The TRIAD Senior Safety Expo in Front Royal Wednesday was packed with advice for seniors on being financially savvy and keeping themselves safe from those who would seek to defraud them.
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.
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The chairs around the table in a small classroom at Saint John’s United Methodist Church on High Street in Edinburg were filled with Our Place participants, students from Central High School and their instructor, volunteers and staff. In the warm friendly atmosphere everyone in the room was welcome, accepted and encouraged. High School students Sam and Terrance helped the participants prepare health kits folding essentials like a bar of soap and tube of toothpaste into a towel to be used by the United Methodist Church in their mission work. After preparing 8 kits, it was time for some creative fun with colored pencils and intricate designs. As everyone concentrated on creating beautifully colored pictures, there was a background hum punctuated with encouraging words and compliments for each other’s work.
Our Place in Shenandoah County is a social model group respite center for persons with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease initially opened in 2004 with seed grant funding from the Brookdale Foundation and lots of community support. Annually Our Place provides well over 2,000 hours of respite care and currently is serving 5 Shenandoah County participants and supporting their family members in a most significant way.
And, there still is space around the table at Our Place. The Center is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10-3. Lunch and snacks are included in the nominal daily cost of $10-$25 based on a sliding fee scale. As important as it is for caregivers to get a break, it is equally important for persons with dementia to have the opportunity to interact socially with others in a totally accepting atmosphere, and to participate in both mental and physical activities. Call Respite Coordinator Linda Olson at 540 325-3591 to arrange a visit.