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September, 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, September 27, 2013
 
 12 noon at Golden Corral Restaurant
Speaker

Michael Duncan
Advance Learning & Research
Deputy Director

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DACCS Announcements! 
October Meeting
Friday, October 25, 2013
 12 noon at Golden Corral Restaurant
Speaker

Jeff Liverman
Executive Director
Danville Science Center

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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

GET YOUR BENEFIT VERIFICATION LETTER ONLINE

Do you need a letter from Social Security verifying your benefits? The fastest, easiest, most convenient way to get a benefit verification letter these days is to go online to www.socialsecurity.gov.

You may need a benefit verification letter for a number of reasons. Perhaps you need proof of income for a loan or to verify your monthly income for housing, or state or local benefits. You may need proof of your current Medicare health insurance status. In some cases, a person may need proof of retirement status, disability status, or age. For any of these situations, a benefit verification letter will provide the proof you need.

Sometimes a benefit verification letter is called a budget letter, benefits letter, proof of income letter, or proof of award letter. Don’t let the different titles confuse you; they are all the same thing: a benefit verification letter. Whatever the reason you need your benefit verification letter, you can get yours immediately online for free.

To get your benefit verification letter, simply visit us online at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and set up a my Social Security account. To create an account, you must provide some personal information about yourself and give us answers to some questions that only you are likely to know. They are the same types of questions you would encounter if you were trying to open an online account at a financial institution or obtain your credit report.

Next, you create a unique username and password that you will use to access your online account. This process protects you and keeps your personal Social Security information private.

Once you’ve established your account, it will be simple for you to come back and transact business with Social Security in the future. For example, in addition to getting another benefit verification letter in the next year or two, you can check your benefit and payment information as well as your earnings record. You also can change your address, phone number, and direct deposit information.

So remember: there’s no need to fight traffic and visit a busy government office in order to obtain proof of your benefits. Simply visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and establish a my Social Security account so you can obtain your benefit verification letter online in a matter of minutes.

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DANVILLE CANCER ASSOCIATION

The September COPING Cancer Support Group meeting - 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 24 at Trinity United Methodist Church on Arnett Blvd. We would like to know if there is any interest in starting an evening Support Group.  Call the above number and let us know if you are interested.  We would particularly like to hear if there is any interest in forming a group in Pittsylvania County.

Bernice C. Gammon
Executive Director
Danville Cancer Association, Inc.
223 Riverview Dr., Suite J,
Danville, VA  24541
Phone (unchanged) 434-791-3227
NEW Fax 434-791-4815

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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 p.m. 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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BALLOU RECREATION CENTER   COMING EVENTS

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

GREEN BOOK UPDATE!

REMEMBER THE GREEN BOOK IS
ONLINE WITH CURRENT
INFORMATION.

CHECK US OUT @ WWW.DACCS.ORG

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

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