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.
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.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR), November 6, 2017 --
A recent report on local media said that people across Central Virginia are "shocked and worried” about the rising cost of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, as open enrollment for the coverage began on November 1. The report suggested the Affordable Care Act was no longer affordable.
If you’re one of those folks who typically waits until the last minute to do things, when it comes to signing up for affordable health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) this year —— or reviewing and renewing your current plan — you may want to change that habit.
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.
Medicare Open Enrollment
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.
JABA Insurance Counseling Mobile Units will be available during Medicare Open Enrollment, October 15 to December 7. Click here to find one near you! Note: those seeking coverage under the Affordable Care Act will also be served by the mobile units.
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.
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.
When it came time for people in Charlottesvile to choose the best non-profits in the area for Best of C-Ville 2017 they had a lot to choose from. Charlottesville’s Center for Non-Profit Excellence, which provides resources for area non-profits, lists 231 members in its non-profit member directory.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Charlottesville, Albemarle County Accepted Into AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities
One in Four: With Virginia aging population expected to double, Charlottesville Area Alliance, local governments, take action.
JABA New to Medicare Classes guides you through the Medicare Enrollment Process to help you avoid any of the possible Medicare penalties. We give you information on supplemental health plans and help you understand the costs of Medicare and what is covered.
The winners of OurHealth Charlottesville & Shenandoah Valley Magazine's Senior Living Awards have just been announced, and JABA was a big winner! Check it out:
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.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - 6/21/2017 - Thanks to a knitting group with the Women’s Initiative in Charlottesville, seniors at the Jefferson Area Board for Aging have a new way to combat their anxiety.
As our senior population continues to grow, so too will the need for specialized services to treat Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
June 6, 2017 -- During his comments at the 2017 Virginia Governor's Conference on Aging last month, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe highlighted and applauded the Pen Pal Program between members of JABA’s Mary Williams Community Senior Center and second-grade students at Burnley-Moran Elementary School.
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.
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.
Daily Progress, April 14, 2017 -- What will your legacy be?
March 31, 2017 — The legal team from the Law Firm of Williams Mullen offered free estate planning services last week, March 23, for seniors through JABA’s award-winning Wills for Seniors Program for the 12th time! Four teams of lawyers and volunteers, and three volunteer notaries helped 33 people prepare their life planning documents.
Daily Progress, March 24, 2017 -- Being a caregiver can be stressful. It can consume your life so much that you forget to take care of your own needs. Likewise, having to be cared for can be stressful, too. Accepting losses of independence, along with the fear that comes along with that, can lead to additional health problems and depression.
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.
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.
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.
On Monday, December 19, 2016, JABA’s Nelson County Community Senior Center was officially renamed the Cecilia Epps Community Senior Center — after a remarkable woman you’ll learn about by watching this short video — at a wonderful ceremony attended by Cecilia’s family, friends, and colleagues.
We had a chance to visit Yancey Elementary School in Esmont, where seniors from JABA's Esmont Community Senior Center visit once a month with students there to enjoy various activities. What a wonderful program and what a wonderful community.