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C-VILLE’s Monthly Guide to Navigating Senior Living Options in Central Virginia

Compassionate care for her. Peace of mind for you.

“JABA’s adult day care center has been a welcome resource for Mom— and me. The staff are professional and compassionate and demonstrate a warmth and concern for her as if she were their own loved one. This allows me to have a day of respite knowing Mom is cared for, protected and loved, just like family.”

December 22, 2021 - January 4, 2022

JABA’s Adult Care Centers Personalized daytime care for adults with dementia or disabilities Engaging activities Caring, trained staff Nutritious lunch and snacks Affordable, with scholarships available

Call today to schedule a visit. Charlottesville (434) 817-5235 Louisa (540) 967-4435 Jefferson Area Board for Aging



CHARTER CLUB MEMBERS REAP REWARDS Join our Charter Club and start enjoying the perks of living here before you move in. The rewards include being first to reserve the apartment of your choice ahead of the general public. Members also receive special benefits like credits to the community spa, a white-glove moving package, invitations to exclusive events and tours, and a delicious meal with family in our private dining room. We invite you to a no-obligation virtual meeting or private tour to learn more about our Charter Club rewards and benefits.


ANTHOLOGY OF CHARLOT TESVILLE Independent Living / Assisted Living / Memory Care 343 Archer Ave. / Charlottesville, VA



December 22, 2021 - January 4, 2022

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Reach Out, Explore, Get Curious

Even before the pandemic the effects of isolation and loneliness on the health and well-being of people, especially older people, was being recognized as a global health crisis. In 2017, former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called loneliness a public health “epidemic” spreading across the Western world, and attributed it to the individualistic nature of modern society. Indeed, in his book, “Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World,” Murthy found that loneliness was at the root of a feeling of disconnectedness. “People wouldn’t come up me and say “I’m lonely,” said Murthy in an interview with Vox, “but they would say things like “I feel like I have to deal with all of these struggles on my own” or “I feel like if I disappeared tomorrow, nobody would even notice” or “I feel like I’m invisible.” What I realized is that wheth-

er people were struggling with addiction or depression or violence in their communities, what was weighing on them most was the sense of having to deal with these challenges all alone.” Of course, the pandemic has exposed and exacerbated that epidemic of loneliness, forcing people into physical isolation and blowing up their routines and the societal structures in place that allowed them to feel connected to each other and their communities. That feeling of separateness has become more acute and familiar to people. Still, as Murthy pointed out, it can be difficult for people to lean on others. Or recognize how dangerous isolation can be. “When you’re lonely, what you need most of all is to reach out and connect with others,” said Murthy. “But the shame around loneliness pushes you in exactly the opposite


December 22, 2021 - January 4, 2022


to battle isolation and loneliness

direction. The longer your loneliness you’ve been meaning to read, learn persists, the harder it is to reach out to play an instrument, start a new to other people because you don’t hobby feel you’re worthy. This is why the • Consider a home-delivered meal downward spiral of loneliness is very program challenging to break.” • Participate virtually or in-person at For older people, many of whom local community senior centers have left the rough and tumble • Look for volunteer opportunities world of work and achievement, or “Not everybody responds to the who may be struggling with mobil- same thing the same way,” says ity and health issues, it’s especially Levitin. “My best advice is to try a easy to feel marooned these days, bunch of different things—whether especially in the United States, it’s a one-on-one Zoom call or phone where almost thirty percent of call with a friend, or a group call with Americans over sixty-five live alone, friends, family, or, maybe, a book mostly women. discussion group or online bridge “The lockdown has affected all of game with people you don’t know. us, but it’s disproportionately affect- Everybody’s going to have a differed older adults for two reasons,” ent reaction to these things, and says Daniel Levitin, author of “Suc- they’re all worth exploring.” cessful Aging: A Neuroscientist ExGood advice for all of us. plores the Power and Potential of David McNair handles communicaOur Lives,” in an interview with tions, media relations, and social Greater Good Magazine. “ They’re media efforts for the Jefferson Area more vulnerable to the disease and Board for Aging. so they have to follow or should be following stricter protocols, and they tend not to have the social lives of younger people, particularly if they’re retired.” That’s why it’s important to take isolation seriously and reach out. Here are a few ways you can do that: • Don’t be shy about reaching out to a neighbor, a family member, or an old friend • Schedule regular Zoom meetings or conference calls with family and friends • Schedule exercise time, get good sleep, watch your diet • Openness and curiosity: read books

Flexible, affordable, comfortable, and convenient. No matter where you’re headed, Jaunt can be a solution for you! 434.296.3184













Executive Director, David Ter Borg with Anthology Senior Living of Charlottesville


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At Our Lady of Peace, the health and well-being of our residents remains—as always—our top priority. Welcoming new residents! Call today to learn more about the compassionate care, lovely apartments, wonderful amenities, and active, family-oriented lifestyle that makes our community one-of-a-kind. What Residents Are Saying “Here I feel safe, loved, respected, and not alone.” Barbara Allison, Our Lady of Peace Resident

Residential Living • Assisted Living Memory Care • Nursing Care

434-973-1155 1. How did you first become interested in the senior care industry?

Coordinated Services Management, Inc. Professional Management of Retirement Communities Since 1981

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2. What makes Anthology different from other local senior living options? Anthology is working to change the paradigm in Senior Living. Beautiful boutique inspired settings with best in class amenities. Anthology provides my team with the tools and the training that allow each member to make a remarkable impact on the lives they touch on a daily basis. 3. Favorite space inside Anthology? Dove lounge. It’s a space attached to our Assisted Living Dining Room, one of our larger activity spaces as well as our library. You are simultaneously in the middle of everything and allowed to sit quietly and comfortably with a friend or your own thoughts. The space embodies so much of what we provide here at Anthology – comfort, engagement, peace of mind. 4. Why is Central Virginia the best place for seniors to retire?

Making things possible. Weather it is for our associates, our residents, or their families – I have the opportunity daily to make things possible. 6. What should people know about working with seniors? Being able to listen is a skill. If you ever have the privilege to work with seniors – perfect the skill of listening. It is amazing the things you will learn. Having someone with a lifetime of experience give you their time is a gift. Take it whenever you can.

To learn more about Commonwise, call 434-202-8565 or visit

5. Favorite part of your job?

“We found Commonwise after struggling to find reliable care. We felt the difference immediately and they have provided a consistently high level of service ever since. Every caregiver has been delightful and professional.”


Just like in our building, I believe it is the people. Central Virginia is a great place for families. Access to first rate schools from preschool programs to graduating with your Ph.D. The history and the geography in Central Virginia is tightly woven with the entire country’s story. We have access to cultural events and fine dining in the setting of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We are in the middle of everything and tucked away all at once.

Charlottesville’s premium in-home care provider

December 22, 2021 - January 4, 2022

I worked as a physical therapist and then a hospital administrator prior to senior living. I had a former colleague who made the switch and she invited me to tour her community. It took about 20 minutes and I was sold. I have had an exciting and very rewarding career as a therapist and hospital administrator, but in Senior Living, I feel more like myself.

751 Hillsdale Dr. | Charlottesville



December 22, 2021 - January 4, 2022



7 time GOLD Winner Assisted Living & 4 Time GOLD Winner Memory Care. Voted one of the “Greatest Places to Work” by Daily Progress




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