Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine January 2020

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I am getting healthy.

For nearly a century, your health has been our priority. It will be for the next century, too. That’s why we’re continuing to work hard to provide you with high quality care close to home. You’ll see it in new programs and expanded services designed to meet your unique needs. You’ll feel it in advanced technology and facility upgrades to give you the best experience possible. And you’ll know it by our steadfast commitment to creating a health system our community can count on today and every day.


Wellspring Specialty Services Just a Phone Call Away!

Suzanne Amourso, RD Diabetic Educator

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Jonathan Brooks, DC Chiropractor

Asmaa Chaudhry, MD Dermatology

Robert Weaver, MD Ear, Nose & Throat

Nabeel Babar, MD Endocrinologist

Amr Etman, MD Gynecologist

Peter Godfrey, MD Gynecologist

George Stergis, MD Neurologist

Brian McAlary, MD Pain Management

Judith Okalba, DPM Podiatrist

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PUBLISHER Dennis Brack dennis@piedmontpub.com

EDITORIAL Pam Kamphuis pam@piedmontpub.com

from the E D I T O R



’ve always loved the elderly. When I was young, my mother was a physical therapist who did in-home therapy, and I’d go along with her. Maybe that’s where I became comfortable with seniors. I’m always the one at a social event who will seek out the oldest person there just to hear their stories. We lost my mother-in-law last May at the age of 90. She lived independently in her own home until a week before her death, and still drove herself to church until a few months before that. But the last year of her life she needed more help from our family than she ever had previously, mostly with financial issues. Or rather, we thought she needed help with finances, she thought she was doing just fine and didn’t want to give up her financial independence; she fought us fiercely when we took away her checkbook because she kept giving her bank account routing and account numbers to scammers and charities over the phone. It was my experiences with her over the last year and a half that was the genesis for this issue for Fauquier County seniors and their families. We learned so much about the challenges seniors face today as we navigated life with her failing memory and limited mobility. I wanted to bring this out to the community. Little did I know, when I started putting this issue together, that it would just explode with information. There are county services and groups that help seniors that we found for my mother-in-law, but I have since come to realize that Fauquier County has many people — both in law enforcement and general citizens — who care about seniors, and there are many many more programs out there than I was aware of. Some of them are health and safety related, and some are plain old fun things for seniors to do in our community so they are not so lonely and isolated. Some of these you will find in these pages, but there won’t be room for all of them. These days, many seniors still live alone, and sometimes far away from their families. I feel it is important for everyone in our community to keep an eye on our senior neighbors and friends as they age and may need more assistance. Fauquier County is ready to help them. And seniors, please don’t be afraid to reach out for help! Your family, neighbors, fellow church members, physicians, law enforcement, and friends are all out there and would be very willing to assist you, you only have to ask.

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New Year’s Promises to My Dog


Seniors Get Moving with Exercise


Fauquier Health Wellness Center


Looking to the Future



Appleton Campbell

Seniors: Are You Ready to Surf the ’Net?


Starting Seeds Indoors

Technology for Seniors BY KLAUS FUECHSEL




Phone and Internet Safety for Seniors

Hearty Single Serve Meals BY LAURA SEARS

Protect yourself from frauds and scams



Young at Heart Warrenton’s Dynamic Senior Social Group BY CHRISTINE CRADDOCK


Older, Wiser Learners Programs for Seniors at the Fauquier County Public Library

Heaven Sent Cherie Vermillion’s Life Ministry

The Fauquier Senior Center and Warrenton’s Adult Day Healthcare Center Respite for caregivers and social opportunities for seniors BY HANNAH SAMLALL





Keeping Fauquier County’s Seniors Safe The TRIAD and Dementia Friends Programs




Care and Living Options for Seniors When additional help is needed BY HANNAH SAMLALL


Seniors are THRIVE-ing at Allegro Community School for the Arts The benefits of art and dance to the physical and emotional health of seniors BY FRANNIE BARNES

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New Year’s Promises to my Dog Enriching your relationship with your dog BY CHARLOTTE WAGNER HARVEY


he New Year is always a good time to reflect on the past and prepare for the future. I think back on the dog shows of the year, competitions, milestones, the heartache of a lost pet, and the happiness that comes with a household full of animals. Now is the ideal time to assess, reassess, adjust, and alter how I interact with my dogs. As we turn to a new calendar year, I begin to think about resolutions outside of cleaning the house more often and having my car’s oil changed. As a trainer, these are my resolutions for my dog for the New Year.

I will be better at considering my dog‘s needs over others. Many times I have allowed people to pet my dog, welcomed a dogdog greeting, or have listened to other people trying to control my dog when it wasn’t necessarily in his best interests.


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I need to respect that my dog is allowed to have choice in the interactions he has. I need to listen when he says “no!”

I will be more consistent in training my dog, for his well being and safety. It is important to be

mindful of how commands are used. Sometimes we ask our pets to perform a command or behavior for no reason. Sometimes we command them only to give up after a few seconds of frustration, derailing our training efforts. Other times obedience commands are more crucial: we need the dog to respond right now because they’re about to get plowed over by a tractor or kill the neighbor’s cat. I will work on my tone, consistency, and practice training skills on a regular basis for a more reliable — and therefore happier — dog.

I will ensure to stay on top of all veterinary and medical needs.



This is not a difficult task for me, but plenty of people simply get caught up with their lives and forget about their pet’s maintenance needs. Make a list, check it twice, set reminders on your phone, or go old school and write in a calendar. Main things to remember include: • Core vaccinations such as rabies, distemper, kennel cough, etc. • Monthly preventatives such as flea and tick medication, heartworm preventative, and dewormer • Grooming appointments and toe nail trims. Even if you don’t own a high maintenance breed, make Toe Nail Tuesdays a regular occurrence. • Refill and order/pickup any specialty prescriptions. Be it food, pills, topical treatments, or creams, make sure you keep your pet meds stocked up before you run out. • Schedule an annual physical exam for your pet, just to make sure everything is functioning properly. For senior pets, or those with medical conditions, it may be a good idea to send in some bloodwork.

