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Office: (276) 964-4915
Toll-Free: (800) 656-2272
Fax: (276) 963-0130
Email: cpatton@aasc.org

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AllCARE for Seniors Participants Continue to Wow with Artwork


Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens AllCARE for Seniors PACE participants were big winners are the Russell County Fair. The participants worked diligently on a beautiful hand painted canvas that snagged not only the first place ribbon, but the Grand Champion ribbon at the Russell County Fair art show.

The participants designed and completed the canvas during their time in therapy at the Adult Day Care facility in Cedar Bluff with the assistance of Cindy Smith, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and the PACE therapy group. Occupational Therapy is a perfect setting for this type of exercise because painting uses techniques to engage the patient while exercising their cognitive, visual and sensory skills. Cindy has worked diligently with PACE participants to expand their artistic abilities and showcase their unique talents.

“We are thrilled to be able to share the talents of our amazing seniors with the community. Often times, the unique abilities of our area seniors are forgotten. I am so proud of the staff for their unending encouragement to our seniors, urging them to continue their hobbies and finding venues to showcase their amazing works. Working with the PACE participants is one of the greatest blessings because every day they teach us all something new.” stated Regina Sayers, Executive Director of AASC.

AllCARE for Seniors is a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) under the umbrella of Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens. PACE is a long-term care solution for individuals who need help taking care of themselves at home. PACE programs provide health care and social services for older adults who need nursing home services but want to continue living with in their homes and communities. For more information concerning AllCARE for Seniors PACE, please contact 276.964.4915.

AASC is one of Virginia’s 25 Area Agencies on Aging designated by the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services to carry out the department’s mission to foster the dignity, independence and security of older Virginians by promoting partnerships with communities at the local level. AASC offers information and services for older adults residing in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties. Visit the organization’s website at www.aasc.org or call toll-free at 1-800-656-2272.


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AASC to Serve as West Virginia Flood Relief Drop-off


Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens will be accepting donations for victims of the flooding in West Virginia to be delivered on Friday, July 1, 2016 in the afternoon. Donations can be dropped off to the main office in the Wardell Industrial Park until Friday morning. The main office is open from 8:00am-4:30pm Monday through Friday. AASC staff will deliver the donated items to individuals in the affected areas. Items in need are as follows:

  • Baby formula/bottles
  • Baby wipes/diapers
  • Adult diapers
  • Rubber gloves
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Paper towels, toilet paper
  • Clorox, Lysol, mops, buckets
  • Water
  • Large trash bags (Black, Contractor preferable)
  • Blankets
  • Canned food, non-perishable

At this time, no clothing is needed. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Thank you for your assistance. All help is appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Chase Meade-Patton at 276.964.4915.

AASC is one of Virginia’s 25 Area Agencies on Aging designated by the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services to carry out the department’s mission to foster the dignity, independence and security of older Virginians by promoting partnerships with communities at the local level. AASC offers information and services for older adults residing in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties. Visit the organization’s website at www.aasc.org or call toll-free at 1-800-656-2272.


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Farm Market Fresh Program Helps Low-Income Seniors Buy Fresh Fruits and Veggies


Low-income seniors in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties may sign up for the Farm Market Fresh program starting June 1, 2016. Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens (AASC) administers the program in these counties.

Individuals who have participated in the program in the past must complete a new application each year. Pre-enrollment is required and is limited, so participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call 276-964-4915 for more information.

Farm Market Fresh -- also known as Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) -- helps low-income seniors obtain free fresh produce. It also supports local farmers and farmers markets in Virginia.

Eligible seniors receive checks worth $40.00 (in $5.00 units) that they may spend with participating certified retail farmers market vendors. Checks will be mailed July 1, 2016. Seniors may spend the checks between July 1 and November 16, 2016 depending on availability of produce.

To qualify, seniors must be at least sixty years old and be residents of Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell or Tazewell County. They may not live in the same household and may not be an immediate family member of the farmer who grows the produce. Participants must also meet the program’s income requirements.

Enrollees may use the coupons to obtain locally grown seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs, including broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, greens, green beans, snap beans, green peppers, lima beans, potatoes, pumpkins, spinach, squash, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, apples, blackberries, cantaloupe, nectarines, peaches, pears, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelons and fresh cut herbs.

Items not eligible for purchase with Farm Market Fresh checks include produce not grown locally, such as oranges, bananas and pineapples; processed foods, such as honey, maple syrup, cider, nuts, meat, bread and cheese; and non-food items, such as flowers and plants.

SFMNP is a joint effort by the Virginia Department for the Aging and Rehabilitative Services Virginia Division for the Aging and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

AASC is one of Virginia’s 25 Area Agencies on Aging designated by the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services to carry out the department’s mission to foster the dignity, independence and security of older Virginians by promoting partnerships with communities at the local level. AASC offers information and services for older adults residing in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties. Visit the organization’s website at www.aasc.org or call toll-free at 1-800-656-2272.

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this program is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write U. S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (866)632-9992 (voice) or (202)260-1026 (local). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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