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Mountainside’s Music & Memory Program helps dementia patients access musical memories

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.

Why You Should Select an Assisted Living Community That Offers Specialized Memory Care

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? 

Generation Us: Adult care centers offer safety, engagement and socialization

Daily Progress, December 29, 2017 -- When Lucy Garrison and her sisters suggested to their mother, Katherine Garrison, that she start going to JABA’s Adult Care Center, she — like so many older adults who need assistance — was at first reluctant to leave her home. But they already had been dealing with their mother’s physical problems from a stroke for more than a decade, had their own families and work lives to consider, and had begun to worry about her spending so much time alone in her condition.
 

Act Now! Wills for Seniors Program accepting appointments for FREE life planning services

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!

Generation Us: Nicaraguan senior advocate makes most of time with JABA

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.

Local Resale Boutique Pledges $125,000 to Mountainside Senior Living in Crozet

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.

One Day Only! JABA Offers FREE life planning services on November 1

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.

UVA Employees Take a Day of Caring to Help JABA and the community

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.

Crozet’s Mountainside Senior Living Adds Dementia Unit

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.

Rock-A-Thon Fundraiser - JABA Greene County Community Senior Center

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.

JABA’s New Friendly Visitor Program to Individuals with Dementia

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.

Generation Us: Community health initiatives benefit all ages

Daily Progress, May 26, 2017 — One of the four priorities identified in the 2016 MAPP2Health report is to foster a healthy and connected community. The goal is to “increase well-being across the lifespan by supporting education, prevention, advocacy and evidence-based programming.” We can reach this goal by working “upstream” and collaborating with community partners to support their ongoing work.

Generation Us: Volunteering with seniors builds friendships and confidence

Daily Progress, April 27, 2017 -- Picture this: a room filled with a dozen people, in lines and in step to the music. Since the room is at the Senior Center, it might not surprise you that the average participant is older than 60. What might surprise you is that one of these line dancers is a 20-year-old college student, having the time of her life, dancing with her adopted grandmother.

Aging Alliance officially endorsed by local governments

Charlottesville Tomorrow - March 6, 2017 — An umbrella organization created to boost awareness of senior issues has been formally endorsed by both the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and Charlottesville City Council.
 
“By 2024, our area will have one in four people over the age of 65,” said Marta Keane, CEO of the Jefferson Area Board for Aging and an organizer behind the new Charlottesville Area Alliance.
 

Generation Us: Home-delivered meals offer nutritious options

Daily Progress - February 17, 2017 -- Hunger and malnourishment among seniors in America is no joke. The American Academy of Family Physicians has reported that nearly 4 million seniors suffer from malnourishment, and the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger says that 1 senior in 7 is at risk to the threats of hunger. In many cases, this is caused not by poverty, but by seniors not being able to feed themselves — either because they live alone and have trouble cooking or going out to shop, or don’t have the close support of family and caregivers.

Generation Us: Club Yancey, JABA unite children and seniors to form community

Daily Progress, Feb. 3, 2017 --You see it on their faces and in their body language as the kids enter the lunchroom where the seniors have been waiting for them. The children are clustered in small groups by the door, fidgeting, whispering to each other, smiling and excited, then quickly fanning out to greet the elders of this small community they have come to know and love.

Intergenerational Pen Pals Meet for the First Time

Students in Rachel Caldwell’s class at Burnley-Moran Elementary School in Charlottesville, Virginia were paired as pen pals with seniors at the Jefferson Area Board for Aging’s Mary Williams Community Senior Center (located at the Jefferson School) in November 2015. The program, which was started by Caldwell, has allowed the students to ask their pen pals questions about who they are, what they like and whatever else comes to mind.  Two month later, the pen pals got to meet each other for the first time on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

 

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