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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.

Our Place

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.

  • SAAA’s Our Place Receives Local Grant Support

    A strong history of community support for Our Place continues today as Central High School Instructional Assistant Winnie Baker brings 2 to 4 students learning life skills every 1st, 3rd and those occasional 5th Wednesdays to present a program and spend the afternoon with participants at Our Place. Saint John’s United Methodist Church provides the meeting space. Dedicated volunteers help one-on-one and present programs. And, the Shenandoah Community Foundation has just notified the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) that its recent grant application has been approved. SAAA has received a check to cover most of the costs of continuing to provide a third 5-hour day of respite care at Our Place in Edinburg.

    The extra day of service means a lot to family members and to the participants themselves. The SAAA Board of Directors, staff, caregivers and participants of Our Place appreciate the support of the Shenandoah Community Foundation that is making this extra day of care possible in 2015.

  • Successful Fundraiser

    Scott Southworth, Nashville Based Singer/Songwriter, raised $165 at his June 13th Program in Front Royal. That's at least 33 home delivered meals for Meals on Wheels in Warren County. SAAA's Warren County Active Living Center Director, Terry Byrne, attended and accepted the donation. Thanks Scott for making a difference!

  • 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.

  • Thanks, Suanne!

    In a short time on the Board of Directors, Suanne Thurman Gersdorf made a positive impact serving as the Secretary of the Board, on the Executive Committee, Personnel Committee, the By-laws Committee, and even made time to assist with fundraising. She has accepted a position as the Chief Executive Officer of the Tulsa Cancer Institute in May. So, she and her family are leaving the Northern Shenandoah Valley and heading to Oklahoma where her new position begins in May. The Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging staff and Board will miss Suanne greatly.

    In a note Suanne shared, “I so enjoyed my short time with SAAA – I learned a lot from all of you. My best wishes for the continued success of SAAA – what an awesome group of
    Dedicated folks you are, doing what needs to be done for seniors… my best to all.”

  • SAAA Receives Support from Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital

    For some patients of the East Rockingham Health Center (ERHC), visits to their provider after a recent hospitalization will soon become a lot easier. SAAA has been awarded a grant of $12,000 by the Rockingham Memorial Hospital (RMH) Foundation to provide transportation to patients identified by staff of ERHC as having chronic conditions along with significant barriers accessing transportation.
    Particularly for persons who are discharged from the hospital, follow up appointments with their Primary Healthcare Provider are essential. Monitoring the patient’s condition, adjusting medications and answering questions about what to expect over the course of the patient’s recovery are important in preventing a return to the hospital.

    In January 2015 WellTran, the transportation arm of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, will begin providing portal to portal transportation for identified patients who live in lower Page County and in the Elkton area of Rockingham County.

    As SAAA moves closer to implementation, specific dates, information about the area served by the grant and how older/disabled adults can access the service will be posted right here on our Website.

    SAAA is very grateful for support from RMH to help us address one of the key problems for older adults with chronic conditions.

  • 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.

  • Day of Beauty

    Page County Active Living Center participants were treated to a Day of Beauty at the Page Tech Center.

  • Ways to Give

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

    Please designate your donation in the Comments section on the second screen when you make an online donation. Examples: Memorial for ___, Emergency Fund (Fuel, etc.). If nothing is noted there, your gift will be used where most needed.


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

  • New Rules on Long-term Care Insurance

    Owners of long-term care insurance policies in Virginia have seen rate increases averaging 36 percent with increases ranging from a low of 8% to doubling at 100%. These hefty increases have forced some policy holders to reduce or drop their coverage.

    The Virginia State Corporation Commission has adopted some new regulations on long-term care insurance policies in Virginia.

    1) Requires insurers to provide contingent benefits for policyholders if their coverage lapses

    2) Increases premium increase notices to 75 days (was 60)

    3) After September 1, insurance companies will have to use a more conservative approach to pricing new policies so that premium increases will be less likely.

  • 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 just ended on December 7th, but VICAP’s certified Insurance Counselors are available to help all year long. Call 540 635-7141 ext. 1015 to ask a question or schedule a consultation by phone or in-person.

    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

    June 17: SAAA Advisory Council Meeting - 2:30 PM

    June 18: Medicare Café 10 Am – Noon, VFW Post 9760 in Berryville

    June 24: Annual Seniors Picnic 10 AM – 1 PM

    June 26: 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.