SAAA’s Annual Generations Walkathon- Saturday, May 21st at Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury. Save the Date…Be a Walker…Form a Team…Be a Sponsor.

Welcome to SAAA!

The Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) is a non profit organization that provides high quality services and opportunities that enhance the dignity and independence of seniors and promote their contributions to the community.

Agency services are designed to assist older persons who wish to stay in their own homes, to provide information for seniors and their families, to protect individuals living in long term care residences, and to facilitate staying active and provide community service.

Join SAAA in one or more of the many activities this month.

Click on the links for Services and the Active Living Center (ALC) in your county to view the special activities and menu at each ALC. Check out Upcoming Events on the right for meetings including Board and Advisory Council.

Also, be sure you scroll down to look at Top News and More SAAA News.
  • Needs Assessment Online

    Valley Health System is conducting its Newest Needs Assessment. Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey by clicking here. Your local hospitals, Page, Shenandoah Warren and Winchester value the information and use it for planning services and meeting local needs. It’s important so please take the survey!

  • We're Clear!

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    Thanks to a day's hard work by SAAA's Transportation Director Bob Haas, his wife Kaye and son Michael, SAAA's parking lot is very clear. And SAAA was able to open today, Tuesday, after 28 inches of weekend snow!
  • Meet Us at the Movies

    The Adult Care Center and the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging are co-hosting Young at Heart on Tuesday, April 7th at The Alamo, 181 Kernstown Commons Blvd with a 1:30 PM Matinee and again at 7:00 PM. Each showing will begin with a live 30-minute program describing the services provided by the Adult Care Center and the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging. There will also be a brief Music Therapy Demonstration. A portion of the $7 matinee and $10 evening performance cost will be donated to the Adult Care Center and the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging.

    Click here to view the information on the Alamo’s website and to order your tickets.

    The Adult Care Center is a nonprofit vibrant day program for those experiencing conditions affecting memory and independence. The Center provides support for families who choose to keep their loved ones at home. The Center offers routine medical monitoring, personal care assistance, and therapeutic activities which include music therapy, aroma therapy, expressive art, daily exercise and more. The Adult Care Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m., to 5:30 p.m. and is licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services.

    The Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging began providing meals to homebound individuals and at group sites in 1975. Over the next 40 years, it has expanded to serve older persons and their families/caregivers throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley- helping older persons continue to live at home. Those services now include Meals on Wheels, Active Living (Senior) Centers, personal care, homemaker assistance, door-to-door accessible transportation, Medicare Insurance Counseling, social model group respite care, Chronic Disease Self-Management classes and much more.

    Meet Us at the Movies on April 7th.

  • SAAA Receives $1,000 Donation from Alzheimer's Association

    Bob Bell, Programs and Services Manager presented a check to Cathie Galvin from the staff of the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter. Their staff had been given a challenge to donate $10,000, and SAAA was fortunate to be one of the ten recipients of a $1,000 gift.
  • SAAA Help Feed the Needy

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    At Monday's Network for Aging Support (NAS) Christmas Luncheon, members brought bags of canned and boxed items for the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging. SAAA's Care Managers are now restocked with food to deliver to older persons in need. Recently, one Care Manager found an older person living in a 3-generation family that had no food in the house and very little furniture. With the previous gifts of food, she was able to meet that need as well as with wonderful community support from the Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shops, she was able to supply some furniture as well. Thanks to all the wonderful staff who represent so many caring organizations and businesses. Photos show NAS members and a trunk full of donated food. Merry Christmas! Happy holidays!

  • SAAA Honors Volunteer Jennifer Patton

    On Friday, November 13 SAAA honored Jennifer Patton as a Distinguished Volunteer during the Association of Fundraising Professionals National Philanthropy Day Luncheon. Three years ago, Jenn offered to hold a Bowlathon to raise money for aging support services. This summer she organized her third Bowlathon and raised more money than the first two together. We at SAAA are grateful for her enthusiasm, commitment and support! Her husband Michael Patton was her guest at the luncheon. Barry Lee of WINC was the emcee.

