July 30, 2018 -- JABA (the Jefferson Area Board for Aging) announces that the Dementia Care Coordination Program has been honored with an Aging Innovations Award by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). The awards program is supported by WellCare Health Plans. The Dementia Care Coordination Program was among 45 local aging programs to receive honors at the n4a Annual Conference & Trade show, July 28–August 1 in Chicago, IL. JABA’s program was one of the top four highest-scoring Innovations Award winners and received a $500 cash prize.
July 2018 — Congratulations to the JABA Adult Care Centers and Mountainside Senior Living for being recognized by Our Health magazine’s 4th Annual Senior Living Awards. The Adult Care Centers in Charlottesville and Louisa received 1st Place in the Adult Day Care Center category and Mountainside was recognized as 3rd place winner in the Assisted Living category.
Daily Progress - July 26, 2018 - Greene County senior citizens are getting an extra day at the senior center thanks to a budget increase in the county’s fiscal year 2019 budget. The county approved a 27 percent increase to the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, bringing the budget total to $112,546, allowing it to add a third day of services per week beginning Aug. 9 at its Stanardsville senior center.
Daily Progress, June 24, 2018 - Marta Keane, CEO of the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, said the numbers reinforce what the group already knows: the increase in Albemarle seniors is slowing slightly, and growth in surrounding counties is continuing.
May 25, 2018 -- NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -
In an effort to better serve people in Nelson County, the Schuyler Baptist Church, the model for the fictional church in the TV series "The Waltons," will house a community senior center.
The Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) celebrated the grand opening of the Schuyler Community Senior Center Friday. JABA says with Nelson being a large county, the new site gives people additional places to enjoy activities closer to their own community.
May 8, 2018 - Toscano said with the growing elderly population, it is important to focus on these issues now. He also said that government cannot do it alone."We need to try to assist them. Government can do some of that and a lot of it has to happen in the community, so it's a nice combination of folks giving back to the community, as well as the state and the government helping out where they can," he said.
The Dementia Care Coordination Program, a partnership between the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, the University of Virginia’s Memory and Aging Care Clinic and the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, won the $2,000 third place “Best Practices” award from the Commonwealth Council on Aging, which called the program “a model for integrated and coordinated care for individuals with dementia and their caregivers.”
Across the country, older Americans – a rapidly growing population – are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they are giving back to make enrich their communities. They’re working and volunteering, mentoring and learning, leading and engaging.
Mountainside Senior Living's Administrator Sharon Britt on the recently aired CBS 60 Minutes feature on Alzheimer’s.
For those of you viewing this ongoing report from CBS/60 minutes it gives us a glimpse of what it is like to be a full time caregiver to a loved one with Alzheimer disease. There is a reason they call it “the long goodbye”.
April 17, 2018 (NBC29) - One of the amendments to the newly finalized budget set aside $50,000 for a new dementia care unit at Mountainside Senior Living.
When you think of iPods or other MP3 players, you picture kids and young people glued to the little screens, earplugs in, zoning out to their favorite videos or music. And perhaps a few eye rolls and frustrated sighs from parents and teachers. However, for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, these devices, which can hold thousands of songs, are helping to bring back lost memories and improve lives.
JABA’s Blue Ridge Neighborhood at Mountainside Senior Living recently completed the renovation of a beautiful new memory care floor. Already the largest non-profit affordable assisted living in the area, Mountainside can now offer affordable memory care services as well.
Why is that exciting and important news?
MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT: JABA and Charlottesville Area Alliance partners to discuss mission of becoming an age-friendly community
Senior Statesmen of Virginia meeting
Act now! There are only 30 appointments available for life planning services consisting of a simple will, durable power of attorney and/or an advance medical directive. Documents prepared on-site by Williams Mullens attorneys. And it's ALL FREE! Appointments filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You or your loved one will also need time to get documents in order before the appointment, so don’t delay!
Daily Progress. December 1, 2017 — As the middle child in a family with three girls, growing up in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua, Samanta Lacayo Trujillo says she was always having to fight for attention. Today, the 29-year-old entrepreneur fights for the rights of elders in her country so they can get the attention and support they deserve — and she credits her early struggles for preparing her for that.
