Aging Together programs serve a growing older population

Staying safe and healthy into our senior years is the mission of several local nonprofits, Aging Together being one of them. A regional alliance of more than 100 organizations and individuals from Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties, Aging Together is helping meet the needs of a growing older population with two events this fall and a series of caregiver grief support groups.

Chris Miller, executive director of Aging Together, encourages people of all ages to attend. “These events are not just for older adults, but also for aging boomers — soon to be older adults — and younger families, who may be called on now or in the near future to be caregivers.” Miller said that 80 percent of care comes from family members.

Senior Crime Awareness Meeting (SCAM)

If you haven’t received a scam IRS or Medicare call, chances are you know someone who has. You may even know someone who has fallen victim to them and been defrauded out of thousands of dollars. Callers pretending to be IRS agents or Medicare representatives use scare tactics to make victims give up their money or provide personal information.

To help raise awareness of these and other illegal efforts to con us, Aging Together is sponsoring a Senior Crime Awareness Meeting (SCAM), Oct. 1 at the Rappahannock Senior Center. Speakers include Marly Flores of the Virginia Senior Medicare Patrol Program, Michelle Leith from the Virginia Office of Attorney General, and Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie Smith. The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office has also prepared a “Government Imposter Telephone Scam Prevention Guide,” found online at

Senior Crime Awareness Meeting: 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 1 at Rappahannock Senior Center, 111 Scrabble Rd, Castleton. For more information, contact Dianna Banks at 540-829-6405 or  

The Art of Aging Expo

Here’s a quiz:

Where might you find all in one place document shredding, chair yoga, health screenings, a nationally known antiques appraiser, a former Redskin, Jin Shin Jytsu techniques, older dogs for adoption, flu shots, memory exercises and healthy oils?

The answer is at the Aging Together 2015 Art of Aging Expo, which is Oct. 12 at the Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper. The expo will showcase the resources and expertise of social services and caregiving organizations, hospices, medical centers and other service providers and over 40 exhibitors. Miller says “the event will focus holistically on the ways we can support ourselves as we age, not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually.”

Featured exhibitor Mark C. Grove, an antiques appraiser on the popular “The Chesapeake Collectibles Show” on Maryland Public Television, will appraise items from a stage in the middle of the expo floor. Former Redskins player Mike Nelms will walk the expo floor and talk about his life after retiring from the team. Said Miller, “Mike is a good example of someone with an ‘encore career,’ thinking about what is the next thing to do in our lives.”

The Virginia Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) will be on hand with a document shredding station. Bring three boxes of documents and watch them being shredded. “At the expo, SMP will give attendees a safe, secure way to dispose of documents that contain personal or sensitive information,” said Miller. “Shredding helps prevent identity theft and fraud.”

Other exhibitors include AARP HomeFit, offering ways to make our homes comfortable and safe as we age; Virginia GrandDriver to help us maintain our independence by recognizing and making adjustments when our ability to drive has changed; and Pranapiloga of Culpeper, conducting classes in seated yoga.

The Art of Aging Expo: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 at Daniel Technology Center, 18121 Technology Drive, Culpeper.. For a complete list of exhibitors and more information, visit or call 540-829-6405.

Caregiver support groups

Peer support, facilitated by trained group leaders is available throughout the region at these locations and times:

  •   Culpeper Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Ctr., second Tuesday of the month, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
  •   UVA Culpeper Hospital, 501 Sunset Ln., Culpeper. Fourth Tuesday, 12:30 to 1:30 pm.
  •   Lake of the Woods Church, 1 Church Ln., Locust Grove. Third Wednesday, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  •   The Villa at Suffield Meadows, 6735 Suffield Ln., Warrenton. Fourth Wednesday, 4 p.m.
  •   Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, 3948 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville. First and third Thursdays, 10 a.m.

For more information, visit or call 540-829-6405.

Grief support groups

Hospice of the Piedmont offers weekly grief support groups at these locations and times:

  •   Hospice of the Piedmont Community Room, 1200 Sunset Ln., Suite 2320, Culpeper, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept 3-24.
  •   Remington United Methodist Church, 150 W. Bowen St., Remington, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 6-27.

For more information or to register, contact Craig Wilt at or 540-825-4840.

Community education and support groups

Oak Springs of Warrenton holds monthly meetings on a myriad of senior-related topics. At the next meeting, next Wednesday (Sept. 16), Poppy Foddrell of Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services will answer questions about Medicare and Medicaid open enrollment. Oak Springs is at 614 Hastings Ln., Warrenton; the programs are 6 to 7 p.m. in the conference room. For more information, contact Amanda Rosier-Baker at or 540-347-4770.

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