VPAS Augusta News
The week of December 2-6 was Christmas Week at Staunton Senior Center as every day brought its own special holiday flair. After the Christmas parade on Monday evening, Tuesday brought the Women of Hope duo who presented “An Olde English Christmas: Carols of Our Heritage”, followed by a seasonal craft.
Wednesday found a small, cozy gathering in the “living room” as Christmas carols and songs were strummed on the guitar by Teresa Whitesell, and members joined in with the singing. Diane & Company Tap Dancers entertained with their showy Christmas program after lunch, and then on Thursday forty-three members, staff, and volunteers met at the Wood Grill in Harrisonburg for the traditional SSC holiday meal.
On Friday students from Stuart Hall School blitzed through the Center, going crazy decking the halls with the finest. Decorators love those wide window sills! To further cheer a drab, rainy, cold Friday, story teller Anne Paulus enthralled with her story and led a gorgeous Christmas craft, turning simple pine cones into golden beauties with glitter, ribbon, and cinnamon sticks. What a splendid way to end a simply fantabulous week!
Finley Memorial Presbyterian Church Women have once again spearheaded a holiday outreach project to benefit seniors in the SAW Region.
They have been doing this for many years. It started as a project to buy gifts requested by specific seniors in need. Over time, they switched to providing Wal-Mart gift cards that are distributed by the Case Managers to individuals in particular need.
Thanks to donations from members of the church, our Case Managers will be able to provide some extra holiday assistance and cheer to seniors in need in our community.
The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce has offered discount prescription cards to people in the Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta area for several years.
While these cards are not insurance cards, but discount cards, they would be presented at the pharmacy when you drop off or pickup your prescription just like an insurance card. Individuals that don’t have prescription coverage can use them to reduce their costs for prescription drugs.
Individuals who do have prescription insurance coverage, can also use them as sometimes the prices offered by the Chamber discount card is better than the cost resulting from the person’s insurance coverage.
A Valley Program for Aging Services staff member who has been using this card for the past year, reports significant savings. The Staunton and Waynesboro Senior Centers will be distribution points for the cards to the public this year.
These cards do not expire, so if a person has one from a previous year, they do not need to get a new one.
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Steering Committee for the SAW Region met on Nov. 20 at Augusta Regional Free Clinic.
Regional Director Janice Gentry shared news of a recent donation from the Waynesboro Lions Club for a future Diabetes Self Management Program (DSMP) Workshop in Waynesboro and a grant request that was submitted to Augusta Health for the purposes of expanding the DSMP program in our area. The decision on the grant request is expected at the beginning of December.
Chronic Disease Self Management Education Coordinator Joyce Nussbaum gave a report on the final numbers from the previous year, our goals for the current year, and how many workshops and completers we’ve had so far.
A Leader Reunion and Refreshers program was scheduled for Feb. 25, 2014 from 6p -8p at Augusta Regional Free Clinic.
The meal will be provided by Home Instead Senior Care followed by refresher training led by Joyce. The next meeting of the Steering Committee is set for Feb. 11, 2014, at 2:30p.m. at Waynesboro Senior Center.
The Waynesboro City Council met on Nov. 13 and approved VPAS’ request to be exempted from Personal Property taxes.
This request was initially considered at a public hearing in October, with the final vote on Nov. 13. This will save VPAS $3100 for this tax year. Savings in future years will depend on the amount of personal property (mainly vehicles) that VPAS owns in the City of Waynesboro at that time.
The News Virginian newspaper included an article about this vote in their Nov. 15 newspaper, but it can’t be found on their website. In that article they have some incorrect figures on the amount of the federal funding cuts VPAS has experienced, but otherwise it’s accurate.
Don Short is a member of the WSC Local Council and is also active in the Waynesboro Lions Club. He recognized that the Lions Club, which has an outreach focus of improving vision, could be interested in supporting the VPAS Diabetes Self Management (DSMP) program, as diabetes is a risk factor for vision issues.
He had invited Joyce Nussbaum, VPAS’ Chronic Disease Self Management Education (CDSME) Coordinator, to speak to their organization at their Oct. 22 meeting about DSMP.
Subsequently, the Waynesboro Lions Club board voted to donate up to $400 to VPAS for a DSMP workshop to be held in Waynesboro before the end of June 2014.
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