Senior Center Of Greater Richmond

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Valentine Richmond History Project – The Great Depression

On January 21st, the Valentine Richmond History Project will explore collections related to the Great Depression, which is the one starting in 1929...the country had a time recovering from that one, also.

Come Join Us

Not yet a member?  Come join in our exciting activities and events.  Senior Center of Greater Richmond is opening its memberships to new members who want to meet, learn, play games, exercise, enjoy crafts, line dancing, Tai Chi or water aerobics, enjoy our community and be healthy.   “Being As Healthy As YOU Can Be” is KEY to Enjoying Your Senior Years. Join us now.

Exercise Options are Growing – With Chair YOGA

In January, Celine Burn will introduce CHAIR YOGA for us at St. Stephens Church, 6000 Grove Avenue, Richmond.  Classes will be held on Mondays from 11-12.  This central location near the corner of Three Chopt Road and Grove Avenue, has agreed to hosting our exercise program and is opening it to their members as well.  

Ageless Grace Chair Exercise Program

Ageless Grace, a chair exercise program, continues on Tuesday at 1PM at the Riverside PACE Center on MacTavish.  Sharon Brewer, our energetic instructor lets us explore the world of movement in a fresh new way. For more information call: 353-3171

Serving Our Senior Community

Senior Center of Greater Richmond, Inc. is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) public charity committed to serving senior adults in the greater Richmond Virginia community.  The Center provides programs, services and activities that enhance the wellness and quality of life of senior adults.

Healthy YOU – Seniors & Their Medications

Thu, Dec 25, 2014 -- CComerford

A Senior Center of Greater Richmond Community Event

Imperial Plaza – Auditorium – January 28th -- 11am – 1pm


Join Dr. Krista Donohoe and faculty and student colleagues from the Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Program at VCU, Plaza Pharmacy and Bremo Pharmacies to look at Medications and Seniors. Medications may have different effects in different people.

  •  As we age, medications may stay in the body longer
  •  As we age, our bodies may respond differently
  •  Men and women may react differently to the same medication
  •  A health condition or what we eat can affect the way we react to a medication
  •  Many things can affect the way a medicine works on our body

This presentation may help us understand  what we all should look for and what we should follow up on with our doctors.

A skilled pharmacist will be at each table to answer your individual questions during lunch.

This is a Senior Center of Greater Richmond Community Event.

Lunch is sponsored by the Imperial Plaza, a Brookdale Community.

Please make reservations to join us for a light lunch.

Wednesday, January 28th. 11AM – 1PM.

Imperial Plaza, 1717 Bellevue, Richmond, Auditorium.

Reservations include a light lunch at 12Noon.

To Register Call 353-3171 or email us at SeniorCenterRVAatgmail [dot] com

A Healthy YOU Event from Senior Center of Greater Richmond and Sponsored by the Bon Secours Richmond Health System


 

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Senior Center Montlhy Newsletter (January 2015 Edition)

Senior Center of Greater Richmond Newsletter

January 2015 Edition


 

Renewing Members Celebrate With a Planning Luncheon

Surveys will be sent out before the new year, so members can complete them before they come and be ready to discuss coming opportunities and challenges.  

Imperial Plaza, RICHMOND ROOM, 11AM – 3:30 PM 1717 Bellevue Ave, Richmond.  Register in advance so we can order your lunch.

In January, Celine Burn will introduce CHAIR YOGA for us at St. Stephens Church, 6000 Grove Avenue, Richmond.  Classes will be held on Mondays from 11-12.  This central location near the corner of Three Chopt Road and Grove Avenue, has agreed to hosting our exercise program and is opening it to their members as well.  

Stretch & Strengthen Chair Yoga: Chair yoga is a style of gentle yoga using a chair to allow participants to stretch fully with the support of a chair. In addition, we will challenge participants with strength, balance and coordination work. You will leave this class feeling calmer, stronger and with increased flexibility. The instructor, Celine Burn, formerly taught Pilates in New York City.

Beginning Jan 12th, classes will be on Mondays from 11-12 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church at 6000 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226.  Please stop at the main office for directions to the class.

