LOA News

& Notes

November 2023

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Helping Older Persons Remain Independent for as Long as Possible.

The Local Office on Aging continues to strive to fulfill its mission of helping older persons remain independent for as long as possible.



But we can’t do it alone. Your donation today will help fill the plate of services where it is needed most.


  • $1,000 enables LOA to help more seniors with Transportation to the doctor, pharmacy, or grocery store.
  • $500 to assist one senior with In-Home Care.
  • $250 funds Center for Health & Wellness programs.
  • $100 gives eligible seniors much needed Legal Assistance.
  • $50 provides 5 people with Emergency Services.
  • $25 delivers 3 Meals on Wheels, or 2 Diner’s Club lunches.


Who does LOA help? It could be your mother, your neighbor, or it could even be you.



“Thank you for being here for us older people. It is not easy getting old!”

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Outdoor Fitness Area Under Construction


LOA’s new Outdoor Fitness Area for older adults is nearing completion! Located behind LOA’s Center for Health & Wellness building, the area will include an array of exercise stations designed to help seniors improve balance, fine motor strength, flexibility, and range of motion.


The Outdoor Fitness Area has been made possible thanks to a generous $20,000 AARP Community Challenge Grant. “We are incredibly proud and humbled that AARP selected LOA for this investment. AARP is a nationwide leader in making communities more livable, and we are honored that they see the value this project will bring.” – Ron Boyd, President and CEO of LOA.


We are excited to share our progress with you and look forward to sharing more updates of the Outdoor Fitness Area in the future!

Join us for LOA’s Lunch & Learn on November 17, where our experts will provide education on Medicare plan options, timelines, and potential penalties.



When: Friday, November 17, 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
Donate incontinence products

Donated Items Appreciated


Many older adults deal with incontinence issues. Unfortunately, these products can be expensive. Donating unopened or new packages of adult incontinence products would be a great help to others in your community! We would welcome your donations of any pull-on style adult incontinence products, in any size, such as Depends.


Items can be dropped off Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at LOA’s main office: 4932 Frontage Road NW, Roanoke, VA 24019. When you arrive, please call (540) 345-0451, and we’ll be happy to help you unload your donations. Thank you!

Tailgate Party Senior Social


Free Event - Wear Your Team Gear - Enjoy a Cookout


Seniors, wear your favorite sports team gear and enjoy a family-friendly Tailgate Party at LOA!


Thursday, November 30, 2023

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

At LOA's Center for Health & Wellness

4902 Frontage Road NW, Roanoke, VA 24019


RSVP by November 22 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 Nov 30 Senior Social

Volunteer Spotlight

LOA relies on our dedicated volunteers to keep VICAP running: the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP) exists to offer free, unbiased counseling for Medicare, and one of our most dedicated volunteers is Russell Schiavone. Russell is a volunteer now, but he worked for LOA as an Emergency Services Program Specialist too!


"I started looking into how Medicare works long before my 65th birthday because I wanted to have a plan in place before that day arrived," he says. "But I was surprised that many of my friends had no idea how Medicare works and were getting little support from their employer HR departments. I joined LOA's VICAP team as volunteer certified Medicare counselor in 2015, knowing there was a big need for these services. I offer free, unbiased and confidential counseling on how to apply, the two primary Medicare options, and savings programs available for some enrollees. It is satisfying to know I am helping people understand the intricacies of Medicare, which can be very overwhelming to some individuals."

Russell is also a devoted Community Ambassador for AARP Virginia. Thank you, Russell, for all you do to help senior Virginians!

#Giving Tuesday: November 28


There's Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And then there's Giving Tuesday! Join LOA on our social media for a day of online giving, #GivingTuesday, November 28.


Help us fill the plate of services on #GivingTuesday. Your donation will provide critical rides to the doctor, home delivered meals, falls prevention, socialization, and so much more!


Watch LOA's Facebook page for more to come this November 28!

Soup for Seniors

Save the Date: Soup for Seniors is Coming in January


LOA's annual canned food drive is coming soon! Join us by holding a canned food collection at your church, school, or business during January. Then deliver your collected food to one of our drop-off sites between January 29-February 4, or to our main collection site the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul on February 5-6. More information is coming soon! If you have any questions, please contact Aimee Lawson at LOA at (540) 345-0451 or by clicking the button below.

Ask about Soup for Seniors

We're Hiring!


LOA is looking for a finance manager and a health care case manager! Apply today or share with your contacts and make a difference for area seniors.

Job Openings at LOA

Thank you to Mill Creek Baptist Church Fincastle for donating multiple cases of peanut butter, and Penn Forest Worship Center for donating toiletries!

Gifts and Grants update


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


  • Christ United Methodist Church, Covington
  • St. Andrews Catholic Church
  • James and Lula Belle Wood
  • Meals on Wheels America, grant for socialization programs for older adults



Thank you to all of you - the people, businesses, churches, and clubs - who made a gift or donated items to LOA recently. Your support helps keep our programs going!


> Donate items to the emergency food pantry/toiletries

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