SAAA’s Annual Generations Walkathon- Saturday, May 21st at Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury. Save the Date…Be a Walker…Form a Team…Be a Sponsor.

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.
  • Generations Walkathon

    Join Us for the Thirteenth Annual Generations Walkathon
    Benefiting the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging
    Saturday, May 21, 2016
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

    SAAA is raising funds for unmet needs including:
    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 300 Westminster Canterbury Drive, Winchester, VA 22603

    Click Here for a Sponsor Form with details and benefits at $500, $1,000, $2,000 and $4,000 level.
    Sponsors will be featured here on the website beginning March 15th and on Facebook as checks are received.

    Click Here for a Walker Form. Collect donations, register, and join with staff and supporters for a wonderful buffet breakfast provided by Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury and a beautiful walk on paths through the woods.

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

  • A Very Special Kindness Project

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    Involving seeds, plants, greenhouses, decorated pots and homebound seniors in Strasburg. Delivery Day came this Spring for the plants Miss Ebenal’s 2nd Grade Class raised at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
    Cindy Palmer, SAAA Deputy Director talked with the students at the school and visited with three of the plant recipients.

    All of the plants were delivered with the lunches that day. The Philodendrons and special pots were a thoughtful gift. As they continue to grow, the plants will be a reminder of the kindness and caring some very special Second Graders and their teacher shared by planting them.

  • Adult Years Video

  • SAAA Help Feed the Needy

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    At Monday's Network for Aging Support (NAS) Christmas Luncheon, members brought bags of canned and boxed items for the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging. SAAA's Care Managers are now restocked with food to deliver to older persons in need. Recently, one Care Manager found an older person living in a 3-generation family that had no food in the house and very little furniture. With the previous gifts of food, she was able to meet that need as well as with wonderful community support from the Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shops, she was able to supply some furniture as well. Thanks to all the wonderful staff who represent so many caring organizations and businesses. Photos show NAS members and a trunk full of donated food. Merry Christmas! Happy holidays!

  • 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.

  • Something to Crow About!!!

    With her infectious smile and ability to make each person feel her warmth, Tina Landis is the second SAAA employee to receive the “You’ve Done Something to Crow About” award. This newly established award 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 who have gone the “extra mile” to increase support of the SAAA mission.

    Since joining SAAA as the Winchester Senior Center Director, Tina has created a “fun” atmosphere at her center, which has resulted in both increased attendance and expanded donations. A hard worker, Tina takes on every challenge with cheerful enthusiasm.

    Tina, with the Winchester Active Living Center staff and volunteers organized a major fundraiser for the Walkathon. With all items donated for a spaghetti dinner, Chinese Auctions, door prizes and the Moose Lodge location itself, Tina and her volunteers raised over $4,100 to add to their Walkathon Team total. Currently, their team is in first place raising a total of $6,416 for aging support services.

    Tina Landis exemplifies a deep and ongoing respect for the contributions that older adults have made and are still making in our community.

  • SAAA Receives Corporate Gift

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    On Friday, Lauren Ewing, DaVita Facility Administrator in Front Royal, presented a check for $1,000 and five wheelchairs in good condition to Cathie Galvin, Executive Director of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging. DaVita annually presents a corporate donation to a community agency selected by the employees of the local DaVita. SAAA was honored to receive their corporate gift for the second year in a row. Locally SAAA provides services to enable seniors to continue living at home. Those services include Meals on Wheels, personal care, housekeeping and transportation. DaVita is a Dialysis Center in Front Royal.
  • Fun Day with Pets!

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    Rebecca Sigler, the owner of the Mini Menagerie Petting Zoo, brought her pets to visit with seniors at the Warren County Active Living Center. Guests from Shenandoah County Active Living Center also came to enjoy the day. Here are photos capturing some of the fun.
  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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. After you click the oval Donate Button and complete the information on the first screen, click Review and then follow the directions below to indicate whether this is a donation or a payment and to give further details.

    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!

  • Medicare Reminder

    Medicare’s General Enrollment Period (GEP) is coming to an end on March 31. If you did not enroll in Medicare when you originally became eligible for it, you can sign up during this General Enrollment Period, which is from January 1st through March 31st of every year. Your coverage will begin July 1st of the year you sign up. You will have to pay a Part B premium penalty for every year you delayed enrolling in Medicare Part B. Contact Marty Schiller, VICAP Specialist at 540 551-5631 if you have questions or would like to schedule a one-on-one meeting. 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

    April 27 – SAAA Advisory Council 1:30 PM
    May 7 – Spaghetti Dinner from 4-9 at the Winchester Moose Lodge – Proceeds for Winchester ALC Walkathon Team (See Flyer on website for details).
    May 12 – Page County TRIAD
    May 20 – Shenandoah County TRIAD
    May 26 – Senior Patrol Volunteer Training- New Volunteers Welcome
    May 27 – SAAA Board Meeting, 10 AM

  • 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.