Tel: (240) 620-3285
“Villages” is a nationwide movement of neighborhood organizations that help seniors age in place by providing social and individual support services and referrals offered by their neighbors on a volunteer basis. Neighborhood volunteers and supportive residents formed Friendship Heights Neighbors Network, or FHNN.
FHNN is a non-profit organization and is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3). Contributions are tax deductible. We have trained volunteers to provide services to members, and we offer all members social events and educational programs. The programs can be found on the Events Calendar tab. As the membership grows, we will expand the range of services and the programs we offer.
The Friendship Heights Neighbors Network is a volunteer organization that provides members with support services and opportunities for social interaction to enable neighbors to remain active and engaged in their community. We believe that active, involved residents, both seniors and others in need of support, and volunteers willing to help them will build a stronger community for all.
The focus of our efforts is on the eight residential, high-rise buildings located in Friendship Heights, Maryland, and each residence has volunteer representatives:
|The Carleton||Noel McCamanemail@example.com|
|Highland House West & Highland House||Richard Goodmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|The Elizabeth||Constance Row Jim Jonesemail@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org|
|The Willoughby||Nora Kishemail@example.com|
|4701 Willard||David Cohenfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|4615 North Park||Sheila Footeremail@example.com|
|4620 North Park||
Constance Row, President 4601 N. Park Ave. Evan Smith, Vice-President, Treasurer 4701 Willard Ave. Linda Herson, Secretary 4450 S. Park Ave. David L. Rabin 4701 Willard Ave. Nora Kisch 4515 Willard Ave. James C. Jones 4601 N. Park Ave. Myrna Seidman 4701 Willard Ave
Tel: (240) 620-3285
To apply for membership, please click on "Sign Up" at the top of any page on this website, then click on "Member." We look forward to hearing from you and will get back to you promptly.
FHNN members reside in the high-rise buildings of Friendship Heights:
|The Carleton||The Willoughby|
|The Elizabeth||4701 Willard Avenue|
|Highland House||4620 North Park Avenue|
|Highland House West||4615 North Park Avenue|
There are two kinds of memberships: social and full.
Social Membership Annual Dues
Household (2) ...........$450.00
Full Membership Annual Dues:
Individual .............. $450.00
Household ............ $600.00
Tel: (240) 620-3285
Interested in offering volunteer services to our members?
To learn more about FHNN volunteer opportunities, email us at the above address or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers make FHNN work and thrive. Together volunteers brought FHNN into existence. A group of volunteers first believed in the village concept, then formed a board and working committees. Now volunteers are involved in every aspect of the on-going tasks and are participating in our orientation classes so that they may provide direct services to members.
If you want to apply to be a volunteer, please click on Sign Up, then click on Volunteer from any page on this website. We'll get back to you promptly.
We hold orientation classes throughout the year to prepare volunteers to provide direct services to members. We conduct background checks to provide members with the greatest comfort.
Direct services to members include:
Transportation (to doctor appointments, grocery shopping, prescription pick up, etc.)
Technology support (computer or smart phone support),
Personal support (phone check in, friendly visits, pet care, plant care, organize papers, decluttering support), and,
Minor in-home tasks.
Volunteers are also needed for administrative support:
Event planning and logistical assistence
Marketing and Communications
Apply today to join this dynamic team.
Thank you for your interest in Friendship Heights Neighbors Network. Membership dues cover only a fraction of our operating costs such as office space, supplies, staff and insurance. Community members and businesses understand the benefit of neighbors helping neighbors and support the network through generous donations. These donations are essential for a sustainable organization that provides the quality of services that the community needs.
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please either make an online donation by clicking the Donate tab below (and following the prompts) or sending a check payable to FHNN at the following address: FHNN, c/o Constance Row, 4601 N Park Ave, Apt 1719, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.
FHNN is registered with the IRS as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization so contributions to it are tax deductible. A copy of its current financial statement is available by writing to it at the above address. Documents and information submitted by it under the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401, 410-974-5534.
Tax ID: 81-4015002
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Tel: (240) 620-3285
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced a list of stores that have created senior/immune-compromised hours: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS/Resources/Files/COVID19GroceryStores.pdf
Hello Members, Volunteers, and Friends,
This email covers the following topics:
Senior Center Without Walls, the award-winning California-based program of the Episcopal Senior Communities, is available nationwide for telephone access as well as on-line access. The courses, covering a range of topics, are free. For more information and to register call 877-797-7299. Staff is working from home and answering calls as they can, so expect delays in getting return calls. http://www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/
2. Consumer Reports Facebook Live Event
Consumer Reports is hosting a Facebook Live event on Tuesday, March 24 with its experts to help you navigate this crisis. You do not need to be on Facebook to see the event which will also be available afterwards.
The event has tips and advice on how best to protect yourself from catching the virus, what to do if you think you have symptoms, and how to cope with self-quarantines and community lockdowns.
