, for helping us stay prepared!
5 It’s always a great day when Reign Sold with Give Back Real Estate stops by ACCA! With 10% of every commission donated to a local charity, we know their mission to support the Athens area community is making a big impact locally. Thank you to Reign, his sellers and Give Back for this donation! 6 Special thanks to local organization PACE - Parents and Children Evolving for their donation of personal care items. We appreciate your generosity and thoughtful donation for our seniors in need!
7 We would like to extend our appreciation to Tina Laseter of
Atlantic Capital Bank for their first-time donation to ACCA. Thank you, Atlantic Capital Bank for your support! It’s a great day to celebrate!
8 We would like to thank Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia for their generous donation of cookies! Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We know this donation will brighten the day of our Meals on Wheels and Athens Eats Together recipients! WINTER 2020 I CO N N E C T I O N S / W H AT ’S N E X T M AG A Z I N E I 27
Resolution #18: (Virtually) Travel More
Quebec City skyline panorama with Chateau Frontenac at dusk
Find Your Happy Place BY NIKAELA FREDERICK
ife, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is one of the most recognized phrases in the Declaration of Independence. According to the 2020 World Happiness Report, the United States is doing well on the happiness scale, ranked as the 18th happiest country in the world. Each year, the report ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. In 2020, it included 2 8 I CO N N E C T I ON S / W HAT ’S NEX T MAGAZINE I WINTER 2020
subjective well-being markers and how the social, urban and natural environments combine to affect happiness. Results showed that many of the world’s happiest places lie east of the Atlantic: Finland ranked the happiest of all, followed by Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, Austria and Luxemburg. Denmark consistently tops the list. What’s their secret? Located in the heart of Scandinavia, nestled between Sweden and Norway, denizens of Denmark
have found a way to counter their long, dark winters with the practice of hygge (pronounced hoo-gah). Hygge roughly translates into “coziness” or creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The capital city of Copenhagen, known as the best bike city in the world, offers a 3.5hour walking tour called the “Hygge and Happiness Tour”, in which participants get an overview of Danish culture, learn some of their happiness secrets, savor treats that ooze hygge and offer tips on how to keep the feeling of coziness flowing. The happy city offers a little something for everyone with its royal history dating back to the Viking Age, cobblestone streets and castles juxtaposed against modern architecture, a commitment to sustainability, and top-notch cuisine. The happiest country closest to the United States is Canada, which comes in at #11. Quebec, nicknamed “La Belle Province,” is rated the happiest province in Canada and is the only French-speaking region in North America. The fortified historic city of Old Quebec is a certified UNESCO World Heritage site showcasing 400 years of history, including the most photographed hotel in the world, the Fairmont Le
Château Frontenac, and the changing of the guards at the Citadelle. Between January and March, you can visit Hôtel de Glace — the one and only ice hotel in North America. Each year offers a distinctive experience as architects use fresh snow and ice to construct the hotel anew, which later melts in spring. Foodies can head straight to the Charlevoix Flavor Trail to “taste happiness to the fullest.” During the tour, your taste buds can expect the likes of tomato liqueur, oyster mushrooms, 12 types of hot chocolate, ciders, beer and cheese galore. Only a short flight from New York, waterfalls, museums, historic sites, ski resorts, parks, restaurants, boutiques and ravishing gardens round out the province of Quebec. Join the Center for Active Living on a virtual tour of wondrous Quebec, Canada on February 25th. Back in the Continental U.S., one might expect Florida, our Sunshine State, to rank as the happiest in the Union, with Disney World claiming the unofficial title of the “happiest place on earth.”It turns out Hawaii wins the crown for the happiest state in the country. Winter is the prime season to visit the Aloha State to
Taking a note from the Danish, the Center for Active Living continues its annual Hygge tradition with a mid-winter gathering and mood booster for CAL members and ACCA staff alike. Bring your mug of hot chocolate, wear your woolen slippers, light a few candles and join us for a cozy virtual meetup on January 28th. We will also explore the wonders of Copenhagen together online. In the meantime, you can find a list of how to “hyyge at home” at www.visitdenmark.com. WINTER 2020 I CO N N E C T I O N S / W H AT ’S N E X T M AG A Z I N E I 29
Sunrise from Hanauma Bay on Oahu, Hawaii
escape the cold of the mainland. The spirit of aloha, as explained by the Hawaiian visitor’s bureau, means being in the presence of and sharing the essence of life. It permeates and connects these islands, teaching lessons of peace, kindness, compassion and responsibility. The belief is that all have a mandate to malama, which means to care for the environment and for one another. Between the welcoming culture of Hawaiian hospitality and the breathtaking beauty of the land, it comes as no surprise that our nation’s 50th state is often referred to as paradise. What about here in Georgia? There is an ongoing debate about which city in Georgia is the happiest.
