LNL Christmas Choir – December 6, 2018

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To watch, tap here –  LNL Christmas Choir – December 6, 2018

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Day Trip to Leesburg December 12th


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


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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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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AARP Smart Driving Class

Wednesday, August 1st & Thursday, August 2nd
9:00 am -1:00 pm each day

AARP Smart Driving Class SCAS is sponsoring the AARP Smart Driving Class for seniors at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church on Wednesday, August 1st and Thursday 2nd. Classes are from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm each day.   You must attend both days to earn a certificate which may save you some money on your car insurance.

– $15 for AARP members (bring your AARP card);
– $20 for nonmembers.

Pre-registration is required. (Maximum of 35 participants).  Bring a check payable to AARP or cash at the door.

To Register:   Call the Shepherd’s Center of Annandale
Springfield at 703-941-1419.

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My Home Companion Gives The Elderly An Option To Access Spiritual Care

Screen Shot 2018-06-06 at 6.10.26 PM.pngWhen Michael Rodia’s mother was not able to receive the sacraments and participate in church activities, she found solace in My Home Companion’s faith-based initiative. The company arranged for a home visit from an extraordinary minister of holy Communion, someone to recite the rosary with her and transportation to and from church services.

“In addition to the wonderful caregiving services My Home Companion provided, the spiritual component was a much-appreciated bonus,” said Rodia.

The Springfield-based company offers personal and companion care, care management for adults with disabilities, and help with relocation, but one thing that sets it apart from other home-care providers is the focus on spiritual care.

“We noticed a void and a gap on the spiritual side,” said Bob Carlin, managing director. When his father-in-law was sick he had caregivers to help him. “One of the things that was interesting to me was the things that bothered him were getting (communion) or getting a ride to church. You don’t realize those kinds of things are taking place until you experience it,” he said.

Carlin said many caregivers focus on physical, mental, emotional and psychological needs.

“Those types of things are treated well because there is a playbook everyone is following,” he said.

The spiritual care is built into the client’s care plan. Calling, making arrangements for Mass, or reciting the rosary is documented as they go. There is a family portal, a web-based tool that allows families to check in on their relative, including their spiritual care. Church leadership also has access to the portal with the permission of the family.

There are 56 parishes in their service area. Carlin said he and Nasto are reaching out to St. Ambrose in Annandale, and Queen of Apostles Church and St. Rita Church in Alexandria. Interest has grown among other Protestant denominations and a Jewish Community Center.

My Home Companion is teaming up with diocesan Catholic Charities to find volunteers and participants for the June 2018 Retreat for People Facing Serious Illness. They also are collaborating on a training program for potential caregiver certification through Hogar Immigration Services, collaborating with Jackie Chavez, education services manager, and Courtney Lord, curriculum and workforce development specialist. Young adults organized by Sally O’Dwyer, director of volunteers for Catholic Charities, visited Sunrise Braddock Glen Assisted Living in Fairfax and Arden Courts in Annandale. Carlin said they also have identified other communities who will host future visits.

Carlin, a parishioner of the Basilica of St. Mary in Alexandria, and General Manager Paul Nasto, a parishioner of St. Ambrose Church in Annandale, have worked together for the past 15 years.

They began the company last year with the goal of paying caregivers competitively, addressing transportation issues by working with rideshare companies Lyft and Uber, and including better access to spiritual care.

My Home Companion is working with development teams to allow for the use of personal voice assistance technology such as Google Minis and Amazon Echo Dots to bring independence to clients and help them avoid feeling isolated, according to Carlin. “It can serve to allow families peace of mind knowing there’s another tool available in the unfortunate event of an emergency or to serve as another set of ears.”

Carlin and Nasto say their business is a calling. “Everything we have done that has been spiritually based has worked out,” said Nasto. “It is like we are being led, step by step, in what we are doing.”

Find out more
Call 1-833-286-9466 or go to myhomecompanions.com/ourservices.

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