WAVE Quarterly Meeting Minutes
Monday, 27 April 2015

Village Hospital Partnerships

Presentations were made by staff representing the Sibley Hospital Senior Association, Virginia Hospital Center’s Senior Health Programs, Suburban Hospital Outcomes Management Team and Capitol Hill Village/MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Medical House Calls Program.

Highlights of their presentations include:

  • Sibley partners with Palisades and Little Falls Villages to avoid duplication of efforts with support groups, day trips and educational workshops. Sibley conducts volunteer training for those villages. The villages pay a $40 lifetime membership pay to Sibley Senior Association for each of their village members who participate in the Sibley program at no charge (except for exercise classes for which there is a charge).
  • When considering village-hospital partnerships, consider geographic locations and contact their geriatrics/adult medicine departments; consider assigning an ambassador for your village; and work towards financial incentives for both village and hospital involved.
  • The VA Hospital Center partners with Mt. Vernon, Vertical Village, At Home Alexandria and Arlington Neighborhood Villages, with LifeLine services (potential discounts), and also provides educational workshops and community exercise programs.
  • Suburban’s team works on developing a process for discharged patients at differing levels of care to transition to home or wherever appropriate; they schedule follow-up appointments when the village member is still in the hospital; they assist by finding a “health buddy” if possible and with medication management; they provide Be Well Bags with a Get Well Kit for their discharged patients. Suburban invites ‘ambassadors’ from each village to work with their staff.
  • MedStar WHC’s Medical House Call program provides an integrated health care team to provide health care to homebound elders, supported by care coordination provided by Capitol Hill Village for their participating members.

Villages are encouraged to contact the nearest hospital to start similar programs and to collaborate to prevent hospital readmission and engage in discharge planning and social support.

Business Meeting & Announcements

All were asked to be sure to RSVP for future Quarterly Meetings as space was limited given that more than twice the number of RSVPs were in attendance.

All were reminded that 2015 dues forms are available at the registration table. Each village that wishes to be a voting member should pay $35 dues by July. Emerging villages/villages in development are welcome to make donations to WAVE.

DC’s Northwest Neighbors Village has received a grant to train volunteers in medical notetaking/accompanying others to medical appointments. Please contact them for more information.

The IT Team for WAVE is looking for volunteers that could be trained to keep the website up-to-date.

The WAVE Village Directory is posted on the WAVE website --

The Village Guide is drafted and is being reviewed. All villages interested in being included in the resource appendix should forward a short (under 1 page) description to Pazit Aviv at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Candace Baldwin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for information about a May 15, 2015 World Café with the Faith Communities in Washington DC.

N4A will hold a Senate Briefing on release of their livable communities report on May 6, 2015 --

Fairfax County, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, and AARP Virginia, together with several community organizations and businesses, invite you to celebrate Older Americans Month at the Creative Aging Festival in May 2015. More information is at

Dupont Circle Village invited everyone to participate in the Celeb Salons throughout the year. More information is available at

The 7th Annual National Village Gathering is coming to Seattle WA from October 5-7, 2015. Detailed information for this learning and networking opportunity can be found at

WAVE Board Minutes
Monday, 27 April 2015

In Attendance:

Miriam Kelty Peggy Gervasi Pat Scolaro
Bob McDonald L. Liddle Eddie Rivas
Don Moldover Pat Clark Iris Molotsky


Unable to Attend:

Virginia Hodgkinson    Barbara Sullivan


Quarterly meeting was well received; we should consider repeating the topic/program area of partnerships between villages and health care systems/hospitals. We should also investigate how anecdotal data from Villages might be studied to demonstrate the value that villages offer to health care systems in their efforts to lower their recidivism rates. Discussion led to national efforts to collect data on village outcomes and how WAVE members can/do contribute. Moreover there exists an interest in how such data collection might lead to raising revenues/funds for villages in the DC area, etc.

Action: Eddie R. made a motion, seconded by Bob M, unanimously approved that Iris M. will develop a proposal outline for consideration, to collect data region-wide from WAVE members.

L Liddle suggested that we survey all WAVE members to collect a census of Villages. All agreed. L will draft a set of survey questions for review and comments by the Board.

