In 1965 when the the Older Americans Act (OAA) became law, Congress and the Johnson Administration envisioned a framework of support services so that older adults would be empowered to age with dignity, health, and independence for as long as possible. The OAA is a seminal piece of legislation that provided the foundation for aging services and provided a vision for home- and community-based services for older adults.

Seniors First, the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging was incorporated in July of 1975, and is the only comprehensive regional provider of support services that enable older persons to continue living in their own homes.  As our older population increases, our services will be even more critical in controlling long term care costs and providing in-home care for our elderly friends and neighbors.

Throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Seniors First offers a variety of high-quality services that provide in-home support, delaying or preventing a move to more costly long-term care facilities. We offer a broad range of services to adults, 60 years and older, with the primary purpose of allowing them to age at home. Some of our services include Meals on Wheels, Personal Care, Homemaker Services, Respite Care, Transportation, Information and Referral Services, Ombudsman, and Insurance Counseling. We also operate six Senior Centers. The service area includes the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah, Warren, and the city of Winchester.

Seniors First enhances the dignity and independence of older persons, facilitating staying active and continuing community service.  Services also support caregivers of older adults, often enabling spouses and family to continue in the workforce.

Seniors First receives federal, state, and local jurisdictional funding, but the needs of older residents and their caregivers continue to exceed these resources.  Individual, corporate, and faith-based community support are critical to help us meet the diverse needs in our community. Please consider donating today.