I will exercise my dog even when it does not suit me. The

reality is the majority of our pets are overweight and understimulated. It is only human nature to try and dodge a walk on a cold rainy day, but the reality is both humans and dogs need regular outings for a healthy life. I will put on my boots, grab my coat, and ensure he gets the physical (and mental!) exercise he needs.

I will set my dog ups for success, not failure. Rather than

being frustrated because the dog simply is not listening, I will try to problem solve the situation and try a different approach. More often than not, owners expect their

local expert THE EXPERT:

Charlotte Harvey HER EXPERTISE:

Pets and Animal Behavior Charlotte Wagner Harvey holds a Bachelors of Science with honors in Animal Management from the University of Essex with a special interest in behavior. As a dog trainer and the owner of K9ology in Warrenton, she helps dog owners and dogs find common ground to establish a peaceful life together. Her core tenets: there are no shortcuts, it is hard, and do it right or don’t do it at all. She lives in Rappahannock County with her husband and a farm full of animals including horses, chickens, cats, and, of course, dogs.

dogs to automatically know what is expected of them. I will take the time to teach my dog what is or is not acceptable behavior.

I will try something new with my dog! There are so many

fun activities available to dogs and their owners. I have participated with mine in dock diving, agility, and obedience competitions with great delight. This upcoming year I hope to try some new tricks, a different discipline, or a new sport to strengthen the bond between my dogs and I. No matter the past history or age of your dog … it is not too late to start improving your life with your pet. ❖

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Looking to the Future; Appleton Campbell


ne of Fauquier’s oldest family-run businesses is expanding in 2020. Since the mid 1970s, Appleton Campbell has served our community’s homeowners’ HVAC, plumbing, and electrical needs with quality and efficient customer service, operating out of a historic building in old town which was once the ice house and power plant for the town. Now in its fifth decade, the owners are relocating operations to a new facility to streamline efficiency and accommodate the needs of the company as it grows. Lifestyle sat down with Heather Appleton to talk about this new era for Appleton Campbell.

How long has Appleton Campbell been in business? Tell me about the beginnings. We began in January 1976, and we’ll be celebrating 44 years of serving Fauquier County and the surrounding areas this year. The company was started by Jim Appleton, the grandfather of our current president, Mike H. Appleton. He started the business with just one truck, and Mike started helping him. He was just 16 years old, so it was a great learning opportunity for him. Not only was he learning a trade, but he also learned a great deal about ethics and the value of hard work. Flash forward to today, and Michael J. Appleton is the fourth generation to run the company. Our vibrant management team will continue to build on the strong bones and ethics set about by Jim Appleton all those years ago. Scott Wayland, our current vice president, has also been a key player in the growth and family culture of the business for the past 25 years.

What services do you offer the community? Appleton Campbell offers plumbing, heating,


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air conditioning and residential electrical service repairs and replacements. Since 2007, Appleton Campbell has been committed to serving homeowners exclusively, rather than working on new construction and building projects.

How has Appleton Campbell grown since the beginning?

Where will the facility be? How big will it be?

After starting with just one employee and working for many builders throughout the first 30 years, we now have about 90 local employees. We encourage our staff to participate in the surrounding communities, and we’ve narrowed our business focus to serving only homeowners. Our company’s growth philosophy is rooted in teamwork, and we strive to take care of our employees so they can take great care of our customers.

The new office will be right next to Home Depot, off of Alwington Boulevard in Warrenton. It’s a little more square footage than our current office building once you include the warehouse we have rented for the past few years across town. The new space will allow us to operate both from a single building, rather than having them separated.

How will this enhance your business?

I understand you are opening a new facility to accommodate growth. Tell me about that. We are all very excited about the new facility. The new structure allows us to gain a bit of extra square footage, but we’ll have enough parking


for all of our employees and service vehicles. The town has been very gracious in allowing us to use the parking lot next to the dog park for our employee vehicles, but we’re glad to finally have enough parking to accommodate all of them without using a municipal lot.


Just having the new parking and the warehouse all under one roof will be a huge improvement. The new office will also have a larger training room, which is a great need for us. The office layout — and the extra garage doors for loading and stocking our vehicles — will improve our timeliness and efficiency,

allowing us to complete tasks more quickly. The new structure will give us the opportunity to grow and better serve Fauquier and eight surrounding counties (Culpeper, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock, Stafford, Loudoun, Prince William, and Fairfax) as we look ahead to the next 40 years of Appleton Campbell offering value and excellence to area residents. ❖

Clockwise from top left: The move in date for the new facility is on schedule for early spring 2020. Michael Appleton, Mike Appleton, Heather Appleton & Scott Wayland Scott, Michael and Mike at the June 2018 ground breaking

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What Do You Need to Start Seeds Indoors? ...Hope, Faith and Patience BY STELLA VERADUCCIA

If you’re like some people, the winter months seem dreary and endless, and spring cannot arrive soon enough. One antidote for the winter blahs is to get an early jump on your spring garden by starting seeds indoors.


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What You’ll Need There are several different ways to start seeds: the pellet method, the peat-pot method and, for lack of a better term, the paper-towel method. Your supplies depend on which method you choose. In all cases you’ll need quality

seeds, markers to label them (wooden popsicle sticks from craft stores work well), a spray bottle with a misting nozzle, containers, warmth, and light. Oh, and equal parts of hope, faith, and patience. All of your materials must be squeaky-clean — not quite medical-grade sterile, but almost. If you are repurposing household objects as containers or reusing old potting materials, they must be thoroughly washed. Use warm, soapy water mixed with bleach or disinfectant to kill any lingering lifeforms that may contaminate your seedlings, and dry completely before use.

