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.
Begin to PLAN
Unfortunately PLAN is a 4-letter word that most of us tend to put off especially when it refers to planning for the last part of our life. But PLAN is one of the really good 4-letter words. Planning for later life can make things simpler and easier during difficult times for your loved ones. And planning for later life gives you a much better chance of having things happen the way you’d want them done.
Bethel Lutheran Church is providing a series of three free Seminars (8 am – noon) on Saturday mornings that will provide information on planning for your senior years as well as introduce you to local resources you might not know about. Choose one or all three and begin to PLAN.
- January 28 – Living Arrangement Options & Funding
- February 4 – Legal/Financial Issues
- February 11 – Final Arrangements
SAAA Announces Retirement
At a small retirement luncheon Cathie Galvin, SAAA Executive Director recently presented Cindy Palmer, Deputy Director, with a Bulova watch as a gift from the SAAA Office staff. Cindy began working with the agency on January 4, 1978 as an Administrative Assistant.
She was later promoted to serve as Nutrition Director, then Deputy Director although still retaining oversight of the Senior Centers and Meals on Wheels program. Just shy of 39 years of dedicated service, Cindy’s last day of work will be December 29th.
Cindy will be greatly missed by all of us, but we are celebrating with her as she enters this new phase in her life which will certainly revolve around three precious grandsons!
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.
Page Senior Center Opened Monday, June 20 For Lunch & Programming
Johnny Woodward, Chairman of the Page County Board of Supervisors, officially cut the ribbon opening the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging’s Page Senior Center, located at 10 Second Street, Luray (Corner of Reservoir Road & 2nd Street).
Tina Mann and Martha Watkins, SAAA Advisory Council Members representing Page County were among the many attendees. The pictures below capture the morning’s festivities. Call Center Director Amy Courtney at 743-1241 for information. The Center will be open Monday through Thursday serving residents of Page County who are aged 60 or older.
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