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April 2014

Words of Wisdom 

In our monthly newsletter we often seek to encourage or enlighten or look at an eternal truth. This month we'll consider "courage" being demonstrated by our willingness to remain persistent in the face of obstacles. One of my favorite writers, Scott M. Peck, has this to say:


"Problems are the cutting edge between success and failure. Problems call forth our courage and wisdom; indeed they create our courage and wisdom.


"Wise people learn not to dread problems but actually welcome them because it is in this whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has its meaning."


Therefore, as we move through spring to be confronted by many and various obstacles may we remember Scott Peck's words and know that our courage and wisdom will prevail and we will grow stronger as a result.


G. Richard Jackson, MPA, CSA

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

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Golden Guidance
yellow-pitcher-flowers.jpg Spring is in the air! But so is pollen and a whole host of unwelcome allergens. Here are some tips to help you fight off allergies and enjoy the beauty of the spring season.

Reduce Pollen Build Up

To tame pollen, wash bedding every week in hot water. Wash your hair and shower before going to bed, since pollen can accumulate in hair.


Be Smart & Thorough When You Clean

Wear a mask and gloves when cleaning, vacuuming, or painting to limit dust and chemical exposure, and vacuum twice a week.


Consider Removing Rugs

Limit throw rugs to reduce dust and mold. If you do have rugs, make sure they are washable.


Refresh Indoor Air

Keep windows closed to reduce pollen entering your house. Change filters in air conditioning units and vents frequently this time of year.


Consider Allergy Medicine

If you are still experiencing severe problems, talk to your doctor about a seasonal allergy drug that may be appropriate for your symptoms. You can find  more information about allergy treatment and locate a Riverside provider near you here


Source: www.webmd.com/allergies/spring-allergy-tips  

Golden Getaways
Canada &
Island of Coudres
August 15-23, 2014

Start planning now for this trip of a lifetime!  Your motor coach trip includes nine days and eight nights of exploration with three consecutive nights on the island. Must have passport or passport card for this trip. For more details and to reserve your spot, call Jeannine's Tours at
(757) 877-8799.
GoldenClub Price:

Two Shows & Amish Country
November 5-7, 2014

This 3 day, 2 night excursion begins with "Moses" at the Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA. The hits continue with the musical "Crazy For You" at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater. Enjoy several tours and much more included with this unforgettable trip! Contact Jeannine's Tours for details and to reserve your spot:
(757) 877-8799 or jtstours57@gmail.com.
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2014 Day Trips 
April 30 
Last Call! Agecroft Hall & Gardens in Richmond - $60

June 18
"West Side Story," Riverside Dinner Theater, Fredericksburg

The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical, considered one of the American musical theater's finest works. A vibrant musical score by Leonard Bernstein features songs that have become embedded in our nation's musical heritage. Participants will also enjoy a delicious lunch. 

July 12 

August 6
"The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church" at the Hanover Tavern Theater - $79

For questions, contact Jeannine's Tours at (757) 877-8799 or jtstours57@gmail.com.  

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 Diabetes & Chronic Disease Management
*FREE Workshops*  

Ongoing Diabetes and Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops are scheduled from Williamsburg to Hampton. Morning, afternoon and evening classes available. 


Upcoming workshop: Wednesdays, May 14-June 18 at Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg.  
More info and online registration here.

A Workshop Success Story: 

"I was pretty upset when [a] nurse called back in October and told me that my sugar count was 6.7 and I was considered as pre-diabetic. She also told me that I needed to start a low carb diet. This means no sugar, sodas, candy, cookies, cakes, potatoes, pasta, rice, white bread or basically anything that tastes good...I joined a Diabetes Education and Support Program...I have learned how to read food labels, what diabetes is, healthy eating/nutrition, fitness/exercise, stress management, relaxation techniques just to mention a few things. I have started a fitness program and I am walking 1 miles 6 to 7 days a week. I have lost 30 lbs to date and at this time I am adding a few items to my diet to maintain my present weight. I am anxious to have my A1C test in February. I am sure my level will be down. Also, I enjoyed meeting my class members and enjoyed time spent with them every week."


Start writing your success story today! 

Riverside Care Transitions  



Update on Care Transitions:
In March 2014, 729 community members were assisted through EVCTP's Care Transitions Intervention. Nearly 97% were successful in avoiding a 30-day hospital re-admission, improving their quality of life and health outcomes.elder-woman-visitor.jpg

If you or a loved one is admitted to any Riverside hospital, you may be eligible to receive a FREE Care Transitions Coach.  Riverside Health System and other community organizations are working to empower older adults to better manage their care after discharge from a hospital or rehabilitation facility, resulting in fewer unnecessary hospital readmissions. Together we will assist you in making a smooth transition from hospital to home or other care setting.



For more information, contact Kim Weitzenhofer, Director of Community Relations at Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health, at  

(757) 220-4751.

Save the Dates
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Upcoming The Doctor is In Lectures 

Wednesday, April 30, 9 a.m., Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News 

Dr. Paul Evans will talk on: Alzheimer's Overview: What You Should Know about Research, Risk and Treatment


Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m., Newport News 

Dr. Patricia Nahormek will talk on: Heart Health and Stroke Awareness for Women


Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m., Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg

Dr. Karanvir Virk, gynecologic surgeon, will talk on: Uterine Fibroids: What You Should   Do and What You Should Know

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 May 9!
Peninsula: 12650 Jefferson Ave., Newport News
Middle Peninsula: 7516 Hospital Dr., Gloucester