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.
  • Take a look at the video above of last year's Boots & BBQ. This year's event will be even more fun as we celebrate SAAA's 40th Anniversary on Friday, October 16 from 5:30-8:30 PM at the Clarke County Ruritan Building. Tickets are 50% sold out but still available at the Active Living Centers and at the SAAA Office. Call 540 635-7141 ext. 1010 for more details.

    Golden Boots Sponsor
    The Bank of Clarke County

    Silver Spur Sponsors:
    BestCare Home Care
    Caring Angels Home Health
    Bonnie & Gerald Dodson
    First Light Home Care
    The Village at Orchard Ridge
    Virginia Healthcare Services

    Pull Strap Sponsors:
    Carson & Roberta Lauder

    Silver Spur and Boot Strap Sponsorships are still available. Click here to download the form.

Generations Walkathon

What do you do if it pours down rain on the morning of your Walkathon? If you are SAAA supporters, you make the best of it by giving thanks for the much needed rain, enjoying a bountiful buffet breakfast hosted by Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury and raising the most money since 2011 - $33,787.51 to date. And a special thanks to Tonia Sweeney with Caring Angels Home Health for stepping forward to help us work off that delicious breakfast provided by Westminster Canterbury. Enjoy the pictures capturing this year’s special Walkathon. And join us next year as we move Walkathon 2016 to the spring – Saturday, May 21st.

  • Help Us Help the Community

    SAAA raising funds for unmet needs:
    Meals on Wheels
    Door-to-door rides to medical appointments
    Bathing and grooming
    Housekeeping, Group Respite Care,
    Medicare Insurance Counseling and much more.

    Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury
    Sponsored by:
    Silver – Valley Health System
    Bronze – BB&T, Catherine C. Galvin, Home Instead,
    Stoneburner-Carter Insurance Agency, William Pence Company & the Lord’s Chapel Church
    Trail Blazers – The Bank of Clarke, Bluedog Associates, Inc., Commonwealth Assisted Living & Memory Care, First Light Homecare Services, Holtzman Oil Corporation, Keith’s Auto Sales, Shockey Companies, SouthernCare Hospice Services, The Village at Orchard Ridge, Valley Funeral Chapel & Woodstock Clothes Closet

    Next Year the Annual Generations Walkathon is moving to the spring –
    Join us On Saturday, May 21st
    You Can Still GIVE! The website offers the ability to participate with an on-line donation. Donations after October 15 will count for Walkathon 2016. Address: 207 Mosby Lane, Front Royal, VA 22630

    The Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging is a non-profit corporation with 501 (c) (3) status. Donations are tax deductible.

  • Special Guests

    SAAA recently hosted special visitors at the main office. Seated are Kathryn E. Baerwald, Chief Philanthropy Officer with National Lutheran Communities & Services and Rev. Jim Utt (formerly pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Winchester, now retired), a member of the NLCS Community Impact Advisory Council. Standing left to right are SAAA Care Managers Charity Michael, Carol Bellinetti and Jimmy Roberts. SAAA, with the support of a grant from the National Lutheran Community Services Foundation, can offer the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) free – a savings of up to $300 per person. All SAAA Care Managers are certified CDSM trainers. See the flyer above for more information about getting workshops in your area.

  • Camp Fantastic, SAAA & One Accessible Van!

    SAAA's Intergenerational collaborations are always special and none more so than with Special Love's Camp Fantastic.

    Below are excerpts from Dave Smith's thank you letter as Director of Camp Fantastic to Bob Haas, SAAA's Director of Transportation - a thank you for the use of an accessible van for their special campers. SAAA has been providing an accessible vehicle quietly for years, but we couldn't resist sharing the smiling faces. We, at SAAA, feel good about playing a small role in their special week.

    "The dust has finally settled on not only our wonderful week at The University of Camp Fantastic but also on "Childhood Cancer Awareness Month," which immediately followed it. We couldn't have been more thrilled with the results of both, but especially our week-long camp adventure.