Pellet Magic If you choose the pellet method, you’ll need a supply of peat pellets (also called Jiffy pellets) and a clean container to put them in. These pellets are small round discs that look like checkers, made of compressed dry peat moss in a very fine netting, which magically triple in height when rehydrated. For the container, clean plastic or styro egg cartons are a perfect fit for the rehydrated pellets, as are small yogurt containers or paper cups. To begin, spread the pellets out in a single layer in a shallow bowl or baking dish and slowly add warm water just to cover the top of the discs. As the water is absorbed, the pellets will grow and swell a little; if all the water is gone, you may need to add more to get the pellets to full size, about two inches tall. Here’s where patience comes in – it can take up to 60 minutes to fully rehydrate the pellets. While you’re waiting, you can prepare the containers. Remove the lid of the egg carton, use a large nail to poke a few small holes in the bottom of each compartment, then slide the lid under the


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carton as a drainage tray. If using paper cups or other individual containers, be sure to allow for drainage. Once the pellets are fully rehydrated, place one in each compartment, spread the netting a bit at the top, and use a nail to make a small hole for the seed, following the seed packet directions regarding depth. Place a seed in the hole, cover lightly with loose peat, and add a few drops of water. Add your seed-marker stick, tell the seeds you believe in them, cover, and move the tray to a warm spot to start the germination process (more on that below).

Practical Peat Pots Peat pots are molded flower pots made of compressed peat moss, sometimes mixed with wood pulp, which look like cardboard but are biodegradable and can be planted right in the ground. (A cowpot is a similar product but made of processed cow manure.) If you choose this method, you will also need a commercial seed-starting mix, which is a light, loose soil-less planting medium specially designed for seeds (not potting soil or garden soil, please, which are too heavy and will smother your seeds). Peat pots come



in various sizes and shapes – individual rounds or squares, or a multi-part “flat” with small individual compartments that can be separated before planting. Fill the pots with seed-starting mix, place them in a drainage tray, and mist the top liberally with water from your spray bottle. Using a nail or pencil eraser, make a few holes or narrow rows in the top, following the seed packet directions regarding depth and spacing. Place the seeds in the openings, cover lightly with mix, and mist well; plant a few more seeds than you want or need, as you will thin them out after they germinate. Insert your seedmarker sticks, tell the seeds you hope they’ll be happy, cover, and move them to the warming spot (again, below).

The Quicker Starter-Upper If you are not naturally gifted with large amounts of hope, faith or patience, the paper-towel method is for you. In addition to clean paper towels, you will also need clean zip-lock baggies, a pen to label your seeds, a tray, and the willingness to transplant your seedlings once they have germinated. To begin, fold a clean paper towel in half, open it and mist one side liberally. Place your seeds on the wet half, either scattered randomly or in a row, but with enough space between them to be able to lift them out later. Fold the dry half to cover them, mist well, insert it into a baggie which you have already labeled, and seal. Each baggie should contain only one type of seed, as different plants have different germination

rates; place the baggies in the tray and move to the warming spot, where they should sprout both leaves and roots in just a matter of days. You should then remove the most robust ones gently with tweezers and plant them either in a rehydrated pellet or peat pot filled with starting mix. Regardless of which method you choose, all seeds require warmth to germinate, then light later to grow and, of course, moisture. Place your pellets, pots, or baggies in a large disposable baking pan with a fitted plastic lid – a makeshift greenhouse – and put it in a warm spot: the top of the refrigerator or radiator works well, as does a sunny window. Check daily for moisture and mist liberally if they are drying up. Once they have sprouted leaves, remove the cover, water and fertilize lightly; place them in a cooler spot that gets at least six hours of bright light a day. Rotate them periodically so that they don’t get leggy, and use a fluorescent grow light if you don’t have a southfacing window. When the seedlings have sprouted true leaves (the second set after germination), the pots or pellets can be planted in larger pots to continue growing indoors into small, full plants. A few weeks before planting them outdoors, they need to be “hardened off” by spending a few hours in the shade outside on warm, dry days. Winter is here. You could give in and hibernate, or you could perform a supreme act of hope, faith, and patience by starting your garden seeds indoors. ❖

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Baked Ziti with Meatballs

Haymarket resident Laura Sears has been blogging at LB’s Good Spoon since 2008. There she dishes up her love of food, family, and more. Pay her a visit at blog. lbsgoodspoon.com

There’s something so comforting about a big bowl of baked pasta. While it’s something to be enjoyed in these cold months, I took this recipe one step further by adding some mini meatballs. Make this dish with a green salad and you’re good to go! It’s also a dish that can be made in smaller portions and placed in the freezer to be shared with others when needed. If you make and freeze this recipe, allow it to defrost in the fridge the night before cooking. If you’re making it from frozen at the last minute, increase the baking time by at least 30 minutes, checking the middle to ensure that the center is warm before serving. INGREDIENTS:

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lb penne pasta Tablespoon butter Tablespoon olive oil onion, diced cloves garlic, minced 32 ounce jars marinara sauce teaspoons Italian spices 32 ounce bag frozen mini meatballs ounce ricotta cheese cup parmesan cheese cup mozzarella cheese


1. Boil a pot of water for your pasta and bake al dente according to the directions. 2. Meanwhile, make the sauce by sauteing the onion in the butter and olive oil for about 5 minutes and then adding the garlic and sauteing for about 2 more minutes. Next add your marinara sauce and the Italian spices. Simmer for 10 minutes. 3. In a separate bowl, mix 16 ounces of ricotta with ½ cup parmesan and set aside. 4. In a large bowl, add your drained cooked pasta and 2 cups of your sauce. Next add the ricotta mixture and stir


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to combine. 5. In a 9x13 dish, add a layer of pasta then sprinkle with several meatballs. Ladle some sauce and then a 1/2 cup mozzerella and a 1/4 cup of parmesan. Add another layer of pasta, meatballs, sauce, and cheese. 6. At this point you can freeze until you’re ready to bake, or bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes until bubbly. *Note: If you’re baking this the day you plan to eat it, I recommend adding the meatballs to your sauce before you simmer it so they start cooking in the sauce.