Some say it’s Tyrone with its low crime rate, high median income and history of producing NFL stars. Others say it’s Skidaway Island, not just because of its proximity to water but a combination of education, cost of living, homeownership, and unemployment rates. While rankings are often decided by certain metrics, one can find happiness anywhere, whether it’s in your favorite chair at home, out in nature, or an exotic destination thousands of miles away. Where will you find your happy place in 2021? Discover a few of these uplifting destinations this Winter with the Center for Active Living. Details on our virtual trips can be found in the back of the magazine.
The spirit of aloha, as explained by the Hawaiian visitor’s bureau, means being in the presence of and sharing the essence of life. It permeates and connects these islands, teaching lessons of peace, kindness, compassion and responsibility. The belief is that all have a mandate to malama, which means to care for the environment and for one another. 3 0 I CO N N E C T I ON S / W HAT ’S NEX T MAGAZINE I WINTER 2020
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WELCOME TO SAFE AND SOUND. AND HAPPY. During unsettled times, the constants in life give us comfort. Yes, we are taking all recommended safety precautions during this pandemic. But the one thing that hasn’t changed, the one thing our residents know they can count on, is feeling happy to be here.
WELCOME HOME. The Center for Active Living (CAL) is a multi-purpose center offering older adults in Athens and surrounding communities opportunities to stay active and engaged. CAL provides unique social, educational, and wellness related classes and activities, group trips, and supportive services.
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For membership information or to register for trips and classes, contact Nikaela Frederick, CAL Wellness Coordinator, at (706) 549-4850 or email@example.com.
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To RSVP for all webinars and classes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the CAL office at 706-549-4850. Access links are also available in our bi-weekly e-newsletter. For pre-recorded classes, visit the Center for Active Living - ACCA YouTube channel. Classes are subject to change or cancellation. We continue to offer both virtual and limited, in-person classes that follow safety precautions and procedures.
Resolution #20: Be hopeful in your planning VIRTUAL FITNESS AND MOVEMENT CLASSES All Levels Hatha Flow Yoga with Josh
Adapted for beginners and more advanced yogis, this virtual yoga class combines static and fluid poses, balancing movement through holds and sequential flows in order to emphasize strength, flexibility, and alignment. In addition to dynamic movement, instructor Josh will guide breathing exercises and short meditations to help concentrate and bring ease to the mind. Mondays at 1:00pm (Zoom) RSVP required, limited spots. Please contact the CAL office.
Morning Tai Chi
Join Julie Buffalo, RN, from Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center for this weekly gentle movement class that focuses on flexibility, strength and relaxation. Mondays at 10:00am (Zoom) To join, please contact the CAL office. 3 4 I CO N N E C T I ON S / W HAT ’S NEX T MAGAZINE I WINTER 2020
Chair Yoga with Josh
Designed to be accessible to all, Josh’s class adapts yoga poses for use with a chair. Most poses will take place seated and any standing poses will use the chair for support. Expect a gentle class sequence with the opportunity to stretch muscles and invigorate the mind through breath work. Day/Time TBD (Zoom) To join, please contact the CAL office.
