SAAA’s Our Place Centers in Warren, Clarke and Shenandoah
bring moments of joy to those who have Alzheimer’s as they reminisce,
enjoy activities, play games and spend time with others.

Welcome to SAAA!

SAAA Advisory Council members Barry Lee (WINC 92.5) and Vickie Harris-Williams (Commonwealth Assisted Living) chat at the Boots & BBQ Fundraiser. Click the arrow in the picture above to play a video created by Sandy Sowada capturing some of the event’s fun.
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.

All the Active Living and Our Place Centers are getting in the holiday spirit. Page County ALC used donated ornaments to make beautiful wreaths. Clarke County ALC photos are from last year’s event.


    If so, we would like to talk with you.

    Drs. Winter and Kerns (from Front Royal Family Practice) and their nurse research associates are interested in hearing from people who are the spouse or Power of Attorney (POA) of someone with memory problems or dementia if that person lives in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

    We are interested in seeing what symptoms spouses and POAs find most challenging, and how they manage or cope with those symptoms-what works and what doesn’t work. We hope to use this information to come up with better treatments for patients and more supports for spouses and POAs.


    Someone will then give you a call to tell you more about the project and qualification. This is purely voluntary, and participating or not participating in an interview will not change any care given to any patients. Also, agreeing to an interview and then withdrawing has no penalty; there will be no change in care for any patients.
    IF you choose to participate and complete an interview, you will receive a $25 Target gift card.

    For further details you can also contact:
    Jon Winter, MD or J. W. Kerns, MD at 540-631-3700 or
    140 W 11th Street, Front Royal, Va. 22630


  • SAAA Receives Support from Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital

    For some patients of the East Rockingham Health Center (ERHC), visits to their provider after a recent hospitalization will soon become a lot easier. SAAA has been awarded a grant of $12,000 by the Rockingham Memorial Hospital (RMH) Foundation to provide transportation to patients identified by staff of ERHC as having chronic conditions along with significant barriers accessing transportation.
    Particularly for persons who are discharged from the hospital, follow up appointments with their Primary Healthcare Provider are essential. Monitoring the patient’s condition, adjusting medications and answering questions about what to expect over the course of the patient’s recovery are important in preventing a return to the hospital.

    In January 2015 WellTran, the transportation arm of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, will begin providing portal to portal transportation for identified patients who live in lower Page County and in the Elkton area of Rockingham County.

    As SAAA moves closer to implementation, specific dates, information about the area served by the grant and how older/disabled adults can access the service will be posted right here on our Website.

    SAAA is very grateful for support from RMH to help us address one of the key problems for older adults with chronic conditions.

  • Pictured L to R, SAAA Executive Director of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) Cathie Galvin accepted a corporate donation from DaVita for aging support services. The check was presented by Ruth Golden, RN, Facility Administrator, and Debi Barnett, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, on behalf of all the employees at the Front Royal Dialysis Center.

  • Volunteer Extraordinaire & Small Business Owner – Dee Schools

    Dee Schools has fast became a favorite SAAA volunteer providing support for agency on aging special activities and services. Monthly she visits the Warren County Active Living Center providing a Bingo Program that actually teaches fire safety and bringing prizes for the Bingo winners.

    In addition, she’s been an important part of the annual Senior Carnival helping with location and people power to move tables and chairs. Last year she wrote a winning grant in collaboration with SAAA and the Warren County Fire & Rescue Department that provided fire safety training for Warren County seniors.

    Her official volunteer title is Public Fire Educator and Deputy CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Coordinator. Her volunteer work for the Warren County Fire and Rescue Department consumes anywhere from 5- 35 or even 40 hours some weeks.

    That hardly leaves any time to own and operate a small business but somehow with flexible hours six days a week and once a month on a Sunday too, Dee Schools operates Back to Nature Massage in a small office in Linden. Her decision to become a massage therapist began soon after her favorite job ended.

