SAAA is pleased to be the recipient of a 2015 Impact Grant from National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS). Please click here to read the release issued by NLCS. More details coming soon.
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.
Scott King and his Shenandoah University Psychology class, Adult Years and the Aging Process, met at the Winchester Active Living Center for orientation.
WellTran Hits 1,000 Trips Per Month
For the first quarter of SAAA’s Fiscal Year 15, WellTran staff: Director of Transportation Bob Haas; Dispatcher Sandi Kirkland, Customer Service Assistant Lea Smith and drivers: Joe Cunningham, Winnie Elliott, Grace Evans, Dennis Flury, Samantha Gray-Parlett, John Hamman, Kathy McFarland, Jimmy Pomeroy, John Scanlon, Ron Wike and Barbara Williams have logged 3,000 rides for seniors and for persons 18 and older with disabilities. Averaging 1,000 trips a month throughout our service area, mostly for medical appointments and treatments, the number of rides is already 12% higher than the same three months last year.
SAAA’s WellTran began providing service in 2009 and is supported by grants through the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation that help cover the cost of vehicles and operations. In addition this year the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the United Way of Page County, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Foundation and the Newton B. Shingleton Fund have provided the 20% match for two accessible vans that will be added to the WellTran fleet.
WellTran staff work incredibly hard to meet many individual needs. In rural Page County, a monthly WellTran ride includes filling up gallon jugs with spring water for a woman who has no running water in her home. In Clarke County, rides are provided on a regular basis for a young woman who is both blind and a wheelchair user so that she can continue her education at Lord Fairfax Community College. Throughout the valley, people are being brought to dialysis and cancer treatments, veterans are depending on WellTRan for rides to the VA in Martinsburg and rare but unusual requests like wheelchair accessible transportation from a nursing home to visit with family on holidays are so often accommodated.
Kudos to WellTran not just for 1,000 rides a month but also for making lives a thousand times better!
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:
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
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.