LOA News

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September 2023

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Helping Older Persons Remain Independent for as Long as Possible.

Happy Labor Day weekend!

Please note that LOA's offices are closed on

Friday, September 1, and

Monday, September 4, 2023.

LOA's next Lunch & Learn will be Friday, September 15, 11am-12:30pm, on the topic of FALLS PREVENTION.

Presented by Fourth Year Nursing Students from Radford University School of Nursing. 

Falling is not a normal part of aging. You can reduce your chance of falling or help a loved one by learning more about Falls Prevention. More than 1 in 4 older adults fall each year, and some of those falls lead to serious injuries. Learn valuable information and enjoy a FREE healthy lunch! Limited seats are available, contact us to register today! Click the button below.

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Thanks to Dr. Zachary Williams and Elizabeth Hart R.N. of LewisGale for the "Stroke Awareness" lecture at last month's Lunch & Learn event. Save the Dates for upcoming Lunch & Learns: Third Friday of each month, 11am, LOA Center for Health & Wellness, 4902 Frontage Road NW, Roanoke VA 24019.

October 20, November 17, December 15

Falls Prevention Class Now Open: "A Matter of Balance"

September 27 – November 15, 2023: 9:00 a.m. Wednesdays

At LOA’s Center for Health & Wellness, 4902 Frontage Rd NW, Roanoke, VA 24019. Class meets once a week for 2 hours each.

A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. This FREE program emphasizes practical strategies and classes are held once a week for 8 weeks, for 2 hours each.

Participants will learn how to:

  • View falls as controllable
  • Set realistic goals for increasing activity
  • Reduce their fall risk at home and in their environment
  • Increase balance with the exercises

To register or for more information, please contact Delaine Caldwell at LOA, call (540) 345-0451 or click the button below.

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Low-to-moderate-income seniors, don’t miss your chance for FREE fresh produce. Visit the LOA booth at the “Not Your Average Market” event on Monday, September 18, to enroll in our Farm Market Fresh program. The last date to enroll for the season is September 30!

When: Monday, September 18, 5pm-8pm

Where: The Collective, 601 11th Street NW, Roanoke, VA 24017

Have additional questions? Call LOA at (540) 345-0451.

Volunteer Spotlight

Every month, a dedicated band of volunteers spends the morning folding and stuffing letters that are sent to all Meals on Wheels clients: Linda Barton, and Virgie Martin with her son Robert and daughter. We are delighted to have had an extra special helper this summer. Alice, who is from Germany, volunteered her time while visiting with her grandmother. Thank you, Alice, for helping your grandmother, and many thanks to Linda, Virgie, Robert, and family for helping LOA!

Gifts and Grants update

Recently the LOA was excited to be awarded generous grants and gifts from the following:

  • Vinton Moose Lodge Family Center #1121
  • Carilion Clinic
  • Diane Goode

Thank you to all of you - the people, businesses, churches, and clubs - who made a gift to LOA recently.

Your financial support helps keep our programs going!

Thank you to the Roanoke Valley Star Quilters Guild for their generous donation of 16 beautiful quilts! The Star Quilters Guild have donated their work twice this year to LOA’s clients, and we truly appreciate their support of our senior neighbors. 

LOA is deeply grateful to be a charity beneficiary of this year's Roanoke Greek Festival! We are so grateful to our neighbors at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Roanoke VA for generously supporting older adults in need in our community. We hope to see you at the festival this September 15, 16, and 17.

We are sad to report...

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our long-time receptionist, Shirley Tirico.

Shirley was just a few months shy of her 20th anniversary of working at LOA. Prior to LOA, Shirley worked for many years at First National Exchange Bank. She was a ray of sunshine to everyone who entered our office. She was dedicated to LOA’s mission and was a driving force for many of our fundraising efforts, especially, Let’s Give Lunch. She was also dedicated to her church and to God, her beloved Frank, and to her sorority sisters. Shirley loved people; meeting them, getting to know them, and helping them.

Her beautiful smile greeted everyone, and she was a friend to all. It was Shirley’s desire to be a part of the LOA family until her time to rest with the heavenly angels. She accomplished this goal and more as she will always be in our hearts as a part of the LOA family. We extend our sincere condolences to all of her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.


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4932 Frontage Road
PO Box 14205
Roanoke, VA 24038
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