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VPAS Begins Search for New Case Manager in Highland

VPAS is searching for a new case manager in Highland.

Preserving the Harvest Program at Second Wind

A brown bag lunch and round table discussion on putting food by was held at the Highland County Library on July 17.

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Highland Seniors Traveled to West Virginia

Five members of the Highland County “Golden Oldies” group traveled to Elkins, West Virginia to see the American Mountain Theater musical production on June 27.

Highland Second Wind Fund Raiser at the Fiddlers Convention

The second annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention was held July 13-16 in Monterey and Highland Second Wind was on hand selling hot dogs, chips, and drinks. Saturday turned into a beautiful day and the music lasted well into the night. Thanks to the volunteers and our very own “Hot Dog Man” (Dan Solomon), we came away with $600+ in profits.

Fly Fishing Workshop

The “Next Great Adventure” presented by Highland County Second Wind was a Fly Fishing Workshop held Saturday, June 8th, at the Highland Public Library.

Gentle Chair Yoga Very Popular for Highland Second Wind

This Highland Second Wind program, which continues to grow each week, is held on Tuesdays at the Highland Medical Center Yoga Room.

Second Wind presents Baubles, Bangles, and Beads workshop

On Saturday morning, May 18th at the Highland Public Library, Second Wind offered “Baubles, Bangles, and Beads.”

Second Wind Adventure: The Caves of Highland County

Highland County Second Wind’s latest travel/adventure program offered amazing photographs and tales of underground exploration on Saturday, May 11 at the Highland Public Library.

Highland Group Attended MVP Play

Eight individuals from Highland County, most of them members of the local chapter of the Red Hat Society, journeyed to the Old Dairy Barn Community Center in Warm Springs, courtesy of the DRPT Transportation Grant, on Sunday to attend the Mountain Valley Players’ presentation of two one-act plays.

Home Health Plans for Highland County

Kimberly Farish, Vice President of Operations from the Verona office of Interim Healthcare, met on May 2 with RD Kathryn Coit, Social Services Director Sharon Sponaugle, and staff of the Highland Medical Center, to share her dream of opening a satellite office one day a week in the Monterey area.

New Zealand Travelogue “Kia ora!”

Highland County Second Wind’s great adventure for April was a trip to New Zealand via stories and photos by Roger Canfield and Bernice Eubank.

Cooking With Jessa

Jessa Fowler is the Local Foods Coordinator at the Highland Center in Monterey, and this month she teamed up with Kathy Solomon, Community Programs Director for Highland County’s Second Wind, to present “Soup’s On,” a cooking demonstration showing how to prepare tasty soup out of basic pantry ingredients.

Creative Writing Class

Highland County Second Wind’s new four week journaling class, presented by Annette Naber, Ph.D., was a big success.

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Highland Transportation Grant Funded Travels

Two groups from Highland County recently enjoyed outings provided under the Department of Rail and Public Transportation grant funding. On Tuesday, April 2, a van full of women from the Highland County Chapter of the Red Hat Society and the Highland Garden Club took a trip to Charlottesville, Virginia, to see the “Carot to Cezanne” art exhibit. Before visiting the exhibit, the ladies ate lunch at The Old Mill Room at The Boar’s Head Inn. Fun was had by all, and they’re looking forward to the next trip!

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Staffing Changes at VPAS

Two staff members in the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Region have moved into new roles with the Valley Program for Aging Services. Former SAW Director of Senior Services Jenn Chestnut has been promoted to the role of Chief Administrative Officer for VPAS, and will oversee daily operations of the organization over all four regions. Former Waynesboro Senior Center Director Janice Gentry was then promoted into the Director of Senior Services position for the SAW Region. This leaves an open position in the Waynesboro Senior Center Director role. Applications are being accepted from qualified candidates until May 3.

Highland VPAS Represented at Health Fair

Kathy Solomon, Community Programs Director for Highland County’s Second Wind Programs, and Bath Highland RD Kathryn Coit participated in the Highland Medical Center’s 13th Annual Health Fair April 16-18.

Highlanders to Benefit from Lifespan Respite Program

The Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) has announced that the funding for the temporary Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher program has been very popular and that they are very close to obligating all of the available grant funds.

