Healthy Aging


Literature on aging suggests that the majority of older people
want to age in place. This course will address the physiological,
mental and social aspects of aging, and the positive
actions that we can take to age in place with dignity and comfort.
It will also address the need to prepare for emergencies.

1. The Inevitability of Aging (Judy Grumbly): How do
we age in place with grace, dignity and choice? The
purpose of this session is to learn what happens as
our bodies age and what we need to know to age in
place. We will cover theories on aging at the cellular
level, physiological aging system-by-system, and biological
changes that translate into functional changes
affecting everyday living.

2. Staying Sharp: Brain Health (David DeBiasi): It is
never too late to take charge of our brain health. Join
us to discover how living an active life — learning
more, being social, staying fit, eating right and relaxing
— is our best bet for maintaining brain health. This
session will provide actionable steps we can take as
well as resources to learn more, including materials
and content from the Global Council on Brain Health
and AARP’s Staying Sharp Initiative.

3. Health Benefits of Volunteering (Wendy Zenker):
We will discuss the health and social benefits
of volunteering, exemplified by the Arlington
Neighborhood Village (ANV), a nonprofit that
helps Arlington residents over 55 stay in their
homes. Representatives from ANV, the Retired
Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Animal
Welfare League of Arlington will share information
about their volunteer activities.

4. Emergency Preparedness (Aaron Miller): Recent
weather events have raised awareness of the
need to prepare for emergencies when we may
have to shelter in our home or even evacuate. This
session will provide information to help develop a
plan and recommend actions to take to prepare
our homes and families for emergencies. We will
also discuss emergency planning services available
in Arlington County and the region.

Judy Grumbly is a registered nurse and certified aging
lifecare manager. She is a graduate of Catholic University
with a master’s degree in nursing and a certificate as a
nurse practitioner with a specialty in geriatrics. She had
a 35-year career working with aging populations in clinic,
long-term and home health care settings. She serves
as president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Aging
Life Care Association and volunteers with the Arlington
Neighborhood Village, helping members age in place.

David DeBiasi is a public health nurse with a bachelor’s
degree in nursing from the University of Connecticut. He
has served for nine years as an associate state director
at AARP Virginia in Richmond, where he has developed
public policy priorities and led tactical implementation of
the association’s state and federal advocacy campaigns.
He has also led AARP Virginia’s healthy living initiative,
with a special focus on brain health.

Wendy Zenker is executive director of Arlington
Neighborhood Village. She served as senior vice president
of the National Council on Aging from 2004 to 2017 and
chief operating officer of the US Corporation for National
and Community Service (Americorps and Senior Corps)
from 1989 to 1999. She holds a BA from Radcliffe College.

Aaron Miller, director of Arlington County Public Safety
Communications and Emergency Management, is
responsible for coordinating emergency preparedness
and response capabilities for Arlington County. He also
oversees the Emergency Communications Center,
which handles 911, non-emergency and fire responses.
Mr. Miller holds a master’s degree and a PhD in public
health from Tulane University.

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