Apartment Living Fosters Much Needed Sense Of Community

(NAPSI)—Communities are more than groups of people who live together in the same geographical area. In their truest sense, communities transcend the physical spaces they occupy to become places …

The Ins and Outs of DNA Testing for Family History

DNA is a very hot topic. Join Shannon Combs Bennett as she explains what DNA tests are, what they can and cannot tell you, and how to read and analyze results.

January Things to Do in Prince William County, Virginia

Ring in the New Year in Prince William, Virginia. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of indoor/outdoor activities, great food, and craft beverages and so much more this year. Check out the events you can find throughout the region to get out and enjoy!

Senior Health
How seniors can protect their online independence through cybersecurity literacy
(BPT) - It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the increased use of the internet and technology for many; however, this trend is best highlighted by seniors. A recent survey on …
A checklist for good senior health and wellness
(BPT) - As you age, your health needs change. Staying on top of senior wellness activities is important, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Creating a list of health and wellness to-do's can …
Care at Home or in the Doctor's Office -- Seniors Have Options
(NewsUSA) - Medicare's annual enrollment period (October 15 - December 7) is an important time of year during which Medicare beneficiaries can review their current coverage and evaluate whether they …
Higher vitamin D levels may lead to lower incidence or severity of COVID-19
(BPT) - Vitamin D is known for helping with bone health, but its benefits extend beyond that. Due to its positive effects on the respiratory and immune systems, more than 100 clinical trials have …
Do you know the difference between COVID-19 testing options?
(BPT) - When you think about efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19, vaccinations, hand washing and masking likely come to mind. However, one important effort that must remain the first line of …
Healthy Eating for a Happy Heart
(NewsUSA) - When stress hits hard as it has during the pandemic, many of us eat more, and less-than-healthy comfort foods may be the treats we reach for first. But an unhealthy response to stress can …
Your Winter Weight Loss Guide
(NewsUSA) - In winter, it seems like life slows down in a variety of ways. Maybe that's because we need a break after the busy holiday season or because we have a natural urge to …
Five Tips for Seniors When Choosing Online Workout Classes
(NewsUSA) - The first month of the New Year is galloping by and many folks are still sorting out their goals and resolutions for 2021. Hooray for you if you've already set your goals. For those …
A checklist for good senior health and wellness
(BPT) - As you age, your health needs change. Staying on top of senior wellness activities is important, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Creating a list of health and wellness to-do's can …
Local Senior News & Features
COLUME: Get Happier, Dammit

Want More Happiness? Do the Work.

Are you ready to think some more about happiness? In the first installment of the “Get Happier, Dammit” series, we looked at the definition of happiness – what it could be, what it might look like. We talked a little about the book that launched this column and how to move on from there.
VDH Announcement Aug. 13, 2021

Virginia Will Provide Third Doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines for Immunocompromised People

Today the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced that Virginia will make third doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines available for moderately and severely immunocompromised Virginians, starting as early as August 14.
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) recognized the Prince William Area Agency on Aging

Prince William Institute on Aging Receives National Recognition

n4a recognized the Area Agency on Aging for its sensitivity in recognizing a potentially underserved group and its creativity in meeting that group’s needs.

5 surprising ways smart appliances can save your relationship

(BPT) - Integrating smart home systems into our homes is a trend that’s here to stay. From making home life more efficient, to upping the luxury ante, it can also greatly enhance the living …

Your CBD Store

Your CBD Store in Gainesville offers holiday gifts to help ease pain, anxiety and overall better health!

Mystic Flow Wellness Center

Give the gift of a spa day for pampering and peace. Mystic Flow Wellness Center in Gainesville is a premiere spa dedicated to inner wellness.

SimaVisions

Whether you are shopping for friends, family or clients, sometimes the holidays make you feel you could use a little professional help.

5 tips for helping a loved one in recovery over the holidays

(BPT) - Holidays can be joyful, fun-filled celebrations — and they can also be full of pitfalls and setbacks for anyone in recovery from drug or alcohol misuse. While families gather for …

Support Local

Why We Care: Providing Personalized In-Home Senior Care

A quilt belonging to Wayne Mitchell's mother is on display at Caring Senior Services in Gainesville. When you walk into Caring Senior Services’s office in Gainesville, Virginia you see a bed …

OmniRide Spring Service Changes Will Take Effect June 7

OmniRide’s Spring Service Change will take effect on Monday, June 7, and will include changes to most routes.

Getting “On the Road” Digital Nomad Style Or Digital Nomad Life For 55+ Americans

(NAPSI)—If you’re like roughly two-thirds of Americans, you expect to travel this year. So, whether it’s camping, visiting national landmarks or splurging on a first-rate resort, travelers want …

Why a personal emergency response system is crucial for aging in place

(BPT) - With more people than ever choosing to age in place — that is, continuing to live in their own homes — medical alert devices and modifications to make seniors’ homes safer …

Once Foster Child Becomes Gray Face Acres Rescue Foster Mom

Taylor Garduno Sharpe of Bristow is an avid volunteer, community leader, involved mother, wife and foster doggy-mommy to a senior pit-bull/great Dane mix. Her experience with great foster parents made her a great mom, and now foster-rescue mom.

