Pamela K. Matura, Executive Director, Area Agency on Aging District 7
April 2017 Monthly Column
We always enjoy speaking to our communities when we are invited to present as a part of a meeting, event, or other function. This gives us an opportunity to educate the public more about our services and who we are. The Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) is proud to serve as your community resource for long-term care services and supports. We are here to help answer any questions you might have and provide you with resources and options to help you or a loved one stay safe and independent at home or in the community.
The AAA7 was established in 1972 and is a part of a network of Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) throughout the country established through the federal Older Americans Act of 1965. AAAs were formally established as the “on-the-ground” organization charged with helping vulnerable older adults live with independence and dignity in their homes and communities. They play a chief role in planning, developing, coordinating and delivery of key services in their communities. AAAs receive federal and state funding and work with local service providers to deliver services.
Did you know that there is an AAA serving older adults in virtually every community in the nation? In fact in 2014, there were 618 AAAs across the nation! Each AAA is unique to meet the needs of the communities served. The AAA7 in Ohio covers ten counties in the southern part of the state including Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton. The AAA7’s mission is to assist individuals to maintain independence and choice by providing resource options and services. This includes older adults and those of any age living with a disability. The AAA7 is proud to serve a broad range of consumers through several programs designed to meet the needs of seniors over the age of 60, disabled individuals under the age of 60, and caregivers and veterans of all ages.
The AAA7 offers a variety of programs and services including care management, caregiver support, home repair, Medicare information and assistance, and wellness programs; and contracts with local providers for services such as adult day, Alzheimer’s respite, congregate and home-delivered meals, emergency response systems, homemaking services, legal services, personal care services, and transportation.
To learn more about the services in your community, to ask a question, or to schedule an in-home consultation at no cost to you, call the AAA7 Resource Center. A certified staff member can come to your home and discuss with you and your family more about long-term care alternatives and planning. Contact us at 1-800-582-7277 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
This year, we honor and celebrate National Healthcare Volunteer Week April 23-29 with the theme Volunteers Make the World a Brighter Place. “We currently we have nearly 100 volunteers serving throughout the Holzer Health System in a variety of areas, “states Linda Jeffers-Lester, Manager, Holzer Heritage Foundation and Volunteer Services
President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every sitting US President since Nixon has issued a proclamation for National Volunteer Week, as have many U.S. mayors and governors.
Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened; the week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to get out and volunteer in their communities. Each April, charities, hospitals, and communities recognize volunteers and foster a culture of service.
Holzer’s volunteer program has a long history. The American Red Cross Gray Ladies served the Holzer Hospital Cedar Street location that opened in 1917 with 25-beds by delivering mail for our patients. When the Jackson Pike location opened in 1972, five separate groups were involved in the volunteer program: the HMC Volunteer Service League, the Red Cross Gray Ladies, members of the RSVP, the Foster Grandparent Program and the Volunteens. At Holzer, many volunteers are retirees, active individuals who bring many years of experience to the hospital each day, along with their generous hearts. They are valuable because of the commitment they make to the community through their volunteer service.
Since those early beginnings, our volunteers have continued to contribute thousands of hours of service. In addition, they have also been instrumental in many other endeavors including the Lifeline Program, with seed money through the Holzer Heritage Foundation. We have a generous community filled with individuals willing to give their time to Holzer. Volunteers are included in various special employee functions such as the Annual Picnic and the Christmas Dance. Holzer volunteers are valued and appreciated as a vital part of daily operations. Holzer offers a variety of opportunities, where volunteers can do many different kinds of work. No matter what your interests or talents, there is a place for you as a Holzer Health System volunteer.
Holzer recognizes that each volunteer plays a very important part in the success of our organization. We encourage you to acknowledge our volunteers and thank them for sharing their time and talents with Holzer Health System.
Pondering about small town America in a bygone era, one might conjure up an image of a bandstand, a horse drawn wagon, children playing in the park. O. O. McIntyre wrote about all those things, reminiscing about his time growing up in Gallipolis, and the rest of the country couldn’t get enough of his writing. Noted composer, Meredith Willson, also grew up in a small midwest town (he later wrote about it in the hit musical The Music Man) and he and McIntyre became close friends. He wrote a composition for his good friend title The O. O. McIntyre Suite that hasn’t been heard for over 80 years!
This special concert of The Ohio Valley Symphony, “The Homecoming” will present that long lost music on Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 pm. The fitting location is the historic Ariel Opera House which drew McIntyre like a bug to the fire. Each movement is named after favorite phrases of McIntyre, “Thingumbobs, Thots While Strolling and Local Boy Makes Good” (his spelling was atrocious).
McIntyre is long gone having passed in 1938, but a living local who has “made good,” tenor Phillip Armstrong will join the OVS with some selections from Porgy & Bess, and songs of hope and inspiration. Besides having an active solo career, Armstrong has performed all over the country with the vocal group The Mighty Sound of SEVEN.
The Ohio Valley Symphony will present a medley of music from Willson’s The Music Man. Willson filled this musical with plenty of singable tunes like Lida Rose, Goodnight Ladies and 76 Trombones. [The full length musical will be presented later in the season with the Ariel Players on June 16 and 17. ]
Rounding out this program of American music is another seldom heard piece, William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 2, “Song of a New Race.” This hauntingly beautiful symphony is filled with a bluesy lyricism full of sumptuous snapshots of musical moods. Still is often said to be the first classically trained African American composer. He was a prolific composer turning out nine operas, seven ballets and five symphonies and hundreds of other compositions. He was the first African American composer to write a major orchestral work performed by an American orchestra, the first to lead an American orchestra and the first to have an opera produced by a major American company. Still was also one of Paul Whiteman’s arrangers. It was the Paul Whiteman Orchestra that premiered The O. O. McIntyre Suite.
Part of the day’s festivities include a book launch by author, R. Scott Williams, on Saturday at 4:30 at the Ariel introducing his new book about O. O. McIntyre, “An Odd Book: How the First Modern Pop Culture Reporter Conquered New York.” Williams will be on hand to speak about McIntyre, his book and answer questions from the audience. Williams is the CEO of the Newseum in Washington, D.C. and is passionate about sharing forgotten stories from the past.
The OVS has a mission of bringing great music played by great artists to the Ohio Valley – and making orchestral music easy to love. To get a unique perspective on making music, the public is welcome to attend OVS rehearsals for free at 7-10 p.m. Friday, March 24, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Open rehearsals are a great way for young and old alike to become more familiar with symphonic music, and they offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what goes into preparing an orchestral performance.
Concertgoers -- new or veteran -- have another chance to learn more about the music with a free pre concert chat. Held in the third-floor Ariel Chamber Theatre, the pre concert talks are interactive and informal and begin at 6:45 p.m.
Tickets for The Ohio Valley Symphony's concerts are $24 for adults, $22 seniors and $12 for students. Tickets are available on the website at arieltheatre.org or ohiovalleysymphony.org or at the box office. Funding for The Ohio Valley Symphony is provided in part by the Ann Carson Dater Endowment.