By joining the event at 3 p.m. ET, you’ll have the opportunity to participate and ask questions. If you can’t join in real-time, you can still watch the event afterward at this link. (You can view the event even if you’re not on Facebook).
3. Important Update from the Montgomery County Regional Services Center.
On March 23, Governor Hogan ordered all non-essential businesses to close. Businesses exempt from the shutdown include those in the following fields: health care, food, liquor, agriculture, energy, public works, community government, public safety, law enforcement, critical manufacturing, financial services, water and wastewater industries. Please see the link for more information on this as well as grant and loan programs for small business, emergency relief package for businesses and vulnerable residents, parking restrictions update, Metrobus information and other updates. Here is the link: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1103963123997&ca=c1760ae6-81e9-4449-8533-b8ad115f9ada
The above link also includes a very useful resource list (see below).
County Councilmember Craig Rice has a useful list of resources for the community during the COVID-19 emergency. Here's a sampling:
4. Centralized Restaurant Information.
There is an online restaurant directory – MoCo Eats – dedicated to promoting food and drink establishments looking to communicate their pick up, delivery, and beer and wine offerings to Montgomery County residents. This interactive website and map via www.MocoEats.com enables a consumer to search for a listing, filter by type of category and city, and view any special promotions a restaurant is offering.
Some local restaurants are open for pick up including Friendship Heights
Gourmet Market 301 951-0951. As of when we wrote this, Potbelly 301 818-6333, Lia’s 240 223-5427, Chipolte 301 654-6661, Meiwah 301 652-9882, Alfio’s 301 657-9133, and Clyde’s 301 951-9600 are also open for takeout. Potbelly, Lia’s, Meiwah, Alfio’s, and Clyde’s have delivery options but call to confirm.
5. VIRTUAL CHERRY BLOSSOMS
Click on the Cherry Blossom 24/7 webcam to enjoy our beautiful cherry blossoms – virtually! https://nationalmall.org/bloomcam Here’s another webcamlink https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk3czL8OR70 (maybe it’s me, but there seem to be a whole lot of people walking the path among the blossoms, and they’re not 6-feet apart!)
6. FREE ONLINE EXERCISE WITH LIVE VIDEOS THROUGH FlexTogether.
During the COVID situation, FlexTogether is offering a free, online fitness studio for older adults (or anyone, really!). You can do it solo or with a buddy if you have a camera on your smartphone or computer.
Login to this site & register. No credit card information is needed, and no password needed, as your computer/device will remember you the next time you login. Here’s the link: https://flex2.co If you want to ask questions, call (424) 269-2000.
Nonprofit FHNN helps seniors age in place. See www.fhneighbors.org.
Visitors are welcome. Donations from visitors are gratefully accepted. Phone: 240.620.3285 or email@example.com. The News portion of our website has FHNN updates.
Serious Eats article on Food Safety and the Coronavirus: https://www.seriouseats.com/2020/03/food-safety-and-coronavirus-a-comprehensive-guide.html
Suburban Hospital wants our neighbors to be informed and safe during these trying times. We understand that our older neighbors are particularly vulnerable to viruses, and COVD-19 is no exception. In some cases, frequent and thorough handwashing and personal hygiene, covering coughs, and reducing contact with others as much as possible may not prevent one from developing flu-like symptoms. In these cases, you may to be screened and tested for corona virus and influenza. Please follow the following guidance with regards to identifying a screening and testing location:
I have a primary care physician
· Call your primary care physician’s office first. Share your symptoms, including recent travel and exposure, and follow their guidance. It is important to initiate these inquiries by telephone first to reduce the amount of exposure to self and others.
· Suburban Hospital is NOT currently a testing site for community members or the public who want or need to be tested. Your primary physician can direct you best if you are ill. Urgent Care and Emergency Rooms are an option if you feel you need immediate care.
I have a primary care physician through Johns Hopkins Community Physicians or Potomac Physicians Associates
· Call your primary care physician’s office first. In most cases, you will be screened via telephone and given an order and appointment time to be tested at Suburban Hospital if it is deemed that you should be tested for influenza and COVID-19.
· No one without an order will be permitted to enter; bring a photo ID and verification of your appointment to the testing location. You will be tested while remaining in your vehicle.
· Your samples will be sent to the Johns Hopkins laboratory in Baltimore and results will be available in MyChart within 24 -48hours.
I do NOT have a primary care physician
· Call your local urgent care center to let them know to expect you before arriving. To reduce exposure of self and others, it is best to call to see about appointments or wait times.
· If you do not have health insurance: Maryland Health Benefit Exchange has announced a Special Enrollment Period during Maryland’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) State of Emergency. Starting March 16, 2020, uninsured Maryland residents now have an additional opportunity to sign up for health coverage through Maryland Health Connection (MHC), the state-based health insurance Marketplace
When should I come to the hospital?
