Driving Safety Tips for Seniors

Despite older drivers having a higher accident rate, many senior are keen to keep hold of their license for as long as possible. And understandably so.  Driving can be a wonderful experience and is often the key to staying independent. But the stark reality is that as we age our driving changes and unfortunately, not always for the better. But there are some simple ways you can stay safe and enjoy worry-free driving for as long as possible.

Keep up to date with hearing and sight tests

Being a driver is all about reacting to what happens around you. To be able to do this, you need to make sure that you are in the best physical health possible, and this includes attending all appointments for hearing and sight tests when required. This gives you the chance to ensure that you are in optimum control of your vehicle, and you will notice if there is ever a problem.

Be aware of your limitations

Although you will, of course, want to drive as much as possible, you should be aware and accepting of what you can and can’t do. For example, if you know that you feel uncomfortable due to stiffening joints after half an hour behind the wheel, you should limit journeys to this length, or at least schedule regular breaks. Driving when you know there is something causing a problem for you can cause accidents, as it may take some of your attention away from the road.

Keep your employer informed 

There are many jobs that might require you to drive for a living, and if you want to remain at work rather than taking retirement it is vital that you make sure you are safe behind the wheel.  Having an open conversation with your employer is a great way to start this, as it means that they can understand any issues you might have with driving, and help you to solve them. There may be a way to adjust your workload to make it more suited to your driving abilities, and this means you can stay in work safely.

Take a refresher course

The roads are changing all the time, and because of this, it is always a good idea to take a refresher course. This can give you the confidence to drive as you wish without worrying, and the reassurance of a professional can help you to be as comfortable as possible while behind the wheel in the future.

For many seniors, driving is a crucial part of staying active and independent as they get older. It is important however that you recognize how your driving ability can change significantly as you age. But by looking after your health, keeping up-to-date with all your appointments and always being honest with yourself, you can ensure you stay safe on the road.

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Day Trip to Leesburg December 12th

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On Wednesday, December 12th, board the bus at United Baptist Church at 9:30 am to go shopping in Leesburg, VA.   Just in time for the holidays, see how many of the 113 stores at the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets you can shop in before you fill the bus.

Lunch will be on your own at The Blue Point Grill in Leesburg.
Return around 3:30 pm.

Cost is $25 for transportation. Call to reserve your seat now!

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Lunch N’ Life, Thursday, December 6th

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Join us for a “Triple Treat” to get ready for the holidays on
Thursday, December 6th  11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Come hear Carol Ann Papp,  Annandale High School Women’s Choir, and a professional soprano sing holiday songs.

Annandale United Methodist Church
6935 Columbia Pike,
Annandale, VA

Open to the public— all are welcome!  Cost is only $10 for lunch, lecture, and music.

Please call the SCAS office at 703-941-1419 or send an email to shepherdscas@vacoxmail.com to reserve your seat by Monday, Dec. 3rd.

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Lunch N’ Life, Thursday, November 15th

Join us to hear Gabriel Abasi “Enlightening Entertainment” Funny stories of Life, Humor, Love, and Laughter.

Thursday, November 15th 11:30 to 1:30

Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church
4801 Ravensworth Rd.,
Annandale, VA

Cost is $10 for lunch and lecture. Door Prize.   Open to the public—all are welcome!

Support ACCA Food Bank and ECHO by bringing a non-perishable food.

Please call the SCAS office at 703-941-1419 or send an email to shepherdscas@vacoxmail.com to reserve your seat by Monday, Nov. 15th.
Send your check to the SCAS office. Our meals are catered so pre-payment is required.

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Lunch N’ Life, Thursday, October 18th

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Balloons were used for surveillance and reconnaissance during the Civil War.
Join us to hear John DePerro speak about the Civil War Balloon Corps.

Thursday, October 18th
11:30 am and 1:00 pm

United Baptist Church
7100 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA  22003

Cost is only $10.00 for lunch and lecture.

Please send your check to:

7610 Newcastle Dr
Annandale, VA 22003
T (703) 941-1419

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Yoga For Seniors: A Better Way To Good Health

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While it may seem counter-intuitive, yoga can be an excellent choice to help seniors improve physically and mentally. This low-impact exercise has the added benefits of mindfulness, relaxation and meditation as well as showing people how to properly do deep breathing.