  • You’ve Done Something to Crow About Award

    Cathie Galvin, SAAA Executive Director, honored Marty Schiller, VICAP Specialist with the first, You’ve Done Something to Crow About Award.” The award recognizes Marty’s stellar work in providing Medicare Insurance Counseling this past year. Her accomplishments include doubling the number of contacts and saving over $170,000 in premiums and prescription costs though Part D prescription reviews conducted by her entire team of certified counselors. She has received multiple accolades for her public presentations bringing honor to SAAA. And, she maintains the respect of staff not only for sharing her expertise generously but also for maintaining her sense of humor and dealing with some very difficult situations.

  • SAAA Receives Corporate Gift

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    On Friday, Lauren Ewing, DaVita Facility Administrator in Front Royal, presented a check for $1,000 and five wheelchairs in good condition to Cathie Galvin, Executive Director of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging. DaVita annually presents a corporate donation to a community agency selected by the employees of the local DaVita. SAAA was honored to receive their corporate gift for the second year in a row. Locally SAAA provides services to enable seniors to continue living at home. Those services include Meals on Wheels, personal care, housekeeping and transportation. DaVita is a Dialysis Center in Front Royal.
  • Fun Day with Pets!

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    Rebecca Sigler, the owner of the Mini Menagerie Petting Zoo, brought her pets to visit with seniors at the Warren County Active Living Center. Guests from Shenandoah County Active Living Center also came to enjoy the day. Here are photos capturing some of the fun.
  • Camp Fantastic, SAAA & One Accessible Van!

    SAAA's Intergenerational collaborations are always special and none more so than with Special Love's Camp Fantastic.

    Below are excerpts from Dave Smith's thank you letter as Director of Camp Fantastic to Bob Haas, SAAA's Director of Transportation - a thank you for the use of an accessible van for their special campers. SAAA has been providing an accessible vehicle quietly for years, but we couldn't resist sharing the smiling faces. We, at SAAA, feel good about playing a small role in their special week.

    "The dust has finally settled on not only our wonderful week at The University of Camp Fantastic but also on "Childhood Cancer Awareness Month," which immediately followed it. We couldn't have been more thrilled with the results of both, but especially our week-long camp adventure.

    It truly takes a village (or, in this case, a university) to make Camp Fantastic so successful, and that includes your donating the use of your (SAAA) handicap van. This was one of the most acute groups of kids we've ever had and yet the week went exceedingly smoothly, thanks in large part to the availability of the van for our mobility-challenged kids.

    Our campers and volunteers and their families have been busy posting to our Facebook page.

    I hope you get a chance to see some of what was shared, including this year's camper-inspired music video . You had a lot to do with the smiles and love on display there."

  • Special Gifts for Meals on Wheels

    Ms. Amanda Ebenal and her second graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School are preparing special gifts for SAAA's Meals on Wheels recipients in the Strasburg area. They recently planted "Tickle Me" seeds. Now they are tenderly watering and watching them grow. The leaves of "Tickle Me" plants close when touched so they'll be fun for both the children and their recipients. Thank you Ms. Ebenal and her Second Grade Class for a wonderful project. Here are some pictures from planting and watering.

  • Mary & Linda Making Grinch Candle Holder

    Terry Byrne, Warren Active Living Center Director, shared this photo of Mary Marlin & Linda Gilespie making a "Grinch" holiday candle holder to keep or gift for Christmas! The Warren Center is one of seven that SAAA offers throughout our service area. There's no reason to be bored or lonely, check out their locations, hours, programs and menus under the Active Living Centers tab. And share this information with older neighbors and friends.

  • Healthy Visits

    Magda Bullock, Clinical Dietitian for Valley Health, regularly visits the Shenandoah County Active Living Center to demonstrate something healthy and delicious!