Fitness and Stress Reduction Series
Enjoy a diverse playlist of strength-building and tension-reducing classes brought to you by Piedmont Athens Regional Medica Center. Pre-recorded classes include Resistance Band Training, Guided Relaxation, Core Workout for All Levels, and more. View anytime on CAL’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/ UC2JNMuPPKvXnKbqBIjR0_mQ
VIRTUAL TRIPS To join by phone or video, please contact nfrederick@ accaging.org or call the CAL office at 706-549-4850.
Top Holiday Destinations Around the U.S.
Get ready to travel cross country virtually to visit beloved destinations that are famous for spreading the holiday cheer. Delight in the joys of Bavarian villages, fantastic light displays, decked out homes, seasonal vendors, music and more without having to worry about the crowds. Thursday, December 17th at 11:00am (Zoom) To join, please contact the CAL office.
Copenhagen, Denmark: Hygge and Happiness
Put on your coziest outfit, grab your favorite warm beverage and join the Center for Active Living for a virtual hygge social. (Hygge, pronounced “hoo-gah” is the Danish word for “coziness” and it’s how they get through the long winter). After our virtual social, stick around for a virtual excursion to one of the happiest cities in the world, Copenhagen. You’ll learn about the origins of hygge and to unlock the Danish secrets to happiness. Thursday, January 28th at 12:00pm (Zoom) To join, please contact the CAL office.
Bonjour, on this virtual getaway, we will journey to the only region in North America whose official language is French. Quebec, Canada, which holds the title as the happiest province in the country, offers an incredibly unique cultural experience. You won’t want to miss this one! Thursday, February 25th at 2:00pm (Zoom) To join, please contact the CAL office.
The Hawaiian Islands
As we await the warmth of spring, indulge in a virtual island-hop around Hawaii. Get an in-depth look at the various destinations within the state so often referred to as paradise. Plan your dream vacation in advance. Thursday, March 11th at 2:00pm (Zoom) To join, please contact the CAL office.
For our first “meet you there” CAL trip of the year, join us in Monroe, GA. Nestled in the Alcovy River basin between the urban sprawl of Atlanta and the Classic City of Athens, this small town offers the best of both worlds. We will take a guided historical walking tour complete with 27 different stops throughout the downtown area. WINTER 2020 I CO N N E C T I O N S / W H AT ’S N E X T M AG A Z I N E I 35
After the tour, enjoy shopping and lunch on your own. Participants are responsible for their own transportation. Please note, subject to change/cancellation. Wednesday, March 31st at 11:00am We will meet in Monroe. To join, please contact the CAL office.
VIRTUAL WEBINARS AND CLASSES To join by phone or video, please contact nfrederick@ accaging.org or call the CAL office at 706-549-4850.
Adapting in Challenging Times: A Conversation with ACCA’s CEO Eve Anthony
Join us for a live virtual talk and Q&A with ACCA’s CEO, Eve Anthony, who will talk about how the agency has responded to the COVID-19 crisis and update us on current initiatives and programs at the agency. Learn more about the Athens Eats Together program, our Fall food distribution partnership with Athens-Clarke County, get updates on how COVID-19 is impacting services, and hear the vision for the future. Friday, January 8th at 11:00am (Zoom) To join, please contact the CAL office.
Ask the Experts: Caring for Your Pet
ACCA knows that pets are family! To start the new year, we are inviting a panel of experts, including vets, pet trainers and social workers, to give a free webinar on pet care. They will share information about keeping your pet healthy and happy, solving pet behavior challenges, creating a pet plan in case of emergency, and tips for saving money on care. Don’t have a pet yet? Attendees will also learn about ways to adopt one! Friday January 29th at 12:00pm (Zoom) To join, please contact the CAL office. 3 6 I CO N N E C T I ON S / W HAT ’S NEX T MAGAZINE I WINTER 2020
How to Manage Stress During COVID-19
There is no question about it, we are living in stressful times, but there are healthy and constructive ways to deal with it. Join the Family Counseling Service of Athens (FCS) for an informative webinar on stress management and mental health during COVID-19. The Mission of FCS is to provide professional and affordable counseling and education services to meet individual, family, and community needs of Athens-Clarke County and surrounding areas. Thursday, February 4th at 11:00am (Zoom) To RSVP, please contact the CAL office.
