Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging -Food Drive

SAAA’s Care Management – In Home Services Department has been distributing donated food from several sources and giving it to our clients that are really in need at the time we assess/reassess or if the need arises. It started out with food that was donated to us, and it has really turned out to be something that has benefitted some very needy seniors.  We would like very much to see if 2 or 3 times a year NAS could request donations be brought to the meetings to restock the SAAA Pantry.  We are looking for healthy, high protein foods to supplement some of our seniors nutritional needs. Below are suggestions including some other non-food needed items at the bottom of the list.


Below is a list of types of food that we are hoping to collect:


Cereal – Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, Grits, Cheerios, Shredded Wheat, Raisin Bran…

Pancake mix – Syrup

Peanut Butter


Canned Chicken / Chicken Salad

Tuna / Tuna Salad

Soups – chicken noodle, vegetable, clam chowder…

Canned vegetables – all kinds

Beef stew


Raisins, Cranberries any kind of dried fruit

Nuts – all kinds

Crackers – all kinds

Cheese Crackers & Peanut butter crackers – (Nabs)

Applesauce – canned or single serving

Fruit Cups – Canned fruit any kind

Juice boxes

Protein drinks

Paper towels

Toilet paper

Light bulbs

Batteries (smoke alarms 9 volt /remotes AA)


Any donated is gratefully accepted.

Medicare Cafe- FREE information sessions

Medicare Cafe

Invite Your Friends and Come to the Medicare Café

The Medicare Café will open its doors for the 2015 season on Thursday, April 16 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at VFW Post 9760, 425 S Buckmarsh St, Berryville, VA 22611.

The first café of 2015 is specifically designed for attendees who will be eligible for Medicare during this year or are new to Medicare and have questions.   Making well informed Medicare coverage choices when you are first eligible can help you make decisions that will affect the rest of your life.    An individual turning 65 in March recently told SAAA’s VICAP Specialist Marty Schiller, “Suddenly everybody knows I’m turning 65.  My mailbox is getting filled with insurance offers, and I’m getting confused.  If I continue to work, do I need to sign up for Medicare?  Should I consider an Advantage plan?  What do I need to know to make sense of all this?”

On April 16, during the morning, SAAA’s VICAP Specialist Marty Schiller and VICAP Counselor René White will provide a basic overview of Medicare coverage options.   Both Ms. Schiller and Mrs. White are certified counselors with the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP).  VICAP provides “no strings attached” unbiased information.  On the website there’s a note: “You can get personalized health insurance counseling at no cost to you from your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).”  In Virginia, that’s VICAP, and in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the Medicare Café is a great way to access VICAP services.

During the afternoon from 1 – 4 PM, VICAP Counselors will hold pre-scheduled one-on-one sessions with individuals or couples who would like Medicare information specific to their personal situations.   Call 1 540 551-5615 by April 14th to schedule your appointment.

The 2015 Medicare Café Season will offer morning sessions with speakers on April 16, May 28, June 18, and September 24.   October 15 and November 19th will offer full days of one-on-one counseling sessions to review Medicare Part D Plans during the Open Enrollment period when you can choose your prescription coverage for the next year.

Come to VFW Post 9760 on April 16th; enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and some refreshments while you learn more about Medicare.


More information:

SAAA Receives Support from Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital

  • 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.

Savvy Seniors

Savvy seniors

By Josette Keelor/Northern Virginia Daily
Published Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The TRIAD Senior Safety Expo in Front Royal Wednesday was packed with advice for seniors on being financially savvy and keeping themselves safe from those who would seek to defraud them.

Always glad to learn something new, Patty Graves, of Stephens City, attended with her sister Terry Wymer, of White Post, who has accompanied her to previous expos.

“That’s why we came back,” Graves said.

Discussing Medicare fraud and abuse, Carl Lachenmayer, certified Senior Medicare Patrol presenter, warned against giving personal information like Medicare numbers or Social Security numbers to phone callers.

Such situations can result in identity theft, he said, which can affect victims’ finances for the rest of their lives.

A legitimate Medicare representative will never call or visit asking for personal information, he said.

He even advised clients leaving their Medicare card safely at home along with their Social Security card, so there is less chance of the cards being lost or stolen.

“It’s just not worth having to pay the price,” he said. “You can be up for such a headache. It’s terrible.”

Also warning against unscrupulous medical providers, he advised against stockpiling services or medical equipment like oxygen tanks since seniors might end up paying for something they’ll never have the chance to use.

Elaborating on Medicare, Marty Schiller, Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program specialist with the Agency on Aging, said many don’t realize they need to sign up for a Part D prescription drug plan if only to avoid unnecessarily high premiums later.

“I just want you to know the consequences,” she said.

Medicare patients might not sign up for a prescription plan if they’re not taking medication, but Schiller said a 33 cent monthly fee will begin accruing after a person’s initial seven-month Medicare open-enrollment period and keep accruing for every month a recipient doesn’t have a prescription drug plan. Five years later, a prescription plan would include an extra $20 every month “for the rest of your life,” she said.

But the expo wasn’t all cautionary tales.

Schiller also advised that seniors take advantage of free wellness exams, which help a patient update medical records and screen for conditions like depression or diseases that run in the family. Just don’t mention any ailments during that exam, she warned, or else the exam won’t be free.

Wednesday’s expo included vendors from Blue Ridge Hospice, Heritage Hall, Virginia Health Care Services, Turner-Robertshaw Funeral Home and various others. The Front Royal Police Department, Warren County Sheriff’s Office and SAAA also set up community display tables.

Each area Senior Safety Expo presents different topics of interest, and the Winchester/Frederick County expo on Friday will include warnings of frauds aimed at seniors and scams that Jennifer Evosevich, community liaison for Virginia Health Care Services, said can include people pretending to be a senior’s family member so they can extort money or steal other possessions.

