SAAA’s 2016 Annual Generations Walkathon Raised $36,067 – the highest amount since 2011. Thanks to all who Helped Raise Funds for Aging 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.
  • Great News!

    Just in from the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities, the House has released their draft Appropriations bill that would provide funding for the Departments of Labor, HHS, and several other agencies. We have just begun digesting the bill text but we wanted to note key developments in the draft appropriations bill:
    • SHIP would receive $52 million of funding, in contrast to the Senate which did not provide any appropriation for the program. This is level funded from last year.
    • Older Americans Act nutrition programs would see a slight increase: the bill provides $454 million – a $5 million increase – for congregate meals, and $234 million – an $8 million increase – for home delivered meals.

    Other notes –
    • Despite there being appropriation packages released in both the House and Senate, we still believe that the most likely scenario is a continuing resolution at the current funded levels. It will likely be passed in September after August recess ends and will take us past the election, when a more comprehensive spending package will be considered.
    • There will still need to be negotiations between the House and the Senate on final spending numbers, likely to occur later in the fall, so the danger of cuts is not completely gone.

  • Fourth Annual SAAA Bowlathon

    Saturday August 20 from 2-5
    Royal Family Bowling Center
    Organized by Jenn Patton

    Proceeds benefit SAAA Services including Meals on Wheels, WellTran, Senior Center, Medicare Insurance Counseling & More!

    To Bowl: Register in advance with Jenn at 540-551-2110 to reserve your lane. Pay when you check in on August 20 - $25 per Person or $100 for a Team of Four Bowlers. Click Here to Download a Team Registration Form.


    A Big Thank You to our 2016 Lane Sponsors

    right at home

    To Be a Lane Sponsor: Click Here to Download a Lane Sponsor Form. Sponsorships are $100 and include SAAA website presence and your business name scrolling on every scoreboard throughout the event. Questions: contact Roberta Lauder, SAAA Director of Resource Development at 540 635-7141 ext. 1010

  • Page Senior Center Opened Monday, June 20
    For Lunch & Programming

    Johnny Woodward, Chairman of the Page County Board of Supervisors, officially cut the ribbon opening the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging's Page Senior Center, located at 10 Second Street, Luray (Corner of Reservoir Road & 2nd Street).

    Tina Mann and Martha Watkins, SAAA Advisory Council Members representing Page County were among the many attendees. The pictures below capture the morning’s festivities. Call Center Director Amy Courtney at 743-1241 for information. The Center will be open Monday through Thursday serving residents of Page County who are aged 60 or older.

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  • Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging Hosts Annual Senior Picnic

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    Two hundred and twenty people gathered at the Clarke County Ruritan Building on June 22nd representing the seven Senior Centers operated by the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging. They Joined together for the annual tradition of barbecued chicken, summer fun and the honoring of special volunteers.

    Recognized for their volunteer service at the Senior Centers were Marilyn Foster from the Fort Valley Center, Sylvia Keane from the Page Center, Teresa Suttle from the Shenandoah Center, Pearl Bell from the Warren Center, Margaret and Mike Linster from the Clarke Center, Geneva Campbell from the Frederick Center and Barbara Shaw from the Winchester Center.

    Cathy Kerns with New City Entertainment served as the DJ and provided musical entertainment that had seniors on their feet clapping and dancing.

  • A Very Special Kindness Project

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    Involving seeds, plants, greenhouses, decorated pots and homebound seniors in Strasburg. Delivery Day came this Spring for the plants Miss Ebenal’s 2nd Grade Class raised at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
    Cindy Palmer, SAAA Deputy Director talked with the students at the school and visited with three of the plant recipients.

    All of the plants were delivered with the lunches that day. The Philodendrons and special pots were a thoughtful gift. As they continue to grow, the plants will be a reminder of the kindness and caring some very special Second Graders and their teacher shared by planting them.

  • Adult Years Video

  • Artistic Fun!

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    Carol Erickson with Creative Entrepreneur visited the Frederick Active Living Center this week to teach a painting class, generously donating her time, talent and supplies.
    She did a marvelous job teaching and working with the participants to complete their wonderful paintings. You can see by the pictures how much fun everyone had! The Center staff even had to delay lunch at the painters’ insistence so they could finish their masterpieces!

