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Live

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.

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Enjoy

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.

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Support

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.

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Give

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.

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Learn

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.”

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Wills for Seniors Program Honored

July 21, 2014

“WILLS FOR SENIORS” PROGRAM HONORED FOR INNOVATION

N4A presents 2014 Innovation Award to free estate planning program,  hosted by Williams Mullen and JABA, for seniors with low-income.

Charlottesville - JABA’s “Wills for Seniors” program brings together a team of legal professionals who volunteer to meet privately with seniors to prepare important legal documents, such as wills, power of attorney, and advance medical directives. Since the program was launched, legal services valued at $300,000 have been provided to more than 300 local, low-income older adults. This year, the program was honored by The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) with an Innovation Award handed out at the organization’s annual conference in Dallas, Texas, July 12-16.

“Successful aging means having choices in life, such as independence and control,” says Marta Keane, CEO of JABA. “Estate planning provides people with dignity and empowerment by allowing them to express their wishes in the truest and most permanent sense. Because of this, we are particularly grateful for our partnership with attorneys at Williams Mullen who, with assistance from UVA law students, donate 100 percent of their time, providing more than $300,000 in legal services to seniors who typically had no previous access to estate planning.”

“JABA provides an important service to a population that otherwise could become vulnerable,” says Andy Nea, Pro Bono Partner at Williams Mullen. “Their hard work and commitment make them deserving of this prestigious award, and Williams Mullen will continue to proudly support them in their mission through our pro bono work.”

About Wills for Seniors

JABA hosts Central Virginia Wills for Seniors in partnership with the law firm of Williams Mullen. The day-long event is designed to provide local people of low income who are 60 or older the opportunity to complete a basic estate plan at no cost to the recipients. The service includes a basic will, power of attorney, and advance medical directive.  To be eligible applicants must be 60 or older, meet income eligibility requirement, and live in the City of Charlottesville or Albemarle,  Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa or Nelson County.

Since its inauguration in July 2010, Central Virginia Wills for Seniors has hosted nine estate planning clinics. In addition to the free estate planning documents, the legal staffs educate participants on the importance of pre-planning property distribution, burial desires, legal and moral obligations of heirs, guardianship for children and a caregiver for pets.

The next session of Central Virginia Wills for Seniors is scheduled for Thursday, September 18. For information on the program, JABA, or answers to aging related questions, contact JABA at (434) 817-5222 or visit the website www.jabacares.org.

David McNair

Writer/Producer

JABA

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Charlottesville, VA 22901

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