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What is Bay Aging?

Bay Aging is the premier provider of programs and services for people of all ages. Formed in 1978, Bay Aging serves a predominately rural 2,600 square mile region that encompasses ten counties and two planning districts. As you will see, Bay Aging is extremely diverse in the programs it offers through three major divisions-Community Living, Bay Transit, and Bay Family Housing. We hope you enjoy visiting our web site and that you are able to gather valuable information about our services. Please Check out the New Virginia Easy Access web site! A great resource for finding services in your area.

PRIMARY MISSION:

Bay Aging will deliver the programs and services people of all ages need to live
independently in their communities for as long as possible.

SECONDARY MISSION:

Bay Aging is committed to the community development of our region to promote the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula as a great place to live, work and visit.

VISION:

Every neighbor in our region will have a CHOICE and range of services that will assist them to remain independent in their chosen home.

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Clicking on the picture above will lead you to great Valentine’s Day gifts for your loved ones AND increase donations for vital support services for seniors such as:
*      Nutritious home delivered meals for homebound seniors to keep them healthy
*      Transportation to help seniors access health care and other needs
*      Emergency home repairs to keep seniors safe in their own homes
*      Home care services for frail elders so they can continue living in their own homes
*      Adult day care for people with Alzheimer’s  disease

Not interested in shopping but want to spread the love, you can donate directly to Bay Aging here  Your tax deductible gift goes directly toward services, not administrative fees.

Thank you for sharing your generosity!  This message is not a secret, so please forward to friends, family and acquaintances!

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See our charitable giving page for other ways to help!

What’s New

Fraud Alert: FTC Detects New Social Security Scam

You may recently have gotten an email with the subject line “Get Protected.” Well, we all want that! The email describes that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is supposedly offering great new features to help taxpayers protect their personal information and identities. It sounds so good that you may be tempted to click on the link provided — but before you do, read this!

It’s a SCAM! The Federal Trade Commission recently caught on to this scam and is asking for help in tracking down the fraudsters.

– Read more at: AARP.org

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Have a Resolution for 2016?

More than 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions to improve themselves in some manner but research suggests that just 8% of people achieve the New Year’s goals.

The American Psychiatric Association recommends that in order to keep your resolution to achieve whatever your self-improvement goal is, that you follow these five steps: start small, change one behavior at a time, talk about it, don’t beat yourself up, and ask for support.

With that in mind and in case you don’t have a resolution identified for 2016, let me suggest one. Your New Year’s resolution for 2016 should be to give yourself and your loved ones peace of mind by completing your Advance Directive for Health Care.

The As You Wish Advance Care Planning program, can answer your questions or provide meaningful conversation to support your understanding of advance care planning and completion of your advance directive.

While you can also inquire about this with your primary care physician or an attorney (a Living Will and Medical Power or Attorney is an advance directive), the guidance provided by the Coalition’ As You Wish program is available at no cost. It’s also available wherever you are most comfortable having this conversation.

Do yourself and your loved ones a favor. Complete your Advance Directive for Health Care. Remember, guidance is available. This is one step to your having a Happier New Year.

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Bay Aging held a series of open house luncheons in December to both honor volunteers serving in the 2015, and introducing prospective volunteers to our program.  If you are interested in participating as a volunteer at Bay Aging please contact Ken Rogers at 804-758-8853 or visit our page about the program

Castella West presents Robin Jones with the quilt she won in the 2015 raffle. Our thanks again to members of the Middlesex Quilting Class for their work on the quilt they donated for the raffle. The money raised will go to support activities at the Middlesex Active Lifestyle Center in 2016. For more information about the center click here.

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The RIVAH RIDE

Bay Transit’s Brand New Dedicated Route for Essex County Citizens

Everyone knows they can board a Bay Transit bus to go to many different locations throughout Essex County and connect with other buses to access services in neighboring counties. Now Essex County citizens also have access to a dedicated transit service with a regular route and regular stops and times.

This new service is called, The Rivah Ride, which residents are encouraged to try for free during the entire month of October! Yes, free! The Rivah Ride will operate Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beginning Monday, November 2, riders will pay a low cost of 50 cents. Free transfers from other Bay Transit buses are available.

The beauty of this type of service is that citizens now have convenient access to bus stops in and around the town of Tappahannock that includes the Riverside Tappahannock Hospital, Mt. Clements offices for medical appointments, Wal-Mart, White Oak Shopping Center, Post Office, Tappahannock Towne Center, Rappahannock Office Building, county offices and other businesses on Prince Street and other locations.

For further information about The Rivah Ride schedule, please call the Bay Transit ride line at 804.250.011 or read about it here.

This service is available to people of all ages and for all reasons. The Rivah Ride – one more way for citizens to access the consumer goods and services they need and one more way Bay Transit benefits economic development in Essex County.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Caregiver Guides

A.J. Hostetler, DARS Communications Director

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has updated the information on how to obtain copies of its Virginia-specific guide for financial caregivers. The set of several Managing Someone Else’s Money guides is specific to the Commonwealth and will make it easier for caregivers to follow Virginia’s unique rules and to find help close to home. The guides are available for download at www.consumerfinance.gov/blog/managing-someone-elses-money-virginia/. To order free hard copies, go to http://promotions.usa.gov/cfpbpubs.html. Consumers without access to the Internet may call (202) 435-7500 and leave a message as instructed. Please note that you need to provide ALL the information requested in the voicemail recording so that the order can be processed.

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