  • Thanks to our Bowlathon Sponsors

    Posted by Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging on Wednesday, August 19, 2015
  • Ways to Give

    You can make a difference right now with your on-line donation.

    On the second screen when you review, Look in the box labeled Purpose, right under Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, you’ll see the word Designation. When you click on Designation, a box will open and you can type in what the donation or payment is to be used for. Example: Payment for Boots & BBQ Boot Strap Sponsorship or Donation for Our Place – Clarke.

    On the second screen when you review, Look in the box labeled Purpose, right under Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, you’ll see the word Designation. When you click on Designation, a box will open and you can type in what the donation or payment is to be used for. Example: Payment for Boots & BBQ Boot Strap Sponsorship or Donation for Our Place – Clarke.


    SAAA is honored to be a participant in the following combined campaigns:
    - Combined Federal Campaign # 33595
    - Combined Virginia Campaign # 6105

  • Fraud Alert

    During Medicare Part D Open Enrollment (Oct. 15- Dec. 7) know what to look for and how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud.

    Look out for the following schemes to steal your identity and your money:

    1. A person claiming to be from Medicare or your health plan says they want to send you a new ID card and needs your Social Security number for confirmation.

    2. Someone calls about a refund from last year’s premiums or your drug plan costs. To get the refund they need your Medicare or Social Security number.

    3. A person tries to get you to sign up for a plan that you don’t need, isn’t right for you, or doesn’t even exist – just to collect money from you.

  • Shop and Support SAAA

    Click this link to shop at Amazon Smile and Amazon will give a donation of .5% of your purchase to SAAA.

    Thanks for shopping and supporting at the same time!

  • Insurance Counseling

    Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D Prescription Coverage opens on October 15th and ends on December 7th. Use this time wisely to review your current Part D policy. Look for changes in medications covered, premium prices, changes to cost-sharing, deductibles, preferred pharmacies and medication restrictions. And, finally do a comparison of available plans. There may be a different plan this time that will save you money or provide better coverage. If you find this process confusing, SAAA has 5 certified VICAP (Medicare Insurance ) counselors who will work with you one-on-one to find the best plan. There is no charge for this service but donations are important in helping SAAA provide this service.

    Remember too, VICAP staff are also available to do presentations for church and community meetings on Medicare coverage and benefits.

    Click here to check out the VICAP page for additional information.

  • Contact Details

    Phone: (540) 635-7141
    Fax: (540) 636-7810
    Email: info@

    Location: Front Royal VA 22630

  • Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, January 13: SAAA Speaker at Warren Rotary
    Wednesday, January 20: SAAA Advisory Council Meeting 1:30 PM
    Friday, January 22: SAAA Board Meeting 10 AM

  • Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

    Through SAAA, speakers are available on the fascinating and important topic of Preventing Medicare Fraud & Abuse. As a subgrantee of the Virginia SMP program, SAAA recruits volunteers to help educate local beneficiaries and prevent health care fraud in our communities. The SMP State Office trains volunteers to help or provide group education and community outreach and information about detecting and reporting suspected fraud.

    Click here to visit the Virginia Medicare Senior Patrol website.

    Contact SAAA’s Insurance Specialist Marty Schiller at 540 551-5615 for information on scheduling a free speaker for an upcoming church or club meeting or for more information about becoming a Volunteer Community Representative for SMP in the counties of Page, Shenandoah, Warren, Frederick Clarke or the city of Winchester.

  • Shenandoah University "Adult Years" Psychology Class & Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging: Spring 2014 "Adult Years and the Aging Process" class album, detailing our collaboration with the Winchester Active Living Center of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging. Narrated by Avicii.

  • Scott King, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and the students in his adult years and the Aging Process completed a project on Debunking Aging Myths with SAAA’s Winchester Active Living Center participants. Here is the story of their experience in video.