Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) Leader Training is scheduled for May 22, 23, 29 and 30 at the VPAS Corporate office located at 325 Pine Avenue in Waynesboro.
CDSMP Leader Training will also be offered July 11, 12, 18 and 19 at Price Rotary Senior Center, 305 South Dogwood Drive in Harrisonburg.
Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) Leader Training will be held in Staunton for CDSMP Leaders who would like to be cross trained in DSMP. Tentative dates are September 10 and 11.
If you know of anyone interested in becoming a CDSMP or DSMP Leader, please have them contact CDSME Coordinator at 540-829-8567 or email email@example.com.
Leader Registration forms are also available online at http://valleycdsme.com.
“You Can! Live Well!” Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Workshops
Staunton Senior Center
Thursdays, July 25 through August 29 10:30 – 1:45
300 Churchville Ave., Staunton
To register call 540-480-9804
Two staff members in the SAW Region have moved into new roles with VPAS. Former Director of Senior Services Jenn Chestnut has been promoted to the role of Chief Administrative Officer for VPAS, and will oversee daily operations of the organization over all four regions. Former Waynesboro Senior Center Director Janice Gentry was then promoted into the Director of Senior Services position for the SAW Region. This leaves an open position in the Waynesboro Senior Center Director role. Applications are being accepted from qualified candidates until May 3.
Every year the SAW Region participates in the national Mayors for Meals Day sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America. On a designated day in March, hundreds of local government officials across the United States deliver Meals on Wheels in conjunction with their local Meals on Wheels organization. March for Meals Day 2013 is March 20. This is a great opportunity for local officials to serve and converse with meal recipients directly and a great way to showcase one of the most utilized services the Centers provide.
In Staunton, Mayor Lacy King and three city councilmen, James Harrington, Bruce Elder and Erik D. Curren, delivered meals with volunteers from Staunton Senior Center (SSC). The men rode to homes throughout Staunton along with seasoned Meals on Wheels volunteers Tim and Brenda Bruce, Steve Moore, Tom and Shirley Baird, and Alice Patter.
“I was very impressed with the devotion of the volunteers, and the amount of support (SSC) receives,” said Curren, who participated for the first time this week. “It seemed like (Meals on Wheels) filled a real need.”
In Waynesboro, Mayor Bruce Allen and city councilmen Frank Lucente delivered meals with volunteers from Waynesboro Senior Center. Another councilmen Mike Harris was unable to participate but has pledged to deliver meals another day.
We appreciate our local government officials taking time out of their busy schedules to participate in this annual event.
The Annual Reports for the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Region of the Valley Program for Aging Services for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 are now online.
Virginia residents have begun receiving fraudulent calls involving Medicare cards. The State VICAP office at DARS has received at least 10 calls since January 3 from Medicare beneficiaries regarding calls asking them to verify their personal information in order to receive their new Medicare card. Specifically, the callers are asking beneficiaries to verify their bank account and social security numbers as well as their address.
Medicare does not call beneficiaries asking to verify bank account and social security numbers in order to receive new cards. A beneficiary must call Medicare, or go online, to request a new card.
The DARS office has been referring these calls to the Attorney General’s office. The public relations director for DARS is working with the Attorney General’s office to develop a press release alerting Virginia’s beneficiaries to this situation.
If any VPAS staff member or volunteer hears that a Medicare beneficiary or their caregiver has reported receiving such a call, please refer them to the Medicare Fraud line at 1-800-633-4227.
Living with diabetes can mean a constant struggle to lose weight, count carbohydrates, control blood sugar, and avoid problems. It can leave you feeling tired and depressed and unable to do the things you love. Make sure YOU are in charge—not your diabetes.
A free, online Better Choices, Better Health®—Diabetes workshop can help. Sign up at: www.RestartLiving.org/Diabetes
Developed and tested at Stanford University, a Better Choices, Better Health®—Diabetes workshop can help you:
Gain the skills to manage problems like glucose monitoring and medication records.
Learn to handle difficult emotions like stress and guilt.
Communicate better with family, friends and your medical team.
Benefit from the support of others who understand what you’re going through.
Online, Easy to Follow, On Your Schedule
Log on when you want to—in the morning, the afternoon, evening, whenever works for you.
Participate from any computer with an Internet connection, even a dial-up connection.
Join a group of 25 people in each workshop, with new sessions posted each week for six weeks.
Participate in group problem-solving and other guided exercises.
Set your own goals and make a step-by-step action plan to help you feel better.