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Retirement Community Hosts Wii Bowling Senior Olympics

Retirement Community Hosts Wii Bowling Senior Olympics

Greenspring, a retirement community in Springfield, Virginia, hosted the 3rd Annual Northern Virginia Senior Olympics Wii bowling competition yesterday and today. This morning bowlers ages 80+ showed off their skills, and yesterday participants ages 50-79 competed. 

Greenspring is a true hub for Wii bowlers because their great facility has six different lanes. There are currently 55 registered NVSO bowlers, 16 of which are Greenspring residents; most of these residents bowl on a daily basis.

Quieting the Chatter

If you’re familiar with Self Talk, you probably read or heard me or others refer to it as our thoughts, inner dialogue, or Board of Directors.  

Our Self Talk can get quite loud at times, especially during times of transition and stress. Our Self Talk is then moving at turbo speed.  So how can we calm down our thoughts when we lead such active, full lives? How can we decrease the overload and stress? How do we quiet down the chatter?

Since having thoughts or inner conversations is part of being human, and because our lives are so busy, here are some ways to help you quiet the mind:

Washington Sports Clubs Opening Doors to Hurricane Irene Victims

Although Hurricane Irene is long gone, her fury is still being felt by millions of east coast residents as they wade through her aftermath in an attempt to return to normalcy.  From severe flooding to lost power and water supply, the stories of all of our friends in all our communities affected are as expansive as those who have felt her aftermath.

3 Ways to Prevent Migraines

3 Ways to Prevent Migraines

McLean, VA – August 31, 2011 - Are you one of the 36 million Americans who suffer from migraine each year? If you are, or if you know someone who suffers from migraines, then you understand how debilitating they can be. A migraine is much more than just a bad headache. The severity of migraine symptoms can make it impossible to function, and the symptoms can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. What can you do to prevent a migraine headache?  Dr. Gary Kaplan, a physician from McLean, VA, who specializes in the treatment of chronic pain conditions, emphasizes, “You don’t have to just suffer through a migraine headache. There are concrete steps that can help you avoid getting a migraine, or at least to lessen frequency and severity of your migraines.”

Open Publishing Empowers 15 Year-Old Girl to Share Autistic Brother’s Story

Open Publishing Empowers 15 Year-Old Girl to Share Autistic Brother’s Story


Open publisher, Lulu, makes creating a children’s book easier for creators than ever.

 

Anyone can publish a children’s book – just ask 15-year-old Samantha McLeod. At such a young age she is not only a published book author, but also an award-winning one. After being inspired by her mother and autistic brother at age nine, she set out to write a book that aims to help people to better understand autism, but wanted to tell her story her way, through her experiences living it.  After being rejected time and again by traditional means, McLeod was pleasantly surprised by the level of control and freedom over her work she found through Lulu’s open publishing platform.

“Lulu...makes it very easy to publish your work on your terms and...keep your work in its original state as it was meant to be,” explains McLeod. “I am glad and thankful to have been given this opportunity to keep my book all Samantha.”

Health Department Offers Extended Clinic Hours for Required Immunizations

Health Department Offers Extended Clinic Hours for Required Immunizations

It's time for back-to-school immunizations! 

*A certificate of immunization is required for children entering kindergarten, sixth grade, and new students transferring into Fairfax County Public Schools.

Check out the list of immunizations required and the extended hours here.

Seniors Monitor Their Diets with Innovative, Web-based Nutritional Program

Seniors Monitor Their Diets with Innovative, Web-based Nutritional Program

              SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA – At the end of August, Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va. will launch an updated version of the community’s existing My Nutrition program.  The program, which was originally launched at Greenspring in July 2010, allows residents to go online and view the nutritional value of each meal item served at the community’s four restaurants.  Additionally, the program makes it simple for those with certain food allergies to filter out menu items containing wheat, soy, shellfish, milk, eggs, tree nuts, and peanuts, as well as providing residents quick nutritional information that can be a guide for those closely monitoring their diets due to existing health conditions.