Senior citizens taking part in Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging’s Friendship Café at the SCOPE Center in Farmville designed and decorated their own pumpkins on Monday, just in time for Halloween. The pumpkins came from Dark Leaf Farms in Appomattox County. Seniors at all eight Friendship Cafes have enjoyed painting pumpkins that, not only allow for fun and conversation, but sharpening motor skills while painting and concentrating on the images they seek to apply to the pumpkin. “This is one of the many activities we offer at our popular Friendship Cafes,” said Director of Transportation and Nutrition Jordan Miles. “We offer and provide health assessments, flu shots, a hot, nutritious meal, exercises, fellowship, informational presentations, and more, and we provide transportation to and from each site in Amelia, Buckingham, Cumberland, Charlotte, Lunenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward counties.” Pictured are, from left, Evelyn “Artie” Moody, Kathleen Kellam, Alberta Redd, Grace Foulks, Louise Burnside, Blanche Brown, Flossie Hudson. To learn more about PSR’s friendship cafes, call 434-767-5588 or email email@example.com.
Seniors at Piedmont Senior Resources’ Friendship Cafes recently painted pumpkins to celebrate Halloween. The pumpkins came from Dark Leaf Farms in Appomattox County. This week and next, seniors at all eight Friendship Cafes will enjoy painting pumpkins that, not only allow for fun and conversation, but sharpening motor skills while painting and concentrating on the images they seek to apply to the pumpkin. “This is one of the many, many activities we offer at our popular Friendship Cafes,” said Director of Transportation and Nutrition Jordan Miles. “We offer health assessments, flu shots, a hot, nutritious meal, exercises, fellowship, informational presentations, and more, and we provide transportation to and from each site in Amelia, Buckingham, Cumberland, Charlotte, Lunenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward counties.” Pictured are, from left, Isabel Hall, Mildred Garland, Lois Carpenter, Ann Jackson, Rachel Dove and Peggy Green. To learn more about PSR’s friendship cafes, call 434-767-5588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because of the significant improvements in restoring power in Lunenburg last night and early this morning, both Lunenburg 1 and 2 Piedmont Senior Resources (PSR) home delivered meal routes will run on schedule today, Tuesday, in addition to the makeup of the Cumberland Route, the completion of the Charlotte Route, Prince Edward 1 Route, and the normal Buckingham Route. Both Lunenburg and Buckingham friendship cafes are open today, though no transportation is being provided to the Lunenburg site due to road closures.
Piedmont Senior Resources’ (PSR) friendship cafes in Buckingham and Lunenburg are open tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 16. Due to road closures, no transportation will be provided for Lunenburg’s friendship café.
The Lunenburg #1 home delivered meal route, covering Victoria, will go as scheduled Tuesday. The more rural Lunenburg #2 route will be run Wednesday due to continued power outages in Lunenburg.
Home delivered meal routes will be completed and made up Tuesday in Charlotte, Buckingham, Cumberland and Prince Edward.
Home delivered meal routes will be completed and made up Wednesday in Lunenburg, Prince Edward and Nottoway.
Home delivered meal routes will go as scheduled Thursday in Charlotte.
Home delivered meal routes will go as scheduled Friday in Cumberland and Amelia (double meals to make up from last Friday).
Please direct any questions to Jordan Miles at 434-767-5588.
Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging (PSRAAA) and Navona Hart and Real Living Cornerstone recently received the Corporate Partnership Award from the Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging (SE4A), a multi-state organization that encompasses area agencies on aging across nine states in the southeastern portion of the United States.
The award was bestowed to the two entities on Oct. 1 in Louisville, Ky. During the SE4A’s annual meeting.
The award was given to PSRAAA and Real Living Cornerstone in recognition of their contributions to the lives of older persons across the counties of Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward counties.
According to SE4A’s website, “The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding contributions of organizations that have enhanced the quality of life of older persons in the Southeast region.”
PSRAAA Chief Executive Officer Justine A. Young says Hart has been an avid supporter of the agency for many years.
“In every event we organize to raise awareness or funds to help the seniors in the seven-county service area, Navona and Real Living Cornerstone are there for us,” Young said. “The time, funds, energy, promotion and support Real Living Cornerstone and Navona have given us over the years has helped so many seniors in this area in a profound way. PSR is truly blessed to have community partners like Navona and the many, many others we work with.”
Real Living Cornerstone continues to help sponsor and organize A Racy Affair, PSR’s annual fundraising event held in May, the Senior Santa, an annual distribution of more than 400 baskets of toiletries and other needed items for seniors, delivered right before Christmas.
Hart, the leading realtor at Real Living Cornerstone, located in Farmville, said she is a proud supporter of the mission of PSR, which is advocating, advancing and achieving independence for the aging community.
“It’s so important that businesses and other entities support our local nonprofit organizations, such as PSR, not only because of the vast services they provide to those who need assistance and a hand up, but because they operate on very, very limited budgets,” Hart said. “Real Living Cornerstone is proud to do just that. We pride ourselves on helping our neighbors – both young and old -- through nonprofit partnerships that include fundraisers, volunteerism, promotion and advocacy.”
Seniors across the seven-county service territory created their own sun catchers this week at Piedmont Senior Resources’ (PSR) eight friendship cafes, using their creativity and eye for color to paint clear, plastic ornaments, which they’ll take home with them for their windows and doors.
