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October 2023

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Helping Older Persons Remain Independent for as Long as Possible.

Three New Vans for Senior Transportation

We are thrilled to announce that LOA is the recipient of an incredible $440,000 grant for senior transportation services!

Thanks to U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine who supported the initiative for LOA through the Virginia Senate Southwest & Southside Appropriations Bill.

Thanks to this grant, LOA has purchased three brand-new vans and hired two part-time drivers, which will enable us to provide 4,000 more rides for seniors to get to important doctors' appointments, the pharmacy, and the grocery store.

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Jiffy Lube Supports Meals on Wheels in October

LOA is thrilled to have the support of Jiffy Lube this October! From October 2 to 31, you can make a $1, $3, or $5 donation to Meals on Wheels when you go to one of the following participating Jiffy Lubes:

  • Peters Creek Road: 1477 Peters Creek Rd NW, Roanoke, VA 24017
  • Franklin Road: 3559 Franklin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24014
  • Christiansburg: 2405 Market St NE, Christiansburg, VA 24073
  • Blacksburg: 1402 N Main St, Blacksburg, VA 24060

Your donation goes directly to help hungry seniors in our area! Thank you, Jiffy Lube, for caring about our community.

Navigating the changing landscape of health insurance coverage options with Medicare can be tricky. Be safe and get informed while enjoying a free healthy lunch! Join us for LOA’s Lunch & Learn on October 20, where our experts will provide education on Medicare plan options, timelines, and potential penalties.

When: Friday, October 20, 11am-12:30pm

Where: At LOA’s Center for Health & Wellness, 4902 Frontage Rd NW, Roanoke, VA 24019

To register, please contact Robbie Boyd at LOA, call (540) 345-0451 or click the button below.

RSVP for Lunch & Learn

We Need a "Boost"!

We are in need of donations of Boost/Ensure type nutritional drinks for our clients. We have many clients who need to supplement their nutrition to maintain their weight due to various health concerns. Your donations go directly to seniors in need in our community. 

Please check expiration dates. Drop off items Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at LOA's main office: 4932 Frontage Road NW, Roanoke, VA 24019. Call (540) 345-0451 upon arrival for assistance. Thank you!  


Halloween Senior Social: October 26

Free Event - Costume Contest - Family Welcome - Snacks

Seniors, wear your favorite costume and enjoy a family-friendly Halloween Senior Social at LOA!

Thursday, October 26, 2023

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

At LOA's Center for Health & Wellness

4902 Frontage Road NW, Roanoke, VA 24019

RSVP by October 20 to Jason Brooks at (540) 345-0451 or by clicking the button below. This special event is made possible thanks to generous grants from Carilion Clinic, the Louise R. Lester Foundation, and Meals on Wheels America.

RSVP for Oct 26 Senior Social
A Matter of Balance

Falls Prevention Class:

A Matter of Balance

November 29, 2023 – January 17, 2024: 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.

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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Volunteer Spotlight

Wow! For over 30 years, Tom Dalzell has been a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels and delivers the monthly Senior Food Box. His dedication to help others is inspiring. In his own words, Tom says of volunteering:

"I've been so blessed in my life, all the things I've been through in my life, it's just one way of giving back to the community. I always tell people: it's not the meal, it's the interaction that you have with the client. The fact that somebody is seeing them, every day."

Thank you, Tom, for your commitment to Meals on Wheels and Senior Food Box!

CarFit is coming

Friday, November 3

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

At North Roanoke Baptist Church - parking lot

4902 Peters Creek Rd, Roanoke, VA 24019

CarFit is a free, interactive and educational program designed to improve older driver safety. Trained volunteers provide information to ensure the safest "fit" for older drivers in their vehicles. Learn more about the CarFit event here. LOA is offering this program in conjunction with LewisGale Medical Center.

You must register to attend - contact Delaine Caldwell at LOA by calling (540) 345-0451 or click the button below.

Register for CarFit

Gifts and Grants update

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

  • Community Foundation of Western Virginia: the Marion S. and Willie Z. Camp Fund for Eldercare for LOA's Personal Care program.
  • Meals on Wheels America Social Connection Grant for socialization programs for older adults
  • Gary and Sandra Bradford
  • Cloverdale Church of the Brethren Women's Fellowship
  • Roanoke Gas Company
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke

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 so much to AARP Virginia for donating this abundance of non-perishable food items for LOA’s Emergency Food Pantry. In support of Hunger Action Month, AARP Virginia offered a free movie screening at the Grandin Theatre where attendees donated food items. We’re grateful to AARP Virginia’s Russell Schiavone for coordinating and Brian Jacks for delivering the food to us.

Senior Legal Safety Conference a Success

We understand the importance of planning and preparing for retirement and end of life, which is why we were delighted to have more than 60 attendees at LOA's Senior Legal Safety Conference on September 8. Special thanks to the Roanoke Law Foundation for sponsoring this valuable education opportunity and providing our community with these helpful resources, and to Harvest Ministries for hosting us in their beautiful space.

Attendees enjoyed presentations from ProMedica Hospice, Lotz Funeral Home, LOA's Director of Elder Rights Robbie Boyd, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Delaine Caldwell, the Botetourt County Sheriff's Office, and American National Bank & Trust Company. Additional thanks to our vendors who shared information with our attendees.

Roanoke Law Foundation

Thank You, Roanoke Greek Festival

LOA was honored to be selected as one of the charity beneficiaries of this year's Roanoke Greek Festival, which was held September 15-17. The festival, which had been on hiatus for a few years, was a huge success with beautiful weather and large crowds enjoying the delicious Greek food, music, culture, and tours of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Many thanks to our LOA volunteers who helped out at the festival. Our sincere thanks go to festival chair Peter Simopoulos and Frances Simopoulos, LOA's own Danna Owen, Long Term Care Ombudsman, Father Theodore Lyketsos, and the generous congregation at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church for your support of our older neighbors in need!

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4932 Frontage Road
PO Box 14205
Roanoke, VA 24038
Roanoke ................... 540-345-0451
Alleghany Highlands 540-962-0465
Botetourt Co. ........... 540-580-5085
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