SAAA receives grant to expand programs

The local Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging will receive $26,950 in grant funding to expand their programs.

Roberta Lauder, director of resource development for Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, said funding will help them expand workshops to help caregivers and persons diagnosed with dementia.

“The funds will allow SAAA to provide workshops for at least 96 more individuals dealing with chronic disease, including early dementia, heart or lung disease, asthma, arthritis, migraines, HIV, diabetes, Crohn’s disease or any other illness that affects daily life,” she said.

The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services that helps older Virginians with chronic diseases won a $900,000 grant to expand across the commonwealth.

The two-year grant begins Aug. 1 and will expand programs to all 25 Area Agencies on Aging, including the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging.

Lauder said funding will allow for 10 chronic disease self-management workshops. Four workshops will be located in Warren County, three in Shenandoah County and three in Page County.

“Workshops are scheduled on an ongoing basis as soon as enough participants are identified in a county,” she said.

A Leaders Training is also scheduled for 32 hours over four days in late August and early September in Front Royal, she added for evidence-based chronic disease self-management program.

The training class will include the topics of nutrition and physical activity, making informed treatment decisions, dealing with difficult emotions, understanding medication and speaking with your healthcare provider.

In the 32 hours of training, you can be certified as a leader through Stanford University. Each workshop is led by two certified leaders and consists of six workshops, held one morning or afternoon a week.

The workshops are scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 25-26 and Sept. 1-2 in the Conference Room of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging at 207 Mosby Lane in Front Royal and are free to attend.

For more information on the training class or to register, contact Charity Michael at 540-551-5696.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com