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 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!
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’s fall dance had many good things going for it, the committee decided. They included Center members at the event, transportation provided for members, a terrific poster, great decorations (nice and simple to assemble and take down), fabulous food, and the military display of local soldiers from WWII was well received.
Challenges to meet next year included making sure advertising took place in the local papers, especially the GO! magazine; making sure the schedule is such that there are no other major events in competition with the dance; advertising, advertising, advertising; consideration of changing venues in order to include beer and wine; and increasing the ticket cost.
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.
Staunton Senior Center Local Council will meet at 4 p.m. to discuss the upcoming year’s committees and projects. In November, the council will look into ways of recruiting new members as two council members have retired.
- Do you know if your Medicare Part D drug plan is giving you the best pricing on your medications?
- How much can you save by switching Part D or Medicare Advantage plans?
Get answers to these questions during Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment period Oct. 15-Dec. 7. Trained and certified insurance counselors are available at the Staunton Senior Center to give you personalized information about your medication costs and which Part D plan is best for you in 2014.
They can also provide information about copays and other out-of-pocket costs for the 2014 Medicare Advantage plans. Insurance counselors are part of the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP) and do not sell insurance or endorse any company.
The service is free of charge but the program has experienced a significant funding cut. Donations are gratefully accepted to keep the program going and are tax-deductible.
Call 540-949-7141 to schedule a Medicare Open Enrollment appointment.
The past year has moved by quickly as the Community Quilters has been meeting every second and fourth Monday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the conference room at Staunton Senior Center. The group, headed by Brenda Bruce, normally consists of about five or six women; they are most fruitful and have a great time of fellowship as they carefully place fabric squares, creating gorgeous pieces.
Community Quilters’ most recent accomplishment is a beautiful queen size quilt that is pieced from half-square triangles which will be raffled this fall to benefit SSC in connection with the Holiday Bazaar to be held in late November. Currently the ladies are working on a twin size quilt made of colorful flower blocks.
All of the group’s projects are charity quilts either for the Center to sell or raffle or to give to other organizations such as the women’s shelter or Veterans hospitals. The fabric, batting, and other materials are donated to SSC. Community Quilters welcomes all levels of sewing experience as they learn from each other, working at a craft they love. Extra sewing machines are available, so anyone wishing to join need not bring a machine.
Tuesday, Oct. 1 was quite the busy day at Staunton Senior Center when 16 members, staff, and volunteers took advantage of the flu shot clinic offered by CVS, while 12 people received blood pressures checks.
Two of the seven visiting UVa nursing students led exercise, while the program director coordinated the screenings and saw to it that members got off to senior Bingo. The students aided in a myriad of other ways at the Center, teaming up with two seniors after lunch for a mad Scrabble challenge, winning the hearts of all involved of course!
Wednesday, Oct. 2 saw 25 members, staff, and volunteers traveling to the JMU Convocation Center for the annual Senior Prom, with the theme being safari. Dressed as safari guides and various animals, all had a glorious time dancing the time away and feasting on yummy sandwiches and cookies. Although no one from the group won a door prize or received best costume or dancing award, everyone agreed that this yearly outing is a must!
Many members turned out to enjoy the festivities at Staunton Senior Center on Sept. 26, which was September Birthday Celebration Day as well as Red Hat Day with the signature red and purple adorning most members and staff.
Carol Byrd from the YMCA led exercise, incorporating the Hokey Pokey twice, which was a lot of fun. For the non-exercisers, card games and dominoes were in full swing, and then there was the health program by Shelly Lam of Kings Daughters Health and Rehabilitation Center entitled “Staying Healthy Over 50: How to Feel Young and Live Life to the Fullest”. One of the newest Center members won the Red Hat Day drawing, a wonderful three in one prize of gift bag, vase, and skin cream.
Birthday cake was part of the celebration of course, with a rendition of Happy Birthday sung to the two birthday girls led by High on the Mountain Boys, the post-lunch entertainment.
All in all it was a great day to be at SSC!
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