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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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AASC to Postpone Souper Senior Saturday


The impending weather forecast is causing Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens to postpone Souper Senior Saturday on Saturday, February 21, 2015. AASC is working with the local restaurants who volunteered to donate the soup to confirm an alternative date.

Souper Senior Saturday will be held on the AASC’s Cedar Bluff campus in the newly renovated AllCARE for Seniors PACE Center and will continue forward with the artisan auction once an alternate date has been confirmed. Please continue to frequent AASC’s website and Facebook page for updates. For more information, please contact Chase Meade-Patton at 276.964.4915 or email at cpatton@aasc.org .

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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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING


AASC on behalf of the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on February 17, 2015, at the Town Hall offices in Bluefield, Virginia, to solicit public input on a proposed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application to be submitted to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for the Falls Mills Adult Daycare Center Project. Residents of the project area are encouraged to attend. The Falls Mills Adult Daycare Center Project will include the following activities: Carpentry construction, electrical and concrete workers.

The draft CDBG proposal will be presented for comment along with information on projected beneficiaries, including the number of low-to-moderate-income residents to benefit from the proposed project, and plans to minimize displacement. Citizens will also be given the opportunity to comment on Tazewell County’s past use of CDBG funds. A fact sheet on the proposed project is available at the Tazewell County Board of Supervisor’s offices. For additional information, contact Patricia Green, Assistant County Administrator.

Comments and grievances can be submitted in writing to Tazewell County Board of Supervisors, 108 Main Street, Tazewell VA 24651-1026 or by phone 276-385-1202, TDD line 711 or Email pgreen@tazewellcounty.org until February 17, 2015. If you plan to attend and have any special needs requirements, please call the number listed above.


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Cold Weather Tips for Seniors


Snowy weather and cold temperatures are a bother for everyone, but for seniors it can simply be dangerous. Older Americans are particularly vulnerable to complications from winter weather, Influenza, falls and hypothermia top the list of winter ailments. By making it a practice to help family, friends, and neighbors who need special attention during the cold weather, you could be saving a life. Ensuring seniors homes are safe, warm, and letting them know they are not alone can make certain senior citizens can live, walk, and even in some cases drive safely though the worst winter can bring.

According to the National Institutes for Health, more than 1.6 million older Americans go to the emergency room each year for fall-related injuries. One of the major causes for falls is ice. It seems simple enough to not walk through snow and keep away from areas that are covered with ice; however when the temperature drops rapidly, black ice can occur without warning. To lessen the chances of a fall in cold weather, stretch before going outside. Stretching improves circulation and limbers stiff muscles. Be cautious of footwear; make sure that you are wearing non-skid sole shoes with a low heel and adequate support if they must be out in the weather. Make arrangements to have safety devices installed around the outside of your home if possible. A simple handrail can provide necessary support to help maintain balance and keep you from falling.

As people age, their sense of touch declines. Arthritis, diabetes, poor circulation, stroke induced paralysis, and a multitude of other conditions can cause lack of feeling, especially in the extremities. To prevent hypothermia keep your home’s thermostat set at 68 degrees or above, dress in layers of loose fitting clothing and keep your head covered when you are outdoors. A great deal of heat is lost when your head is exposed. Remember, the risks of hypothermia are slurred speech, confusion, dizziness, slow or irregular heartbeat and shallow breathing.

Protecting your skin is another winter weather tip that seniors should pay special attention to. As we age our skin becomes thinner and drier, thus more prone to tears. Certain medications can spell havoc on the lining of your nasal passages, creating an increased risk for nose bleeds. Keep the dangers of dryness low by using a humidifier to keep your air moist, drink plenty of water and eat foods high in water content like soups and vegetables, and moisturize your skin daily with creams or lotions.

We cannot stop Mother Nature from sending us winter weather, however we can do ourselves a big favor and be prepared if it does occur. Making regular visits with a senior will help make sure that their health is not declining as a result of cold weather. Do not wait until winter weather happens to expand active lines of communication. Prepare yourself by developing a “buddy-system” where you call and check on your friends, family, and neighbors. One quick call may save someone’s life.

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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