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.

May brings the celebration of Older Americans Month and appropriately the Shenandoah University students in Scott King’s Adult Years and the Aging Process class recently debunked prevalent myths of aging with their senior partners at the Winchester Active Living Center. Photos from the last day of their class project demonstrate both the fun and the special bonds that were created during these sessions. This is the fourth year, Scott King, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at Shenandoah University has collaborated with the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging to bring an interactive generational component to his Adult Years and the Aging Process class. Click Here to view the WHAG TV Coverage of this special morning.

  • Older Americans Month Empowers Older Adults and Communities to “Get into the Act”
    Each May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize older Americans for their contributions to the nation. In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA), ACL is focused on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others. The theme for Older Americans Month 2015 is “Get into the Act.”

    The OAA was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. It provides a nationwide aging services network and funding that helps older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice for as long as possible.

    These services include home-delivered and congregate meals, caregiver support, community-based assistance, preventive health services, personal care, transportation, job training, ombudsman services, legal assistance, and elder abuse prevention. By providing a variety of resources in these areas, ACL works year-round to support the goals of the OAA.

    We hope to use this Older Americans Month as a vehicle for individual and community empowerment. By promoting and engaging in activity, wellness, and inclusivity, more Americans than ever before can “Get into the Act.”

  • 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.


    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.

  • Page County Sheriff John Thomas recently visited the Page County Active Living Center to share stories of local scams and discuss laws.

  • 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

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    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

    May 28: Medicare Café, 10:00 AM at VFW Post 9760 in Berryville

    May 29: Yard Sale at the Warren County Active Living Center, 8am-2pm. Tables available for rent $15 and the proceeds go to the WALC HDM/Walk-A-Thon. Lunch Available – hotdogs chips drink for $2.00. Home baked goodies for sale

    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

  • Scam Alert

    A man who is claiming to be a Clarke County Deputy is scamming local residents out of money.

    The Winchester Police Department has received two reports of a male calling local residents and claiming to be “Michael or Mike Crawford” from the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office. He tells the victim that she missed federal jury duty and that if she loads money on a prepaid card he can get rid of the warrant for her arrest.

    The first victim, a 44-year-old from Winchester, loaded $100 onto a card and gave the suspect the card information over the phone. The second victim, a 57-year-old from Bluemont, loaded $489 onto the card and gave the suspect the numbers on the card.

    There are hundreds of scams circulating that involve requests for money to be wired or loaded onto a prepaid card. Winchester Police remind residents to be suspicious of any request for you to wire money or load money onto a prepaid card. You should never wire or send money to someone you don’t know. If someone calls you and claims to be a local law enforcement officer, hang up and call the agency directly.

    - Alert Received from Lauren Cummings who is the Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist with the Winchester Police Department.

  • 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.