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Sausage and Vegetable Lasagna When it comes to lasagna I want there to be a lot of flavors, a lot of meat, and a lot of veggies. While it’s not a one pot meal, it’s a one pan meal and I want to get everything in there. This recipe was created with that in mind. There’s a depth of flavor thanks to the sundried tomatoes and Italian sausage, and great health benefits thanks to the spinach and mushrooms. While you can make this recipe in a 9x13 pan, I made it with the idea of freezing and giving it to those who could use a good, warm, home cooked meal. With this recipe you’ll be able to make about 6 loaf pans of lasagna which can each serve as a dinner for two adults. While it may take a little bit of time, you’ll have a lot of dinners to gift and some to enjoy. INGREDIENTS:

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Sears’ Family Favorite Drop Biscuits Delicious for breakfast with butter, jam, or honey, and as a side to soups and stews, these drop biscuits come together easily and can be frozen so you can pop out one or two at a time as you need them. INGREDIENTS:

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cups flour teaspoons baking powder teaspoons kosher salt sticks chilled unsalted butter cut into small pieces cups milk

onion, diced ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced tablespoons butter small zucchini, diced lbs. Italian sausage, ground onion tablespoons tomato paste 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes bay leaves teaspoons salt

1. Defrost the spinach overnight in the fridge. When you’re ready to cook, place the spinach in a colander and squeeze it with paper towels to get all the water out. 2. Next, saute half a diced onion, mushrooms and zucchini with salt and pepper in 2 tablespoons of butter for 5-6 minutes. Allow the water to come out of the vegetables and set aside. 3. Make the sauce. Saute the sausage in a dutch oven with 1/2 diced onion until browned and then add the tomato paste through sundried tomatoes. Allow to simmer to reduce about 10-15 minutes. In a bowl, combine ricotta, spinach, egg, and 1 cup parmesan. 4. To assemble: Place 1 cup of sauce on the bottom of each loaf pan, then 1/3 cup of vegetables, 1 lasagna noodle, 3 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture, and then ¼ cup of shredded mozzarella. Repeat with 1/2 cup of sauce, vegetables, lasagna noodle, ricotta and mozzarella until your pan is complete. Cover and freeze until you’re ready to eat, or bake at 375 covered for 30 minutes and then uncovered for 20 minutes. If you are cooking from frozen, allow to defrost the night before in the refrigerator.

1. Preheat your oven to 450. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients and then add the butter. Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter and then pour in the milk. 2. Use a fork to mix the batter until combined. It should be wet without any dry flour spots and be careful not to overmix it. Using a muffin scoop, place the dough onto baking sheets and bake for 12-13 minutes until golden. Makes about 24 biscuits.

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Young at Heart Dynamic senior social group meets for education, friendship, and entertainment BY CHRISTINE CRADDOCK


or being a group comprised of members over the age of 55, the Young at Heart program certainly lives up to its name. The almost 200 members meet once a month, get together for holidays and card games, and even take trips together. One of the program leaders, Marianne Boston, emphasizes her desire to raise awareness that seniors can certainly participate and be active in our community. When Jackie Keller moved here 10 years ago, she joined St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and was asked to help form a Senior Group. She and Mary Guyant, another founding member, worked to create a small group that has now grown into more than they could have imagined. Guyant says she started the group with the help of her husband, praying the seniors would come, enjoy the fellowship, and return the next month. She brought baked goodies at first, and then eventually others started pitching in, helping set up and making coffee. As more and more members began to attend, “we grew and learned from each other,” she says. The decade-old program includes a planning board to schedule and plan all the events to enjoy. There are trips to the Inner Harbor, theatres, group performances, and even a cruise once a year. They have traveled to Canada and the Carribean. “We are a really active group and enjoy getting together,” says Boston. Sometimes it is just something small where a member will simply bring a guitar and we gather for companionship. There are two bridge nights a month, along with other card-playing nights. Last year’s Christmas celebration included a luncheon, door prizes, and decorations.


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Above: A Young At Heart Field Trip Left: Founding member Mary Guyant

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n the spring of 2015, Fauquier Public Library invited older patrons to share their ideas for library programs aimed at active, older adults. “We wanted to learn what kinds of programs active older adults wanted and needed from their library,” said Natalie Wheeler, branch manager at the Bealeton library. It quickly became apparent that older Bealeton area residents were looking for opportunities to learn new things, share their experiences, have fun, and connect with others. Hence, a new program – Older, Wiser, Learners – dubbed OWLs – was born.

A Modest Beginning Held at the Bealeton branch of Fauquier County Public Library, OWLs began as a once-monthly program, often with outside speakers on topics relevant to older residents such as “Knowing the Signs of Alzheimer’s,” “Home and Personal Safety Tips,” and


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“Chair Zumba.” Other favorites included playing “Get to Know You” bingo, tailored specifically for the OWLs, and “Travel Tales,” when they share their adventures at home and abroad. Participants soon asked if a second, less structured meeting could be added to the schedule. “In addition to the interesting topics each monthly program covered, they equally enjoyed the social aspect of meeting and mingling with others,” noted Wheeler. “We added the Coffeehouse to foster the connections OWLs were making with one another and provide another avenue for new OWLs to learn more about the program.” Over 50 OWLs participate in the program throughout the year. Some come to every meeting while others drop in occasionally. Sumerduck resident Regina Elam is one of the founding members and rarely misses a meeting. “Once I retired, I didn’t know what to do with my spare time,” she recalls.



“OWLs is a way to connect with others my age and see and hear about things I didn’t know before. I have nothing but good things to say about OWLs,” she concluded.

