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.
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
You’ve Done Something to Crow About
Thank Heavens for SAAA Services!
On a sweltering hot Friday afternoon, Kris Daley, a homemaker for the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) stopped by a client’s home as scheduled to clean. To her horror, she found her client, Ms. F sprawled on the back deck barely breathing and unresponsive. Kris immediately called 911 and followed the dispatcher’s directions to try to get her out of the blazing sun. She was only able to pull her partially into the shade, but she continued to keep the 911 dispatcher updated on her client’s breathing until the ambulance arrived.
Ms. F had suffered third degree burns from lying so long in the direct sun, but fortunately recovered and returned home from the hospital. Kris was informed that in just a few more hours under the hot sun, the client would not have survived. That afternoon, Kris had literally saved a life instead of performing her normal homemaker activities.
Kris Daley is the third SAAA employee to receive the “You’ve Done Something to Crow About” award. The award, established in the fall of 2015 and supported by a Board Member’s donations, recognizes employees who have made a significant contribution to SAAA by: building or improving an existing program, increasing the quality of services to older adults or for going the “extra mile” to increase support of the SAAA mission.
Charity Michael, SAAA Care Manager and Homemaker Supervisor, stated that Kris Daley is dedicated to the seniors that she provides cleaning assistance for. She often goes above and beyond the call of duty and is truly deserving of the “Something to Crow About” award for her exceptional services that now include saving a client’s life.
Valentine’s Day Celebrated at Frederick Senior Center
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
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
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.
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.
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