· You should only come in to the hospital if you are experiencing severe breathing difficulties or potentially life-threatening symptoms.
· Prior to being aware of COVID-19, would your symptoms have prompted you to seek medical attention? If “No…”, then please stay home and call your primary care physician. If “Yes…”, or if you are instructed by your care provider, please go to your nearest Urgent Care, Emergency Provider, or dial 911.
· All 6 Montgomery County hospitals have expanded their triage capabilities
· If you are sick with flu-like symptoms and go to an emergency room, you may be screened for COVID-19 and testing will be performed only if risk factors have been met.
· If your symptoms are mild, please stay home if you feel sick. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is best to practice social distancing
What are other resources available to me?
· Hotline #211- The State of Maryland has set up a public hotline for questions about testing and potential exposure to COVID-19
· Hotline #240-777-1755- The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services hotline
· The Maryland Department of Aging is issuing additional information on the Senior Call Check program as a free resource to MD residents over 65+ and recommending all seniors use the program as a resource during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Senior Call Check phone lines are open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. During these hours, seniors can call toll-free 1-866-50-CHECK (1-866-502-0560) and register. Registration is also available online at aging.maryland.gov. * more information at the bottom of this email
Why am I seeing tents outside of hospitals?
About the Senior Call Check Program
The Senior Call Check participants receive an automated call every day. These calls will take place within a time frame chosen by the participant. If the participant does not answer their first call, they will be called two additional times in the same day. If those calls go unanswered, an alternate person, selected by the participant, will be notified. This alternate could be an adult child, a neighbor, or anyone designated as a reliable contact. The alternate will then be asked to check on the participant. For those who do not have an alternate or whose alternate is unresponsive, the state will call local law enforcement to conduct a wellness check.
This situation is changing rapidly. We will continue to collect and share information with you as becomes available.
Update on tents at hospitals to screen COVID-19 patients
The six county hospitals below now have tents installed outside to triage patients who have symptoms that are concerning for COVID-19. The tents not only create a larger space to triage, screen and test those individuals, they protect other patients and staff from exposure and free up capacity in the emergency rooms for other patients.
• Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center, Silver Spring
• Suburban Hospital, Bethesda
• Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, Rockville
• Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring
• Holy Cross Hospital, Germantown
• Medstar Montgomery Medical Center, Olney
Tents for the hospitals were supplied and erected by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, with support from the National Guard.
"Seniors-Only" grocery store shopping hours
Target and Whole Foods are each offering “seniors-only” shopping hours in all of their Montgomery County stores and four local stores are also participating in this special program. The hours vary from store to store.
Check the list located at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS/Resources/Files/COVID19GroceryStores.pdf for participating stores:
• Global Food, Silver Spring
• Grosvenor Market, Rockville
• Dawson's Market, Rockville
• Roots Market, Olney
• Whole Foods, Kentlands
• Whole Foods, Rockville
• Whole Foods, Silver Spring
• Whole Foods, Bethesda
• Whole Foods, Friendship Heights
• Target, Gaithersburg
• Target, Rockville
Curbside parking changes to support restaurants
The county Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has established "No Parking" zones in areas with high concentrations of restaurants - Bethesda and Silver Spring - and converted them to "curbside food pickup" zones. They are in front of restaurants that have suspended full service under Gov. Hogan's statewide order and now offer take-out service.
Drivers may park in these new "curbside food pickup" zones for up to 15 minutes.
The areas designated as "No Parking" to allow curbside restaurant access are subject to change. MCDOT is open to consideration of expanding the changes to support other areas currently controlled by curbside parking meters. To request additional locations, contact Jeremy.Souders@montgomerycountymd.gov
Free parking at two county garages in Bethesda and Silver Spring
The Auburn/Del Ray garage in Bethesda and the Bonifant/Dixon garage in Silver Spring will temporarily not require payment, in an effort to minimize the financial impacts of the COVID-19 emergency on county residents.
Visit the County's COVID-19 Closures website for a comprehensive list of County closures. For more information, including COVID-19 videos and more, visit the County's COVID-19 website and monitor the County's social media for breaking news and other updates.
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced a list of stores that have created senior/immune-compromised hours: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS/Resources/Files/COVID19GroceryStores.pdf
Hello FHNN, Most of this email is about ways to stay busy at home for the next few weeks. We also want you to know that some of the grocery stores are adjusting their hours. As of the time of this message, our Whole Foods is now open for seniors every day from 7:00 am to 8:00 am. We were told since they stock at night, this is a good time to shop. We will continue to update you as we learn more.
Please keep reading for some ways to help remedy cabin fever. Please send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share your ideas in updates.
Catch up on reading. While the libraries are closed, you can take advantage of the electronic resources provided by Montgomery County. A full list of available E/Audiobooks, streaming media, online learning platforms, library apps and research databases is available 24/7, https://mcpl.link/DigitalResources You also can support your local bookstores, including Politics and Prose, at https://www.politics-prose.com/ and have items delivered to your home. The store also offers curbside pick up and has an online speakers’ series.