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go, plus we learn things at the programs,” Browning said. Fisher’s experience was similar. Although she had already explored the programs offered by the Bealeton library and was interested in going to OWLs, a chance encounter shortly after moving to the area reinforced her belief that the library offered programs for seniors like herself. “Just days after I moved here, I met two ladies in my neighborhood. When I told them I had just moved here from Pennsylvania, they said I must join the book club and OWLs at the Bealeton library,” she recalls. She attended an OWLs meeting soon thereafter and has been a regular OWLs participant ever since. “I have met so many interesting people with interesting stories to tell, if given the time,” she concluded. According to Marsh, there is a sense of community among the OWLs; many have become friends through the meetings and have ongoing meet-ups outside of OWLs, such as lunch and bingo, as well as coming to some of the library’s other programs. They even check on each other when there is a medical issue. “As newcomers arrive in the area, looking for friends and activities to keep themselves busy, they come to the library and find out about the OWLs program,” Marsh said. All OWLs programs are free and open to any active, older adult, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Friends of the Fauquier Library. “We don’t card anyone,” jokes Wheeler, “All active older adults interested in making new friends, learning new things and sharing what they know are welcome.”

BOOK CLUBS: Book lovers of all ages are invited to join one of the seven book clubs offered by Fauquier Public Library. Not surprisingly, many of the OWLs members also participate in the Bealeton Book Club. Third Thursday of the month, 2:30 – 4 p.m. Go to fauquierlibrary.org/for-readers for a complete list of book clubs, including meeting dates and reading lists. LARGE PRINT BOOKS: Some seniors are discouraged from reading as their eyesight begins to wane but their love of reading has not. Large print books, in virtually every genre, are available at your local library, with over 2,100 titles available in large print. LIFELONG LEARNING: Active seniors will enjoy the Great Courses video collection. Learn something new with How to Stay Fit as You Age or travel to the Lost Worlds of South America, Medieval Europe or the World’s Greatest Churches, without ever leaving Fauquier County. Great Courses can be accessed free from home or at your local library. SERVICES: Did the grandkids give you an e-Reader this holiday season? Use it to explore over 23,000 free ebooks, audiobooks and e-magazines from your local library. Technology not your strength? Our reference librarians can help uncross your wires! HEALTHY MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT – AT ANY AGE: In addition to programs for older residents, and the resources listed above, the library has a wide range of materials of interest to OWLs or anyone caring for an aging friend or loved one. Here are a few suggested by library staff:

Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy by Thomas Moore Ageproof: Living Longer Without Running out of Money or Breaking a Hip by Jean Sherman Chatzky Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age by Jo Ann Jenkins Forward From Here: Leaving Middle Age – and Other Unexpected Adventures by Reeve Lindbergh The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittister Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old by John Leland Lifespan: Why We Age and Why We Don’t Have To by David Sinclair Neuroimmunity: A New Science That Will Revolutionize How We Keep Our Brains Healthy and Young by Michal Schwartz Winter’s Graces: The Surprising Gifts of Later Life by Susan Avery Stewart Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing as We Age by Mary Bray Pipher

Bealeton Library and Bealeton Depot (adjacent to the library) 10877 Willow Drive North, Bealeton OWLs regular monthly meeting is held the second Thursday of the month, 2 p.m. OWLs Coffeehouse is held the fourth Thursday of the month, 2 p.m. Pick up a library calendar of events for meeting topics or go to fauquierlibrary.org/calendar


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Heaven Sent: Cherie Vermillion’s Life Ministry Helping local seniors live independent, dignified lifestyles with affordable senior care services.



s senior citizens get older, sometimes they aren’t as able to be as independent as they have been all their adult lives. Many seniors, and their families, face the challenges of this situation every day. Assisted living housing and nursing homes are extremely expensive and require the senior to move out of their own home, often against their wishes. Often their goal is to continue living as independently as possible, whether in their own home or in a family household. Heaven Sent is an organization in Warrenton that can assist seniors and families in these situations. Providing senior care services, their mission is to help their clients lead dignified, independent lifestyles in the comfort and safety of their own homes by providing dependable and affordable care. Founded by owner Cherie Vermillion, Heaven Sent is a product of careful prayer and preparation. Cherie, previously an IT manager who was laid off after the dot com crisis, prayed to God to guide her in making her decision as to what to do next for her


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life’s mission, and she was inspired to care for the elderly. Without any experience in elderly care except with her own family and neighbors, Cherie researched the industry, formed her vision for her company, and opened the doors in 2002 from her home office in Warrenton. Heaven Sent provides the full gamut of elderly care, from caring for clients who need just a little help with transportation to appointments and grocery shopping, all the way to those who are bedridden and who need complete personal hygiene care. Cherie’s caregivers can also help with meals, light housekeeping, medication reminders, and, more importantly, companionship. “We are different from Home Health; they’re sending folks out to perform tasks and leave. We are there for the duration, we become extended family members to the clients.” Cherie explained. What does Cherie see in the elderly today? “They are losing their independence, and they don’t like it. They are lonely and bored, and sometimes get depressed and lose interest or can no longer do things



they once enjoyed. Our job is to increase their quality of life. I have one client who periodically requests a ride to her hairdresser in Front Royal. It gets her out of the house, and it energizes her and makes her happy. Sometimes clients aren’t well enough for big outings, but we still try to get them out a little, maybe for ice cream on a nice day. It makes them feel like they’re alive. We try to be a light in their day.” While Cherie is personally involved in every single case, from initial assessment on, she prides herself on her staff, which is very carefully selected, trained, valued, and trusted for their judgement. It takes a special kind of person for this calling. And it is considered a calling, not just a job. First of all, they must love working with the elderly. “I look for the right heart for this kind of service. If that doesn’t exist, it just won’t work,” Cherie said. “I look for people who are flexible and and can get along with a wide variety of people.” Extensive, ongoing training is provided, and her caregivers are trusted and rewarded for their valuable work. As Cherie explained, “After all, if my caregivers aren’t happy, how can they make the client happy?” Cherie carefully matches her caregivers with her clients, and always introduces them prior to starting care to ensure a good fit. “It’s got to be a win-win situation, when I pair a caregiver to a client. Otherwise, nobody wins. It all goes back to quality of life, and quality of care.” The prices at Heaven Sent are often lower than those of similar organizations — and they offer more flexibility with unexpected scheduling changes — but the quality of care is still paramount. Cherie concluded, “This is a ministry for me. I care greatly about the individuals and that they are treated with dignity, honor, and respect, which quite often they don’t get. When I took care of my first client, the first time I left her apartment I stood out in the hallway and bawled my eyes out. Because I could not believe I could have that much compassion for a complete stranger. My heart just overflowed. That’s when I knew this was where I’m supposed to be.” ❖