3 Ways to Do Your Heart Good
February is Heart Health Month. Heart health is more than eating right and exercise. It’s laughter, dancing and finding gratitude for the moment. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, join CAL staff for a fun and uplifting session. We will enjoy some joyful movements, gratitude sharing and other heart happy activities together. Friday, February 12th at 12:00pm (Zoom) To RSVP, please contact the CAL office.
Senior Week with Georgia Council on Aging
This annual event, sponsored by the Georgia Council on Aging, gives citizens a chance to get a behind the scenes look at the legislative process and hear from state legislators. Senior Week 2021 will be held virtually. This is an opportunity for those who are passionate about the rights of older adults to let their voices be heard. February 22-23, 2021 (Zoom, schedule TBA) Please contact the CAL office for more info.
Lunch and Learn with the Alzheimer’s Association: 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. The one-hour webinar covers: typical age-related changes; 10 common warning signs of Alzheimer’s; how to approach someone about memory concerns; early detection, the benefits of a diagnosis and the diagnostic process; and available Alzheimer’s Association resources. Friday, February 26th at 12:00pm (Zoom) To join, please contact the CAL office.
Know Your Resources with the Aging and Disability Resource Connection
There are many resources in town for older adults, but it can be confusing to know where to start. ACCA has 14 different programs and services under one roof, yet there are still some areas, such as assistance with home health care and finding housing, which are outside of our scope. That is where the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) comes in. Learn more about ADRC and how, together, we can help you and your loved ones connect to needed resources. Friday, March 5th at 12:00pm (Zoom) To join, please contact the CAL office.
Cooking Demo with Allyn
Let’s get cooking in the kitchen! Join Allyn Rippin, Center for Active Living Director, for a taste of the season in this fun, live demo. Friday, March 12th at 1:00pm (Zoom) To join, please contact the CAL office.
The Joy of Music with the UGA Hodgson School of Music
This one is for music lovers! Join ACCA and students from the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music for a special “duet” collaboration with a series of programs celebrating the joys of music together. Friday, March 26th at 2:00pm (Zoom) To join, please contact the CAL office.
Outsmart Your Smartphone
In a matter of just a few months, the use of technology has significantly increased with social distancing. Do you need help getting plugged into the digital world? If so, this is the class for you! CAL Staff will answer your individual questions and provide pointers to the best of our ability. Third Tuesday of each month January 19th, February 16th and March 16th at 2:00pm To RSVP for a spot, please contact the CAL office.
VIRTUAL “JUST FOR FUN” Create Your Future: “Vision Board” Party
2020 was an unprecedented year in many regards, but it’s time for a fresh start. How do you want to make the most of 2021? What are your goals and dreams? What would you like to see come to life? Together we will create personalized collages that get us focused, inspired and dreaming big while enjoying the company of peers. Thursday, January 12th at 1:00pm (Zoom) To join, please contact the CAL office.
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The classic game of B-I-N-G-O gets a virtual spin. Join us on Zoom by video or phone to see familiar faces and enjoy the camaraderie. Third Wednesday every month at 12:00pm (Zoom) January 20th, February 17th, March 17th To RSVP and receive a bingo card, please contact the CAL office.
IN-PERSON (SOCIALLY DISTANCED) CLASSES AND EVENTS To RSVP for classes (required), please contact email@example.com or call the CAL office at 706-549-4850.
Art @ Home with the Georgia Museum of Art
Join the Georgia Museum of Art for a “Creative Aging” workshop via Zoom! Each participant will receive a special kit that includes a brochure with color images and art supplies. During the live workshop, Sage Kincaid, associate curator of education, will lead a virtual tour of the “Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection” exhibition and a clay sculpture art activity. Thursday, January 14th at 12:00pm (Zoom) To join, please contact the CAL office.