Rollins Ford 'Multi-Use' 'Destination' Park to Feature Farm-Themed Playground

Rollins Ford Park will be a 70-acres park with fields, a large playground, dog park and trails.

Local Women Bring Nothing Bundt Cakes to Virginia Gateway

Western Prince William residents Jocelyn King and Brianne Hout are ecstatic about beginning new phases of their lives as owners of the Gainesville’s new specialty bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes Gainesville-Haymarket.

Crossroads Tabletop Tavern Crossroads Tabletop Tavern

Who wants a game night? How about a game night where you can eat, drink, have fun, and don't have to worry about cooking or even cleaning up? 

Miss Kibbles

Miss Kibbles is a boutique pet-food and supply store with two locations: one at Bristow Center and a second on Heathcote Boulevard in Gainesville.

Prince William County to Participate New Year's '1st Day Hikes'

Find out where you can 'take a hike,' in Prince William County, on Jan. 1, 2022.

Battling isolation during a pandemic

Pandemic Depression: Genetic Insight May Help Treatment

(NAPSI)—Social isolation during the pandemic may pose a mental health threat for those already at risk for COVID-19—people over age 65.    As doctors treat more senior patients for …
(BPT) - U.S. Fire Administration data shows since January, more than 285 older adults (age 55 and older) have died in house fires, accounting for more than 53% of known fire deaths in the U.S. By age …
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(BPT) - It comes as second nature for most parents to take their children to a pediatrician at least once a year. The differences between children and adults are so stark that it makes sense to …
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(BPT) - Maintaining your quality of life can become more challenging as you age. In addition to routine living expenses, your medical bills may begin to pile up, consuming more and more of your …
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(BPT) - With people being more active and healthier than ever at any age, today's retirement isn't about slowing down. It's about having the time for growth, discovery and expanding horizons. For …
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(BPT) - In what seemed like an instant, the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down. In addition to completely changing the way we work, shop and interact with others — just to name a …
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(BPT) - Many seniors and their loved ones are taking special precautions to stay healthy, including limiting or eliminating visits and other activities that can cause COVID-19 to spread. That's …
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(BPT) - Feeling a sense of connection and belonging with others is a basic human need. But unfortunately for many older adults, social isolation and loneliness are on the rise, especially because of …
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How to combat isolation and loneliness among older adults

(BPT) - Feeling a sense of connection and belonging with others is a basic human need. But unfortunately for many older adults, social isolation and loneliness are on the rise, especially because of …

The Pet Boost: Furry Friends Help Seniors Feel Less Lonely

(NewsUSA) - Many older adults experience feelings of loneliness and isolation as they age, but pets can provide the companionship and love seniors desire. A new survey conducted by Home Instead, …

Poll Reveals Changes to Seniors' Lives Since the Pandemic

(NewsUSA) - The Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan annual enrollment period (October 15 -- December 7) is open. If you're eligible for Medicare, now is the time to think about how your …

Special Health Benefits That Address Life's Challenges

(NewsUSA) - If you've ever struggled to find a ride to a doctor's appointment, or gone without healthy food in your home, or been isolated from family and friends for a long time -- you're not alone. …

Three Tips to Help Plan for Retirement

(NewsUSA) - Nationally, the average retirement age is 64, though in some states, the average retirement age is 66. The decision to retire later can impact several important life choices. When it …

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Volunteer News And Notes

Rebuilding Small Businesses: Volunteers Wanted

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you know is a successful corporate executive with deep business knowledge; a social media maven who guided a corporate brand to big time success; a public speaker and …
Making Life More Fun

Baby Boomers Still Playing Together Even “Party Gaming” on Zoom

(NAPSI)—Over 70 million Baby Boomers grew up playing board games and watching game shows together—and they still love doing both.  A new pop culture trivia game is taking Boomers on a …

Being 55+ Has Its Advantages

(NAPSI)—The 55-plus crowd is more active than ever, continuing to stay in the workforce longer, growing in numbers—to the tune of 73 million and counting—and exerting an even greater economic …
Managing Your Finances

A Free Tool From The Social Security Administration You Need

(NAPSI)—Whether you are receiving Social Security benefits or retirement is years away, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has a free and secure online tool you want to check out today. …
Planning Your Retirement

An IRS Incentive To Save For Retirement

(NAPSI)—Saving for retirement can be difficult in the best of times but even harder during the pandemic and challenging economy. One thing that can make it easier is the Saver’s Credit, a tax …
Planning For Your Financial Future

Why Long-Term Care Should Be A Retiree’s Top Concern

(NAPSI)—For many Boomers, retirement may involve taking vacations, taking up a new hobby, and spending more time with family, friends and the grandchildren.  In anticipation of these …

Making Alzheimer's Just a Memory

(Family Features) Although the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down, the rapid development of multiple vaccines has spurred hope that treatments – or even potential cures – may be found for other devastating conditions. One such candidate is Alzheimer's Disease.

Navigating Your Health Over 65

(Family Features) Taking care of your health, especially over age 65, requires an understanding of your personal needs.