The likely presentation topic for the next WAVE Quarterly meeting target for 27 July in Northern VA will focus on the topic of transportation and Fairfax County’s participation in Ride Scheduler program.

Don M. offered that the software package presentation went well during the Quarterly meeting. L agreed and stated that villages seemed to feel that the budget forecasting tool was useful. Don suggested that we consider sharing the costs of the server used to host the package with the three WAVE villages currently using the tool. Discussion was tabled without decision at this time.

Don M. reported that Norma Hardy from DC’s Ward 8 village volunteered for website training.

Miriam K. presented the financial report: WAVE currently has $3,600 in assets; $2,000 in contributions; $1,000 in collected dues; for a total of $3,800. Our expenses equal $187.59.

Pat C. led a discussion about a proposal for WAVE strategic planning. The Board needs to review the Mission and Vision statements to prepare for a strategic planning effort. We should assure that a cross section of WAVE members participate in a 4-6 hours strategic planning session, which will end up with 4-5 strategies for future action/direction for WAVE. Questions to be considered include is WAVE to remain in the status quo or should it become a fiscal agent for grant projects, etc.? Should it
become active in advocacy/public education efforts or should it remain a consultative body?

Action: Pat will lead the Board through revisiting the visioning effort during out next Board meeting on Thursday 18 June from 12:30 to 4:00 pm at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Service Center, focused on the future of the aging field and its impact on WAVE for our future direction.

Don M. & Peggy G. led a discussion about discussion forums on the WAVE website: a protected Board forum, an IT Project forum (open/closed?) and an Open WAVE Member forum, which Peggy volunteered to monitor. Action: Don and Pete Olivere will draft a policy for determining content to be posted to the WAVE website for review and discussion.

L Liddle led a discussion on how much personal information should be listed in the WAVE Village Directory given that it is a public document. Action: L will email those individuals whose personal information is listed in relation to a village effort to determine whether or not they want their information made publicly available.

Meeting adjourned!


WAVE Meeting Monday, April 27 (REVISED)
(Program re-scheduled from January)

The April 27 WAVE meeting will feature the program partnerships between villages and hospitals which was planned for the cancelled January meeting. It will take place on Monday, April 27, 9:30 - noon at the Bethesda/Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. The center is located at 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814 "Standalong Village Database".  Click here and the phone number is (240) 777-8200. Please put the meeting on your calendars and let interested people from your villages know about it. Our meetings are open and all are welcome.

Miriam Kelty
President, WAVE

The meeting will start with networking at 9:30.  (not 9 as in previous months)

The presentation is on Village-Hospital Partnerships: How we can work together to provide services and foster shared goals

Our speakers are from Sibley Hospital in DC, Suburban Hospital in Maryland and Virginia Hospital Center. Staff of the three area hospitals will speak about what they are doing to work with their older constituencies and how they and their hospitals might collaborate with local villages that support aging in place in the community. It will also be a good opportunity to learn about senior clubs, discharge planning and follow-up processes, care coordination, medication issues, health education and literacy and health buddy training. Also, it is an opportunity for village leadership and members to educate hospital staff about villages and to share your needs and concerns with them.

Marti Bailey is Director Sibley Senior Association. Ask her about that group, including Club Memory and Widowed Persons Outreach and about how their staff may work with village volunteers.

Cathy Clark and Margie Hackett, Suburban Hospital Outcomes Management, will talk about their post-discharge follow-up program and about how their staff can collaborate with villages.

Mary Belanich, Director of Senior Health Programs at Virginia Hospital Center, will describe her program including Senior Associates, Health Awareness, Caregivers Support Group and other activities.

Melissa Zimmerman, a social worker at Capitol Hill Village. She will present that village’s perspective on its experience with Medstar Washington Hospital Center.

This meeting should be a good way for hospital outreach/transition planning and senior program staff leaders and village leaders and members of existing and emerging villages to meet, exchange contact information, and establish relationships.


WAVE IT Group will also be making a presentation on the "Standalong Village Database".  Click here for a pdf of the slides; there will be no handouts at the meeting.

