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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Lunch N’ Life, Thursday December 12th

And the holidays are here!

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Lunch N’ Life, Thursday November 14th

Screen Shot 2019-10-08 at 5.39.47 PM.png“What’s In A Name?”  Come find out between 11:30 am – 1:00 pm on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
6800 Columbia Pike
Annandale, Virginia.

Accomplished pianist Peggy Newhall will be with us with arranged musical numbers attached to a specific name.   We will enjoy music such as ‘Danny Boy’, ‘Ezekiel, Take The Wheel’ and ‘Fur Elise’ that embrace distinct styles of music.

Lunch and entertainment cost $10.00 a person. Call and reserve a seat with SCAS at 703-941-1419 by Monday, November 11th.   Our lunches are catered so pre-payment is required.

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Day Trip, Wednesday October 9th

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For all you history buffs, come along with us to tour the World War II National D-Day Memorial & Museum in beautiful Bedford, Virginia.

This trip will take from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. as Bedford, Virginia is around a 4 hour drive.   We will board the bus at 7:00 a.m. at the

United Baptist Church
7100 Columbia Pike
Annandale,VA  22003

Lunch will be on your own. Cost is $50 for transportation and tour.

Call 703-941-1419 to reserve your seat now!

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Lunch N’ Life, Thursday October 24th

Screen Shot 2019-08-23 at 7.33.10 AM.pngThe GMU OLLI Players present

“From South Dakota to Bali Hai”

Portrayed as an old-time radio show, the amusing storyline with costume will be told through musicals like Oklahoma, My Fair Lady & Dolly.

October 24, 2019 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

United Baptist Church

7100 Columbia Pike,
Annandale, VA  22003

Open to the public-all are welcome!  Cost is $10 for lunch and lecture. Please call the SCAS office at 703-941-1419 or send an email to shepherdscas@vacoxmail.com to reserve your seat by Monday, October 21st.

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How Seniors Can Encourage The Younger Generation To Get A Start In Life

Screen Shot 2019-08-01 at 5.08.30 PM.pngThe US Census Bureau projected that Americans aged 65 and above will outnumber the younger generation by 2035. This could require more senior organizations that  cater to the needs of the elderly. But aside from serving other seniors, they are also expected to help the younger ones get a start in life. So, how can seniors encourage the younger generation in getting a better start in life?
More Opportunities Of Having Their Own Home  
One of the best advice that seniors can give to the young generation is to set up a place of their own. This will inspire them to take more responsibilities in life. But based on the housing trends from Stanford Center on Longevity, the homeownership rate among the young people is dropping. The report claimed that people at the age of 30 are not in a hurry to own a house. One of the reasons for this is because they want to wait until they already have their own family. The other could be due to paying off the high interests from their student debts.  To encourage the youth in gaining more independence, seniors can choose to offer affordable family buy-to-let mortgages with their own properties. This also allows millennials to start the journey of owning their own home without the strict restrictions from high-interest rentals and landlords.  To get a fair mortgage value, the elderly can hire a property broker to protect the rights of both parties. 
Engage In Intergenerational Relationships   
If the young ones already have positive role models to look up to, they will be inspired to do better in life now and in the future. This can be very beneficial for those who are still in school. They will have the motivation to pursue higher education, develop better financial habits, and learn more life skills. In addition, they will learn how to respect the elders and treasure every lesson that they learn from them.  Seniors must show their passion to the younger generation. This will encourage the youth to find their own interests. They will make it easier to determine what they are passionate about. The elders can introduce their hobbies and allow the youth to learn from them. Because of this, the new generation will learn more life skills that they can use as they reach their own maturity. In return, the seniors will also enjoy passing their wisdom down to the next generation. 
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Oktoberfest, Saturday, September 21st

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Saturday, September 21st at 11:30 am

Join us as we celebrate our 2019 Oktoberfest at the Timberman Masonic Lodge and featuring the Kings Park German Band.  The lodge is located:

Timberman Masonic Lodge
6911 Columbia Pike
Annandale, Virginia 22003

Cost is $20 for lunch 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, September 16th. Send your check to the SCAS office.  Our meals are catered so pre-payment is required.

Open to the public—all are welcome!


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Caring For Aging Skin

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Caring For Aging Skin
There’s no getting around the fact that as we grow older, our skin begins to lose some of its youthful vigor. Over time, you may start to notice more fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, or even new marks, especially if you’ve had significant sun damage before the age of twenty. While there might be little that one can do to stop skin from aging, there are plenty of health and wellness tricks that older adults can use to slow the process and keep their skin looking firm and bright for years.
Keep Out of the Sun
It’s never too late to start combating the effects that the sun does to your skin. You may have done a lot of outdoor tanning in your youth, but it’s never too late to start practicing sun smart habits in your golden years. As an older adult, you can start making an effort to be more conscientious about exposure. When going outside, cover up as much skin as possible. Wearing a hat and sunglasses can help to keep rays off the sensitive skin of your face.
When it’s not possible to cover up, make sure always to protect uncovered skin with sunscreen. A sunscreen that provides an SPF of at least 30 is what the American Academy of Dermatology recommends. If you’re planning to go out for a long time, make sure to bring extra sunscreen and reapply as often as needed.
Moisturize Daily
Dry skin can be more common in older adults than other age groups due to the prevalence of conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease. Certain medications can also cause dryness and itching. By moisturizing every morning and night, you help to lock hydration into the skin, keeping it soft, supple and younger looking. Try to look for a gentle moisturizer that uses safe, natural ingredients. Also, apart from taking care of your facial skin, make sure to pay attention to your neck, limbs, and other areas that need hydration. You can use a separate facial cream and body lotion, or to shorten your routine, you can use a moisturizer that works for the face and body. 
Stay Hydrated
When you become dehydrated, it can show in your skin. Dehydration can turn plump, supple skin to something that is sallow, wrinkled, and lifeless. You should aim to drink plenty of fresh water each day and avoid sugary sodas, alcohol, or excessive amounts of coffee. Health experts recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, or about half a gallon. You can also increase your water and antioxidant intake by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.
As you age, caring for your skin will help it to continue looking bright and young for longer. Staying out of the sun, keeping hydrated, and moisturizing twice per day can all help to revitalize your skin and give it a healthy glow. By taking care of yourself inside and out, you can keep your skin looking its best.


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