SAAA’s Our Place Centers in Warren, Clarke and Shenandoah
bring moments of joy to those who have Alzheimer’s as they
reminisce, enjoy activities, play games and spend time with others.

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.

Scott King and his Shenandoah University Psychology class, Adult Years and the Aging Process, met at the Winchester Active Living Center for orientation.

  • WellTran Hits 1,000 Trips Per Month

    For the first quarter of SAAA’s Fiscal Year 15, WellTran staff: Director of Transportation Bob Haas; Dispatcher Sandi Kirkland, Customer Service Assistant Lea Smith and drivers: Joe Cunningham, Winnie Elliott, Grace Evans, Dennis Flury, Samantha Gray-Parlett, John Hamman, Kathy McFarland, Jimmy Pomeroy, John Scanlon, Ron Wike and Barbara Williams have logged 3,000 rides for seniors and for persons 18 and older with disabilities. Averaging 1,000 trips a month throughout our service area, mostly for medical appointments and treatments, the number of rides is already 12% higher than the same three months last year.

    SAAA’s WellTran began providing service in 2009 and is supported by grants through the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation that help cover the cost of vehicles and operations. In addition this year the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the United Way of Page County, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Foundation and the Newton B. Shingleton Fund have provided the 20% match for two accessible vans that will be added to the WellTran fleet.

    WellTran staff work incredibly hard to meet many individual needs. In rural Page County, a monthly WellTran ride includes filling up gallon jugs with spring water for a woman who has no running water in her home. In Clarke County, rides are provided on a regular basis for a young woman who is both blind and a wheelchair user so that she can continue her education at Lord Fairfax Community College. Throughout the valley, people are being brought to dialysis and cancer treatments, veterans are depending on WellTRan for rides to the VA in Martinsburg and rare but unusual requests like wheelchair accessible transportation from a nursing home to visit with family on holidays are so often accommodated.

    Kudos to WellTran not just for 1,000 rides a month but also for making lives a thousand times better!

  • 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.

  • Pictured L to R, SAAA Executive Director of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) Cathie Galvin accepted a corporate donation from DaVita for aging support services. The check was presented by Ruth Golden, RN, Facility Administrator, and Debi Barnett, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, on behalf of all the employees at the Front Royal Dialysis Center.

  • Volunteer Extraordinaire & Small Business Owner – Dee Schools

    Dee Schools has fast became a favorite SAAA volunteer providing support for agency on aging special activities and services. Monthly she visits the Warren County Active Living Center providing a Bingo Program that actually teaches fire safety and bringing prizes for the Bingo winners.

    In addition, she’s been an important part of the annual Senior Carnival helping with location and people power to move tables and chairs. Last year she wrote a winning grant in collaboration with SAAA and the Warren County Fire & Rescue Department that provided fire safety training for Warren County seniors.

    Her official volunteer title is Public Fire Educator and Deputy CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Coordinator. Her volunteer work for the Warren County Fire and Rescue Department consumes anywhere from 5- 35 or even 40 hours some weeks.

    That hardly leaves any time to own and operate a small business but somehow with flexible hours six days a week and once a month on a Sunday too, Dee Schools operates Back to Nature Massage in a small office in Linden. Her decision to become a massage therapist began soon after her favorite job ended.

    Dee was a fundraiser for the World War II Memorial and had the privilege of meeting many soldiers and hearing first hand their stories. Impressed with the depth of their commitment and sacrifice, she was often moved to tears and deeply involved in making the lasting memorial in Washington DC happen.

    When her job ended, she missed the personal involvement. At the time her grandmother was experiencing severe pain with osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Dee’s grandmother provided support, encouragement and motivation. And, in 2006, Dee Schools became a certified massage therapist and found another job that she loves. Dee witnessed firsthand the physical relief she could provide through massage for her grandmother.

    Benefits of massage for Older Adults include:
    • Reduced pain & stiffness. Can help with shuffle feet.
    • Reduced heart rate and blood pressure
    • Increased circulation, lymph flow and immune function
    • Increased endorphins, reduced pain •
    • Reduced stress
    • Increased joint flexibility
    • Improved alertness and ability to focus.
    • According to a 2010 study about massage therapy and health outcomes in older adults, published in the "Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies," those who received massage therapy within the past year produced significantly higher health outcome scores in the following categories: emotional well-being, limitations due to physical issues and limitations due to emotional issues.
    • Massage therapy can help you by reducing your anxiety, depression, stress and loneliness, and can improve your self-confidence and enhance your quality of life. The sense of companionship you derive from a visit to your massage therapist is also an important healing effect of massage therapy. Human touch can have a significant impact on your mental and emotional well-being.

    A gift certificate for a massage might be the best Christmas present ever for the older relative who has everything.

    There are many wonderful choices for local massage therapy appointments including:

    Dee Schools
    Back to Nature Massage
    5267 John Marshall Hwy. Suite B
    Linden, VA 22642
    Monday-Saturday; Flexible Hours

    Valley Health & Wellness Services Locations:
    12 East Luray Shopping Center Luray, VA 22835 (540)743-9968
    120 N. Commerce Ave., Suite 245 Front Royal, VA 22630 540-635-0730
    401 Campus Blvd.
    Winchester, VA 22601

  • 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

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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

    Wednesday, February 11: Active Living Centers Valentine’s Party at Clarke County Parks & Recreation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Sunday, February 15: Woodstock Arby's Benefit from noon to 4 p.m. Stop by and treat yourself to lunch or a snack. 15% of the proceeds will be donated to SAAA.
    Wednesday, February 25: SAAA Advisory Council 1:30 p.m.

  • 2015 AARP Tax Aide Sites

    Tax Aide Sites Open the First Week of February

    FRONT ROYAL, VA 22630-2706
    Contact Telephone: (540) 358-1040
    Handicap Accessible: Yes
    Site Schedule:
    Mon 9:00AM-1:00PM
    Wed 9:00AM-1:00PM
    Comments: We are limited to the first 25-30 returns. We close early if necessary.
    Appointment: Walk-ins Welcome

    EDINBURG, VA 22824-9142
    Contact Telephone: (540) 984-8200
    Handicap Accessible: Yes
    Site Schedule:
    Thu 9:00AM-3:30PM
    Appointment: Walk-ins Welcome

    100 ZERKEL ST
    LURAY, VA 22835-1915
    Contact Telephone: (543) 743-6867
    Handicap Accessible: Yes
    Site Schedule:
    Mon 9:30AM-3:00PM
    Tue 9:30AM-3:00PM
    Thu 12:00PM-5:30PM
    Comments: NOT open on Saturday this season. Come early in the day, especially in February! We expect to be very busy!
    Appointment: Walk-ins Welcome

    WINCHESTER, VA 22601-5575
    Contact Telephone: (540) 662-0039
    Handicap Accessible: Yes
    Site Schedule:
    Mon 9:00AM-3:00PM
    Tue 9:00AM-3:00PM
    Thu 9:00AM-3:00PM
    Fri 9:00AM-12:30PM
    Comments: Will also work the following Saturdays from 9:30 until 1:30. 2/9, 3/9 and 3/23.
    Appointment: Walk-ins Welcome

  • 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.