Looking for more reading options? Free eBooks through Project Gutenberg
Are you missing trips to museums? Museums with online tours
Want to explore online learning options, some of which you could do with your younger relatives and friends?
Do you want to register to vote absentee in Maryland? The primary is now on June 2.
This is a good time to stay connected. Pick up the phone and talk to your friends and family. Video conferencing apps like FaceTime https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204380 or Skype enable you to connect with your friends and family in a meaningful way.
Please see our second post for more information. What are you doing to keep busy? Please email us at email@example.com.
This is a continuation of our previous posting.
Relax with meditation. There is a free, upcoming 5- day seminar (March 25-29) with Thich Nhat Hahn teachings that looks interesting, "In the Footstep of Thich Nhat Hahn: https://promo.lionsroar.com/free-summit-thich-nhat-hanh/
You may want to read an article from Tricycle Magazine (an excellent Buddhist magazine): https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/coronavirus-meditations/
Looking for yoga resources?
Seated yoga for seniors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEjiXtb2hRg (25 min)
Chair yoga mindfulness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkl88Nq3BiU (25 min)
Mindful chair yoga with meditation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMps5-PIJHA (10 min)
Get organized. Use this time to clean out your closets and drawers. Start small, organize just one drawer.
Is free opera something you would enjoy? Make a date with the Metropolitan Opera which is offering free streaming nightly at 7:30 pm, and the music remains on the website for 20 hours if that time does not work for you.
Try something new. WAMU's DCist outlines ways to stream movies, magazines, exercise classes, even strolling through Smithsonian archives!
Do you enjoy games? How long has it been since you played board games like chess? For a new experience try online board games.
Learn a New Skill. You can go to YouTube and type "How to..." in the search box to learn how to do almost anything.
Listen to a podcast. There are so many interesting podcasts out there. Check out Time Magazine's recommendations of the 50 Best Podcasts to find something that meets your interests.
Keep laughing. Try the U-Tube videos of the great comedians below to get you smiling and laughing again. We featured these links in our January Newsletter.
Take Yale classes for free! https://oyc.yale.edu/ Many universities have open, free classes for all. You do not need to have any connection to the school. The Yale ones have been recommended to us.
Try the TED talks! TED Talks are videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, with subtitles in 100+ languages, free to stream and download.
We will keep adding to this list. What are you doing to keep busy? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor Hogan has issued an amended executive order to close all bars and restaurants in the state effective at 5:00 p.m. on March 16, 2020. The order allows for restaurants to continue carry-out, drive-thru, and delivery services, and allows for eateries in health care facilities to remain open.
Governor Hogan also announced a public health surge to combat the COVID-19 crisis.
To view the statement, please click here.
The FHNN Board of Directors is concerned about members, friends, and all of us as we face the challenge of COVID-19 with the rest of the country and world. We believe in following the guidance issued by the WHO, CDC, and state and local health officials all of whom are recommending social distancing at this time, along with other measures.
As a result, FHNN will be temporarily cancelling or postponing events based on the latest guidance. For the month of March, we will be cancelling the birthday party scheduled for March 17, the Elizabeth Building Briefing, and Crafts and Chat scheduled for March 26. We also are cancelling the Men’s Lunch for April 2 and postponing the FHNN Annual Happening fund-raiser for April 19 to a later time. Meditation and Walking Groups will continue meeting, and participants will make their own choice about attending these meet ups. Any questions about participating in the Meditation Group, please contact Linda Herson (email@example.com); Walking Group participants, please contact Ethel Pacheco at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will re-evaluate the overall situation at the end of March and make an announcement about April at that time.
We are aware that all members—both full and social—may want to interact, and some may need greater support at this time. Thus:
We will continue to offer Full members volunteer support including grocery shopping, and transportation to important appointments with workarounds as necessary. We are exploring other added assistance including web conferencing to host programs, friendly phone calls (see above), and assistance with on-line orders for groceries. We also will continue to forward pertinent information about COVID-19 from Federal, state and local officials as that becomes available.
Our best to all and be well.
Constance Row, President, for the Board of Directors
Friendship Heights Neighbors Network
All, We wanted to share with you information we have recently received from Montgomery County, MD.
For Immediate Release: Friday, February 28, 2020
As federal officials continue to monitor the outbreak of respiratory illnesses caused by a new form of coronavirus first detected in Wuhan, China, County Executive Marc Elrich and County health and emergency management officials are coordinating efforts across agencies as well as with state officials and healthcare providers to ensure we are prepared for the situation as it evolves.
Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia.
“While the risk to the general public still remains low in the United States, we are working closely with County agencies, schools and health-care providers to ensure that we are ready to respond to this evolving situation,” said County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised state and local health departments to be prepared for community spread of COVID-19. The County’s Department of Health and Human Services is working with partners, including the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, public safety agencies, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), and hospitals to plan for a response should there be cases in Montgomery County.