Other topics will include elder abuse, safe disposal of medication, Medicare options, senior driving safety, respite care and information on Project Lifesaver, an international organization that outfits individuals who have severe disabilities or conditions like dementia with a wrist or ankle GPS locator for family and law enforcement to use if the individual wanders off or becomes lost.

Already registered for Friday’s expo, Wymer said she and Graves also plan to attend Shenandoah County’s expo in May.

“It’s good for the community, it really is, and it gets us out — something to do, meet people and have a good time,” Wymer said.

Upcoming Senior Safety Expos will be Friday at Braddock Street United Methodist Church, Winchester; May 8 at the Moose Lodge in Woodstock; and May 14 at Rileyville Baptist Church, Rileyville. All expos run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with check-in and breakfast until 9 a.m., breaks with door prizes awarded throughout the morning, and a lunch at noon.

The cost of lunch has been covered through vendor fees and a grant the Warren County TRIAD Council received from the attorney general’s office, which also funded gifts of nightlights and flashlights for attendees.

TRIAD is operated by the Senior and Law Enforcement Together Council, which meets monthly and seeks to improve the quality of life for older adults in the community, often supporting the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging and its Warren County Active Living Center.

Contact the Agency on Aging at 540-635-7141 or at

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or

May is Older Americans Month

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.”

Thank You from SAAA to meal sponsors

The Triad of Warren County wanted to help with the luncheons at all the centers and contributed turkeys, green beans, stuffing, pumpkin pies and rolls. Many will also be volunteering to help serve the seniors. Those who volunteered to provide food are:
• Jenn Evosevich with Virginia Healthcare Services, Elithia Cornwell with Touch of Grace, Tonia Sweeney with Caring Angels, Patti Brown with Valley Home Health, Justine Fadeley with Envoy of Winchester, Jodi Foltz with Consulate of Woodstock, Jennifer Lowery with Mary Kay, Vickie Harris-Williams from Commonwealth Assisted Living, and Denise Pearson from Heritage Hall.
• Those volunteering to help serve along with the above are Christine Ashcroft with Allegiance Home Care, Sue Vantine with First Light Home Care, Fox Rehab Pro Healthcare and Dannette Moore with Practice IQ
Photo: The Triad of Warren County wanted to help with the luncheons at all the centers and contributed turkeys, green beans, stuffing, pumpkin pies and rolls.  Many will also be volunteering to help serve the seniors.  Those who volunteered to provide food are:
• Jenn Evosevich with Virginia Healthcare Services, Elithia Cornwell with Touch of Grace, Tonia Sweeney with Caring Angels, Patti Brown with Valley Home Health, Justine Fadeley with Envoy of Winchester, Jodi Foltz with Consulate of Woodstock, Jennifer Lowery with Mary Kay, Vickie Harris-Williams from Commonwealth, and Denise Pearson from Heritage Hall.  
• Those volunteering to help serve along with the above are Christine Ashcroft with Allegiance Home Care, Sue Vantine with First Light Home Care, Fox Rehab Pro Healthcare


Winchester City Police Crime Warning



November 12, 2014 

Contact: Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist, (540) 771-7642 

Don’t Leave Valuables in Plain Sight

Detectives Investigate Three Reports of Smashed Windows and Purses Taken 

            WINCHESTER – The Winchester Police Department has received three reports of car windows being busted out and purses, that were left in plain sight, being stolen from the vehicles.  All three incidents happened in parking lots outside of businesses in the 100 block of Tevis Street.  On November 3rd around 4 p.m. a victim reported that she discovered her front passenger window had been shattered and her purse was missing.  The incident happened between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The second report was received on November 8th just before 4:30 p.m.  The victim in this case reported that between 3 p.m. and 4:23 p.m. someone had broken out the passenger side front window of the vehicle and taken a purse.

The third incident was reported on November 11th at 2 p.m.  Again, in this incident the victim found the front passenger side window smashed and a purse was taken.

All of these incidents remain under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division.

In all of these incidents purses were left inside of the vehicles in plain sight.  Residents are reminded to not leave any valuables inside of their vehicles.  You are reminded to lock your valuables in your trunk or leave them at home.

Anyone with information on these incidents or a possible suspect in these cases is asked to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS.

If you are a victim of this crime you are urged to file a police report no matter how small the loss may be.


SAAA Boots n BBQ Fundraiser

To All,

Thank you for your incredible support for our Fourth Boots & BBQ Fall Fundraiser.  With sponsors covering all our expenses and the donation of the most Silent Auction items ever, SAAA raised the most ever – over $7,500 after expenses.  Sponsors included the Bank of Clarke County, Virginia Healthcare Services, First Light Home care and many more

Special thanks to Bonnie Dodson who made all the arrangements, handled decorating, purchased and sold the Tip Jars, sold tickets, collected silent auction items, donated as a sponsor, and probably much more!

We’re working on the final pieces of this year’s video for the website and Facebook.  We should have that up next week.  Pictures and the Thank You Announcement should be up today or tomorrow.  So check out SAAA’s website and Facebook Page.

While still fresh in our minds, I’d love to have your input on the following for planning our 5th Boots & BBQ:

Start Time – Should we begin the evening later than 5 pm?

Musician – Does having live music add or detract from the     event?

Ideas on the Silent Auction Process including checking out?

Anything else?

Attending were all of our ALC Directors and most of our main office staff bringing family members who also helped with them, three Board Members and five Advisory Council Members.  We couldn’t have had such a great event without you.  Thank you each for the special part you played in our best ever Boots & BBQ!


Roberta V. Lauder

Director of Resource Development


Community Partners Supporting Our Aging Community