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.”
JABA’s CEO Honored for Outstanding Leadership
July 30, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JABA’s CEO Honored for Outstanding Leadership
Charlottesville, VA (July 11, 2012)—- The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) recently bestowed its President’s Award for Leadership in the Aging Network to Gordon Walker, Chief Executive Officer of the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) in Charlottesville, VA, The n4a President’s Award annually honors a person who has helped to advance the mission of the organization, which is “to build the capacity of its members to help older persons and persons with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.“ The award was presented during the n4a Annual Conference & Tradeshow, July 7-11, in Denver, CO.
In presenting the 2012 award, n4a President Dawn Simonson said, “Gordon Walker has a collaborative spirit, as shown in his 30 years of experience holding public meetings and hearings. Through these, he has learned the needs of diverse populations as key stakeholders and used this knowledge to work with targeted communities and neighborhoods.“
Commissioner Jim Rothrock of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services added, “Gordon has that rare combination of an entrepreneurial brain and a social worker’s heart and this has allowed him to make his program a national model.“
The CEO of the Jefferson Area Board for Aging since 1982, Gordon Walker has served as president of several local and state nonprofits, chairing the Albemarle County School Board, and serving as a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia. At the national level, he served as a legislative aide to the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging, and was appointed twice to the White House Conference on Aging as a representative for the State of Virginia.
A true innovator, Walker worked with Just Partners, Inc. in 2007 to create a “Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Memorial Stadium, which helped establish a unique, urban, affordable, care-sensitive and cost-effective community of older adults with limited financial means. He also oversaw the development of four multi-agency community centers in Planning District 10, and co-authored the 2020 Plan - Aging in Community, a blueprint for developing livable communities of all ages.
n4a is the leading voice on aging issues for Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) across the country and a champion for Title VI Native American aging programs. n4a’s primary mission is to build the capacity of its members to help older persons and persons with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long possible (www.n4a.org / www.facebook.com/n4aACTION).
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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