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July, 2013

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Thank you for your newsletter information. 

REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR NEWS ITEMS NO LATER THAN THE 10TH OF EVERY MONTH!

Keep them coming!

The Board is working hard to build up DACCS membership at the meetings. We know that you have a busy schedule but we hope that you will come to hear all of the exciting speakers we have scheduled for 2013!

2013 DACCS Officers

President – Nicole Crews
Vice President – J. Adama Vacanti 
Secretary – Clem Oliver
Treasurer – Bernice Gammon
Alternative Treasurer - Melinda Dalton
Membership – Amy Bracey
Newsletter – Clem Oliver
Members at Large - Earl B. Reynolds Jr, Van Avery, Pat Daniel

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DACCS Meeting
Friday, July 26, 2013
 
 12 noon at Golden Corral Restaurant
Speaker

Delilah White
Adult Career Coach/Outreach Specialist
Danville Community College

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DACCS Announcements! 
August Meeting
Friday 23, 2013
 12 noon at Golden Corral Restaurant
Speaker

Jesse Tate
ABC ENFORCEMENT
RECENT APPEARANCE ON “MOONSHINER SERIES”

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If you would like to be our Guest Speaker at one of the DACCS Meetings to discuss your organization, please see J. Adama Vacanti for details. Your lunch will be provided.

Do you have news to share to put in the DACCS newsletter?
If so, please contact: Clem Oliver with your information.
All information is needed by the 10th of each month.

If you are interested in being an officer in DACCS for the year 2013 or please contact J. Adama Vacanti or  Clem Oliver

 

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Social Security Column
By J. Adama Vacanti
Social Security District Manager in Danville, VA

ALLOW SOCIAL SECURITY’S LIGHTHOUSE TO GUIDE YOU INTO A SMOOTH RETIREMENT

August 7 is National Lighthouse Day. The day honors and commemorates lighthouses, which for centuries have served as beacons of light to guide ships safely through dark and uncertain waters.

August 21 is National Senior Citizen Day, which recognizes the contributions senior citizens make in communities across the nation.

Social Security offers a bright beacon of light for seniors and younger captains who navigate the waters of retirement planning. In fact, we have a few lighthouses that can illuminate the way to a happy retirement.

Lighthouse One: The Retirement Estimator is an easy way to get an instant, personalized estimate of your future Social Security benefits. Just enter some basic information and the Estimator will use information on your Social Security record, along with what you input, to give you a benefit estimate on the spot. You also can experiment with different scenarios, such as changing your future earnings and retirement date. Check it out in English at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator or in Spanish at www.segurosocial.gov/calculador.

Lighthouse Two: my Social Security is an online account that allows you quick access to your personal Social Security information. During your working years, once you create your online account, you can use my Social Security to view your Social Security Statement to check your earnings record and see estimates of the future retirement, disability, and survivor benefits you and your family may receive. If you already receive Social Security benefits, you can sign into your account to view, save, and print your benefit verification letter, check your benefit payment information, and when necessary, change your address and phone number in our records. You also can start or change your direct deposit information. Check it out at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Lighthouse Three: The online Benefit Application is the most convenient way to apply for Social Security retirement and spouse’s benefits. You can apply from the comfort of your home — it’s fast, easy, and secure. It’s so easy, in fact, it can take you as little as 15 minutes to apply online. In most cases, once your application is submitted electronically, you’re done. There are no forms to sign and usually no documentation is required. Social Security will process your application and contact you if any further information is needed. Join the millions that have already applied online. Try it out when you’re ready to retire or just want to learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/retirement.htm.

You’ll find a host of other lighthouses at www.socialsecurity.gov to ensure your retirement plans don’t go off course. For example, we offer an online library of topical publications you can read or listen to, and hundreds of frequently asked questions.

Whether you’re a new captain learning how to navigate the waters of financial planning, or a salty seadog ready for retirement, Social Security’s online lighthouses are here to make sure you don’t crash on the jagged sea rocks of procrastination or shallow straights of poor planning. The beacon is guiding you to www.socialsecurity.gov.

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DANVILLE CANCER ASSOCIATION

COPING Cancer Support Group will meet on July 30 at 1:00 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 409 Arnett Blvd., Danville.  Anyone who is currently going through cancer treatment and those who have been in treatment in the past are welcome. 

The Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group will meet on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at the United Way of Danville at 308 Craghead Street from 12 noon until 1pm. Annette Clark,Family Services Director will present a very helpful program on Living with Alzheimer's for the Caregiver. For further details call Van Avery at 434-791-4074 or Barbara Wright at 434-228-0298.

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We here at Southern Area Agency on Aging and The You Can! Live Well, Virginia! are very enthusiastic about possibly holding trainings in your area for our Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP).   The You Can!  Live Well, Virginia!  Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a 2½ hour, six week workshop to help adults with chronic illnesses such as asthma, arthritis, diabetes and heart disease learn ways to manage their condition and take charge of their lives.  There is no fee to attend the workshop.  The workshops are led by trained leaders, many with health conditions themselves, and involve active involvement by participants.  Mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.  Through self management programs people living with chronic diseases can take steps to reduce their effects, improve their overall health, and live life to the fullest.  Self-management means…you assume responsibility for yourself by taking various actions to control or decrease your symptoms!! 

The CDSMP is a new program for this area, but has been launched and successful in the Martinsville and Henry County areas.  So, our focus is to expand the program to other communities, so that we are educating all surrounding areas, providing them with knowledge and empowerment on managing and living a healthy life with chronic conditions.  We are currently working with other healthcare professionals, local churches, fire departments, and etc. to get this program implemented in the South Western Virginia area.  For additional information on upcoming workshops, holding a workshop and/or program information please feel free to contact Amanda Foddrell-Shuff with SAAA at (276) 632-6442 toll free (800) 468-4571 or ashuff@southernaaa.org.

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ATTENTION VETERANS

If your DD214 has been lost, misplaced or destroyed, we can order a copy for you at no charge. Come by our office for assistance.

Vietnam veterans may be eligible for disability compensation and health care benefits for diseases that VA has recognized as associated with exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides. For a list of these diseases or to discuss eligibility and the application process, please come by our office.

Monday – Friday 8:30AM – 4:30PM
Virginia Department of Veterans Services
139A Deer Run Road
Danville, VA  24540

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NEWS TIP!

By Cherise M. Newsome
The Virginian-Pilot
© July 10, 2013
Norfolk

DMV to begin issuing birth certificates in March 2014

The Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing birth certificates in March 2014, according to a press release from the governor’s office. By 2015, the DMV also will be able to issue certified copies of all death, marriage, and divorce records.

Those additional services are made possible through a partnership with DMV and the state health department that was formed to streamline access to vital records. The partnership stems from a bill passed during the recent General Assembly session, the press release said. 

The change makes available paper birth certificates from 1912 onward at all 75 DMV customer service centers throughout the state. Those documents are currently held in the state’s Division of Vital Records office in Richmond. Residents will still be able to obtain documents there or through the mail.

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It is that time a year again, don’t forget to pay your
DACCS dues for 2013.

GREEN BOOK UPDATE!

Thank you for your donations towards the printing of the GREEN BOOK.

We were unable to raise the funds needed to publish the Green Book this year.

ALL DONATIONS HAVE BEEN RETURNED
2013

PAY YOUR DUES ONLINE USING PAYPAL OR ANY MAJOR CREDIT CARD
ALSO PAY WITH A SUBSCRIPTION!

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