Saturday September 12 – Annual Generations Walkathon – Raising $40,000 for our 40th Year of Service!

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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.
Highlights from Last Year’s Walkathon are pictured below.
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Generations Walkathon

Support the Twelfth Annual Generations Walkathon – September 12, 2015

Raising $40,000 for SAAA’s 40th Year of Service

The Walker/Registration Form is available by clicking here. Commemorative Gifts are available at the Walk for those raising $100 or more.

The 12th Annual Generation Walkathon Sponsorship information on levels ranging from $500 to $4,000 is available by clicking here.

Join SAAA in Raising $40,000 as We Celebrate our 40th Year of Service!

  • Bowlathon

    (L-R) Tiffani Baker and Dave Russell won the Top Bowler Prizes in SAAA's recent Bowlathon. Jennifer Patton, Volunteer Bowlathon Coordinator, presented them with their prizes. The third annual Bowlathon raised the most money so far - $3,282.02 for aging support services. Thanks to Jenn Patton, everyone attending, our Lane Sponsors and supporters! We're already looking forward to our Fourth Bowlathon!


    (L-R) Tina Mann, HR Coordinator I at the Andersen Storm Door Division in Luray met with Cathie Galvin, Executive Director of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging (SAAA). “On behalf of SAAA staff and the Board and Advisory Council, we are thrilled to be the recipient of a grant from the Andersen Foundation again this year,” stated Mrs. Galvin. SAAA received a $13,500 grant from the Andersen Foundation for aging support services in Page County.

  • Two Amazing Women from the Shenandoah County Active Living Center

    Last year, with winning smiles and persuasive words, Patricia Manning and Patricia Wilson sold over $1,600 in raffle tickets raising money for the Shenandoah County Active Living Center Walkathon Team. Patricia Manning even got a sunburn as they spent many afternoons in front of stores including the Woodstock Wal-Mart, the Dollar Store, Save-A-Lot and Walter Smoot’s Exxon Station. She had been told she could sell ice to an Eskimo. And, Patricia Wilson must have fallen under her spell because she agreed to help as soon as Patricia Manning asked her.

    Both Patricias love the Center. Ms. Manning has been attending for years ever since someone told her it was fun at the Center. She came to see and enjoyed the singing and the puzzles and the good meals and most recently the computer. Ms. Wilson has been coming for about three years and also enjoys the fun things they do.

    Patricia Manning called 246 businesses asking for donations or sponsorships in addition to selling raffle tickets. And the Patricia Team had a great time selling raffle tickets – even sold them to travelers from Ohio and Florida. They are already selling raffle tickets to raise money for the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging’s 12th Annual Generations Walkathon set for Saturday, September 12 at Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury.

    Look for them this summer on afternoons in Shenandoah County. They are planning to sell even more raffle tickets this year!

    2015 prizes are:
    - First Prize - $100.00 Cash
    - Second Prize - Acrylic Painting
    - Third Prize - Hand Made Afghan

    Patricia Manning and Patricia Wilson are setting a wonderful example of service and support as SAAA reaches for this year’s goal of raising $40,000 in our 40th Year of Service. Hope you’re inspired by their story and will do your part.

    The Walker/Registration Form is available by clicking here. Commemorative Gifts are available at the Walk for those raising $100 or more.

    The 12th Annual Generation Walkathon Sponsorship information on levels ranging from $500 to $4,000 is available by clicking here.

    Join SAAA in Raising $40,000 as We Celebrate our 40th Year of Service!


  • 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.

  • 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

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    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

    August 28: SAAA Board Meeting, 10 AM

    September 12: SAAA’s 12th Annual Generations Walkathon, 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM, Hosted by Shenandoah Westminster Canterbury in Winchester

    September 23: Senior Olympics, 10 AM – 1 PM

    September 25: SAAA Board Meeting, 10 AM

    September 30: Medicare Café, 10 AM at VFW Post 9760 in Berryville

  • 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.