Bath Community Senior Center Traveled to Highland Center for Lunch

The Bath Community Senior Center members traveled to Highland County to attend a Senior Luncheon on June 11.

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East Rockingham Senior Center Started SAIL Program

On May 28, 15 members and staff of East Rockingham Senior Center enjoyed the first Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) class.

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Fan Care: Free fans for seniors

Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) is happy to be able to sponsor the FAN CARE program again this year along with Virginia Division for the Aging and Dominion Virginia Power.

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Sign up now for Farm Market Fresh for Seniors program

During two enrollment sessions in June, older adults with limited income will be eligible to receive $40 in coupons to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs at the Staunton, Verona, and Waynesboro Farmer’s Markets this summer.

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Local Jurisdictions Support VPAS Services

Valley Program for Aging Services is pleased to receive financial contributions from the local jurisdictions to support our services to individuals in the Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro (SAW) Region.

VPAS Exhibited at Elkton Community Organization Fair

The Elkton Community Center held their annual Organizational Fair on May 22. A VPAS display with handouts was set up. Beth Bland, HR RD, Barry Elwood, ERSC Local Council Chair, and Sherry Ross, Local Council member represented VPAS HR and ERSC at the event.

East Rockingham Senior Center Held Chick-fil-A Fundraiser

East Rockingham Senior Center held a VPAS fundraiser on May 20. Chick-fil-A provided donated coupons for breakfast items that dining guests could “spin to win” on their game board. Each spin cost a .50 cent donation to VPAS and every spin won a prize.

Health Risk Assessment Grant Awarded

The Rockingham Memorial Hospital (RMH) Foundation has awarded a grant to the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC), VPAS, and Sentara RMH Community Health.

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East Rockingham Senior Center Local Council meets

On Thursday, May 8 the East Rockingham Senior Center Local Council met at the center.

Fire and fall prevention program coming to Waynesboro

The Waynesboro Fire Department and Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) have been selected to participate in a training conference on fire and fall prevention sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Volunteers Needed to End Hunger

Senior hunger increasingly puts individuals at greater health risks and puts an additional strain on charity food providers. You can join a dedicated group of volunteers who want to put an end to this problem!

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CDSME and Other VPAS Services Presented to EMU Staff

Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) Coordinator Joyce Nussbaum presented information about CDSME and other VPAS services to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) staff who were interested in learning more about Chronic Disease Self-Management specifically related to being a caregiver.

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United Methodist Women hear about VPAS

SAW Regional Director Janice Gentry was asked to speak to the United Methodist Women’s Group at Main Street United Methodist Church on May 8.

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Valley Program for Aging Services joins National Movement to End Senior Hunger

Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS), in partnership with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and with support from the Walmart Foundation, has joined a nationwide effort to fight senior hunger by dramatically increasing participation by eligible seniors in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

CDSME Coordinator Attended WWRC Completion Ceremony

Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) Coordinator Joyce Nussbaum attended the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) Life Skills Transition Program Completion Ceremony on Friday, April 25.

Representation at Augusta County Public Hearing

The public hearing for the proposed FY15 Augusta County budget, including a 5-cent increase in real estate taxes, was held on April 16.

Representation at Staunton City Council Public Hearing

Staunton Senior Center (SSC) member Laura Luziach and SSC Local Council Chair Michael Thompson spoke on behalf of VPAS at the Staunton City Council Public Hearing on the proposed FY15 budget. Both were speaking in support of the budget and thanking the City for their support of VPAS.

Volunteer Appreciation at Timberville Broadway Senior Center

The rain couldn’t stop us from celebrating our volunteers today at the Timberville Broadway Senior Center.

VPAS CDSME Exceeds Grant Completer Goal

VPAS Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) has exceeded the current grant year goal of having 258 workshop completers with a current total of 272 even though the grant year does not end until Aug. 31. A workshop completer is defined as a participant who attends at least four of six workshop sessions.

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SAW Region to Host Candidate Forums April 16 and April 23

Election Day for City Council and School Board candidates in Staunton and Waynesboro is May 6. The SAW Region of the Valley Program for Aging Services continues its tradition of hosting local candidate forums.

United Way Week of Caring begins Sunday

United Way of Greater Augusta will celebrate its annual Week of Caring on April 6-12. This year’s event will demonstrate how people in our region LIVE UNITED by completing projects for area non-profits.

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Golden Agers Learned About VPAS Services

Beth Bland, HR RD, spoke to the Golden Agers about VPAS services offered in HR on March 26. This group meets on a monthly basis at St. James United Methodist Church in Harrisonburg and has existed for over 20 years. Approximately 50% of the members do not attend the hosting church.

March for Meals 5K

The third annual March for Meals was held on Saturday March 28. Approximately 35 walkers and runners participated in the 5K despite chilly weather and the threat of rain.