“We want to make sure that residents have access to information, and I encourage everyone to visit our website, which has a great deal of information about the virus and precautionary measures that people can take,” said Elrich. “Our primary focus is to ensure that people are educated and informed as this situation unfolds.”
County officials have taken the following steps to prepare:
While the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is low, residents should take simple steps to prepare:
Residents are encouraged to visit the website and sign up for Public Health and Environmental Alerts for critical updates. Sign up for alerts (listed under Montgomery County Government Alerts) through the County’s Alert Montgomery notification system.
FHNN’s Holiday Sing-Along with Ann Hoopes and Member and Volunteer Recognition was held on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 4701 Willard. FHNN Member and Volunteer Ann Hoopes led the group in favorite seasonal songs. We celebrated our wonderful members and volunteers, and everyone enjoyed the occasion. FHNN had special chocolate treats for members and volunteers and real food (not just cookies) for all attendees. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this party.
Summary of Iris Lav’s presentation on Income Inequality – What Should Be Done?
Iris J. Lav, former Deputy Director of the Center on Budget and Policy, spoke on Income Inequality - What Should be Done? at the December 2019 Forum. She first showed that income grew equally among all income levels prior to 1980, but growth has since been concentrated in the top 5 percent and particularly in the top 1 percent. There has been little comparative growth in the middle- and lower-income segments of the population – widening the income inequality gap. She also showed that wealth inequality was even greater than income inequality today.
She pointed out that Investments to increase or improve educational opportunities, improve skills, or facilitate access to work would be helpful in potentially increasing income of the working population in the long run. Ms. Lav then focused on two shorter-term strategies that could more immediately affect income and wealth inequality: increasing the minimum wage and revising several different tax policies—particularly increasing taxation at the top of the income and wealth distribution and using that to improve policies that help lower- and middle-income households.
Ms. Lav showed historic income tax rates which at one time were as high as 91% in contrast to present top rates of 37% after the 2017 tax changes. Increasing the income tax rate is an obvious way to redistribute income. Other taxation policies that should be considered are an increase in the capital gains tax and reducing the Estate Tax threshold and exemptions. The Estate Tax exempts the first $11.2 million of estates; only 1 in 1,000 estates owe estate tax. Other aspects of Estate taxation also could be altered to reduce intergenerational transfer of wealth. She also reviewed other ways of increasing taxation of the highest-income taxpayers by reducing or eliminating the lower tax rates for capital gains and dividends and closing certain loopholes. Focusing IRS audits on those of high net worth rather than those receiving government support could collect at least a trillion dollars over the next decade. Using some additional funds to improve policies such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit could bolster lower- and middle-income families.
The talk elicited many comments and questions about tax policy from the large, interested and engaged audience.
At the November 20, 2019 FHNN Forum event, James C. Jones, PhD showed photos from 45 years ago of two Bolivian Amazonian ethnic groups. After showing the Amazonian topography of Bolivia, which is its largest land mass, he identified two remote areas which he visited and where he worked.
One of the areas, on the extensive savannas, had been part of an ancient civilization that had built raised fields for agriculture and constructed communication canals and causeways to connect settlements as early as 2,000 years ago. This area was the site of a Jesuit mission province during the 17th and 18th centuries. Indians living there today are descendants of Indians who settled in those missions.
Dr. Jones took over 1,000 pictures while doing field work in the two areas. The other area, very remote, lies at the base of the eastern range of the Andes, and was home to the Chimán ethnic group whose members lived much as did the pre-Columbian ancestors of today’s savanna-dwelling mission Indians. These Chimán were in contact with the outside world through a trader who exchanged sundry wares for wild-animal skins. Dr. Jones showed pictures of adults and children in traditional body-length garb, of women weaving on looms, and of homes with palm-thatched roofs and open sides that accommodated extended families. He also showed fish dazed by toxic plants dropped in the water to stun them as they floated downstream to be shot by Indians with arrows. The fish were then cooked immediately over an open fire.
Natives of both groups planted cassava and plantains (and the savanna dwellers rice) and consumed wild game, fish, and wild fruit. Because of seasonal rains alternating with dry periods, the Chimán moved seasonally between river and forest for food. After a brief intermission, Dr. Jones continued with photographs of the “Jesuitized” natives with whom he lived for 3 years. That group lived in small settlements around a town founded by the early Jesuits. These Indians had small farms or worked on numerous non-Indian ranches in the area. The savannas were grazed by cattle owned by ranchers who had pushed the Indians off their traditional lands and into nearby forests since the 1950s. He showed pictures of an airstrip slaughterhouse, where cattle were slaughtered and air-lifted to highland cities to supply them with beef. He traveled and took pictures on one of these flights, sitting around carcasses of fresh beef in an aging DC-4 as it rose above the savannas and threaded its way to La Paz through narrow Andean passes.