Commit to Getting the Care You Need as You Age

Older adults in America are living longer lives and will outnumber people under the age of 18 by nearly 500,000 by 2034, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Three Tips to Help You Prepare for Retirement

(NewsUSA) - After spending years working hard and saving up, retirement is that welcome reward of relaxation, travel, and new hobbies, or even a transition to something new such as consulting or a …

Care at Home or in the Doctor's Office -- Seniors Have Options

(NewsUSA) - Medicare's annual enrollment period (October 15 - December 7) is an important time of year during which Medicare beneficiaries can review their current coverage and evaluate whether they …

On the Road and On the Go: Tips for Getting Away this Summer

(NewsUSA) -This year, many Americans are facing a strong urge to get away and recharge with a summer vacation. Nowadays, the time and effort that goes into planning a vacation, a sense of 'making up …

Five Tips to Get On Track to Peak Fitness This Spring

(NewsUSA) - With the cold weather retreating and some lifting of COVID restrictions across the nation, more seniors are feeling hopeful about getting back to their normal routines of life, including …

Five Tips for Seniors When Choosing Online Workout Classes

(NewsUSA) - The first month of the New Year is galloping by and many folks are still sorting out their goals and resolutions for 2021. Hooray for you if you've already set your goals. For those …

Free Online Survey Alerts Older Adults to Risks of Falling, a Major Hazard

(NewsUSA) - The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things. One thing that's still the same? Falling is NOT a normal part of aging. There are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Even …

Cuestionario En-Linea Ayuda a Personas Mayores Prevenir y Protegerse de Caidas

(NewsUSA) - La pandemia del coronavirus ha cambiado muchas cosas. Pero hay algo que no ha cambiado: caerse NO es una parte normal del envejecimiento. Hay medidas que puede tomar para reducir su …

Prepare for Flu Season During COVID-19: Tips for Older Adults

(NewsUSA) - With COVID-19 still looming this fall, the upcoming flu season will be more challenging and complicated than in years past. Flu vaccine manufacturers recently projected they will provide …

Fitness Has a New Focus During Medicare Open Enrollment Time

(NewsUSA) - Regular exercise is an important part of healthy aging. That's why many Medicare plans offer affordable exercise programs among their benefits. Today, in the wake of the COVID-19 …

Safe at Home: Care Options Abound for Aging in Place

By Lakelyn Hogan, MA For NewsUSA (NewsUSA) - In the COVID-19 pandemic, home has been reinforced as the center of the universe for many of us. It's evolved into our office. It's doubled as our …

Free Public Senior Exercise Classes on Facebook, YouTube Help Seniors Stay Fit

(NewsUSA) - When gym closures due to COVID-19 locked most seniors out of their exercise classes and daily workout routines this spring, they quickly began combing the internet for new strategies to …

Spotting the Signs: Loneliness and Isolation in Older Adults

(NewsUSA) - While the holiday season can be a busy and hectic time for many, it presents the perfect opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. But with the presence of COVID-19, holiday plans …

This Heart Month, Pledge to Help Your Heart with These 3 Fitness Tips

(NewsUSA) - It's Heart Month and a good time to have a little heart-to-heart with yourself about the health of your ticker. Heart disease is one of the deadliest diseases in the nation, but the good …

Silver&Fit Expands Free Senior Exercise Classes to 54 Per Week

(NewsUSA) - For those seeking new exercise options in 2021, the Silver&Fit® program is expanding its free, public Facebook Live and YouTube senior exercise classes from four classes a day to …
Eat, Love, Snap, Share
(NAPSI)—These days, it’s still essential for families to stay connected. The last months have been challenging. More than ever people need family and friends. Modern technology has gone a …
Get Educated During Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period
(NAPSI)—Over 61 million people are enrolled in Medicare. As of October 15, individuals age 65 and older can make changes to their coverage and enroll in a Medicare plan during the annual open …
Long-Term Care Planning Made Easy: Find A Plan That’s Right For You
(NAPSI)—You may already be aware of what long-term care is, whether it’s through personal experience caregiving for a loved one who needs daily assistance, or knowing a family member or friend …
Working Daughters Deserve Support
(NAPSI)—For the approximate 23 million women who balance caring for an aging parent with going to work, and often raising children of their own, there is little recognition and not enough support. …
Working Daughters Deserve Support
(NAPSI)—For the approximate 23 million women who balance caring for an aging parent with going to work, and often raising children of their own, there is little recognition and not enough support. …

Bristow Beat's Local Holiday Shopping Guide

For most of us it aligns with our values to support local independently owned businesses; however, we often fall into the trap of doing most of our holiday shopping online with corporate retailers. …
Organization warns parents about children viewing online pornography

The Third Talk™ Thanks Billie Eilish for Her Bravery in Addressing Pornography Related Trauma

Subject matter experts The Third Talk Inc. today announced the release of their Wake Up Parents! video, a first-of-its-kind depiction of the trauma that online pornography can cause young people.
Local Holiday Shopping Guide 2021

MurLarkey Distilled Spirits

MurLarkey Distilled Spirits is an award-winning distillery and tap-room located in Bristow on Wellington Road.