The Benefits of Yoga

Let’s take a look at some other ways yoga aids seniors and how to get started.

Balance And Mobility

As you age, your balance and mobility can decline, but yoga may be able to change that. According to Advocate Health Care, a recent study suggested that for people over age 60, balance and mobility improved significantly for participants that practiced yoga. The way it strengthens muscles can also help improve your stability, lessening falls.

Strengthens Unused Muscles

Some of your muscles are not used as they were in your youth if you have limited mobility. Yoga can help with strengthening the muscles in your legs, core, shoulders, spine and neck without you having to visit the gym. Learn more at Health Journal.

Yoga Builds Confidence

Aging Care claims that yoga improves your sense of body awareness, which can lead to increased confidence for seniors. Because yoga allows you to make progress through small movements over time, a good yoga teacher can help a senior student progress through the poses. This gives them a sense of achievement as they move forward. They recommend seniors try Anusara yoga because it focuses on aligning the body and can benefit people with physical limitations.

Improves Medical Health

Yoga can help people suffering from arthritis, joint pain, cardiovascular health and Type 2 diabetes. According to this post at Sixty & Me, “Yoga practice can induce short-term improvements in fasting glucose and cholesterol levels. This effect occurs because yoga stimulates the organs, which regulate metabolism.” It’s important to note this happens as part of a regular yoga practice, rather than targeted exercises done alone.

Good For Limited Mobility

Yoga can help people with limited mobility, according to eCaring. Unlike other exercises that benefit your cardiovascular system, yoga is low impact and therefore easy on your joints. You are also at much less risk for injury than many other forms of exercise.

Benefits for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

Current research shows that while yoga cannot cure these conditions, it may be able to help prevent them and possibly improve symptoms for sufferers. Read more about how yoga and meditation can benefit these problems at Yoga Journal.

Helps In Addiction Recovery

For many people in addiction recovery, having a good relationship with the physical self is just as important as the spiritual one. Yoga and its companion practice of meditation can do just that. While a 12-step or other alternative programs can help you recover from addiction, yoga and meditation can help bring your body, breathing and diet back into balance. For those who find the idea of meditation appealing, you can dedicate an area of your home to the practice with just a few simple modifications. Select a space (or a room) away from the hustle and bustle, declutter it, put in some soft lighting, and purchase some scented candles. With this simple formula, you’ll have a relaxing area that’s ready for meditation.

Before Starting A Yoga Program

Before you start any fitness program, you should discuss it with your doctor. You should also make sure you choose the right yoga practice for your body. As mentioned, Anusara is one possibility. Other good options according to Very Well Fit include:

● Hatha Yoga: For beginners and those who have lost significant muscle tone or have been sedentary for a long time.
● Iyengar Yoga: These use props, which can be helpful when learning poses.
● Viniyoga and Kripalu: These customize the practice to fit the person.

Some places even offer adaptive yoga for those with more physical limitations. Learn about it at the NCHPAD blog.

Yoga is a great exercise that can benefit seniors in a multitude of ways. Talk to your doctor and see if it’s a good fit to get you started moving and in shape again.

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Oktoberfest, Saturday, September 22nd

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Saturday, September 22n
Noon to 2:30 pm
American Legion Post #1976
4206 Daniels Ave
Annandale, VA 22003

Join us to hear the Mount Vernon German Band and enjoy some homemade German food. We will have a 50/50 drawing. You may be the winner!
Open to the public—all are welcome!
Cost is $20 for lunch and music. Tickets sold in advance.
Support ACCA Food Bank and ECHO by bringing a non-perishable food. In a 2015 survey it was revealed that 67,190 Fairfax County residents were “food insecure”. Let’s help fill the food bank.
Please call the SCAS office at 703-941-1419 or send an email to shepherdscas@vacoxmail.com to reserve your seat by Monday, September 17th.

Send your check to the SCAS office.  Our meals are catered so pre-payment is required.

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Day Trip to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA

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Board the bus at AUMC at 9:30 am.
Start the day with a tour through the beautiful Glen Burnie House built in 1794. See four galleries of exhibits including miniature houses.
Lunch will be on your own at a local restaurant. Return around 3:30 pm.

Cost is $35 for transportation and tour. Call to reserve your seat now!

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