Dr. Jones also showed pictures of the small town of San Ignacio de Moxos, founded by the early Jesuits and where he lived while doing research in the area. These “Jesuitized” Indians practiced a medieval Catholicism, yet beneath which lay a strong patina of pre-Columbian beliefs in spirits of the rivers, lakes, savannas, and forests. The natives celebrated all of the Catholic feast days with elaborate fiestas and costumes, pictures of some of which Dr. Jones presented. These Catholic natives dressed mostly in Western attire, yet in religious ceremonies they often donned attire reminiscent of that of the Chimán.
Dr. Jones answered questions about the lives of the two groups and detailed some of the changes that had had occurred in the area over the 45 years since he had lived there. He noted that the town of San Ignacio is more heavily populated. The village is larger, there were some paved road and highways connecting villages, and people were more likely to work in a cash economy. Poverty and evidence of malnutrition were still very present. Dr. Jones also spoke briefly about the current contentious Bolivian political environment and tensions between native populations and their more-Western urban counterparts.
Below is a summary of Dr. Jay Herson’s October 15, 2019 presentation including questions to ask doctors and links to useful sites.
The clinical trials for new drugs whose results are necessary for FDA approval for marketing do not enroll patients representative of those who may take the drug once approved. This is especially true for seniors.
Dr. Herson explained that patients who have chronic conditions other than the one for which the new drug is being tested and/or are taking drugs for other conditions are usually rejected from clinical trials. That is because of the difficulties in evaluating the efficacy (effectiveness) and safety of the new drug. He also pointed out that seniors, even if eligible, may not choose to be in a clinical trial due to the interruption in lifestyle caused by having to adhere to a rigid schedule, receiving care from unfamiliar doctors and nurses, and fear of being randomized to a placebo (a substance that has no therapeutic effect).
Dr. Herson described the various phases of drug development: Phase I -safety in animal studies and small number of humans, Phase II - efficacy and safety in a larger human study group, and Phase III – the largest trial in humans that demonstrates to the FDA all that is known about efficacy and safety of the new drug. The Phase III trials are randomized, which means by chance half the patients will get the new drug and half will get a placebo that is also the control group. In cancer drug trials the control group would not be on a placebo but on an already approved drug for the particular cancer type.
Addressing the issue of learning more about drug safety and the elderly, Dr. Herson had some good news—resources for physicians and patients. The Beers List of Medications, published annually since 1991 by the American Geriatric Society, provides expert opinion on drugs found not to be safe for seniors. FDA’s Drug Trial Snapshots is another resource; it indicates what percent of the data submitted to FDA supporting drug approval for a specific drug candidate involved patients over 65.
Dr. Herson closed with four questions seniors should ask their physician when prescribed a new drug: 1) What evidence does he/she have on the safety/efficacy of this drug for your age and health history? 2) Has he/she consulted the Beers List? 3) Has he/she consulted FDA Drug Trial Snapshots? and 4) Are there alternate drugs where more evidence has accumulated for use in the elderly?
A complete list of clinical trials can be found at https://clinicaltrials.gov/.
Beer’s List of Do Not Use Medications: https://www.pharmacist.com/beers-revised-drugs-not-use-older-adults
A recording of Dr. Herson’s presentation can be found on Youtube.com by searching for Clinical Trials Elderly or just go straight to
FHNN scheduled a trip to the Antietam battlefield, followed by lunch at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. A bus (with a restroom and other amenities) was used for the drive there (1.6 hours). After a brief stop at the Antietam Visitors Center, the bus continued the well designed, roadway tour of the battlefield narrated by a local guide who provided interesting details about the battle. The bus stopped at important sites so that those interested in walking around important locations could do so. The 1862 battle ended the Confederacy’s first invasion of the North, blocked any formal recognition of the Confederacy by Great Britain and France, and gave Lincoln the opportunity to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. Many view the battle as an important turning point in American history. The cost was $20 per person, plus the charge for each person’s `lunch. It was a wonderful day for FHNN members and volunteers plus members of other nearby Villages. During the ride to the battlefield, a video was shown on the bus to provide background information.
May 19 Friendship Happening – A Great Success!
FHNN members and volunteers, plus other Friendship Heights residents and guests, filled the Center’s Huntley Hall to hear our Congressman Jamie Raskin and our State representatives Marc Korman, Susan Lee and Sara Love. Congressman Raskin spent half an hour answering questions on a wide range of national issues. He dubbed the questions “better than NPR.” After a break for refreshments and visiting with friends – new and old – our State representatives discussed the work of their last legislative session and answered questions about State issues. Congressman Raskin and the State representatives received enthusiastic applause. With a combination of sponsorships, donations and ticket sales, the Friendship Happening was a great fundraising success, which will help to support the work of FHNN in the coming months.
