Arlington: Learn about Healthy Aging

Arlington: Learn about Healthy Aging

The Virginia Hospital Center Senior Health Program offers healthy aging lecture series at its South Arlington campus, 601 S. Carlin Springs Road. Sessions are 11 a.m.-noon. RSVP for each event at 703-558-6859.

Oct. 14: “Allergies and Asthma” with Dr. Christopher Wyckoff of Pulmonary and Medical Associates of NoVA

Many times having asthma ties in with having environmental allergies. It is also difficult to know the difference between having allergies or a cold. As the seasons are changing, educating oneself on these differences is important to maintain good health throughout the winter. Dr. Christopher Wyckoff will provide a breakdown of the two conditions as well as the treatment options available.

Nov. 4: “Understanding and Caring For a Person With Dementia” with Christi Clark, education and outreach coordinator of Insight Memory Care Center

When a family or friend is diagnosed with dementia, there is a variety of things to learn while assuming new responsibilities. The most important thing is to first understand dementia and the care that is needed for the loved one. Christi Clark explains a caregiver’s journey.

Special Events for Fall 2016

Nov. 10: Memory Screening at Langston Brown Senior Center from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Virginia Hospital Center and Care Options will be sponsoring free, confidential memory screenings to promote proper detection of memory problems and provide education about successful aging. The one-to-one, noninvasive screening takes only about five to 10 minutes administered by a healthcare professional. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 703-237-9048.

Dec. 2: “Fall-Risk” Assessment at Carlin Springs Health Pavilion from 1-4 p.m.

Virginia Hospital Center and Marymount University will provide comprehensive examinations measuring one’s risk for falling down. The appointment includes a one-on-one medication review, blood pressure check, vision screening, and six physical therapy tests to assess balance and risk for a fall. A physical therapist will review the results and give a personalized evaluation, recommendations on how to reduce or eliminate those risks, and provide education about successful independent living. To schedule an appointment, call 703-.558-6859.

Ongoing Wellness Programs

Free Mall-Walking Program at Ballston Common Mall

Tuesday and Thursday, between 8:30-9:30 a.m. walk at one’s own pace in a safe and friendly environment. Group stretch and cool down led by hospital staff on the Food Court Level. Call 703-558-6859 for more information.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Meets the third Wednesday of each month between 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Carlin Springs. Free. Call 703-558-6859 for more information.

Community Exercise Programs

Gentle Yoga, Mindfulness for Stress Reduction, Yoga for Everybody, Strength and Stretch for Seniors, Adaptive/Seated Yoga, Tai Chi, Gentle Pilates, and Seniorcise at Virginia Hospital Center Main Campus or Carlin Springs Campus. Call 703-558-6740 for more information and session start-dates. Visit