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#SlamTheScam 2024

National “Slam the Scam” Day is designated by Social Security’s Office of the Inspector General to raise awareness of government imposter scams, which continue to spread across the United States. Slam the Scam Day is Thursday, March 7, 2024, as part of National Consumer Protection Week, which takes place this year from March 3-9.

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Medicare Open Enrollment Ends Dec. 7

As the end of Medicare Open Enrollment approaches on Dec. 7, AASC counselors will not take any telephone clients after Friday, Dec. 1. However, the insurance counselors will continue to take in-person appointments on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 4-5.

Make an appointment with a counselor by calling AASC at 276-964-4915.

AASC’s Care Coordination Department is here to help you navigate the Medicare insurance maze. This free service helps older adults understand the various plan’s costs, coverages and benefits.

The counselors are not licensed to sell insurance but are trained and certified to help you understand and compare benefits, assist with filing for benefits based on income and resources and to inform you of your rights.

AASC’s insurance counselors will help educate and empower you to take an active role in the decision-making process.

AASC Receives $25,000 Grant From Meals on Wheels America, Food Lion Feeds

Mark Pike, Food Lion store manager in Richlands, VA, officially awarded the agency a $25,000 check for the Meals on Wheels America Meeting Unmet Needs Grant to expand the nutritional services horizon in AASC’s four-county service area. (L-R) Director of Aging Services Wayne Damron, CEO Brian Beck, Food Lion Store Manager Mark Pike, Director of Nutrition Amanda Price and Nutrition Supervisor Julene Dunford.


Cedar Bluff, VA — Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens has received $25,000 from Meals on Wheels America, the national leadership organization supporting community-based programs across the U.S. dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger, to help bridge gaps in the availability of essential nutrition services.

Appalachian Agency was awarded a Meals on Wheels America Meeting Unmet Need Grant to deliver and expand nutrition options in its four-county service area, with the goal of serving the nutritional needs of underserved or unserved seniors.

“We are very excited to receive this grant from Meals on Wheels America,” said AASC’s Director of Nutrition Amanda Price. “This generous funding will allow us to provide home-delivered meals to additional seniors in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties.”

With this grant funding, AASC plans to purchase a four-wheel-drive vehicle to allow nutrition drivers to reach homebound seniors residing in the service area’s most rural and rugged locations.

“Given the growth in the older adult population, coupled with the impacts of the pandemic, inflation and other factors, it is vital that we invest in Meals on Wheels programs’ ability to expand services and reach all those in need,” said Ellie Hollander, Meals on Wheels America President and CEO. “We believe that no one knows better what these communities need than the boots on the ground staff and volunteers delivering Meals on Wheels service to their older adult neighbors every day, and we’re proud to support their efforts with these grants.”

In total, $1.2 million in grants were awarded to 56 local Meals on Wheels programs as part of the Meals on Wheels America Meeting Unmet Need grant program. Funding for Appalachian Agency’s grant was made possible by Food Lion Feeds, a Meals on Wheels America national partner. Food Lion Feeds is committed to fighting senior hunger and making a meaningful difference in nourishing homebound seniors.

To learn more about AASC’s efforts to address unmet needs, visit If you need assistance with food or other services, call 276-964-4915.

AASC enjoys picnic in the park

It was a perfect day for a picnic in the park. Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens took advantage of it by transporting participants from its adult day center and child daycare facility to the “Fit for Life Park” located in the Richlands neighborhood of Lake Park on Thursday, Sept. 21.

Appalachian Agency received a Community Challenge Grant from AARP to help upgrade the under-utilized park owned by the Town of Richlands. With this funding provided by AARP, the agency purchased two wheelchair-accessible swings suitable for children and adults, two stationary air walkers and three benches to provide an occasion to engage with others utilizing the park. This project provides a unique fitness and play opportunity.

Existing playground equipment was donated several years ago from an elementary school when it closed. A 13’x’11’8’ wooden pirate ship and a 4’x’5’ playhouse connected by three swings were relocated. These items were donated to AASC two years ago when the state purchased the Falls Mills Fishing Club property where the playset was situated.

The town owns other parks but they don’t offer accessibility for multigenerational users or individuals with disabilities. Rocky Hill of God’s Rockstars rallied community volunteers to assist in painting existing equipment and constructing a wheelchair slide and other enhancements to the park that are suitable for older residents, families with young children and everyone in between of any ability. For older adults, exercise has been shown to strengthen social ties and improve cognitive function, and the park provides residents an opportunity to build cohesion in the neighborhood.

AASC’s group certainly enjoyed their day by testing out the equipment, enjoying a hotdog lunch and culminating the fun with a foam party. One older adult said, “I had the best day,” while another said, “This is the best park I’ve ever been to.”

Even as an older adult, you should never stop having fun and there was plenty for everyone at the new “Fit for Life Park.”

AASC wins prestigious Aging Achievement Award

Cedar Bluff, VA — Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens received a 2023 Aging Achievement Award from USAging, one of the highest honors presented by USAging to its members. The Mount Rogers PACE service area expansion was among 50 local aging programs to receive honors during USAging’s 48th Annual Conference and Tradeshow, July 16-19 in Salt Lake City, UT.

The 2023 USAging Aging Innovations & Achievement Awards, supported by and Cumulus, recognizes USAging’s Area Agency on Aging and Title VI Native American Aging Program members that have found new and innovative ways to support older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers as they live in their homes and communities.

“The Aging Innovations & Achievement Awards are a timely reminder of the evolving role USAging members play in the planning, development, coordination and delivery of aging and other home and community-based services in nearly every community in the United States,” said USAging CEO Sandy Markwood. “The AAAs and Title VI programs we honor today have set a standard for innovation and creativity in helping vulnerable older adults live with independence and dignity in their homes and communities,” Markwood added. “USAging is inspired by the example they have set for others in the Aging Network.”

The Mount Rogers PACE program celebrated its one-year anniversary on Aug. 1, with 37 participants. Aging is not a choice; however, aging well is. And that’s the main focus of AASC’s PACE program — fostering programs aimed at helping seniors stay in their homes and community as long as possible with dignity and grace.

The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly provides health care and social services for older adults 55 years of age and older who need nursing home-level care and can live safely in the community with support from PACE staff and family caregivers. Mount Rogers PACE serves the counties of Bland, Wythe, Smyth, Washington and the city of Bristol.

Known as the underdog of health care, PACE participants receive primary medical and specialty care, medications, physical and occupational therapy, home care services, nursing care, hospitalization, adult day health care, social services support, recreation and social events, meals and transportation for PACE services.

The 2023 USAging Aging Innovations & Achievement Awards honored traditional and new strategies in a range of categories, including Advocacy, Agency Operations, Caregiving, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Economic Security, Elder Abuse Prevention, Health-LTSS Integration, Healthy Aging, Home and Community-Based Services, Housing and Homelessness, Information and Referral/Assistance, Intergenerational Programs, Nutrition, Public Health and Vaccinations, Social Engagement, Technology, Transportation and Mobility, and Workforce Development and Volunteerism.

All winners are highlighted in the USAging Aging Innovations & Achievement Awards Showcase.


The Mount Rogers PACE program was selected as a 2023 USAging Aging Achievement Award. The award was presented at USAging’s 48th Annual Conference and Tradeshow in Salt Lake City and was sponsored by and Cumulus. (L-R) CEO Michael Eidsauce, AASC Grant Writer Lynna Mitchell, AASC Executive Assistant Caleb Perkins, USAging President Mary Ann Spanos and Cumulus President Tom Laba.