Senior Services of Alexandria is Looking for Senior Ambassadors!

Senior Services of Alexandria’s Senior Ambassador Program is looking for volunteers!

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Alexandria, VA – Senior Services of Alexandria’s Senior Ambassador Program is looking for volunteers to spread the word about programs and services for older adults in Alexandria and advocate for those in their communities.

This program started in 2017 and is now up to 95 volunteers! They represent their condos, apartments, home associations, houses of worship, social groups, nonprofits, and places of employment. It is a very flexible volunteer opportunity. Our ambassadors decide on what works best for them and the community they represent.

SSA is holding a one-hour training session on June 15 at 2:00 pm via Zoom. Attendees will hear from the City’s Division of Aging and Adult Services about all the City programs and services for older adults and then from SSA about its programs and those of a few other nonprofits that serve seniors. We’ll also share ideas about different ways Senior Ambassadors communicate with their respective communities.

This robust volunteer corps plays an integral role in ensuring that older adults know what’s happening in the city, how they can participate, and ways to become engaged. If you are interested in the training or learning more about the Senior Ambassador program, contact MaryAnne Beatty by email at communications@seniorservicesalex.org or call 703-836-4414, ext. 113.

Reminder! The 2021 Virtual Senior Law Day Begins June 4 via Zoom

It is not too late to sign up for the 2021 Virtual Senior Law Day. The theme is “Estate Planning and Life Choices from a COVID-19 Perspective.” It takes place throughout three one-hour webinars on Fridays, June 4, 11, and 18, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Webinars are free and open to the public.

We will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on seniors and the larger health care community and the broad lessons learned. We will also discuss the following topics:

· housing options and how continuing care communities have changed and responded to the pandemic;

· practical steps to use technology to improve our quality of life and access to care;

· changes in the law regarding housing, personal finances, and bankruptcies; and

· the importance of intentionally planning for our future, including basic estate planning documents.

Each week we will focus on a specific topic. Attendees will hear from local attorneys, healthcare professionals, and care managers, including representatives from the Alexandria Bar Association, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Goodwin House, and Legal Services of Northern Virginia.

The webinar will be via Zoom. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists after each session. To register for Senior Law Day, go to www.seniorservicesalex.org. You only need to register one time and you will receive a Zoom link before each session. If you have any questions, please contact SSA at admin@seniorservicesalex.org or call 703-836-4414, ext. 110.

MaryAnne Beatty is the Director of Communications for Senior Services of Alexandria.

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