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Keeping Seniors Fit, Healthy, Fauquier Health’s Wellness Center offers seniors of any physical capability opportunities to improve their health through movement BY GARY CARROLL


auquier Health’s Wellness Center may not have the Fountain of Youth, but it certainly does a great job in keeping local seniors healthy and vigorous. On a recent visit to the modern, wellequipped facility located next to Holiday Inn in Warrenton, I ran into a fellow senior friend, Jon Holmes, who, although he looks my age, surprisingly told me he was ten years older. Active at the Wellness Center for about a decade, Jon said he believes that his participation has contributed to his ability to stay very active in charity work in the community, including work with the Lions Club and Habitat for Humanity’s RESTORE shop. Meeting with staff members Meghan Costello and Taylor Bireley, I learned that the Center, which started out originally providing services to cardiac and pulmonary patients from Fauquier Hospital, has expanded its services significantly over the years. Now, it provides a wide variety of health services to patients referred by their physicians, as well as to those who participate in Center activities just to keep in shape and stay healthy. Taylor is the Supervisor of the Wellness Center and Meghan is an Exercise Physiologist trained in kinesiology. Meghan says clients who participate in Center activities range from college athletes to one member who is 98 years old. The Wellness Center is truly for everyone, but seniors receive special attention. Meghan noted that classes and equipment at the facility help seniors by increasing strength and balance, elevating their spirits, and creating more energy. In the mornings, you can find classes recommended for seniors just starting out, including Gentle Yoga, Stretch-Strength-Balance, Golden Tone, and Meditation. Of course, seniors can also choose to use the fully equipped exercise room filled with high quality fitness equipment to strengthen and sculpt bodies.


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But the best news is that there is no minimum physical capability requirement to use the facility, and the staff is dedicated to modifying classes and instruction to fit individual needs. Absolutely anyone can participate regardless of physical capability. Even individuals in wheelchairs exercise at the center. Meghan emphasized that the goal is to help each person to move in some way, regardless of their condition. Every new participant starts at a slow, steady pace. As with any new exercise program at any age, it is recommended to check with your physician first and advise the instructor of any health issues you are facing. During my visit, I decided to participate in my first Yoga class. Despite feeling like I was stretching muscles I didn’t know I had, I found the class reenergizing and Exercise Physiologist Andrea Stump, the instructor, was welcoming and patient. Afterwards, she reassured me that I did “fine” for my first class and volunteered some overall advice for me on how to stay healthy in my “golden years.” Andrea, I learned, was a good example of the highly-trained, professional staff you will find ready to partner with you on your fitness and health journey. The Fauquier Health Wellness Center is the only local center to offer certified medical staff on site to help you safely work towards your optimal health. The staff of 26 individuals includes physical therapists, dieticians, exercise physiologists, massage therapists, registered nurses, and many more clinical and wellness professionals. The reach of the Wellness Center stretches out into the community also. Currently, staff members provide exercise classes at the Villa at Suffield Meadows on Route 29, as well as strength and movement classes twice weekly at Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Many also use their visit to the Center as an opportunity to socialize as well as exercise. Some members routinely schedule lunch with their friends to follow their workouts. (I suspect those lunches are healthy ones.) The Center also hosts a “pot luck” party around the holidays and is planning to put together a member cookbook based on their recipes. ❖

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“If you’re just starting out, you’ll need some help to get up and running. Your adult children are the obvious ones to ask, but don’t count out grandchildren! Young adults, teens, and even pre-teens are very technology-savvy these days and are often the best ones to show you how to have fun online!”

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hile collecting thoughts for this article, I remembered Dr. Robert Iadeluca, who was living on his own until a few weeks before he passed away last summer at the age of 98. Every day he did a handful of things on his desktop computer: he read the New York Times, checked his emails, read the latest Facebook posts, researched on the web for information, and wrote articles which were also published in this magazine. I would like to share some information and tips so other seniors can also take steps toward connectivity and independence through technology. An added bonus: not only can technology be useful, it can also be fun! COMMUNICATION Just last week my 87-year-old Mom, who lives alone in Munich, expressed how much she loves our weekly Skype sessions. It’s not the same as being there, but at least we can see each other face to face. On the average Sunday, we have an online family gathering with my mother, me and my wife in Warrenton, all three of our daughters, my sister, and one or two nephews, all the way from different cities in Germany, New Jersey, and Lusaka, Zambia. Yes, this is possible with the internet! The ways we stay in touch with family and friends have changed significantly over the last few decades. Hand-written letters have sadly become rare. If you want to communicate quickly with children, grandchildren, and younger friends, they most likely prefer a text message or email, all of which they can access on their mobile phones. If you still have an older model “flip phone,” you can still

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perform these tasks. But there are so many more technological applications out there nowadays that you should certainly consider upgrading to a larger touch screen phone which will open up so many more doors for you. This will enable you to take and share photos and communicate visually through apps such as FaceTime, Skype, or WhatsApp where you can chat and see each other while you’re doing it. CONVENIENCE You can do much of your shopping online from the comfort of your home; for example, ordering groceries and medicine to be delivered to your door, which can be especially helpful for seniors with limited mobility or transportation issues. For security purposes, always use a credit card when shopping online, instead of a debit card or automatic withdrawal from your bank account. ENTERTAINMENT There are so many programs online to train your brain, play interactive and individual games, and more. My mother enjoys Scrabble with me online, and my father-in-law challenges himself every day with Solitaire. Kindles and light tablets are perfect for accessing E-books. You don’t necessarily need to purchase them or have a monthly subscription; you can access thousands of electronic and audio books for free via the OverDrive App through your local library. Ask about this next time you go to the library. I enjoy listening to audiobooks on my phone or on the computer. If you have questions while you are on your journey through technology, please contact me at 540-428-2376 or at klaus@dokklaus.com. I enjoy providing one-on-one classes, too. ❖

