AASC

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

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING


The Tazewell County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on February 18, 2016, at the Town Hall offices in Bluefield, Virginia, to solicit public input on a proposed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for a project in our community. A make-up date for inclement weather will be February 23, 2016.

Information on the amount of funding available, the requirements on benefit to low- and moderate-income persons, eligible activities, and plans to minimize displacement and provide displacement assistance as necessary will be available. Citizens will also be given the opportunity to comment on The Tazewell County Board of Supervisors past use of CDBG funds. All interested citizens are urged to attend. For additional information, contact Patricia Green, 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 276-385-1204, TDD line 711 or Email pgreen@tazewellcounty.org until February 18, 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 you 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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Talented AllCARE for Seniors Display Work of Art


AllCARE for Seniors PACE participants recently transformed an eight foot canvas into a gorgeous winter-themed work of art. This mural was designed by AllCARE participant Scarlett Baker. Ms. Baker is an extremely talented artist who has been gracious enough to share her gift with others in the AllCARE program. Together, these talented individuals worked over four weeks to finalize the winter scene complete with a sleigh, a snowman and a beautiful rock bridge over a flowing river.

Throughout the four week process, these talented seniors worked with the assistance of Cindy Smith, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant to bring this idea to life. Cindy explained, “This project provided an outlet for Scarlett and also made the Occupational Therapy sessions enjoyable for all of the participants. Occupational Therapy uses these techniques to engage the patient while exercising their cognitive, visual and sensory skills.”

Ms. Baker has recently started teaching an art class weekly to the AllCARE participants. Currently, the AllCARE participants are working on a Spring mural. The seasonal murals will be on display at Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens’ main office in Cedar Bluff, Virginia. Participants who worked to complete the winter mural project include, Scarlett Baker, Donald Durham, Susan Helton, Lawrence Brown, Rachel Christian, Mabel Henderson, Linda Dye and Teresa Reynolds.

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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