“The activity not only allows them to be inspired each other’s work, but also allows our seniors to sharpen their motor skills as they hold a paint brush, select colors, and gently apply the paint to the sun catcher,” said Nutrition and Transportation Director Jordan Miles. “This is one of many activities at our friendship cafes we do on a daily basis to help keep seniors in their homes in a safe and secure environment.”
Seniors aged 60 and older are invited to the eight friendship cafes held by PSR in Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward counties. Transportation is offered if seniors cannot attend on their own.
In partnership with the Piedmont Health District/Virginia Department of Health, Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging (PSR) will offer free flu shots to seniors age 60 and over living in Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Nottoway, Lunenburg and Prince Edward Counties.
Health Department professionals will be on hand in late September and early October offering the flu shots at PSR’s eight Friendship Cafes starting at 10 a.m. each day (locations and dates noted below) while supplies last.
There is no need to call or make an appointment, nor do you need to bring any paperwork or information with you, though it is advisable to always have proper identification with you.
“We see this partnership with the Health Department as an awesome way to prevent illnesses in one of the most vulnerable and susceptible populations, who could face life-changing results if diagnosed with the flu,” said PSR Chief Executive Officer Justine A. Young. “We thank David Martin for his willingness to assist us in our common goal of keeping members of our community healthy.”
According to the Center for Disease Control, which advises seniors obtain a flu shot, “it has been recognized for many years that people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults because human immune defenses become weaker with age ... So influenza is often quite serious for people 65 and older.”
“All you have to do to qualify for a free flu shot is be age 60 or over and show up at one of our eight Friendship Cafes on the assigned dates. It’s as simple as that,” said Nutrition and Transportation Director Thomas “Jordan” Miles III.
For more information, call PSR at 434-767-5588.
Locations and dates for flu shots for seniors
All times are 10 a.m.
Sept. 18 - Buckingham & Lunenburg Counties
Mount Olive Baptist Church (Buckingham)
16091 N. James Madison Hwy
(P.O. Box 307)
Dillwyn, VA 23936
Lunenburg Senior Center (Lunenburg)
1121 Tidewater Ave
Victoria, VA 23974
Sept. 19 – Nottoway
Crewe Community Center
200 W. Tennessee Ave
Crewe, VA 23930
Sept. 20 - Charlotte County
Blue Stone Harmony Ctr
635 Bluestone Rd
Keysville, VA 23947
Sept. 21 - Cumberland County
Payne Memorial Methodist Church
1 Stoney Point Rd
Cumberland, VA 23040
Sept. 27 - Amelia County
Amelia County Veterans Center
16440 Five Forks Road
Amelia Court House, VA 23002
Oct. 1 - Prince Edward (SCOPE)
505 Griffin Blvd
Farmville, VA 23901
Sept. 26 – Crossroads (Prospect)
Crossroad Senior Citizen Ctr
2966 Sulphur Spring Rd
Prospect, VA 23960
PURPOSE OF REQUEST:
Piedmont Senior Resources intends to enter into a Contract to procure frozen meals in accordance with applicable state and federal law governing federally-funded meal programs for the year of October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2020.
RFP SUBMITTAL DEADLINE:
Proposals must be received no later than 12:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on Friday, July 27, 2018.
Mail to: Email to: email@example.com
Thomas Jordan Miles III
Nutrition & Transportation Director
Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging
1413 South Main Street
Farmville, VA 23901
To be used July 1 - November 21, 2018
Must be 60 years of age or older
$40 in coupons for farmer's markets in Amelia, Blackstone, and Farmville
Call 434-767-5588 to get your application
Please join us in welcoming Nikki Dean to our Piedmont Senior Resources family!
Nikki began working as the Nutrition Program Coordinator in May, helping to oversee the Friendship Cafes and the Home Delivered Meals program. After graduating from Hampden Sydney College, Nikki moved to Richmond, VA and began her career working in the food industry. She has eight plus years working in the food industry in managerial roles and is “very excited to be a part of such a great team here at PSR helping our seniors get the nutrition they need”.
Nikki states, “I am truly blessed to have found such an amazing job opportunity where I can do what I love and not only help others, but also have time to spend with my family. I have already met so many amazing people through PSR, and I can’t wait to see where my journey takes me.”
Nikki is the daughter of Brenda Reamer and the late Ruben Reamer of Keysville, VA. After the passing of her father, Nikki decided to move back to her home town to be closer to her family. There she got married to Austin Dean of Richmond, VA and had her daughter, Avery, who is now three years old. She enjoys fitness, spending time with her family, and doing crafts and gardening with her daughter.
AARP recently published an article entitled “Maintaining Dignity: A Survey of LGBT Adults Age 45 and Older” by Angela Houghton, which surveyed 1762 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Americans. The trend in America today is to age-in-place within the community, but the sur-vey found that 75% of LGBT respondents have concerns about having enough support from family and friends as they age, and that many of these people are worried that they will need to seek treat-ment in a long-term care facility. While these same anxieties exist among all alder Americans, the LGBT community has the added concern of potential discrimination based on their sexual orienta-tion or gender identity in health care and long-term care as they age, and the respondents indicated a preference for specific LGBT services for older adults.
Citation: Houghton, Angela. Maintaining Dignity: Understanding and Responding to the Challenges Facing Older LGBT Americans. Washington, D.C.: AARP Research, March, 2018. https://doi.org/10.26419/res.00217.001