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Phone and Internet Safety for Seniors Protect yourself from financial frauds and scams BY PAM KAMPHUIS


s our aging population grows, and as people are living longer lives due to advanced medical treatments, one concern of people with aging parents is how to keep them safe. Warrenton Lifestyle met with Lt. Richard MacWelch and Michelle Wright of the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office to discuss safety and security of senior citizens today. According to Lt. MacWelch and Wright, a significant threat to seniors is their vulnerability to financial frauds and scams. Seniors face the same safety threats every day that the rest of us do; the difference is in how they perceive their surroundings and their world. “Seniors are very trusting,” said Wright. “They always want to see the good in people, and they don’t want to bother anyone by asking for help. Sometimes they are too proud to ask for help, or don’t want their family or others to think they’re incapable of handling their own affairs.” Seniors have spent most of their lives without the internet, and grew up in a time without aggressive telephone or door-to-door marketing, and as such they are particularly vulnerable to internet and phone scams. Trained from an early age to be polite on the telephone, they have a hard time saying no. They are usually not able to discern when callers, or people contacting them by email, are trying to, best case scenario, sell them


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something they don’t need, all the way to the worst case scenario, steal their identity for the purpose of financial fraud. It’s important to understand,” explained Wright, “that it takes very little information for someone to get started on stealing your identity. Even giving out your birthdate puts you at risk. If a caller has your phone number, he also has your address. If he then obtains your birth date, he has enough to go a lot further into obtaining even more information about you.” The results of fraud can be devastating. If a criminal gains enough personal information from you, he can do anything from buy a cell phone to empty your bank accounts to apply for credit cards or even a car loan or a home mortgage. “Phone scammers prey upon the elderly. They know what they’re doing, they know exactly what to say, which tone of voice to take, whether to be friendly and polite or forceful and threatening. They can assess the vulnerability of the senior and manipulate them into giving out information. They are experts at it.” said Lt. MacWelch.

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• Do not assume that everyone who calls you is honest and calling with legitimate business. • Remember, you have the right to simply say “no” or hang up the phone if a caller is making you uncomfortable or pressuring you. • Realize that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. • Never respond to any sales or financial inquiry calls immediately. Take the time to think about the call, consider the information, and, most importantly, consult with someone trustworthy, such as a family member. There is nothing that will come in by a phone call that has to be acted on immediately. Don’t fall for “you have to act now to receive this special rate.” • Never give ANY personal or financial information out to anyone over the phone or internet. Callers may offer you “discounted payment plans” for bogus purchases if you authorize a monthly direct debit from your account. Giving that information means that they have all the information they need to empty your account. • Beware of calls that “only want to confirm information.” The caller may identify himself as a representative from Medicare, and tell you there’s a problem with your account. “He may then ask you to read off the information on your Medicare card so he can confirm that the records match. “You have no idea how much personal information is connected to your Medicare number,” explained Shelly. “Seniors need to realize that Medicare, the government, or the IRS will never make that kind of phone call.” • Conduct most transactions with a credit card instead of a debit card, and protect your PIN carefully. Always use the same credit card so it’s easy to keep track of. Check your statements carefully, and contact the credit card company immediately if anything seems off. • Do not hire home services contractors who come to your door or contact you by phone. Always choose contractors by recommendations from family or other trusted friends.

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even before that to come take a tour and check it out.” The Warrenton ADHC serves adults 18 and older who meet admission requirements: Reside in Culpeper, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock, Fauquier, or other nearby counties; have an identified need for ADHC services; be at risk for institutional placement without ADHC supportive services; and do not have current needs deemed to be a danger to self or others. The program offers care and supervision provided by certified aides and nurses, social and recreational programs based on individual interests, health monitoring with medication administration and/ or medication supervision, a personcentered plan of care developed with the participant and family, a nutritious lunch and two snacks per day, and access to care coordinators and other aging services. “We tailor the plan of care and activities to what each person’s needs and interests are,” Walters said. They can participate if they want and we encourage it, but it’s what they want to do. Among other things, the participants are able to get socialization and even develop camaraderie. They can really get into participating in the activities.” WADHC encourages caregivers and seniors to come in and see all the benefits they offer. “We are very interested in having folks come in and take a tour through the building, and ask any questions,” Walters said. The Warrenton ADHC accepts CCC+ (Medicaid managed care), private pay on a sliding scale and some private insurances. Transportation is available in some areas. For more information about the Warrenton ADHC, contact them today at 540-825-3100, ext. 3464. ❖


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hen seniors retire from working, sometimes they don’t know what to do with themselves. Especially if they can’t drive any longer, their world becomes very small and lonely. They lack mental and physical stimulation, as well as socialization. This is something the Fauquier Senior Center is designed to help. Overseen by the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services, the program provides educational, physical, and social stimulation, recreation, nutritional information and a nutritious noon meal for their members. But, said Lola Walker, the Nutrition and Volunteer Services Supervisor for RRCS, the most important thing they offer seniors is the opportunity to have fun! One member said, “I was a cafeteria worker in the public school system for my whole career. When I retired and couldn’t drive any more, I stayed home alone, staring at the four walls for two years until I started attending the Senior Center. It is such a blessing. I am much more active, healthier, and happier all the way around.” There are two programs that the Center is required to offer: Nutrition Education and Healthy Steps, a gentle exercise program which can be performed either sitting or standing. But there is so much more that the Center offers. Seniors can enjoy socializing with their friends and playing board games. Other activities include things like playing Jeopardy, volleyball, kickball, bean bag toss, making crafts, and many others. The two favorite activities for members, by survey, are field trips and Bingo. “They really like Bingo,” said Lola. “The socialization is key; the members become like family,” she added. Outside members of the community contribute to the success of the Center. Community members volunteer periodically, leading activities or calling Bingo. “We have a dedicated and enthusiastic staff, but others volunteering and visiting livens it up a bit,” said Lola.