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CDSME Leader Training Scheduled in May

Leader Training is scheduled for May 9, 10, 16 and 17 at the VPAS Corporate office located at 325 Pine Avenue in Waynesboro and in Rockingham County sometime in July. Depending on the number of people who are interested in becoming Leaders there will either be two separate Leader Trainings or one that is combined.

Live Well, Indeed!

Several participants at the “You Can! Live Well, Virginia” workshop at Maury River Senior Center discuss how to better manage chronic medical conditions. The six-week workshop has drawn 14 participants. Additional workshops will be offered in the coming months in various communities throughout Rockbridge County. More information about these workshops is available by calling MRSC at 261-7474.

Maple Festival 2013

This was Highland Second Wind’s grand debut at the Highland County Maple Festival and it proved to be a great success.

CDSME Program Offered in Highland County

More than 3,500 Virginians have learned to live healthier lives through this free six week workshop offered by VPAS in conjunction with the Highland Medical Center.

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Price Rotary Senior Center Needs Meals on Wheels Volunteers

Deliver Meals to Seniors Monday and/or Tuesday, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Price Rotary Senior Center, 305 Dogwood Drive, Harrisonburg For more information, call our Volunteer Coordinator at 540-383-6855. More information online at www.PriceRotarySeniorCenter.org.,

Commonwealth expands popular “You Can! Live Well, Virginia!” program

Following a successful introduction in Virginia, the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services is expanding a popular chronic disease self-management education program that has helped more than 3,500 Virginians learn to live healthier lives. The program, “You Can! Live Well, Virginia!” is available for older adults as well as adults with disabilities through a partnership between local Area Agencies on Aging, DARS, and Virginia’s departments of Health and Medical Assistance Services.

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VPAS Chronic Disease Self Management Scheduled Workshops

Schedule for VPAS Chronic Disease Self-Management Education, which is designed to empower adults to better manage their chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, chronic pain and heart disease.


HR Region Reports Now Online

The Annual Reports for the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Region of the Valley Program for Aging Services for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 are now online.


SAW Region Reports Now Online

The Annual Reports for the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Region of the Valley Program for Aging Services for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 are now online.


Bath-Highland Annual Reports Now Online

The Annual Reports for the Bath-Highland Region of the Valley Program for Aging Services for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 is now online.

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Medicare Fraud Reported

Virginia residents have begun receiving fraudulent calls involving Medicare cards. The State VICAP office at DARS has received at least 10 calls since January 3 from Medicare beneficiaries regarding calls asking them to verify their personal information in order to receive their new Medicare card. Specifically, the callers are asking beneficiaries to verify their bank account and social security numbers as well as their address.

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Live Better with Diabetes

Living with diabetes can mean a constant struggle to lose weight, count carbohydrates, control blood sugar, and avoid problems. It can leave you feeling tired and depressed and unable to do the things you love. Make sure YOU are in charge—not your diabetes.


SAW RD Presents to Waynesboro/East Augusta Rotary

On January 8, SAW RD Jenn Chestnut made a presentation to the Waynesboro/East Augusta Rotary and its 22 members in attendance.

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Jeri Schaf: Be Extra Vigilant About Scams

Scammers are attempting to take advantage of federal benefits recipients as the push is on for everyone to switch from paper checks to electronic funds transfer. Reports from the Rockbridge community confirm that individuals are being contacted and asked for their Social Security, Medicare and banking information.

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Jeri Schaf: No Government Checks in Your Mailbox Beginning in March

By March 1, 2013 all federal benefit payments will be electronic. This includes payments for Social Security Retirement, Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veterans Administration, Office of Personnel Management, and Railroad Retirement benefits.

TED Program Receives New Vehicle

In January 2011, SAW RD Jenn Chestnut applied for a new accessible vehicle through the Department of Rail and Public Transportation’s Section 5310 Program to support the Transportation for the Elderly and Disabled (TED) Program.

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Finley Ladies Bring Holiday Cheer and Caring December 10

For a number of years the ladies of Finley Memorial Presbyterian Church in Stuarts Draft have graciously supported individuals living in the SAW Region during the holiday season. 2012 is no exception.

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Beth Bland Joins VPAS Team

Beth Bland joined Valley Program for Aging Services as Director of Senior Services, Regional Director for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County on December 10.