On Friday, May 17, 2019, a group of FHNN members and volunteers enjoyed a wonderful visit to Glenstone Museum, the celebrated new art center in Montgomery County. This was a self-guided tour of the new addition (the Pavilions) as well as the original building and gardens. Tickets were available on a priority basis to full and social members. FHNN provided transportation to full members and assisted in arranging carpools for other people in the FHNN group. Since tickets to the museum are free and transportation was provided by volunteers, there was no cost to visit this wonderful museum.
If you missed the April 17 presentation, please see the excellent summary by Dr. David Rabin, the member of our Board who also coordinates the Speaker Series.
Officer Dana Stroman of the Bethesda Chevy Chase Area Police Department spoke about safety issues for seniors at our April Forum. She noted that Montgomery County with a large elderly population is overall a low-crime area. Nevertheless, there are many new forms of crime that relate to technologies that are particularly problematic for seniors. One is use of Bank credit card money withdrawal machines. Some have been tampered with so that credit card information can be recorded as it is entered into the card slot. Check to see if the slot unit is loose - if so that indicates the unit may have been tampered with. Another is placement of a tiny camera the size of a pin head at the top of the unit which can photograph your card. She suggested placing your hand or a piece of paper above your card as you insert it into the card reader slot so that the card number cannot be seen. Another emerging problem is use of small handheld devices that can record card information while a card transaction is occurring. This occurs in restaurants and retail establishments. Desirably these transactions should occur at your table or in front of you at a retail store.
Officer Stroman also discussed driving safety, encouraging seniors to respond to the evolving slower reaction times, diminished visual acuity and slower decision making occurring with aging. She suggested particular care at intersections, making left turns, entering highways or the beltway, and at traffic circles, by either by avoiding them or taking extra caution.
She reviewed the many telephone and cell phone scams and how clever their operators are in deceiving people who pick up calls from unknown telephone numbers. She suggests caution on any requests for money or information, stressing the fact that government agencies like the Social Security Agency, Treasury Department and the police do not make soliciting or threatening calls. She suggests not revealing your name and querying a caller as to how they got your name, number and who they are. Never reveal credit-card information or send money even for apparent emergency requests without further checking with family and friends about the legitimacy of requests for emergency funds.
She encouraged people to notify police when there are concerns about possible bad behavior. It is through public reporting of incidents that authorities can understand the extent of problems and seek solutions. When there is a possible threat or suspicious behavior, please call 911 or if it is not an emergency, 301 279-8000.
Volunteer leaders Linda Herson and Beth Warner trained new volunteers on February 9. The group learned about FHNN and how volunteers can assist our Full Members with services such as driving to medical appointments, picking up groceries, reading for those with sight impairment, and making friendly calls. Volunteers learned about other opportunities to help FHNN grow in its mission to assist our senior neighbors. The training was an opportunity to meet neighbors, ask questions, and interact! Volunteers are always needed. Contact FHNN for more information.
January 11, 2018.
Pong Ruangpanyapot, FHNN volunteer and computer consultant, led a lively discussion at the Village Center on ways to make technical devices more secure and less vulnerable to malicious viruses and hackers. The attendees technical knowledge ranged from beginner to more advanced. Pong reviewed a “Secure Your Device” handout that he and Linda Herson developed. He discussed technical terms such as “firewall,” “cookies,” “phishing” and ways to use computers more securely as well as options for purchasing anti-virus software. Pong noted that while it’s not possible to be completely “safe” from the “black hats,” (hackers) there are ways to be more aware and alert to scams.
December 18, 2017
A crowd of 30 folks gathered in the 4701 Willard party room on Dec. 18 to join in a festive evening of song and good cheer. Ann Hoopes, a talented musician and member of FHNN, led us on keyboard and accordion. David Cohen put together song books with the words to favorite carols, show tunes and other holiday songs so we all could join in. It was a time for all of us to relax, enjoy the season, catch up with friends, and welcome many newcomers to the Network.
The Walking Group is growing and enjoying the exercise and the camaraderie on these lovely crisp fall days! Weather permitting, they meet Mondays at 10 at the park on the corner of Willard and Friendship Boulevard.
October 12, 2017
The free wine tasting event held at the Friendship Heights Gourmet Market could satisfy the taste buds of anyone’s wine palate…tastings of 2 whites, 2 reds and a rose allowed time to mingle with Board members and to visit with old friends and neighbors and new, one who just moved to FH only a month ago!
September 25, 2017
The FHNN speakers program featured a webcast interview with Atul Gawande MD, noted author and surgeon, about the needs of the elderly and innovative ways in which they can be met. The occasion was the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the first Village founded in Beacon Hill, Boston. Gawande discussed the importance of autonomy, care decision making, and respecting individual values and preferences. Following the interview there was a discussion about personal preferences and challenges discussing them with family.
September 13, 2017
Kathleen McGuiness, neighbor, expert on marketing and event planning, President, KMM Consulting and FHNN volunteer presented a well-attended introduction to Social Media. She gave an overview of Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and Instagram, illustrating some of their benefits and limitations. She included advice about privacy settings and personal security.