    It truly takes a village (or, in this case, a university) to make Camp Fantastic so successful, and that includes your donating the use of your (SAAA) handicap van. This was one of the most acute groups of kids we've ever had and yet the week went exceedingly smoothly, thanks in large part to the availability of the van for our mobility-challenged kids.

    Our campers and volunteers and their families have been busy posting to our Facebook page.

    I hope you get a chance to see some of what was shared, including this year's camper-inspired music video . You had a lot to do with the smiles and love on display there."

  • SAAA Receives Support from SouthernCare Hospice Services

    At the second Senior Choices Event sponsored by the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce and Community Agencies, Helen Huffman, SAAA Active Living Center Director for the Shenandoah County Center, accepts a generous check from SouthernCare Hospice Services.

  • Visit from the Sheriff

    Page County Sheriff John Thomas recently visited the Page County Active Living Center to share stories of local scams and discuss laws.

  • Healthy Visits

    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
  • Ways to Give

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

    On the second screen when you review, Look in the box labeled Purpose, right under Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, you’ll see the word Designation. When you click on Designation, a box will open and you can type in what the donation or payment is to be used for. Example: Payment for Boots & BBQ Boot Strap Sponsorship or Donation for Our Place – Clarke.

    On the second screen when you review, Look in the box labeled Purpose, right under Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, you’ll see the word Designation. When you click on Designation, a box will open and you can type in what the donation or payment is to be used for. Example: Payment for Boots & BBQ Boot Strap Sponsorship or Donation for Our Place – Clarke.


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

  • Fraud Alert

    During Medicare Part D Open Enrollment (Oct. 15- Dec. 7) know what to look for and how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud.

    Look out for the following schemes to steal your identity and your money:

    1. A person claiming to be from Medicare or your health plan says they want to send you a new ID card and needs your Social Security number for confirmation.

    2. Someone calls about a refund from last year’s premiums or your drug plan costs. To get the refund they need your Medicare or Social Security number.

    3. A person tries to get you to sign up for a plan that you don’t need, isn’t right for you, or doesn’t even exist – just to collect money from you.

  • Shop and Support SAAA

    Click this link to shop at Amazon Smile and Amazon will give a donation of .5% of your purchase to SAAA.

    Thanks for shopping and supporting at the same time!

  • Insurance Counseling

    Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D Prescription Coverage opens on October 15th and ends on December 7th. Use this time wisely to review your current Part D policy. Look for changes in medications covered, premium prices, changes to cost-sharing, deductibles, preferred pharmacies and medication restrictions. And, finally do a comparison of available plans. There may be a different plan this time that will save you money or provide better coverage. If you find this process confusing, SAAA has 5 certified VICAP (Medicare Insurance ) counselors who will work with you one-on-one to find the best plan. There is no charge for this service but donations are important in helping SAAA provide this service.

    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

    October 15- December 7: Medicare Part D Open Enrollment. Help available at SAAA. Call 540 635-7141 ext. 1015 to schedule an appointment.
    October 16: Fifth Annual Boots & BBQ from 5:30-8:30 PM at the Clarke County Ruritan Building; includes SAAA 40th Anniversary Celebratory Cake Cutting Ceremony. Some tickets available at the door.
    October 23: 10 AM SAAA Board Meeting

  • Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

    Through SAAA, speakers are available on the fascinating and important topic of Preventing Medicare Fraud & Abuse. As a subgrantee of the Virginia SMP program, SAAA recruits volunteers to help educate local beneficiaries and prevent health care fraud in our communities. The SMP State Office trains volunteers to help or provide group education and community outreach and information about detecting and reporting suspected fraud.

    Click here to visit the Virginia Medicare Senior Patrol website.

    Contact SAAA’s Insurance Specialist Marty Schiller at 540 551-5615 for information on scheduling a free speaker for an upcoming church or club meeting or for more information about becoming a Volunteer Community Representative for SMP in the counties of Page, Shenandoah, Warren, Frederick Clarke or the city of Winchester.

  • 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.

  • Scott King, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and the students in his adult years and the Aging Process completed a project on Debunking Aging Myths with SAAA’s Winchester Active Living Center participants. Here is the story of their experience in video.