New Staff Joins the Bath Community Senior Center

After nearly four months of posting employment ads for a Director at the Bath Community Senior Center (BCSC) with little to no response, Chief Administrative Officer Jenn Chestnut struck gold when Alicia Wrights submitted her interest in the position. After an interview was conducted with Jenn, Interim Director Nancy Johnson, BCSC Local Council Chairwoman Mary Susan Blankenship, and BCSC Local Council member and VPAS Board director PY Henry on March 10, it was obvious Alicia was the perfect match for the position.

Staunton Senior Center Local Council Met Jan. 30

Staunton Senior Center’s Local Council met to discuss a variety of topics. Chairman Michael Thompson reported to members about his attendance at the VPAS advisory committee meeting earlier in the week.

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Walmart Foundation Donated $5,000 to VPAS

Walmart Foundation donated $5,000 to the Valley Program for Aging Services Harrisonburg-Rockingham region.

WHSV TV3 Staff Delivered Meals for VPAS

WHSV TV3 staff began their volunteer meal delivery for the Valley Program for Aging Services in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area on Monday, Jan. 6.

CDSME Coordinator Enrolled in Business Smarts

CDSME Coordinator Joyce Nussbaum has enrolled in the 2014 Business Smarts Series sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE).

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Valley Exxon Donated $220 in Gift Cards

Valley Exxon in Elkton donated $220 in gift cards to be used at Food Lion or Family Dollar. The cards, which are valued at $20 each, will be given to East Rockingham Senior Center members and Meals on Wheels recipients that “have the most need” for them. The cards will be distributed by Yvonne Shoemaker, Interim Center Director and Karen Barnes, Case Manager.

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Work of SAW VICAP Counselors Recognized

The SAW Region of the Valley Program for Aging Services has received numerous donations as a result of VICAP counseling sessions, which in and of itself shows that the donors found value in the service that VICAP Counselors are providing.

Elks to Deliver Food Baskets to Waynesboro Seniors

The Waynesboro Elks Lodge will be delivering food baskets to those in need in Waynesboro on Dec. 24.

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VPAS Represented at Staunton Community Health Fair

Despite the threatening winter weather, approximately 100 individuals attended a Community Health Fair Saturday, Dec. 14 at Staunton’s Booker T. Washington Community Center.

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SAW Receives Grant for DSMP

Augusta Health accepted applications for single year grants in the fall this year. They requested that the grants address one of the priority areas defined by their recent Community Health Needs Assessment. One of those priorities is diabetes.

Staunton Senior Center Abounds with Holiday Atmosphere

Staunton Senior Center was all about creating holiday crafts this week as well sprinkling in some Christmas music and cheer for good measure! Monday found members gathered around a table designing lovely punch out cardinals suitable to decorate a tree or just hang from a special spot. Tuesday found the group journeying to the Jollivue UMC Senior Luncheon to join in the festivities there.

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Help Wanted: East Rockingham Senior Center

The Center Director is primarily responsible for overseeing the safe operation of East Rockingham Senior Center; to promote the Center within the HR Region, and to help secure funding for special and ongoing programming.

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Local Business Held Fundraiser for HR Meals on Wheels

Mitzie Campbell of Pet Sitting by Mitzie came to the Waynesboro office and gave VPAS an envelope full of checks totaling $930. These donations were collected from her business clients as the result of a solicitation letter she sent out asking for donations for Meals on Wheels.

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DaVita Made $1,000 Donation to HR Meals on Wheels

DaVita made a $1,000 corporate gift to VPAS for the Meals on Wheels program in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

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Church Helps Seniors in SAW Region

Finley Memorial Presbyterian Church Women have once again spearheaded a holiday outreach project to benefit seniors in the SAW Region.

Staunton Senior Center Wraps Itself in Christmas

The week of December 2-6 was Christmas Week at Staunton Senior Center as every day brought its own special holiday flair. After the Christmas parade on Monday evening, Tuesday brought the Women of Hope duo who presented “An Olde English Christmas: Carols of Our Heritage”, followed by a seasonal craft.

Christmas Tea kicked off the Holiday Season at Price Rotary Senior Center

Price Rotary Senior Center kicked off the Holiday Season with its annual Christmas Tea. Members of PRSC, TBSC, Staff, local Council members and community friends were treated to an exceptional morning of music and culinary delights.

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SAW Centers to Distribute Prescription Cards

The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce has offered discount prescription cards to people in the Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta area for several years.

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SAW CDSME Steering Committee Meets

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Steering Committee for the SAW Region met on Nov. 20 at Augusta Regional Free Clinic.

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Timberville Broadway Senior Center Advisory Council Meets

Timberville Broadway Advisory Council met Thursday, Nov. 21. The meeting was well attended with Advisory Council members, Senior Center members and staff.

JMU Sorority Raised Money for Meals

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi sorority at James Madison University made a $453 donation to Meals on Wheels in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham region of the Valley Program for Aging Services.

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Price Rotary Senior Center Celebrated Thanksgiving Potluck Style

Price Rotary Senior Center celebrated Thanksgiving today with a wonderful array of food!