The building is near the Bethesda metro station and there is parking in the county garage. The County garage can be entered from Woodmont Av or Edgemoor Ln. Make sure you enter the County garage rather than the adjacent private garage - there is a big price difference between the two.

Directions are at      Link to Google map


Miriam Kelty, President
Wasington Area Villages Exchange (WAVE)

WAVE Quarterly Meeting - Monday, April 28, 2014

Introductions and Announcements

  • Thanks to Springhouse Communities for refreshments with introduction to their residences by staff member Andrea Marcasoti.

  • “Montgomery’s Got Talent” will take place on 18 May 2014 at the Olney Theater.

  • Pam Saunders from Georgetown Univ. requested support for the Medical Products for Aging in Place study for which they are currently seeking subjects to fill out their survey.

  • Carolyn Ward, from the Georgetown U. Medical Center, introduced a new study on memory disorders, for which they also are looking for participants.

  • Peggy Gervasi announced that Silver Spring Village will hold an Age Friendly Home workshop on 14 May at 2:00 pm in Silver Spring’s Town Center.

  • Catherine McClellan, Chevy Chase at Home, announced a workshop on Appraisals by Sloans and Kenyon on 17 May. 

  • Patzik Aviv, the new Montgomery County Village Coordinator, was introduced.

  • Arlington Community Villages announced that they opened for business on 07 April.

WAVE Quarterly Meeting Notes - Monday, October 20, 2014 -  9 am

President’s Report

Opened the meeting with a short debriefing on the VtVN National Gathering held in Arlington VA in late September.  WAVE members contributed their perspectives and learnings from the conference, highlighting WAVE’s contributions in workshops, etc.; and we reviewed basic information regarding the transition that VtVN is undergoing given the loss of its founding grants from MetLife and NCB Capital Impact.  Gathering presentations and additional information regarding the transition can be found at

The Village-To-Village Network is looking for volunteers to support the various committee activities being planned by the VtVN 2.0 Transition Task Force as VtVN moves to a new, more volunteer-operated/driven organization. 

WAVE Board Nominations and Election

This discussion opened with a conversation regarding existing Board committees (IT and Village Guide Update) and proposed new committees on Program Planning and Technical Assistance.  These will be further considered by the Board when they meet.

We held a quick discussion expansion of the Board and the terms of office for Board members. It was agreed by unanimous consent to expand the Board to eleven members and for the Board to review and confirm the By-Laws for the organization.  Nominations were then entertained from the floor and voted upon by the members present. 

The 2014-2015 WAVE Board of Directors as elected are:

Miriam Kelty, President, Bannockburn Neighbors Helping Neighbors, MD
Bob McDonald, Vice-President, Foggy Bottom West End Village, DC
Virginia Hodgkinson, Treasurer, Mt. Vernon At Home, VA
Eddie Rivas, Secretary, Vertical Village at Wildwood/Rt. 1 Corridor, VA/MD
Patricia Clark, Glover Park Village, DC
Peggy Gervasi, Silver Spring Village, MD
Linus Liddle, Alexandria At Home, VA
Don Moldover, Potomac Community Village, MD
Iris Molesky, DuPont Circle Village, DC
Patricia Scolero, Georgetown Village, DC
Barbara Sullivan, Mt. Vernon At Home, VA

Treasure’s Report

Our Treasurer reported that the WAVE account balance was $3,588.44.  All were reminded to pay dues if they haven’t already to WAVE, P.O. Box 7464, Alexandria, VA 22307

IT Report

The IT Team is working on two active software developer projects.  The Team expects to have an active conversation forum active by the end of November as well as a Village database.  Additional and updated information will be posted on the WAVE website --

WAVE Village Guide

Montgomery and Fairfax Counties are supporting the team of volunteers updating the original Montgomery County produced blueprint for starting new Villages.  The new Guide will be applicable to villages in general, which include a range of models, templates and stories about Washington area villages. Chapters are currently being developed, with completion expected in early 2015.

Future Meetings

After a brief discussion regarding the start time for future WAVE meetings on the third Monday in Jan. Apr., July and Oct. 2015, it was agreed that WAVE meetings will start with Networking at 9:30 am, followed by the Program start at 10:00 am, ending at noon. 

