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.
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
JABA Insurance Counseling Goes Mobile! Offering FREE Medicare Insurance Counseling in Five Counties!
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.
JABA is pleased to announce that our Shining Star Preschool Program received stellar scores as part of the Virginia Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), making it just the 6th preschool program in Charlottesville to be recognized with a positive rating.
Charlottesville Tomorrow, August 13, 2016 -- "At the Jefferson Area Board for Aging’s Shining Star preschool, where most of the Albemarle County mixed-delivery placements will be made, ReadyKids helped rethink classroom design to improve the program overall.
Daily Progress, July 20, 2016 - Minna Doyle believes in giving back and she does that leading exercise classes at the Jefferson Area Board for Aging in Greene County, the place she’s made her home since moving from the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.
July’s installment of JABA's Volunteer Education Series: Tips for Interacting with Individuals with Dementia, was attended by 35 people on July 12 at the Northside Library! Special thanks to our speaker, Ellen Phipps, Vice President of Programs & Public Policy for the Alzheimer's Association. Thank you, Ellen, for teaching us practical tips on how to engage with loved ones and those we serve living with dementia.