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The Power of Song: JABA's March 2018 Continuum Newsletter

          March 2018 

Continuum is the Jefferson Area Board for Aging's (JABA) monthly e-newsletter. 

The Power of Song: Mountainside's Music & Memory Program Gets a Welcome Boost



The Music & Memory Program at Mountainside Senior Living, designed to help those with memory loss, just got a welcome boost with a $9,000 grant from the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews BandMountainside’s program was launched last April after they became a Music & Memory certified care organization. Research has shown that listening to music has emotional and behavioral benefits for people with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Read more about this great program in last Sunday’s edition of The Daily Progress!


Learn more about the Blue Ridge Neighborhood, Mountainside’s new memory care floor.


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Join JABA at a Summit Roundtable on Ageism in Public Policy

Join JABA, and the Charlottesville Area Alliance, for a Summit Roundtable Discussion at the 7th Annual Tom Tom Festival in Charlottesville this April 11-14, a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. This year, speakers include comedian John Cleese, legendary newsman Dan Rather, Reddit CEO and Cofounder Steve Huffman, and more.   
JABA's CEO Marta Keane, on behalf of the Charlottesville Area Alliance, will be hosting a roundtable conversation on ageism in public policy on Thursday, April 11th with renowned Gerontologist Ayn Welleford (photo above) and others. Friends of JABA and the Alliance get a special $50 discount on Summit badges. Click here to register and get your Summit Badge.

JABA is proud to take part in this event, and we look forward to seeing you there!



Long-Time, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Manager retires

Sue Drumm (right), who has been JABA’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Manager since 2005, retired this week. It’s impossible to count how many people Sue has helped over the years, advocating for long-term care residents and families. She will be deeply missed. And so, of course, we had a Potato Bar farewell party!

Does someone you love live in a long-term care facility such as a nursing home or assisted living? Do they receive community-based care under Medicare? It is important that individuals living in these potentially vulnerable circumstances receive the care they need and are afforded their rights under the law.

Learn more about JABA's Ombudsman Advocacy Services Program




Seniors Embrace Technology at JABA

Learning/Educational Technologists from the Albemarle County Public School System visited JABA’s Mary Williams Community Senior Center and demonstrated a variety of technological tools that are used in the classroom. Our members experimented with a variety of musical apps, iPad support, robot demonstrations, 3-D printers, virtual reality demos, and also iPhone support. It was very interactive, engaging and loads of fun! 

“It was a privilege to spend the afternoon at the Mary Williams Center at JABA exploring tablets, phones, robots, and 3-D printing!” — Stephanie Passman, Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County Public Schools.

Learn more about the exciting activities at JABA’s Community Senior Centers




Community Senior Center & Adult Care Center Members Go Bowling for the First Time

Folks from JABA’s Mary Williams Community Senior Center and Adult Care Center did something last week they’d never done before, but have wanted to for some time. Hit the lanes at Kegler’s! Visit JABA's Facebook page and Twitter to see more photos!


Paint & Sip Event at Mary Williams Center

Many thanks to artist Louisa Cahan, who helped our Mary Williams Community Senior Center members and guests create their own paintings at their first Paint & Sip event last week. It was a packed house and everyone had so much fun! Visit JABA's Facebook page and Twitter to see more photos!


Popular Wills for Seniors Program a Success

Thanks to attorneys and notaries from the Williams Mullen Law Firm in Charlottesville, along with estate attorney Jessica Tiller, for volunteering their time for our Wills for Seniors program last month. Thanks to them, 35 seniors received free estate planning services. Altogether we were able to provide life planning documents (will, power of attorney and advance directive) to people who might not otherwise have been able to afford them. In numbers, we provided services worth an estimated $21,000. Thank you Williams Mullen for your expertise and support for older adults! Sign up for our next Wills for Seniors day later this year by contacting Program Director George Worthington at 434-817-5260 or Spaces are limited. 


JABA Receives $10,000 Grant from Impact1890 for Chronic Disease Program

JABA’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Education program (CDSME), better known as the Live Well, Virginia! program, received a welcome boost from Impact1890, a program of National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS), a faith-based, non-profit ministry that has been providing aid to seniors for more than 125 years. The grant will provide JABA with the opportunity to expand its outreach, create greater awareness about the program, and increase the number of trained volunteer peer leaders. The Live Well, Virginia! CDSME program empowers individuals who have chronic diseases to develop the skills and confidence to self-manage their conditions, leading to improved health and greater independence.

Learn more about the impact of JABA's CDSME program


Caregivers Get Support at Mountainside 

Caregiving can be all-consuming, lonely, and the level of care that a loved one requires can change in an instant. That’s why getting support is so important. And that’s why we’re happy to announce that JABA’s Mountainside Senior Living in Crozet is holding caregiver support meetings. In addition to this, know that there are other options like scheduling a respite stay at Mountainside for your loved one so that you can get a much needed break. Or check out JABA’s Adult Care Centers where great social activities and our professionally-trained and caring staff make for a safe and fun place for your loved one to be during weekdays. Call 434-996-4551 to reserve your seat in the support group.


Creating Partnerships at JABA

The Mary Williams Community Senior Center has joined forces with the Brooks Family YMCA in McIntire Park, and they will travel there on March 22 for a morning walk on the track and a tour of the facility. There are also plans to create a Pickle Ball program at the YMCA for the Center members. In addition, members have been going regularly to CATEC to work with the cosmetology students and get their nails and hair done. Of course, our Centers in Greene County, Louisa County, Nelson County, Scottville, Fluvanna County, and Esmont are also providing great experiences for our members and reaching out to the community. Be sure to check all the JABA Community Senior Center calendars!



JABA Main Office, 674 Hillsdale Drive, Suite 9, Charlottesville, VA 22901 

Phone:  434-817-5222 Fax:  434-817-5230


Continuum is the Jefferson Area Board for Aging's (JABA) monthly e-newsletter. 

David McNair handles publicity, marketing, media relations and social media efforts for JABA.

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