The LOA is very blessed to have been among those worthwhile organizations that received funds from the Community Foundation of Southwest Virginia for elderly services. The LOA was awarded a $100,000 grant to fund its respite services which include, Assisted Transportation, Homemaker, Vital Services Transportation and Meals on Wheels.
Congratulations to this great group of seniors! In April they completed their A Matter of Balance workshop series at Richfield. A Matter of Balance is an 8-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.
Did you know?
Have you heard about Extra Help provided through Medicare that helps seniors with limited income receive their medicine “premium free” with no deductibles and co-payments as low as $3.40 ? Are you aware of all the Medicare covered preventive services that are available to seniors?  
 
Are your seniors or caregivers and family members of seniors aware that during the Open Enrollment period October 15th through December 7th anyone currently enrolled in Medicare may sign up for a Part D Prescription drug card or anyone that currently has a drug plan and is dissatisfied may switch to a new insurance company and possibly save hundreds of dollars? Start preparing now!
 
According to a survey by True Link Financial, older Americans are criminally defrauded of $12.76 billion dollars annually . This includes identity theft and all those crazy scams you hear about but smugly think it will never work on you. Recent studies have shown that health care fraud is bigger business than drug dealing with billions of taxpayer dollars lost each year.
 
Areas of service where Medicare fraud can be committed include: home health services, durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers, pharmacies, nursing homes, physicians’ practices, hospitals, laboratories, hospice services and transportation providers.
 
If your church, civic, or other group would like further information on these and other important issues affecting seniors in our area call Shannon Abell at the LOA to arrange for a presentation.
 
For more information about Medicare or other programs and services of the Local Office on Aging, call (540) 345-0451, in the Roanoke Valley, (540) 962-0465 in the Alleghany Highlands and (540) 966-1094 in Botetourt County.

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Local Office on Aging, Inc.
4932 Frontage Road
PO Box 14205
Roanoke, VA 24038
Roanoke ................... 540-345-0451
Alleghany Highlands 540-962-0465
Botetourt Co. ........... 540-966-1094
Craig County ............ 540-864-6031