    Dee was a fundraiser for the World War II Memorial and had the privilege of meeting many soldiers and hearing first hand their stories. Impressed with the depth of their commitment and sacrifice, she was often moved to tears and deeply involved in making the lasting memorial in Washington DC happen.

    When her job ended, she missed the personal involvement. At the time her grandmother was experiencing severe pain with osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Dee’s grandmother provided support, encouragement and motivation. And, in 2006, Dee Schools became a certified massage therapist and found another job that she loves. Dee witnessed firsthand the physical relief she could provide through massage for her grandmother.

    Benefits of massage for Older Adults include:
    • Reduced pain & stiffness. Can help with shuffle feet.
    • Reduced heart rate and blood pressure
    • Increased circulation, lymph flow and immune function
    • Increased endorphins, reduced pain •
    • Reduced stress
    • Increased joint flexibility
    • Improved alertness and ability to focus.
    • According to a 2010 study about massage therapy and health outcomes in older adults, published in the "Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies," those who received massage therapy within the past year produced significantly higher health outcome scores in the following categories: emotional well-being, limitations due to physical issues and limitations due to emotional issues.
    • Massage therapy can help you by reducing your anxiety, depression, stress and loneliness, and can improve your self-confidence and enhance your quality of life. The sense of companionship you derive from a visit to your massage therapist is also an important healing effect of massage therapy. Human touch can have a significant impact on your mental and emotional well-being.

    A gift certificate for a massage might be the best Christmas present ever for the older relative who has everything.

    There are many wonderful choices for local massage therapy appointments including:

    Dee Schools
    Back to Nature Massage
    5267 John Marshall Hwy. Suite B
    Linden, VA 22642
    Monday-Saturday; Flexible Hours

    Valley Health & Wellness Services Locations:
    12 East Luray Shopping Center Luray, VA 22835 (540)743-9968
    120 N. Commerce Ave., Suite 245 Front Royal, VA 22630 540-635-0730
    401 Campus Blvd.
    Winchester, VA 22601

  • Ways to Give

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

    Please designate your donation in the Comments section on the second screen when you make an online donation. Examples: Memorial for ___, Emergency Fund (Fuel, etc.). If nothing is noted there, your gift will be used where most needed.


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

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    Thanks for shopping and supporting at the same time!

  • Insurance Counseling

    Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D just ended on December 7th, but VICAP’s certified Insurance Counselors are available to help all year long. Call 540 635-7141 ext. 1015 to ask a question or schedule a consultation by phone or in-person.

    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

    Thursday, December 18: Medicare Café opens at 10 AM for Medicare Counseling Sessions, VFW Post 9760, 425 S Buckmarsh St, Berryville. Call 635-7141 ext. 1015 for an appointment there.
    Sunday, December 21: Woodstock Arby's Benefit from Noon - 4 PM. Stop by and have your Blood Pressure Checked by Caring Angels and treat yourself to lunch or a snack and a Crème Brulee Milkshake. 15% of the proceeds will be donated to SAAA.
    Sunday, January 18: Woodstock Arby's Benefit from Noon - 4 PM. Stop by and have your Blood Pressure Checked by Caring Angels and treat yourself to lunch or a snack. 15% of the proceeds will be donated to SAAA.
    January 23: SAAA Board Meeting, 10 a.m.

  • Medicare Alert

    The Medicare Open Enrollment Period can bring out Illegal Behavior.
    Know Your Rights: Be aware that by law Insurance Agents selling Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage Plans Cannot:
    - Visit you in your home or nursing home unless you invited them. You can ask the plan to send someone to your house, but they cannot just knock on your door uninvited or
    - Call you on the phone unless you specifically asked them to do so. (Cold calling is not allowed).

    Stand up for your rights. Report the agent by name and company to the Insurance Bureau at 1800 552-7945 or to your local VICAP Office at (540) 635-7141.

  • 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.