Name That Tune
You may know the opening baseline or the lyrics to the chorus by heart, but can you name that tune? Call the office for a fun afternoon break with CAL staff as they test your musical knowledge. Second Wednesday every month (Phone-in) January 13th, February 10th, March 10th Call the CAL office at 706-549-4850 from 2:00-3:00pm to play!
Parking Lot Bingo
Honk if you love Bingo! Join us for a special edition of Bingo in the ACCA parking lot. Stay in your car or bring a chair to sit next to your car — wherever you are most comfortable. Win a prize and enjoy some fun and games at a safe distance. Fourth Wednesday of every month at 11:30am Jan 27th, Feb 24th, March 24th Location: ACCA Parking Lot RSVP required in advance; space is limited. Please contact the CAL office to register.
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Tai Chi with Michele
Tai Chi, which means in Chinese “balance and harmony”, has often been described as “moving meditation” because of the flowing motions accompanied by breathwork. In addition to an improved sense of calm and clarity, participants in the class will improve their balance, leg strength, range of motion, and energy levels. Seasoned instructor Michele will guide the class through low-impact, easy-to-learn movements that can be incorporated into any daily routine. Time, location and date: TBD RSVP required in advance; space is limited. Please contact the CAL office to register. Don’t forget — wearing is caring! Please make sure to wear your mask when on ACCA’s campus. Don’t worry if you forget one, we’ll have some available.
Line Dancing Class
Calling all line dancers! Our most popular class is back and will be led by CAL’s own Linda Barnes, also known as “Boots.” She will lead the group in class favorites along with some new routines. Tuesdays at 12:00pm, Starting January 12th Location: ACCA Bentley Center RSVP required in advance; space is limited. Please contact the CAL office to register. Don’t forget — wearing is caring! Please make sure to wear your mask when on ACCA’s campus. Don’t worry if you forget one, we’ll have some available.
Meet up for a socially-distanced walk with friends at the ACCA Greenway and various parks and trails around Athens. Enjoy some light exercise while gaining the restorative benefits of time spent in nature. We will meet at ACCA every Tuesday at 11:00am EXCEPT Jan 19th (Meet at Memorial Park) Feb 16th (Meet at Virginia Walker Park) March 16th (Meet at North Oconee River Greenway Trail) RSVP required in advance; space is limited. Please contact the CAL office to register.
Chair Yoga with Josh
Designed to be accessible to all, Josh’s class adapts yoga poses for use with a chair. Most poses will take place seated and any standing poses will use the chair for support. Expect a gentle class sequence with the opportunity to stretch muscles and invigorate the mind through breath work. We will provide chairs spaced 6-feet apart and sanitized; participants bring their own water bottle and towel. Day/Time TBD Location: ACCA Bentley Center (class will also live stream on Zoom) RSVP required in advance; space is limited. Please contact the CAL office to register. Don’t forget — wearing is caring! Please make sure to wear your mask when on ACCA’s campus. Don’t worry if you forget one, we’ll have some available.
Dance Fitness with Melinda
Join Center for Active Living dance instructor Melinda for a fun half-hour of movement to some of your favorite tunes! Third Friday of every month at 11:00am Jan 15th, Feb 19th, March 19th Location: ACCA Bentley Center RSVP required in advance; space is limited. Please contact the CAL office to register. Don’t forget — wearing is caring! Please make sure to wear your mask when on ACCA’s campus. Don’t worry if you forget one, we’ll have some available.
VIRTUAL SUPPORT GROUPS The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program
The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program invites you to join us for a virtual Caregivers Support Group! The group is open to relative or non-parent caregivers who live in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, or Walton Counties. To RSVP, contact GRG Coordinator Anna Ceravolo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-549-4850.
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Hear Better, Breathe Better, Live Better
Dr. Kimbrell • Dr. Mixson • Dr. Katz • Dr. Norris • Haley Peeples, PA • Dr. Barnes 150 Nacoochee Avenue, Athens, GA 30601 • ph: 706-546-7908 • fax: 706-546-1944
You’ll Never Have To Say “What?” Again!
Audiologists Dr. Allison Morton Dr. Kirstin Luffler Dr. Erin Steele