Monday, March 11, 2013

Free Healthy You Conference; Yorktown Trolley resumes service


Free Conference April 4–"Healthy Living: Imagine a Healthier You!"
March 11, 2013   
AARP Virginia and the Hampton Roads Coalition of Agencies will sponsor a free conference, "Healthy Living: Imagine A Healthier You!" on Thursday, April 4 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the King of Glory Lutheran Church and School located at 4897 Longhill Road in Williamsburg. 
The free conference is open to the public and begins with registration and a continental breakfast at 8 a.m.
The purpose of the conference is to educate seniors about the components of healthy aging and empower them to take action. Topics and speakers will include James L. Brooks, Associate State Director of AARP VA who will give a Legislative Update; Kathy May, Executive Director of Virginia Consumer Voices will speak on what the Affordable Care Act means for you; April Holmes with the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, Rene Bryant with Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia and Susan Castle with the Peninsula Agency on Aging will discuss Strategies for Managing Chronic Illness; Susan Fowler, RN, PHN will speak on Adult Vaccines: The Grown up Thing to Do; Dr. Bhartia Srivastava Medical Director for Patriot's Colony Continuing Care Retirement Community will talk about the 3D's-Dementia, Depression and Delirium. Recent advancements in Alzheimer's will be covered by Patricia Lacey, Chief Operating Officer for the Alzheimer's Association's Southeastern Virginia Chapter. We will "Get Fit" with Lloyd Langston, fitness instructor with the YMCA Silver Sneakers program and to finish out the conference Fred Rock, Head Chef with Heritage Commons is back with a fabulous cooking demonstration and tasting.
In addition, pharmacist Pat Resto will conduct individual medication check-up consultations about drug interactions and side affects, as well as how to manage risks associated with taking different drugs prescribed by different doctors. Persons interested in consultations should bring a list of medications or actual medications and register for a time slot the morning of the event. There will also be free blood pressure checks. These services are sponsored by Walgreen's.
Attendees can browse the exhibit area and win door prizes. Pre-registration is requested by March 29.
The conference is sponsored by AARP Virginia, Historic Triangle Senior Center, Olde Towne Medical Center, Peninsula Agency on Aging, Peninsula Health District, Sentara Community Health and Prevention, Senior Services Coalition, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and York County Community Services. For registration and information call the Peninsula Agency on Aging at 873-0541.


Yorktown Trolley service resumes March 23
March 11, 2013   
The free Yorktown Trolley will start its 13th year of service on Saturday, March 23, and operate daily through Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours of 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
The trolley transports nearly 100,000 passengers throughout Yorktown each season, which runs between the spring and fall.           
Though meant to create a nostalgic, old-world feel with their mahogany and brass trimmings, the trolleys are equipped with modern amenities including air conditioning, televisions and more. The trolleys are also ADA compliant, featuring wheelchair access and a talking bus stop announcement system that accommodates both the hearing and visually impaired. The county currently operates two trolleys, both purchased mainly with state and federal grant money, and can transport up to 28 seated and 19 standing passengers at a time. A newer third trolley will be introduced into the fleet later this year, also purchased with state and federal grant money.
The trolley route begins at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center and makes stops at the Victory Monument, Historic Main Street, Riverwalk Landing and the Watermen's Museum, among others, on its way to the Yorktown Victory Center on the other side of town.
The trolley operates in partnership with the Historic Triangle Shuttle, which connects Yorktown with Jamestown and Williamsburg via the Colonial Parkway.
For more information about the Yorktown Trolley, visit

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