August 16, 2017
Twelve neighbors met in Rachel Gur-Arie’s apartment for their first meditation practice. Leader Andy Streich explained that the “art” of meditation is simply to focus on breath, staying in the present, and observing one’s thoughts. During the hour, Andy guided a 1 minute meditation, then a silent 3 minute meditation, and finally silence for 5 minutes. Andy emphasized the need to practice meditation, at least 5 min. each day. The meditation series continues thru Sept. 27 (no session Sept. 20). Next series will begin in mid-late Oct. If interested but not already on our waiting list, email FHNN at the address above.
August 3, 2017
A group of creative members gathered in an apartment at 4701 Willard to share their enthusiasm for crafts and to get acquainted. Some members had been to the first session in June; others came for the first time. People agreed on a monthly meeting. Anyone interested in knitting, crochet, quilting, or other crafts should come on September 28. Go to Event Calendar, click on September 28 to respond.
July 23, 2017
More than 25 full and social members, volunteers and guests gathered in the Elizabeth Party Room to enjoy sundaes with an array of ice creams and toppings. The occasion was an opportunity for all to get better acquainted. Many spoke enthusiastically of the one to one connections and sense of community FHNN was creating with such events.
July 18 and 22, 2017
Jackie Lapidus and Linda Herson led two groups, totaling 18 volunteers, in a 2 1/2 hour training session. Each trainee received a Volunteer Handbook for guidance on best practices for direct services to our Full Members.Trainees watched and critiqued a member-volunteer role play, then responded to possible situations a volunteer might encounter. Future volunteer trainings are set for late September and early October. If interested, please RSVP at the email address above.
July 1, 2017
FHNN is in the "Soft Launch" phase during July and August, having reached the first year goals of one year's worth of membership and funding. During the "Soft Launch" phase, part-time Executive Director Jackie Lapidus and volunteer Board members are training and vetting volunteers, arranging social and educational programs for the fall, and getting insurance and the computer-based management system up and running. We plan to start services for full members in September, with full operation expected by October 1. New members and donations are welcome as start-up funds will expire in about one year. See the Membership tab on the home page of this website for information about joining and the Support Us tab to make a donation. Also see the Events Calendar tab for upcoming programs.
June 26, 2017
Several neighbors met in a volunteer's apartment to get acquainted and share their love of stitching and crafts. By the end of the afternoon all had some new friends, ideas for projects, and enough enthusiasm to want to meet again, perhaps on a regular basis. If you have an interest in crafts, plan on Aug. 3, watch the FHNN calendar and emails for details.
The Friendship Heights Village Center is hosting its first swing dance party. Champion dancers Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg will treat us to a demonstration and a lesson and stay to DJ an hour of dancing. Tom and Debra are the founders of Gottaswing LLC and have been teaching at Glen Echo among other places and performing for nearly 25 years. You don’t need a partner or experience swing dancing.
Wear comfortable clothing and flat, smooth-soled shoes that will stay on your feet securely. The cost of admission is $10 per person: register at the Center or $15 at the door. Children 7 to 14 are free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments will be served.
On May 21, at the Village Center, over 100 people gathered for food, music, a fabulous silent auction, to raise money to support FHNN membership as we prepare to launch services. There was a great sense of community as people enjoyed themselves. Promoting community is an FHNN goal and we are starting to see that take shape. Come join us for our June events and bring a friend or meet a new one.
Please note that the video and discussion with Dr. David Rabin has been rescheduled from May 17 to June 13 in the Elizabeth Party Room from 7-8:30 PM. See our calendar for more details. We hope you will join us for this important discussion.
On Wednesday, March 22, in the Elizabeth Party Room, leading geriatric expert, Dr. Trey Sunderland, spoke to a capacity crowd from around the neighborhood about ways we can age in place more successfully. The program was lively and interactive, with attendees reacting to Dr. Sunderland's presentation by talking about their own experiences. The program ended with all who were there wanting more, including Dr. Sunderland!
On Sunday, March 19, people gathered in the Elizabeth Party Room to get hands' on help with their electronic devices - phones, tablets, iPads from volunteers willing to teach. It was fun and informative and it is just the beginning. We plan Let's Talk Tech, Part 2 - take it up a notch. More questions; more answers.
Board members, building representatives, and interested neighbors met for an extended planning meeting mapping out the route to launching the Network.
Friendship Heights Neighbors Network has received official IRS recognition of its tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), which means that your donations to it will be tax deductible. See Support Us to make a contribution.
From 7AM to 6PM, 20 FHNN volunteers took turns staffing our Election Day table. FHNN volunteers distributed information about the national Village movement in general and about the FHNN progress in forming our own village. The volunteers met with community members and exchanged ideas with 16th district delegates Marc Korman and Bill Frick.
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