During National Family Caregivers Month, SAAA celebrates the valuable role that family caregivers play when Care Comes Home!

Planning for Your Future

On Friday morning, November 14th, as a community service, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging and Winchester Parks and Recreation Department sponsored a 3-hour event packed with vital planning information. Planning for Your Future was held at the Winchester Active Living Center located in the War Memorial Building in Jim Barnett Park.

Sixty-six Individuals attended and left with useful planning information for taking care of loved ones and for making appropriate decisions regarding both personal medical care and ensuring that property and possessions will be distributed as one wishes. Several daughters attended with their parents.

Renae Patrick, Attorney with Blue Ridge Legal Aid, organized this event and was pleased with the attendance and the number of questions asked of the expert presenters.

Beth Coyne, attorney in Winchester and Courtney Warner, attorney in Winchester who,​ ​among many other types of legal representation, serves as Guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults spoke on Guardianship.

Deborah Martin, Medicaid Long Term Care Worker for the Winchester Department of Social Services spoke on long term care.

Joan Fine, attorney in Winchester, presented information on Wills, Powers of Attorney and Advance Medical Directives.

Byron Winn, Director of Family Services at Jones Funeral Home and Creation Services, spoke on "Planning for Peace of Mind".

  • 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.
  • Fall Fundraiser

    Thanks to Everyone – Boots & BBQ was a Wonderful Event Raising over $7,500 -
    The Highest Ever Raised at SAAA’s Fall Fundraiser

    SAAA is grateful to the following sponsors who most generously covered the cost of the meals and prizes so that all funds raised at Boots & BBQ will be available to help area seniors.

    Golden Leather Sponsor—The Bank of Clarke County

    Silver Spur Sponsors:
    Virginia Healthcare Services
    First Light Home Care

    Pull Strap Sponsors:
    Robina Rich Bouffault
    Chuck & Suanne Gersdorf
    Carson & Roberta Lauder
    Lauders Restaurant, Inc.

    Thanks to The Village at Orchard Ridge for providing delicious cakes to add to the evening’s meal!

    Special Thanks to Master of Ceremonies Barry Lee with WINC 92.5 and Country Music Singer Michael Palmer.

    Silent Auction Donors:
    Back to Nature Massage
    Cracker Barrel – Winchester
    Robina Bouffault
    Tina Mann – EMCO
    Iva Longerbeam
    Jim Edwards
    L B Ranch & Tack Shop
    Jennifer Lowery
    Kitty & Sheila’s Avon Beauty Center
    Warehouse Center for the Arts
    VHS/Page Memorial Hospital
    Caverns Country Club
    Mimslyn Inn
    Jenn Evosevich
    Sandy Sowada
    Luray Liberty Tax Service
    Sweet Blessings
    Anna Belle Stephens
    Bonnie & Dick Carter
    Bonnie Dodson
    Shenandoah County Active Living Center
    Cindy Palmer
    Viola Palmer
    Ruby Kerns
    Shenandoah Our Place
    Luray Southern States
    Tractor Supply
    Roberta Lauder
    Brenda Rothgeb
    Page Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
    Boots Woodyard
    Marie Longerbeam
    Rick Post
    Vickie Harris-Williams


    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


  • Seniors Debunk Myths About Old Age at Senior Olympics

    Dozens of seniors from across the northwestern region of Virginia put sayings like, "my grandmother can kick better than you," to rest at their annual Senior Olympics hosted by the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging (SAAA).

    Click here to read coverage from WHAG.

  • 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.

  • 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

    It’s that special time of the year: October 15- December 7 when you have a chance to make changes to your Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage for the following year. VICAP certified Insurance Counselors will help you compare your current coverage to what’s available for 2015. The savings among different prescription drug plans can vary widely.

    Whether you’ll save money, get better coverage, or just stay with the same plan, be informed by calling VICAP at (540) 635-7141 x 303 to make an appointment during Open Enrollment. Note: VICAP counseling for the Open Enrollment Period ends on Friday, December 5th.

  • Contact Details

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

    Location: Front Royal VA 22630

  • Upcoming Events

    November 25: Winchester ALC Celebrates Thanksgiving
    November 26-28: SAAA Closing at Noon on Wednesday through Friday for Thanksgiving Holiday
    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.