The Administration for Community Living recently announced grant awards totaling over $1.2 million to help older adults at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation gain access to quality legal services.
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.
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.
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