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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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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AARP Smart Driver Course, Monday, August 5th & Tuesday, August 6th

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The AARP Smart Driver Course will be held Monday, August 5th and Tuesday, August 6th between 9:00 am to 1:00 pm each day (you must attend both days to get a certificate of completion.)

United Baptist Church
7100 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003

Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Call to reserve your seat now!  Seating is limited

 

 

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Lunch N’ Life, Thursday August 22nd

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Come hear Maddie Sharpe talk about Medicare on Thursday, August 22, 2019 between 11:30 am- 1:00 pm.  We can all learn something from her!

Ravensworth Baptist Church
5100 Ravensworth Rd.
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, August 19th.

 

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Day Trip to the National Cryptologic Museum, Thursday, September 12th

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Take a trip with us to the National  Security Agency’s National Cryptologic Museum in Annapolis Junction, Md.

Board the Bus at 10:00 am at

United Baptist Church
7100 Columbia Pike
Annandale,VA. 

Lunch on your own.  Cost is $25 for transportation and tour.   Call to reserve your seat now!

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Lunch N’ Life, Thursday July 25th

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Join the fun to see Elaine Flynn portray “The Four Wives of Hemingway” on Thursday, July 25th between 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Elaine plays each of four women who shaped the life of one of America’s greatest writers.

Hope Lutheran Church
4604 Ravensworth Rd.,
Annandale, VA 22003

Open to the public-all are welcome!  Cost is $10 for lunch and fun.   Please call the SCAS office at 703-941-1419 or send an email to shepherdscas@vacoxmail.com to reserve your seat by Monday, July 22nd.  Send your check to the SCAS office.  Our meals are catered so pre-payment is required.

 

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Lunch N’ Life, Thursday, June 27th

 

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Join us between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 27th to hear Ron Wiersma, Founder and President of Friend 2 Friend International, on the subject of  “the bridge from loneliness to happiness…”.    There are some truly surprising ways we can help ourselves live more fruitful lives.

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
6800 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, June 24th.

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Lunch N’ Life
, Thursday, May 23rd

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Lunch N’ Life
 & Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Thursday, May 23, 2019
11:30 am to 1:00 pm

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
5800 Backlick Rd.
Springfield, VA 22150

Put on your dancing shoes and dance to the music of the Nitehawks Swing Band, or just sit back and enjoy the music.  Join us to honor our volunteers, too.

Open to the public—all are welcome!   Cost is $10 for lunch and music.  Support ACCA Food Bank 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, May 22nd.

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

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