  • SAAA Honors Volunteer Jennifer Patton

    On Friday, November 13 SAAA honored Jennifer Patton as a Distinguished Volunteer during the Association of Fundraising Professionals National Philanthropy Day Luncheon. Three years ago, Jenn offered to hold a Bowlathon to raise money for aging support services. This summer she organized her third Bowlathon and raised more money than the first two together. We at SAAA are grateful for her enthusiasm, commitment and support! Her husband Michael Patton was her guest at the luncheon. Barry Lee of WINC was the emcee.

  • Something to Crow About!!!

    With her infectious smile and ability to make each person feel her warmth, Tina Landis is the second SAAA employee to receive the “You’ve Done Something to Crow About” award. This newly established award recognizes employees who have made a significant contribution to SAAA by: building or improving an existing program, increasing the quality of services to older adults or who have gone the “extra mile” to increase support of the SAAA mission.

    Since joining SAAA as the Winchester Senior Center Director, Tina has created a “fun” atmosphere at her center, which has resulted in both increased attendance and expanded donations. A hard worker, Tina takes on every challenge with cheerful enthusiasm.

    Tina, with the Winchester Active Living Center staff and volunteers organized a major fundraiser for the Walkathon. With all items donated for a spaghetti dinner, Chinese Auctions, door prizes and the Moose Lodge location itself, Tina and her volunteers raised over $4,100 to add to their Walkathon Team total. Currently, their team is in first place raising a total of $6,416 for aging support services.

    Tina Landis exemplifies a deep and ongoing respect for the contributions that older adults have made and are still making in our community.

  • SAAA Receives Corporate Gift

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    On Friday, Lauren Ewing, DaVita Facility Administrator in Front Royal, presented a check for $1,000 and five wheelchairs in good condition to Cathie Galvin, Executive Director of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging. DaVita annually presents a corporate donation to a community agency selected by the employees of the local DaVita. SAAA was honored to receive their corporate gift for the second year in a row. Locally SAAA provides services to enable seniors to continue living at home. Those services include Meals on Wheels, personal care, housekeeping and transportation. DaVita is a Dialysis Center in Front Royal.
  • Flag Day!

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    TUESDAY JUNE 14 the Warren County Sheriff’s Honor Guard presented the “Colors” for FLAG DAY at the Warren County Active Living Center.
  • 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.

  • 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

    You can make a difference right now with your on-line donation. After you click the oval Donate Button and complete the information on the first screen, click Review and then follow the directions below to indicate whether this is a donation or a payment and to give further details.

    On the second screen when you review, Look in the box labeled Purpose, right under Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, you’ll see the word Designation. When you click on Designation, a box will open and you can type in what the donation or payment is to be used for. Example: Payment for Boots & BBQ Boot Strap Sponsorship or Donation for Our Place – Clarke.


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

  • Fraud Alert

    During Medicare Part D Open Enrollment (Oct. 15- Dec. 7) know what to look for and how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud.

    Look out for the following schemes to steal your identity and your money:

    1. A person claiming to be from Medicare or your health plan says they want to send you a new ID card and needs your Social Security number for confirmation.

    2. Someone calls about a refund from last year’s premiums or your drug plan costs. To get the refund they need your Medicare or Social Security number.

    3. A person tries to get you to sign up for a plan that you don’t need, isn’t right for you, or doesn’t even exist – just to collect money from you.

  • 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!

  • Medicare Reminder

    Medicare’s General Enrollment Period (GEP) is coming to an end on March 31. If you did not enroll in Medicare when you originally became eligible for it, you can sign up during this General Enrollment Period, which is from January 1st through March 31st of every year. Your coverage will begin July 1st of the year you sign up. You will have to pay a Part B premium penalty for every year you delayed enrolling in Medicare Part B. Contact Marty Schiller, VICAP Specialist at 540-551-5615 if you have questions or would like to schedule a one-on-one meeting. There is no charge for this service but donations are important in helping SAAA provide this service.

    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

    Wednesday, July 20 SAAA Advisory Council Meeting 1:30 PM
    Friday, July 22 SAAA Board Meeting 10 AM
    Saturday, August 20 Bowlathon Fundraiser, Royal Family Bowling Center 2-5 PM

  • 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.