Classes in January will be free and there will be a $10 charge for class beginning in February.  Fees are paid directly to the instructor.  Come out and give it a try!

 

 


Healthy YOU – Seniors & Their Medications

 
 

The Forbidden City Exhibition at the VMFA

The VMFA website describes as: “Drawn from the collection of the Palace Museum in Beijing, Forbidden City will offer visitors a unique journey through a palace once forbidden to the general public, and provide a glimpse into this hidden world through rich and diverse objects from the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties. Featured works include large portraits, costumes, furniture, court paintings, religious sculptures, and fine decorative arts such as bronzes, lacquer ware, and jade. This exhibition explores the significant roles of imperial rituals, court painting, imperial family life, and religion in the Forbidden City.”  There is an on line audio tour of the exhibition, if you want some advance information, at http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/forbidden-city/ for some streaming information.

Jan 7th,  VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond:  12:15pm Lunch in BEST CAFÉ.  1:30pm Tour of The Forbidden City.  No Van Transport provided.   Call the Senior Center, if you have questions or need transportation/directions


Event Date(s)Monday, January 26, 2015 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Event Location: Imperial Plaza in the Auditorium from 9 – 11:00AM.  1717 Bellevue Ave, Richmond, VA.
Event Price: FREE
Event Details: 

On January 26th, 2015, Cindy Spear, RN, of Westport Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, will conduct checks on blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose for members participating in our fitness programs. Please call the Senior Center (804-353-3171) for an appointment on January 26th, 2015 between 9AM and 11AM.

Please do not eat or drink after midnight in preparation for these tests.  Fruit and Bagels will be available for participants after the tests are completed.   Cindy has been providing monthly blood pressure checks throughout much of 2014 for us.  We are grateful for the support that Westport provides for us.  

Located at Imperial Plaza in the Auditorium from 9 – 11:00AM.  1717 Bellevue Ave, Richmond, VA.

Appointments are required.  No charge.

Martin Luther King Seniors Program

Event Date(s): Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:00am to 1:30pm
Event Location: Fifth Street Baptist Church, 1415 West Cary Street, Richmond 

Event Details: This special luncheon is at Fifth Street Baptist Church at 1415 West Cary Street, Richmond from 11AM – 1:30M on Jan. 14th. Parking is available.  The event is sponsored by the Richmond Chapter of the National Caucus and Center of Black Aged, Inc. (NCBA) Morgan Avery McCoy will perform a dramatic presentation, “She’s Got Issues”.   There is no charge for this event, but reservations are required by early January. If transportation is an issue, please call the Senior Center for information.   

Reservations Required—Deadline 1/7/2014

Call for info:  353-3171

Register for this event

 

The seniors prepared a tour of the community taking us by churches of significance from St. Peters to St. John’s, past the hills and parks that make up the community, Church Hill, Richmond Hill, Libby Hill, Chimborazo Park, Jefferson Park, and more.  They also took us by the Church Hill Tunnel where a train and people were lost in a collapse, to Libby Hill where William Bryd declared this new city to be Richmond on the James, to the warehouse that was turned into a prison during the Civil War, by the home site of Elizabeth Van Lew, a union spy who put a spy the White House of the Confederacy.  We saw business sites that have closed and new businesses that are planned or open.  We saw new restaurants and community stores.  Members of the Senior Center guided us through their community of the Richmond East End including:  Paul Hurdle and Delmore Walker and Elnora Allen, Coordinator.  Thanks


Blues In January…Yes, It Happens … You Have Options

Yes, we can get the blues in January or any time after we have had a flurry of activity followed by inactivity and lack of connection and engagement with others.  The days are shorter and sometimes the weather is not very inviting…so turn on a few more lights and think of something to do.   If YOU are a member of the Senior Center of Greater Richmond, YOU have options. 

You do have options and in January, you can keep busy and have fun.  Exercise chases away the blues and makes you feel better (also helps you get rid of those pounds that appeared over the holidays.  Engaging with others at lunch, for games, for a presentation or meeting is also a good way to feel better.  Senior Center members can exercise at least twice a week and engage with others as well. 

