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Health Insurance Alert! Confusion in Local Health Insurance Market Causes Concern

Charlottesville area residents who re-enroll at the Affordable Care Marketplace for 2019 are in for some big surprises given recent changes in health plan options.  Those who do not visit the Marketplace before December 15 deadline may be upset to learn that they have been “auto-enrolled” and locked into new plans with high prices and/or a limited choice of doctors and hospitals.

JABA’s FISH Intergenerational Mentoring Program Earns National Recognition

JABA’s FISH (Friends in Schools Helping) Program has been selected as a Program of Distinction by Generations United, a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs for over 30 years. According to Generations United, the Program of Distinction designation serves as the U.S.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging highlights award-wining JABA dementia care program.

August 30, 2018 - We're highlighting the cutting-edge programs and successful strategies used by the 2018 recipients of n4a's Aging Innovation Awards in this weekly spotlight feature. This week we're focusing on the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA), winner in the Health-LTSS Integration category.

JABA Dementia Care Program Receives Top Honors at National Awards Ceremony

July 30, 2018 -- JABA (the Jefferson Area Board for Aging) announces that the Dementia Care Coordination Program has been honored with an Aging Innovations Award by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). The awards program is supported by WellCare Health Plans. The Dementia Care Coordination Program was among 45 local aging programs to receive honors at the n4a Annual Conference & Trade show, July 28–August 1 in Chicago, IL. JABA’s program was one of the top four highest-scoring Innovations Award winners and received a $500 cash prize. 

JABA, Mountainside Senior Living win Our Health magazine’s Annual Senior Living Awards

July 2018 — Congratulations to the JABA Adult Care Centers and Mountainside Senior Living for being recognized by Our Health magazine’s 4th Annual Senior Living Awards. The Adult Care Centers in Charlottesville and Louisa received 1st Place in the Adult Day Care Center category and Mountainside was recognized as 3rd place winner in the Assisted Living category.

JABA Senior Center Open for a Third Day in Greene County

Daily Progress - July 26, 2018 - Greene County senior citizens are getting an extra day at the senior center thanks to a budget increase in the county’s fiscal year 2019 budget. The county approved a 27 percent increase to the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, bringing the budget total to $112,546, allowing it to add a third day of services per week beginning Aug. 9 at its Stanardsville senior center.

JABA Celebrates Grand Opening of Schuyler Community Senior Center

May 25, 2018 -- NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

In an effort to better serve people in Nelson County, the Schuyler Baptist Church, the model for the fictional church in the TV series "The Waltons," will house a community senior center.

The Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) celebrated the grand opening of the Schuyler Community Senior Center Friday. JABA says with Nelson being a large county, the new site gives people additional places to enjoy activities closer to their own community.

Virginia Democratic Leader Del. David Toscano Visits JABA Affordable Housing Development

May 8, 2018 - Toscano said with the growing elderly population, it is important to focus on these issues now. He also said that government cannot do it alone."We need to try to assist them. Government can do some of that and a lot of it has to happen in the community, so it's a nice combination of folks giving back to the community, as well as the state and the government helping out where they can," he said.

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JABA Wins Third Place 2018 Best Practices Award from Commonwealth Council on Aging

The Dementia Care Coordination Program, a partnership between the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, the University of Virginia’s Memory and Aging Care Clinic and the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, won the $2,000 third place “Best Practices” award from the Commonwealth Council on Aging, which called the program “a model for integrated and coordinated care for individuals with dementia and their caregivers.”

Mountainside’s Music & Memory Program helps dementia patients access musical memories

When you think of iPods or other MP3 players, you picture kids and young people glued to the little screens, earplugs in, zoning out to their favorite videos or music. And perhaps a few eye rolls and frustrated sighs from parents and teachers. However, for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, these devices, which can hold thousands of songs, are helping to bring back lost memories and improve lives.