 Program Presentation

There was a presentation from technology and aging consultants on information and tools for health care growing out of the HITECH Act of 2009. 
MaryJo Deering, Ph.D. President, Deering Health Associates and Chair, Maplewood Village Exploratory Committee, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Shannah Koss, Cofounder Connected Health Resources and President Koss on Care,    

Presentation from MaryJo Deering can be seen by clicking here
Presentation from Shannah Koss can be seen by clicking here

Suggested follow-up resources included information on Personal Health Records at and and


October 20, 1014 Notes in pdf format.

-- Edgar Rivas, Secretary


Don Moldover of Potomac Community Village is leading a group to develop benchmark against which available software offerings for Villages can be measured. The goal is to define requirements for a set of administrative support tools that would work effectively and cost efficiently

Meeting are scheduled meeting approximately once a month.  The next scheduled meeting is:
Thursday, 3/27/2014 @ 1:00pm
Location is the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Services Center
on Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD
If you are interested in partipating in the group or just want to be on their email list to follow their progress, contact Don at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

WAVE Quarterly Meeting Notes - Monday, July 14, 2014 -  9 am - noon

President’s Report

Opened the meeting with the sad news of the passing of WAVE Founder and Past President Andy Mollison. 

Thanked Mt. Vernon at Home for meeting logistics, and Adult Companion Care for refreshments. 

We held a quick discussion of WAVE’s participation at the upcoming National Village Gathering to be held at the end of September at the Hilton in Crystal City/Arlington VA.  WAVE members will present on two panels: one on regional coalitions and their service to the Village movement; the second addressing service to diverse communities. 

The WAVE website is up and running --

As outlined in an email to the WAVE membership, dues for member Villages in WAVE will increase to $35 for 2014.  At a later date, a determination will be made for potential dues increases next year, as needed for WAVE business.

Quarterly Meeting notes from the April 2014 meeting were approved and moved to be posted on the Village website.

Treasure’s Report

Our Treasurer reported that WAVE had received $1,970 in Andy Mollison’s memory and $750 in member dues.  Our mid-July account balance was $3,278.41.

IT Report

Although the WAVE IT Team has only existed one year, an IT package (Village Stand-alone Database) ready for WAVE member use is anticipated sometime after the summer.  The IT Team is also working on developing a support plan for existing database software in use in the DC area; and on developing a communications tool for hosting discussion forums among WAVE members similar to the VTV communications forums.

WAVE Village Guide

Montgomery and Fairfax Counties are supporting the team of volunteers updating the original WAVE document on starting new Villages.  The new Guide will be applicable to villages in general, which include a range of models, templates and stories about Washington area villages. The team is currently looking for individuals with strong backgrounds in specific topic areas for chapter/section development. The document will be available on the Internet. 


The Village-To-Village Network is looking for volunteers to support the various committee activities being planned by the VtVN 2.0 Transition Task Force as VtVN moves to a new, more volunteer-operated/driven organization.  Go to the VtVN website -- -- for more information.

Pamela Saunders with Georgetown University’s Medical Center requested support in the form of completing survey’s for their study regarding medical products used for aging in place.  For more information, contact her at 202.784.4771.

The Exploratory Committee for the Cheverly Village announced that they would be meeting that evening (14 July 2014) and hoped to conduct a community survey sometime in the fall of this year


Meeting Notes in pdf format

-- .Edgar Rivas, Secretary

Presentations at Prior WAVE Meetings

October 7, 2013 -- A panel of county representatives from Virginia, Maryland and D.C. discussed current programs for seniors in their areas. It was followed by discussion circles for an exchange of tips and concerns by village planners and leaders and staffers.
July 15, 2013 -- Alzheimer's and Other Memory Disorders - Guest Speaker Carolyn Ward the program coordinator at the Georgetown University Memory Disorders Program.
April 29, 2013 -- Respectful and effective ways to help and be helped by village members who are blind or have low vision. Guest speaker Jocelyn Hunter, a volunteers trainer who is Director of Communications for Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  --

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