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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.

The Bay Aging Board of Directors
will be meeting
Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 9:30 a.m. in
Daffodil Gardens Apartments Community Room

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Mrs. T., a beautiful, spritely woman, has Alzheimer’s disease. She now lives with her daughter who has to work full time. To keep her safe during the day, Mrs. T.’s daughter enrolled her in a Bay Aging adult day care program where Mrs. T. has made new friends. Mrs. T.’s days are filled with activities to exercise her mind and body in healthy and fun ways. Her caregiver daughter continues to work.

Adult day care is a less expensive alternative of providing long-term care services compared to nursing care, assisted living or even home care. However, funding needs are ongoing for care scholarships and program and activity initiatives.

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Want to learn more about Bay Aging’s adult day care program? There is no better way to learn than to call the centers or stop by for a visit. The centers are happy places filled with laughter and activities.

Gloucester—5873 Fiddlers Green Road—804.695.9008, Lisa Jones, R.N., Director

Essex—1415C Tappahannock Boulevard—804.445.8711, Tammy Miller, R.N., Director

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May is Older Americans Month!

In 2015, the Older Americans Act (OAA) celebrates 50 years of helping seniors age with dignity and independence in their homes and communities. Despite its successes, Congress has not updated (or “reauthorized”) the OAA since it expired in 2011. The Act must be reauthorized to continue supporting the 11 million older Americans who rely on it each year.

Allyn Gemerek receives award

June 1978 marked the beginning of what was to become a successful and innovative non-profit, Bay Aging, when Allyn Gemerek pioneered the development of an organization in response to the pressing need for supportive services for frail older citizens in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. Mr. Gemerek then served as the Founder and President of Bay Aging for the next 35 years until his retirement in 2011. Within that period of time Gemerek navigated a fledgling organization that had a few essential services for seniors into a strong, widely recognized organization that now offers a large, diverse menu of services for people of all ages.

Today, Allyn Gemerek was recognized by the Bay Aging Board of Directors and staff for his contributions which generated invaluable services for older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Current Bay Aging President and CEO Kathy Vesley-Massey said, “Allyn’s vision enabled Bay Aging to offer numerous solutions for older adults and their caregivers such as housing, Meals on Wheels, care management, adult day care, assistive devices, caregiver support, personal assistant, volunteer opportunities, environmental support, in-home care, and public transportation.” Mrs. Vesley-Massey continues, “Allyn Gemerek laid the foundation and helped create a strong, vital, relevant organization that continues to respond to the vision of delivering services people need to live independently for as long as possible.”

Mr. Gemerek received a Bay Aging Board Resolution in recognition and appreciation of distinguished service. A plaque, which will be mounted at Daffodil Gardens senior apartment community, was also presented to Mr. Gemerek for his numerous contributions for the elderly.

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INCIDENT PREVENTION THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

Bay Aging, through its Bay Transit Division provides thousands of rides a year throughout the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and beyond. The majority of its passengers are picked up and delivered to their homes in rural parts of the region 12 hours a day, 5 days a week.

As you can imagine, the word “rural” is a key component of the environment in which passenger’s live and the Bay Transit buses must reach each and every one.

To do this, many homeowners have residences that are easy to get to and others, well, not so much. This past winter was filled with ice, snow, lots of rain and it all led to driveways that were muddy, slippery and dangerous.

To keep the passengers, Drivers and buses safe, Drivers must be very aware at all times of road and driveway hazards such as those this winter. To keep Drivers aware, there was an awareness campaign this past winter that, to this date was successful. Driving safely was stressed in the Quarterly Safety Meetings and large posters showing buses stuck in the mud but the most effective warning was notifying Drivers several times a day to be aware of their surroundings. Each bus has an electronic tablet that is used for the driving schedule and Transit Dispatchers in the office are able to send safety messages throughout the day that show up on the tablet reminding Drivers to always be careful and to be safe. This technology is effective, efficient and timely and can be spread throughout the whole service area with a single key stroke!

Each year Bay Transit strives to provide the best and safest transportation in the region through professional Drivers, equipment and technology.

NEW PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICE IS HERE!

Bay Transit is running two deviated fixed public transportation routes.

The first is in Gloucester – A fixed route in the courthouse area. Details of this route are here.

The second connects the towns of Montross, Warsaw, Village, Callao, and Lottsburg. Details of that route can be found here.

Both routes will operate between the hours of 10:00 pm and 2:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Rides are $0.50 cents, transfers from other Bay Transit transportation are free.

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Volunteers Needed!

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