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Seniors are THRIVE-ing at Allegro Community School for the Arts

Dancing Through Parkinson’s program of Invertigo Dance Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Joelle Martinec, Ginger Sole Photography

Music and dance programs increase quality of life for our older population



hursdays at Allegro Community School for the Arts is alive with senior citizens. Not just a school for young music and theatre students, Allegro’s goal is to bring the arts to all. Now they are reaching out to the senior demographic with their THRIVE program, designed to bring the joy of the arts, especially music and dance, to those who are older, regardless of arts background or diminished physical ability. Whether it’s music, dance, theater, painting, or other forms of creating something beautiful, it’s been proven


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through research — study The classes are held in after study has shown that Allegro’s dance studio, a participating in various forms large, brightly-lit open space of art provides a mental and with brightly painted walls in physical boost to all ages. And purple and pink; the setting is who is more in need of this energizing and calming at the than our senior population? same time. While movement All of the baby boomers will and dance are very therapeutic THRIVE program coordinator be aged 75 or older by 2035, for seniors, the setting is about Cecilia Dohm which means that before we as far from a medical, therapy know it, we will have a larger population of type setting as you can get. older adults in our community. About 60 percent of the guests take the The Allegro Community School for the class standing (and dancing!), and some Arts, which has always worked tirelessly to stand with walkers, or sit on a chair or in a bring the arts to everyone in our community, wheelchair. But all are beaming and moving understands this. Led by coordinator Cecilia with the music, and in the process increasing Dohm, who is working towards her master’s strength and balance, all while having a blast. degree in clinical mental health and dance All sorts of music is used in the classes, therapy, the intergenerational THRIVE from Big Band pieces to popular hits from program that features music, dance, and art the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s to opera, ballet, and is specifically designed for those over the musical theatre to disco. But the most popular age of 55 to encourage them to engage in the music with the seniors is The Beatles. arts, as opposed to merely observing them. The guests, about half women, half men, So every week, three music and range in age from about 65 to late eighties. movement programs are offered for seniors. All enjoy the program immensely but,




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Cecilia said, “It’s the men who mostly come up to me and tell me how much it engages them. And these are men with no musical or dance backgrounds; they’re engineers, mathematicians, retired Air Force. It just shows how this program can affect people.”

Dance for Parkinson’s®

One of the programs included under the THRIVE umbrella is Dance for Parkinson’s ®. The Mark Morris Dance Group created Dance for Parkinson’s ® in 2001 for patients, their families, and care partners to help with movement that includes balance, sequencing, rhythm, and aesthetic awareness and draws from ballet, tap, folk, and social dancing. Cecilia studied this program and brought it to Allegro in 2018. The program is steeped in research which includes how dance helps Parkinson’s patients with movement, but also psychological aspects, interpersonal skills, problem solving, and emotional and cognitive skills. The program has been well received around the country. Cecilia shared the story of a man who participated in a class in New York City who had diminished abilities. He could only use his thumb and was wheelchair-bound. He was a fervent student and despite his limitations, every weekend he would take the train to get to class. He proves that the limitations we put on ourselves are in our minds. “It is amazing to see participants in the Dance for Parkinson’s ® program. Just because their body is paralyzed doesn’t mean they can’t dance in their mind,” Cecilia said.

Dance for Dementia

Researchers from the Department of Dance and Department of Psychological Medicine in New Zealand found that the use of familiar music and the natural gestures of dance can help to promote a better quality of life for those living with dementia. The memory stimulation, mood moderation, and social interaction proved to be a positive counterbalance to diminishing cognitive recall. The challenge for dementia patients can be the perceived dangers of leaving their comfortable surroundings, but Allegro is working with local private agencies to bring the program to facilities where patients live to alleviate this problem. Props are used for this program, such as scarves and baby dolls, to spark memories of holding a child, or being a child. One of the many side effects of dementia includes


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depression, and recalling these memories can help counterbalance these feelings. Caregivers have noticed that those with dementia who participate in a program that uses music along with safe, guided movement have improved day-to-day mood, decreased physical deterioration, and are easier to care for. “Patients with dementia may have memory that is waning, but it is still within their body’s system, and through this program we hope to help them retrieve good memories,” Cecilia said. Caregivers have also benefited from these programs. Having activities to do with their loved ones with dementia increases the quality of their relationships by creating shared interests. The THRIVE program is not limited to these two classes. A Seated Dance for Older Adults class is also offered, and there are many other programs available for senior students. There is an adult choir and beginning ballet classes for adults, aimed for dancers with no previous training, as well as pottery, drawing, and even basic craft classes. The classes are still catching on as Allegro is working on getting the word out to the senior community, but everyone who comes to the programs returns again and again. Cecilia said, “Once you come in once, you’re hooked. Music and movement reach the part of the brain that’s connected with emotion. And you can tell how it affects our guests, both the seniors themselves as well as their families. People are brought to tears sometimes as they feel what the activity can do for them. It’s really empowering and uplifting. And the guests bond with each other, it really becomes like a family. We encourage participation from family, and sometimes you’ll see teenagers out there dancing with their grandparents. It’s truly heartwarming. Some of our staff can’t even watch the classes any more because it brings them to tears.” Cecilia added, “Dance is for everyone. It is for all levels and all body types, and all physical and intellectual abilities. It’s mostly about relationships, building community. Camaraderie. Learning something new together is exciting and the arts are a beautiful vehicle for that. Don’t be afraid to try something new.” For more information about Allegro’s programs, contact Cecilia Dohm at cecilia@ allergrocsa.org or visit their website at allegrocsa.org ❖



Come on out and give it a try! A variety of classes support and welcome all, including those with invisible disabilities and physical disabilities, even those with wheelchairs and walkers. The classes include a variety of modifications for all movement abilities. Volunteers are present in all classes to assist in standing, sitting, and serving as a helpful friend if needed. Caregivers and family are welcome (or, in the case of Alzheimer’s or dementia, required) and encouraged to participate too!

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