Why You Should Select an Assisted Living Community That Offers Specialized Memory Care

JABA’s Blue Ridge Neighborhood at Mountainside Senior Living recently completed the renovation of a beautiful new memory care floor. Already the largest non-profit affordable assisted living in the area, Mountainside can now offer affordable memory care services as well. 

Why is that exciting and important news? 

Generation Us: Adult care centers offer safety, engagement and socialization

Daily Progress, December 29, 2017 -- When Lucy Garrison and her sisters suggested to their mother, Katherine Garrison, that she start going to JABA’s Adult Care Center, she — like so many older adults who need assistance — was at first reluctant to leave her home. But they already had been dealing with their mother’s physical problems from a stroke for more than a decade, had their own families and work lives to consider, and had begun to worry about her spending so much time alone in her condition.
 

Act Now! Wills for Seniors Program accepting appointments for FREE life planning services

Act now! There are only 30 appointments available for life planning services consisting of a simple will, durable power of attorney and/or an advance medical directive. Documents prepared on-site by Williams Mullens attorneys. And it's ALL FREE! Appointments filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You or your loved one will also need time to get documents in order before the appointment, so don’t delay!

Generation Us: Nicaraguan senior advocate makes most of time with JABA

Daily Progress. December 1, 2017 — As the middle child in a family with three girls, growing up in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua, Samanta Lacayo Trujillo says she was always having to fight for attention. Today, the 29-year-old entrepreneur fights for the rights of elders in her country so they can get the attention and support they deserve — and she credits her early struggles for preparing her for that.

Local Resale Boutique Pledges $125,000 to Mountainside Senior Living in Crozet

November 15, 2017

Twice is Nice, the resale boutique located in Preston Plaza in Charlottesville, is pledging $125,000 to Mountainside Senior Living in Crozet, Virginia. The pledge will go toward a $400,000 renovation of Mountainside Senior Living’s third floor, which will be transformed into a much needed memory care community to serve those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

One Day Only! JABA Offers FREE life planning services on November 1

Estate planning procrastination can severely limit your medical and financial options in later life, and so planning early is important to keeping your independence. But lawyers can be expensive for some seniors, and many people simply don’t like thinking about these issues…and so its easy to put of. But it can really make a difference in the lives of seniors, and their families and caregivers, and JABA hopes to shine a light on this issue and our Wills for Seniors Program.

UVA Employees Take a Day of Caring to Help JABA and the community

Amanda Deaton, a gift planning coordinator with University Advancement, said this is her first Day of Caring on the giving side; she staffed a carnival at the Jefferson Area Board for Aging for about 30 senior citizens and 30 preschoolers. Deaton had worked for years with a non-profit child care operation in Staunton, where Day of Caring volunteers would paint, clean and do landscaping work.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond comes to Victory Hall in Scottsville for presentation to JABA's Scottsville and Esmont Senior Centers

Seniors from JABA’s Scottsville and Esmont Community Senior Centers are coming together for a unique cultural event. Art and Design Educator Margaret Hancock, who works with the VMFA to help tell stories of art exhibitions and bring artwork to life, will give a talk about the intersections between music and visual art.

Crozet’s Mountainside Senior Living Adds Dementia Unit

Crozet Gazette, September 8, 2017 — Mountainside Senior Living, a 105-bed assisted living facility in downtown Crozet, will convert its entire third floor to a secure dementia unit containing 20 beds, according to Marta Keene, executive director of the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, which operates the facility with the aim of keeping affordable senior care available. The unit is expected to open in February of 2018, she said.

Rock-A-Thon Fundraiser - JABA Greene County Community Senior Center

Once again the folks at JABA’s Greene County Community Senior Center will be rockin’ ( rocking’ chairs, that is) to raise funds to support the center. So why not sponsor a Greene Rocker this year? There will also be a bake sale and clothing sale. And a $5 lunch menu of hotdogs, baked beans, chips and a drink. All proceeds will support the Greene County Community Senior Center. For more information, or to sponsor a rocker, call JABA Greene Center manager at 434-985-2047.

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