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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.

Are You Ready? JABA Offering FREE Medicare Open Enrollment Counseling Beginning October 15

Avoid an October Surprise….
Get ready for Medicare Open Enrollment for Part D (Prescription Plans) and Medicare Advantage Plans on October 15 through December 7. 
New to Medicare? Need to change an existing plan? 
JABA Insurance Counselors will again be on hand to offer FREE Medicare counseling through the October 15 to December 7 open enrollment period. Last year, we saved our clients over a half-million dollars — that’s an average of $406 per person! 

Did You Know? How the Mary Williams Community Senior Center Got Its Name

The JABA Mary Williams Community Senior Center is proudly named after Mrs. Mary Williams, who was born in the area, and returned to Charlottesville to live out her "golden years."  She was a nurse, an entrepreneur, a naturalist, a confidant, keeper of family history stories, and promoted staying active in body, mind and spirit. She was, in all things, an advocate for herself and others, which led to her drive to have a place for seniors to go in addition to church and home to gather and remain active. 

JABA's Volunteer Education Series a Success!

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.

JABA Teams Up with Fluvanna County and the Piedmont Housing Alliance to Improve Senior Housing

NBC29 - Fluvanna County is looking to offer more affordable housing for the community's senior citizens.
The county is teaming up with the Piedmont Housing Alliance and Jefferson Area Board of Aging (JABA).
It's using an initial $30,000 planning grant from the department of housing and community development to survey the community's needs. The county says more than 80 percent of people own their own homes, but many of those homes are older and are not design specifically for senior living. 

July/August is Volunteer Recruitment Time at JABA. Sign Up Today!

A simple act of kindness can change the world. It can also change YOUR world for the better. All around you there are people who need a helping hand, and here at JABA we’ve got a number of opportunities for you to make a difference in the lives of area seniors, their families, and caregivers. Throughout the months of July & August we’ll be stepping up our volunteer recruiting efforts. Be on the lookout for our radio ads and social media posts! We’’ll be focusing on five key areas where our needs are most pressing. 

JABA, Attorneys, Law Enforcement Authorities, and Others Team Up to Battle Elder Abuse

Daily Progress. June 15, 2016 -- Several agencies across the state are teaming up to combat the abuse of elderly residents in the city and county.
Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci announced Wednesday that his office has united with local attorneys, law enforcement and others to create the Jefferson Area Coalition to End Elder Abuse.


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