When senior centers throughout the region closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many began offering virtual programming for their members – fitness classes to help older adults stay fit, flexible, and balanced; social events to connect with friends; arts and crafts classes to encourage creative expression and reduce stress; and lectures and performances to educate and entertain. Over many months, these events created connection while people remained physically distant.
Although centers have reopened, the need for virtual programming persists. Even before the pandemic, many older adults and adults with disabilities lived in isolation, rarely able to leave home. Additionally, some former center participants are no longer comfortable returning to the centers they once enjoyed.
To address the continued need for virtual programming, four Northern Virginia jurisdictions and one non-profit organization partnered to offer weekly virtual programming for older adults and adults with disabilities. Arlington County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, the Town of Vienna, and ServiceSource Inc., hosts live virtual programming on Zoom five days a week. The events range from fitness classes to special presentations to interactive games. This resource is free and all older adults and adults with disabilities who live in Northern Virginia are welcome to use it.
VCAA Special Presentations in July 2022 include:
- July 1 at 10:30 a.m.: Musician of the Month – Honoring International Reggae Day
- July 7 at 10 a.m.: Historic talk about Clara Barton by park ranger from the Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo
- July 13 at 1 p.m.: Alzheimer’s Association presents- Managing Money: A Caregiver’s Guide to Finances
- July 14 at 3 p.m.: Presentation: Is a Reverse Mortgage Loan Right for You? by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- July 19 at 1 p.m.: A music performance: Arts for the Aging: More than the Blues with Miles Spicer
- July 21 at 1:30 p.m.: Presentation: The Rise of Vladimir Putin by Steven Barnes, associate professor of Russian history and director of Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Mason University
- July 22 at 9:00 a.m.: Hulu Dancers performed by Fairfax County West Springfield/Burke Center Without Walls
- July 25 at 10:15 a.m.: Sorting Fact from Fiction Online
- July 26 at 9 a.m.: Fairfax County Silver Shield Anti-Scam Campaign
- July 28 at 1:30 p.m.: Presentation: Financial Caregiving by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- July 28 at 3 p.m.: Presentation: Military Records at the Library of Virginia with Ashley Craig
To learn more and join the activities please visit bit.ly/NCSvcaa. *