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August 2013
Aging & Wisdom 

Maintaining our wellness and independence as we age requires that we remain curious and seek intellectual stimulation as opposed to becoming sedentary and passive. Living into our 60's, 70's and 80's hopefully offers us the opportunity to gain and share wisdom. Listed below are a few passages on wisdom I hope you enjoy and can incorporate into your life as you seek "optimal aging."

  • "Wisdom means keeping a sense of the fallibility of all our views and opinions, and of the uncertainty and instability of the things we most count on."
    Gerald Brennan
  • "Kindness is more important than wisdom and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom."
    Theodore Isaac Rubin
  • "Only in growth, reform and change, paradoxically enough is true security to be found."
    Anne Morrow Lindberg
  • "You can transcend all negativity when you realize the only power it has over you is your belief in it. As you experience this truth about yourself you are set free."
    Eileen Caddy

Live wise and strong and pass on to others the wisdom you gain as you age.


G. Richard Jackson, MPA, CSA

Executive Director, Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health

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Golden Guidance

During the long, cold days of winter, we long for summer exercise: a stroll through the park, a bike ride along the river, a day in the garden, or a swim at the fitness center. Committing to an exercise routine is one of the healthiest decisions you can make. Before you get moving, though, consider how best to be safe, especially in the summer temperatures.

  • Get medical guidance from your doctor before starting an exercise program, especially if you have a preexisting condition. Ask if there are any activities you should avoid.
  • Start slow and stay hydrated. If you haven't been active in a while, it can be harmful to go "all out." Instead, build up your exercise program little by little. Try spacing workouts in ten-minute increments twice a day. Or try just one class each week. Prevent crash-and-burn fatigue by warming up, cooling down, and drinking lots of water during and after your workout.
  • Commit to an exercise schedule for at least 3 or 4 weeks so that it becomes habit, and force yourself to stick with it.
  • Stay motivated by focusing on short-term goals, such as improving your mood and energy levels and reducing stress, rather than goals such as weight loss, which can take longer to achieve.
  • Recognize problems. Exercise should never hurt or make you feel lousy. Stop exercising immediately and call your doctor if you feel dizzy or short of breath, develop chest pain or pressure, break out in a cold sweat, or experience pain. Also stop if a joint is red, swollen, or tender to touch.

If you need help putting together an exercise program or have questions about how to get started, our expert team at the Riverside Wellness & Fitness Centers are here for you. Call us today:

Peninsula: (757) 875-7525 

Middle Peninsula: (804) 693-8888 

Virginia Launches New Solution Center for Caregivers

Family members caring for a loved one in Virginia have a new web-based solution  center that offers them an integrated approach to finding support and helping to maintain their emotional and physical health. Through a collaborative public-private partnership, VirginiaNavigator, the Virginia Caregiver Coalition, and the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) launched the new Virginia Family Caregiver Solution Center on Wednesday, August 7.


To access the Virginia Family Caregiver Solution Center visit virginiafamilycaregiver.org or call (804) 525-7728.
Starting Soon: FREE Chronic Disease Self Management Program
 CDSMP Leaders

The Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health and the Peninsula Agency on Aging are now partnering to offer you a free workshop on Chronic Disease Self Management. This Stanford-based program covers topics such as pain and stress management, communication techniques and problem-solving for adults with a chronic health condition and/or their caregivers. The workshop is once a week for two and a half hours and lasts six weeks.  

To Register or Learn More:  
1 (877) 287-6061  or click here.   

The Details
Tuesdays, August 20 - September 24

Meets weekly for six weeks from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Colonial Harbor

2405 Fort Eustis Boulevard
Yorktown, VA

Golden Getaways
Drumheller Apple Orchard Fall Festival
October 19, 2013

Located in the foothills of the Majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this festival features music, food, craft vendors, apples & apple products. Enjoy lunch on your own followed by a ride through the mountains to the famous Cheese Shop in Stuart's Draft. A surprise on its own. Motor coach transportation included. For details and reservations, call Jeannine's Tours at
GoldenClub Price:

Christmas Time in the Smokies
December 3-6, 2013
   This unforgettable holiday trip includes four days and three nights of attractions, featuring:
  • Four shows
  • Three full course dinners with one in Dollywood Theme Park
  • Three full buffet breakfasts  
  • Three additional attractions including "Christ in the Smokies." 
Three nights accomoda-
tions and motor coach transportation included. For details and to register, call Jeannine's Tours at
GoldenClub Price:
 $521/per person (double)
"A Lug Nuts Christmas"
December 11, 2013
A Lug Nuts Christmas

Reservations are filling up fast for this day trip to Historical Hanover Tavern (home to Patrick Henry for a period after his home burned) that includes lunch and a show. "A Lug Nuts Christmas" follows the story of a group of teenage grease monkeys who formed a musical group and doo-wopped their way into the hearts of Mechanicsville. This special show is part of Hanover Tavern's 200th anniversary celebration. For reservations, call Jeannine's Tours at
(757) 877-8799.

GoldenClub Price:

Make a Difference in Your Community with
Free Volunteer Training

Do you have diabetes?
Are you interested in helping others in your community who have diabetes?
Become a Volunteer Diabetes Self-Management Leader!


During the FREE Leader Training expect to:

  • Experience every activity in the workshop's six sessions
  • Set and report success on action plans
  • Practice and teach two assigned activities with a co-leader
  • Practice handling difficult people in groups
  • Following training, commit to facilitate a six-week workshop using a detailed and scripted manual provided by Stanford University

Leader Training Dates and Location:
September 9
, 10, 19 and 20 ● 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
700 Town Center Drive ● Newport News    

For more information, call Sherry Massie at (757) 594-7259 or e-mail sherry.massie@vdh.virginia.gov.

You can also register here.


Riverside is a leading partner in this community collaborative to certify leaders and bring evidence-based models of self-management tools to our communities.

Save the Dates
doctor is in
The Doctor is In
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

Patrick Henry Mall Food Court
Newport News
The Doctor is In Lecture series continues this month with a free,  informative discussion about health and wellness topics. Learn more...

Missed a lecture? Now you can view past discussions here!


Free Fitness Friday
GoldenClub members can enjoy a free day of membership at Riverside Wellness & Fitness Centers on the first Friday of every month.
Your next Fitness Friday is September 6!
Peninsula: 12650 Jefferson Ave., Newport News
Middle Peninsula: 7516 Hospital Dr., Gloucester


Caring for You, Caring for Me
A Program of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
September 17 - October 15

Join us for Caregiving Education Sessions consisting of 5 weekly seminars designed to address the needs of those engaged in elder care.

Riverside Doctors Hospital Williamsburg
1500 Commonwealth Avenue, Williamsburg
 Tuesday afternoons, 3:00-5:15pm, September 17th -October 15th
This program is for family, professional and volunteer caregivers of older adults. The cost is $35.00, including refreshments and materials. (A limited number of scholarships are available.)

For details and to register, contact Christine Jensen, PhD at (757) 220-4751 or cjensen@excellenceinaging.org
Inquire about respite services. Register early as space is limited.

Four additional Caring for You, Caring for Me courses will be offered this fall and winter at sites including Gloucester and Richmond. Be on the lookout
for details soon!
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