Mark your 2017 Calendar for Saturday Morning April 22nd. Be part of SAAA’s 14th Annual Generations Walkathon hosted by Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury.

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.


Generations Walkathon


Meals on Wheels:
Program offers a lifeline
to homebound senior citizens

By Kaley Toy
Northern Virginia Daily

Frances Johnson, 69, uses her walker as she works her way to her Meals on Wheels meal she received Thursday morning at her home at a motel in Front Royal. Johnson receives a hot meal Tuesday through Friday and a frozen meal to use Monday that is prepared by Front Royal’s Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging.

Frances Johnson, 69, of Front Royal, receives Meals on Wheels deliveries Tuesdays through Fridays from the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging.

Johnson said she receives five nutritious meals each week. They consist of fresh, hot meat, vegetables, milk and sometimes a dessert.  One meal delivered on Friday was a microwavable frozen meal that could be eaten before the next visit on Tuesday.

“It’s really good food,” she said.

Johnson has been getting the meal deliveries for about a month now to her room at a Front Royal motel.  The Meals on Wheels food is important to her, she said, because she only has a refrigerator and microwave in her room. She added that due to some health issues, she has to eat three healthy meals each day.

Johnson agreed to speak about the Meals on Wheels program because she wants the public to be aware of its impact on her life as well as on other homebound residents.

“It helps me out when I’m trying to keep a balanced diet because I have diabetes and high blood pressure,” she said.

Johnson has been retired since she was 63.  She has Medicare and receives Social Security benefits each month, but she said that only covers her rent and a few groceries and medications. Her son, who lives in Fairfax, brings her a fresh supply of groceries on a regular basis, but she said that if funding for Meals on Wheels is cut in President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget and she could not receive the hot meals, “it would make it a lot harder on me.”

She added that she couldn’t ask her son to pay for anymore of her needs because he already does so much for her.

“I couldn’t make it” without the program, she said.

Johnson added that the volunteers who make the home deliveries try to make the lives of the people receiving the meals a little brighter, and she even received a Valentine’s Day card from one volunteer.

“They’re all nice,” she said.


Meals on Wheels may see
federal funding cuts

By Kaley Toy
Northern Virginia Daily

Meals on Wheels enables the nation’s senior citizens to receive free hot meals delivered to their home several times a week, but the program may be facing funding cuts if President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget blueprint sent to Congress last month is approved.

Roberta Lauder, director of resource development for Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, said the local program has been “getting a little bit less” funding over the years, and that has been impacting the number of people they can serve. To make up some of the difference, she said SAAA holds fundraising activities throughout the year.

She added that the older population is still growing and the need for these services won’t diminish any time soon.  She noted that keeping seniors in their homes with the help of Meals on Wheels providing meals is more cost-effective than a stay in a nursing home.

“It costs less to provide a senior Meals on Wheels for an entire year than it costs to spend one day in the hospital or six days in a nursing home,” Lauder said. “Meals on Wheels saves us all billions of dollars in unnecessary Medicaid and Medicare expenses every year.”

Meals on Wheels served 15,176 meals to 113 people in Shenandoah County in fiscal 2016, and 6,356 meals to 51 people in Warren County during the same period.

According to Meals on Wheels America’s website,, Meals on Wheels receives 35 percent of its funding from the federal government.

The website states that Trump’s proposed budget also calls for the elimination of the Community Block Grant and Community Development Block Grant, which some Meals on Wheels programs rely upon.


SAAA’s Rubbermaid Sales Results

Despite a 100% chance of severe thunderstorms, SAAA and the United Way with the generous support of Rubbermaid had a great sale Saturday morning Feb. 25th.   There were only a few raindrops, and the sun even peeked out for a bit.

With lots of brave shoppers not heeding the ominous weather forecast and a good assortment of merchandise, the grand total was just over $10,000.

After credit card merchant fees, SAAA will be receiving $4,884.01. This money will help provide aging support services including Meals on Wheels. Thanks to the community for your generous support and thanks to the awesome team of SAAA staff, spouses, Advisory Council member and Shenandoah University students for unloading the truck and staffing the sale.

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In Loving Memory

Frances Adams Unger
January 26, 1917 – February 18, 2017

Beloved Member of the Frederick County Senior Center
Photo from her joyous 100th Birthday Celebration held on January 25 at the Frederick County Senior Center



Shenandoah University Psychology Students in Professor Scott King’s Adult Years’ Class held a Rent a Pet Fundraiser for the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging.

Click on the link to watch WHAG TV’s coverage of the fun.…/rent-a-pet-fundraiser…/668360886




Valentine’s Day Celebrated at Frederick Senior Center

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On Valentine’s Day, the Frederick County Senior Center celebrated with beautifully decorated tables created by Mary Beth Powell and the local Lions Club.  Staff and volunteers had prepared a bountiful display of cakes and cookies decorated in pink and red.  Center Director Pala Schrader called Bingo, and there were some spirited games including some witty comments when B4 and B9 were called –  “Be 4 you break my heart and Be 9 forever.”  And somewhere in the midst of all this fun, the secretly selected King Paul and Queen Patty were crowned.

The announcement was a sweet moment for the Burchards who were surprised and touched to be chosen by the Center members.  The Burchards have been coming to the Frederick County Senior Center for about a year usually a couple times a week.  They had taken a break when Paul had to have surgery.  And, that’s when they realized how caring the center is.  The royal couple mentioned that they have a great time at the Center, enjoy the good food and the fact that everybody gets along.  Patty mentioned that they were new to the area and coming to the Senior Center has brought a lot of new friendships to their lives.   King Paul and Queen Patty talked about the love that everyone shows – a perfect way to share Valentine’s Day.


Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging Hosts Annual Senior Picnic

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Two hundred and twenty people gathered at the Clarke County Ruritan Building on June 22nd representing the seven Senior Centers operated by the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging. They Joined together for the annual tradition of barbecued chicken, summer fun and the honoring of special volunteers.

Recognized for their volunteer service at the Senior Centers were Marilyn Foster from the Fort Valley Center, Sylvia Keane from the Page Center, Teresa Suttle from the Shenandoah Center, Pearl Bell from the Warren Center, Margaret and Mike Linster from the Clarke Center, Geneva Campbell from the Frederick Center and Barbara Shaw from the Winchester Center.

Cathy Kerns with New City Entertainment served as the DJ and provided musical entertainment that had seniors on their feet clapping and dancing.


Adult Years Video


Artistic Fun!

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Carol Erickson with Creative Entrepreneur visited the Frederick Active Living Center this week to teach a painting class, generously donating her time, talent and supplies.

She did a marvelous job teaching and working with the participants to complete their wonderful paintings. You can see by the pictures how much fun everyone had! The Center staff even had to delay lunch at the painters’ insistence so they could finish their masterpieces!


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.


SAAA Receives Corporate Gift

Terry Martin, HR Generalist 1 with the Andersen Corporation Storm Door Division in Luray, congratulates Cathie Galvin, Executive Director of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, after presenting a $14,000 check from the Andersen Foundation to be used for aging support services in Page County.


Thank You!

The Warren County Senior Center presented Officer Robbie Seal from the Front Royal Police Department with “Thank You” Snack Bags for the officers on his shift including the dispatchers to show appreciation for all they do in the community. We Support the Blue!! Pictured with Officer Seal is Misty Alger, Warren County Senior Center Cook.


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