At JABA, our mission is to ensure that individuals and families live better. We believe that living as part of a community promotes healthy aging, so all JABA owned and run living options promote a sense of community. Whether you are seeking independent living or living with assistance, JABA continues to establish and preserve affordable living communities that increase options for living better.
Living as an elder should be an enjoyable part of your life. Why not enjoy yourself as part of a community that learns, plays and works together? At JABA, we have designed our Community Centers and our Adult Care Centers to promote fun and fellowship.
JABA is all about lending support to seniors in need of assistance. Whether that includes basic information, case management, insurance counseling, home delivered meals — or any of the many other available services — we want you to think of JABA as a source of support for you or your loved ones. Most of our support is offered as a gift to those who cannot pay. See individual programs for more details.
JABA is able to do all that it does because of generous volunteers and donors. We value contributions of time as well as dollars and promise to put your talents and your donations to very good use.
In the past five years, government funding has diminished. Luckily, individual and corporate contributions have begun to rise. Your assistance is greatly appreciated and needed.
What’s good for us as we age is good for our entire community — from planning for neighborhood growth, to promoting local foods and collaborating for the best use of resources. This is the philosophy behind JABA’s mission, “to promote, establish and preserve sustainable communities for healthy aging that benefit individuals and families of all ages.”
Change at Helm for Area Institution
March 07, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHANGE AT THE HELM FOR AREA INSTITUTION
JABA begins search as its CEO of 30 years, Gordon Walker, announces plans to transition to consulting, new projects.
Charlottesville, VA (March 7, 2012)—- JABA (the Jefferson Area Board for Aging) announced today that its CEO since 1982, Gordon Walker, will leave his post in early 2013 in order to work on special projects with the agency. This will be only the third change in leadership for the area agency on aging since its founding in 1975.
“Few organizations are as fortunate as JABA to have had a leader with Gordon’s exceptional talents to guide it for 30 years,“ said M.E. (Dick) Gibson, Jr., Chair of JABA’s Board of Directors. “It is thanks to his leadership that JABA enjoys financial stability and is recognized nationally as a model for meeting the challenges of our aging society. JABA will continue to build on his success with the support of its staff, volunteers, donors and the community-at-large.“
JABA’s board has officially launched the search for the agency’s next CEO. The exact date of the hand over is yet to be determined. Gordon Walker has agreed to remain active with JABA after the transition, serving as a consultant to the board. In addition, he will continue on the board of the new Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in Charlottesville, which JABA is co-sponsoring with the University of Virginia and Riverside Health System.
JABA’s leadership predicts a smooth transition. “JABA is governed by a board of directors that has broad representation from local jurisdictions, the medical and elder care professions, and from business,“ said Donald Pamenter, member of JABA’s Board of Directors and Chair of the Selection Committee. “Many of those on the board have served JABA for long periods of time, providing strength and continuity to the organization.“
About Gordon Walker
Gordon Walker has been the chief executive officer of the Jefferson Area Board for Aging since 1982, presiding over all the operations, finances, and development activities of JABA and its nine subsidiaries. He is an adjunct professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia. He has served as president of several local and state nonprofit organizations and was chair of the Albemarle County School Board. In 1995 and again in 2005, Gordon was appointed to the White House Conference on Aging as a representative for the State of Virginia. Prior to his tenure at JABA, he was associate director of the Georgia State University Gerontology Center, a legislative aide to the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging and deputy director of the Vermont Department of Aging. He holds a Master of Science in City Planning and Urban Studies from San Diego State University and has a certificate in gerontology from Georgia State University.
JABA (the Jefferson Area Board for Aging) serves the city of Charlottesville, and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. JABA cares about all aspects of senior and intergenerational welfare. The nonprofit organization works to promote, establish and preserve sustainable communities for healthy aging that benefit individuals and families of all ages.
For information on JABA and answers to other aging related questions, contact JABA at (434) 817-5222 or visit the website www.jabacares.org. News about JABA can also be found on Twitter @JABAcares, on Facebook at JABA Charlottesville and the JABA blog at www.jabacares.wordpress.com.
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