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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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Virginia Insurance Counseling Assistance Program Available for Area Residents


Are you confused as to what type of insurance you need or if you have enough coverage? Is it becoming more difficult to understand your medical bills? If so, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens can help you navigate through these processes.

Individual insurance counseling assistance in available through AASC’s Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP). Trained VICAP counselors in our community can provide confidential assistance to individuals free of charge. VICAP is part of a national network of programs that offers FREE, unbiased, confidential counseling and assistance for people with Medicare.

Counseling topics can include Medicare, Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medigap and Long-term care insurance. VICAP counselors are not licensed to sell insurance, they are trained and certified to help you understand and compare benefits, assist with filing for benefits based on income and resources, and inform you of your rights. Working with Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), VICAP counselors will help educate and empower beneficiaries to take an active role in detecting and preventing health care fraud and abuse.

VICAP counselors can help all Medicare beneficiaries, including those with disabilities and younger than 65 and explore options that best meet their needs. Counselors will help you compare the quality of care and services given by health and prescription drug plans available in your area.

Open enrollment begins on October 15, 2016 and continues through December 7, 2016. If you are interested in speaking with a VICAP counselor please contact Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens to make an appointment with a trained counselor. Due to an increase in volume, walk in appointments will not be able to be accepted. Counselors will be available Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm. You can contact AASC 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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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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