We have meetings, presentations and lunches planned:   

  • On January 9th  , we have an important planning meeting and a Birthday lunch.
  • On January 21st, the Valentine Richmond History Project will explore collections related to the Great Depression, which is the one starting in 1929...the country had a time recovering from that one, also. 
  • On January 28th , at our Healthy YOU presentation on “Seniors and Their Medicine”, you can talk to experts from VCU Department of Pharmacy, the Imperial Plaza Pharmacy and Bremo Pharmacy about concerns you have about your medicines. 

If challenging weather keeps you inside, give a friend a call and exercise at home and get out as soon as you can. 

Remember how nice it was to hear from family members and friends in December, why not write some notes in January.   One of the advantages of many cell phone plans, is that you can call long distance (sometimes after a certain time of day…depending on your plan) without additional charges.   You can call someone  occasionally.   Invite a friend over for a bowl of soup and a grilled cheese sandwich or a cup of tea and a cup cake.  Call a Senior Center friend.       

We have lots of options for activities in January.  You can make jewelry, go to the Virginia Museum to see the Forbidden City Exhibit, have lunch with your Senior Center Friends and exercise for your health and heart.  Choose to be engaged this month.  Isolation is not healthy.


Travel Club – Your Story in 10 - 15 Minutes

Tell us an interesting 10 - 15 minute story about a trip you took or a place you visited in the Richmond area.  This is a time to share an experience you have had.  Call Carolyn or Antoinette in advance with the topic of your shared trip/visit.   The Travel Club meets on Jan. 30th at 1pm at the Imperial Plaza in Azalea 716.   

 

Aquatics Center Exercise on Thursdays

On Thursdays, we gather at GRAP, the Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership, or SwimRVA for exercise and fun.  Members can do line dancing at 10, chair exercise at 11 and aquatics exercise at 1pm.   Many do all.  At noon, members have lunch (Members bring their lunch or with an pre-assessment receive a Friendship Café lunch, a refrigerator is available). Van transport from Maywill and Thalbro (near west end) to GRAP leaves at 9:15am and returns at 3:15pm, by reservation only. Call for more information.  

Ageless Grace

Ageless Grace, a chair exercise program, continues on Tuesday at 1PM at the Riverside PACE Center on MacTavish.  Sharon Brewer, our energetic instructor lets us explore the world of movement in a fresh new way.  For more information call:  353-3171

On January 23rd, the 6-Week series at the Visual Arts Center starts with Mosaics.  This series is great for the beginner and the skilled artisan.  The Visual Arts Center is located at 1812 West Main Street with parking behind the building.  Sessions start at 10 and end at 12 noon.  No transportation is provided. We should have some available space in this series.  Call for more information. 

 On February 4th, from 10 am – 12 noon, you can explore the Visual Arts Center and see some of the amazing art on display and participate in a sample workshop.  Reserve your spot in advance

 

 

Easy Beef Stew

Beef stew can really be a welcome meal when it is cold outside.  Making a quick stew can be made easily using fresh and frozen vegetables and steak cut into 1 inch cubes.  Using tender beef, makes cooking time a little faster than normal.  This recipe makes about 4 (1 cup) servings and takes about 30 minutes in preparation times.

 

Ingredients:

1 lb. Boneless sirloin steak cut into 1-in. cubes 2 Carrots (or a handful of smaller ones)
1 T   Vegetable oil (divided)  1 stalk chopped celery
1/2  Medium onion chopped 1 C+  unsalted beef stock (can or box)
1 lg. Potato chopped in small chunks Season to taste (seasoned salt, black pepper and thyme)
1 ½ C. Frozen veggies (peas, corn and green beans)     

  Brown beef cubes in oil in large skillet or Dutch oven in medium, high heat.  Add uncooked vegetables and beef stock, allow stock to come to a slow boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.  Add frozen vegetables and seasoning.  Bring mixture to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for and additional 10 - 15 minutes until vegetables are tender. 

Hint:  Serve hot with roll or thick bread slices.

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