November 15, 2017
Twice is Nice, the resale boutique located in Preston Plaza in Charlottesville, is pledging $125,000 to Mountainside Senior Living in Crozet, Virginia. The pledge will go toward a $400,000 renovation of Mountainside Senior Living’s third floor, which will be transformed into a much needed memory care community to serve those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR), November 6, 2017 --
A recent report on local media said that people across Central Virginia are "shocked and worried” about the rising cost of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, as open enrollment for the coverage began on November 1. The report suggested the Affordable Care Act was no longer affordable.
If you’re one of those folks who typically waits until the last minute to do things, when it comes to signing up for affordable health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) this year —— or reviewing and renewing your current plan — you may want to change that habit.
Estate planning procrastination can severely limit your medical and financial options in later life, and so planning early is important to keeping your independence. But lawyers can be expensive for some seniors, and many people simply don’t like thinking about these issues…and so its easy to put of. But it can really make a difference in the lives of seniors, and their families and caregivers, and JABA hopes to shine a light on this issue and our Wills for Seniors Program.
Medicare Open Enrollment
Amanda Deaton, a gift planning coordinator with University Advancement, said this is her first Day of Caring on the giving side; she staffed a carnival at the Jefferson Area Board for Aging for about 30 senior citizens and 30 preschoolers. Deaton had worked for years with a non-profit child care operation in Staunton, where Day of Caring volunteers would paint, clean and do landscaping work.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond comes to Victory Hall in Scottsville for presentation to JABA's Scottsville and Esmont Senior Centers
Seniors from JABA’s Scottsville and Esmont Community Senior Centers are coming together for a unique cultural event. Art and Design Educator Margaret Hancock, who works with the VMFA to help tell stories of art exhibitions and bring artwork to life, will give a talk about the intersections between music and visual art.
JABA Insurance Counseling Mobile Units will be available during Medicare Open Enrollment, October 15 to December 7. Click here to find one near you! Note: those seeking coverage under the Affordable Care Act will also be served by the mobile units.
Crozet Gazette, September 8, 2017 — Mountainside Senior Living, a 105-bed assisted living facility in downtown Crozet, will convert its entire third floor to a secure dementia unit containing 20 beds, according to Marta Keene, executive director of the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, which operates the facility with the aim of keeping affordable senior care available. The unit is expected to open in February of 2018, she said.
Once again the folks at JABA’s Greene County Community Senior Center will be rockin’ ( rocking’ chairs, that is) to raise funds to support the center. So why not sponsor a Greene Rocker this year? There will also be a bake sale and clothing sale. And a $5 lunch menu of hotdogs, baked beans, chips and a drink. All proceeds will support the Greene County Community Senior Center. For more information, or to sponsor a rocker, call JABA Greene Center manager at 434-985-2047.
When it came time for people in Charlottesvile to choose the best non-profits in the area for Best of C-Ville 2017 they had a lot to choose from. Charlottesville’s Center for Non-Profit Excellence, which provides resources for area non-profits, lists 231 members in its non-profit member directory.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Charlottesville, Albemarle County Accepted Into AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities
One in Four: With Virginia aging population expected to double, Charlottesville Area Alliance, local governments, take action.
JABA New to Medicare Classes guides you through the Medicare Enrollment Process to help you avoid any of the possible Medicare penalties. We give you information on supplemental health plans and help you understand the costs of Medicare and what is covered.
The winners of OurHealth Charlottesville & Shenandoah Valley Magazine's Senior Living Awards have just been announced, and JABA was a big winner! Check it out:
JABA is seeking volunteers for its new Friendly Visitor Program to Individuals with Dementia, part of the Dementia Care Coordination Program, a partnership between JABA and the University of Virginia’s Memory and Aging Care Clinic, made possible by a $1 million federal grant to the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). The program works to connect individuals with early stage memory loss to resources to sustain quality of life and maintain their ability to live at home.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - 6/21/2017 - Thanks to a knitting group with the Women’s Initiative in Charlottesville, seniors at the Jefferson Area Board for Aging have a new way to combat their anxiety.
As our senior population continues to grow, so too will the need for specialized services to treat Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
June 6, 2017 -- During his comments at the 2017 Virginia Governor's Conference on Aging last month, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe highlighted and applauded the Pen Pal Program between members of JABA’s Mary Williams Community Senior Center and second-grade students at Burnley-Moran Elementary School.