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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.

JABA’s New Friendly Visitor Program to Individuals with Dementia

JABA is seeking volunteers for its new Friendly Visitor Program to Individuals with Dementia, part of the Dementia Care Coordination Program, a partnership between JABA and the University of Virginia’s Memory and Aging Care Clinic, made possible by a $1 million federal grant to the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). The program works to connect individuals with early stage memory loss to resources to sustain quality of life and maintain their ability to live at home.

Generation Us: Community health initiatives benefit all ages

Daily Progress, May 26, 2017 — One of the four priorities identified in the 2016 MAPP2Health report is to foster a healthy and connected community. The goal is to “increase well-being across the lifespan by supporting education, prevention, advocacy and evidence-based programming.” We can reach this goal by working “upstream” and collaborating with community partners to support their ongoing work.

Generation Us: Volunteering with seniors builds friendships and confidence

Daily Progress, April 27, 2017 -- Picture this: a room filled with a dozen people, in lines and in step to the music. Since the room is at the Senior Center, it might not surprise you that the average participant is older than 60. What might surprise you is that one of these line dancers is a 20-year-old college student, having the time of her life, dancing with her adopted grandmother.

Aging Alliance officially endorsed by local governments

Charlottesville Tomorrow - March 6, 2017 — An umbrella organization created to boost awareness of senior issues has been formally endorsed by both the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and Charlottesville City Council.
“By 2024, our area will have one in four people over the age of 65,” said Marta Keane, CEO of the Jefferson Area Board for Aging and an organizer behind the new Charlottesville Area Alliance.

Generation Us: Home-delivered meals offer nutritious options

Daily Progress - February 17, 2017 -- Hunger and malnourishment among seniors in America is no joke. The American Academy of Family Physicians has reported that nearly 4 million seniors suffer from malnourishment, and the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger says that 1 senior in 7 is at risk to the threats of hunger. In many cases, this is caused not by poverty, but by seniors not being able to feed themselves — either because they live alone and have trouble cooking or going out to shop, or don’t have the close support of family and caregivers.

Generation Us: Club Yancey, JABA unite children and seniors to form community

Daily Progress, Feb. 3, 2017 --You see it on their faces and in their body language as the kids enter the lunchroom where the seniors have been waiting for them. The children are clustered in small groups by the door, fidgeting, whispering to each other, smiling and excited, then quickly fanning out to greet the elders of this small community they have come to know and love.

Intergenerational Pen Pals Meet for the First Time

Students in Rachel Caldwell’s class at Burnley-Moran Elementary School in Charlottesville, Virginia were paired as pen pals with seniors at the Jefferson Area Board for Aging’s Mary Williams Community Senior Center (located at the Jefferson School) in November 2015. The program, which was started by Caldwell, has allowed the students to ask their pen pals questions about who they are, what they like and whatever else comes to mind.  Two month later, the pen pals got to meet each other for the first time on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.


Distinguished Dozen Honors: JABA Board Member Dr. Richard Lindsay

Daily Progress, December 31, 2016 — Dr. Richard Lindsay’s medical training started when he was a youngster, often with servings of milk and cookies.
In later years, his medical education escalated to dealing with sobering situations such as ghastly subway accidents in New York City and drug overdoses. During the late 1960s, while serving as a U.S. Army doctor at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, he learned how to treat grievous battlefield injuries.

Generation Us: Learn more about JABA and the services it provides

JABA is halfway there.
The Jefferson Area Board for Aging is 41, so we are halfway to the average lifespan of an individual. The census statistics suggest that our area is growing faster than the national average in the 65 and older/better category. By 2020, our region will have 20 percent of the population at that milestone and beyond.
An important part of creating an age-friendly community is for all ages to feel that the community meets their needs.

Generation Us: The difference one volunteer has made in the community

After a career in human resources, first with GE and then Genworth Financial, Marian Quigley stumbled into volunteering. Five years ago, at an appointment for free insurance counseling at JABA, she was struck by how helpful and kind the volunteers there were.
“I’d never volunteered before,” Quigley said. “But I asked if they needed any.”

Generation Us: Workshop empowers people to manage chronic conditions on their own

Charlottesville resident Patricia McCullough has a dream to take a train trip back to Detroit, where she lived for 50 years with her now deceased husband, but it’s been a dream deferred for years. McCullough, 73, has a walking and balance disorder and uses a walker to get around.
“I’m really, really afraid of falling,” said McCullough, who is healthy otherwise but remains anxious about what it would take to make the trip. “I’ve had this problem for a long time, and it’s really slowed me down.”

JABA Offering FREE Insurance Counseling during Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment

At JABA, FREE insurance counseling isn’t just for seniors. Open enrollment for affordable health insurance under the Affordable Care Act begins November 1. If you’re thinking of enrolling in or renewing health insurance through the ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace, JABA insurance conselors can help. Call 434-817-5248 to schedule an appointment. 

Generation Us: Two stories that focus on grandparents raising grandchildren, and grandparents living with their adult children


Generation Us: The rewards and challenges of raising grandchildren 

Like most grandparents, Charlottesville resident Joyce Sandridge has a few favorite photos of her child and grandchild featured prominently in her home. A large framed photo of her smiling daughter holding her baby boy hangs above the couch where Sandridge is seated. The boy in the photo — Jahcear, who is 8 now — sits beside her and wants to make sure a visitor sees the golden replica of the WWE Championship belt he has.

JABA Insurance Counseling Goes Mobile! Offering FREE Medicare Insurance Counseling in Five Counties!

Last year, JABA (Jefferson Area Board for Aging) Insurance Counselors helped 1,150 people save nearly $500,000 on healthcare costs. And we’ll be at it again during this year’s Medicare Open Enrollment period, October 15 to December 7. Only this year, in addition to taking appointments at our Main Office on Hillsdale Drive, we’ll have mobile units traveling to locations in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Fluvanna County, Greene County, and Louisa and Nelson Counties to make it easier for people to get the help they need. 

Kids Share Letters with Senior Pen Pals at the Mary Williams Community Senior Center

We’ve seen the the faces of our members at the Mary Williams Community Senior Center when they get these letters….priceless. What a great initiative between Ms. Caldwell and JABA!
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX), October 10, 2016 -- A local teacher's new program is helping her students and spreading a little bit of joy at a local senior center.

Read Mountainside Senior Living’s Fall Newsletter!

Find out how Twice is Nice, the upscale resale boutique at Preston Plaza, has been supporting Mountainside since 2009, and meet new Twice Is Nice operations manager Lynne Levine. “It’s such a “feel good” shopping experience. Not only is the revenue going to an important cause, but shopping re-sale is environmentally conscious as well,” says Levine. Plus, find out about the “MSL World Tour” and meet the famous Covesville Waving Man.


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