SAW Centers to Distribute Prescription Cards

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.

Staunton Senior Center Members Created Treats for Upcoming Sale

Members at Staunton Senior Center wrapped candies in gold and silver to be put in treat bags and sold at SSC’s upcoming Holiday Bazaar and Yard Sale.

The sale will take place for VPAS members on Friday, Nov. 22 from 9:30am – 1:00pm. There will be handmade items from baby blankets to pillows and more; and second-hand treasures for home and yard.

Please join SSC to see what great gifts, doo-dads and ‘can’t-live-withouts’ you can find!

SAILing into the New Year at Staunton Senior Center

Last week several VPAS employees and one intern attended the leadership training for SAIL which stands for Stay Active & Independent for Life. This exercise program is actually a fall prevention program, but it is not billed as such since seniors sometimes tend to avoid “fall prevention programs” (I’m not old, I don’t fall).

The premise behind the program is that muscle weakness is the number one reason older adults do fall, and if their muscles can be strengthened through strengthening exercises and balance practice and then cardio is added as well, that the end result is fewer falls.

SAIL is an evidence based intervention coming out of Washington state which includes the fitness class designed especially for older adults(best results seen if done three times a week for one hour at a time), as well as educational materials and self-assessments.

The Program Director at Staunton Senior Center is contemplating how the program may be incorporated into the Center’s existing activities. She is slowly introducing the use of cuff weights that were given out as part of the grant through Rockingham Memorial Hospital which hosted the training. Her intent is to gradually introduce the equipment and ideas behind the program so that members will be receptive to a “revamping” of the SSC exercise program to include SAIL. So far the reaction from members has been positive.

Staunton Senior Center Local Council Met Oct. 17

Staunton Senior Center’s local council discussed a number of items at its recent meeting.

Members chose which committee they wanted to work on, as well as deciding that there would be no December meeting, as it is so close to the Christmas holiday.

Center director Lynn Harris updated members on the most recent financial report of donations from center members and others, as well as a close to final balance of the Center being under budget. She also gave a fall dance summary, notice about the upcoming bazaar and an introduction to board recruitment.

This last subject will take most of the next local council meeting in November.

Finally, Shelley Bryant gave an update on the “boomtown” project tentatively titled “In the Mean Time,” which aims to develop a paying membership for very active older adults in Staunton and western Augusta County.