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Letters to the Editor for Friday, September 8, 2017
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Letters to the Editor for Friday, September 8, 2017

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Centra PACE a lifeline for seniors

Centra PACE is the answer to the health care needs of my aunt, Louise Walkup, who turned 100 earlier this summer! PACE celebrated her life with all the glory 100 years on this Earth deserves. A specially made cake, banners, a barbershop quartet (High Cotton), serenades from Martha Yasuda, Louise’s niece and violinist and recognition by Del. Scott Garrett, not to mention dancing throughout the day room, by none other than the birthday girl herself. She made sure to go around the room and include everyone! It was caught on camera by WDBJ and WSET. What a celebration!

PACE (a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) offers medical care, transportation, adult day care, hospital care when needed, medication, socialization, meals and recreation to those who meet the criteria for nursing facility placement but prefer to stay at home with the support of PACE. This is how Centra PACE sees its mission: “The Centra PACE mission is to enhance life for older adults with chronic needs by providing compassionate, quality care and services. PACE strives to achieve this mission by empowering participants to live in their homes and in the community for as long as it is medically and socially safe.”

My mother, Ann Walkup Reid, was a pioneer in many ways. Following her tenure as executive director of the Mental Health Association in the 1960s and ’70s, she served the public by promoting and helping bring home health care services to the city. It is only fitting that decades later, her eldest sibling and only survivor, V. Louise Walkup, now benefits from the expansive services of PACE, an expansive home health care provider.

I extend much appreciation to Dr. Verna Sellers, geriatric physician of the Lynchburg PACE facility. I had first met Dr. Sellers through my mother and her mother’s camaraderie. This led to my acquaintance with the PACE program, which eventually led to enrolling my aunt Louise into the PACE program. My aunt was not happy about it at first, but it quickly turned out to be a lifesaver!

There are many Centra PACE staff people who deserve a big thanks for all they do to enrich my aunt’s life. From Gina, to Carol, to Eleanor, to Mary, to Brenda, to Crystal, to Meghan, to Myra, to Dee and on and on. I wish I could name everyone. Day in and day out, my aunt “Lou Lou” rides a bus to PACE to enjoy exercise, friendships, meals, crafts, dancing, music and more. PACE also has a medical clinic on-site, so those needs are met, as well. Caregivers come into the home to assist with meals and hygiene. PACE and I work as a team for the benefit of my aunt.

Yes, indeed, it does take a village, and PACE has it figured out! Thank you and thank you for making my aunt’s 100th birthday the event of her lifetime and for making her day-to-day life full of purpose!

KIM REID HOGAN

Lynchburg

True public servants

The board of directors of the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) conducts monthly meetings open to Bedford County residents. I attended two of their recent meetings. My first meeting attendance was to learn more about their project to provide additional water supply to Bedford County from Smith Mountain Lake (SML). My second meeting was to learn more about BRWA’s capabilities, growth and vision for the future as they continue to provide water and sewer services to our county.

The BRWA is to be commended for successfully completing and providing additional potable water to Bedford County from SML. It is my understanding that the project was completed on time and within budget.

I was impressed when BRWA board chairman, Elmer Hodge, Executive Director Brian Key and other board officials expressed their commitment, confidence and optimism for the future improvement of water and sewer services in Bedford County. And importantly, I was greeted and made to feel welcomed to their meeting. Members of the BRWA board of directors are not your typical bureaucrats. They are concerned “public servants.” My experience says that Bedford County residents can be confident in their leadership, both now and in the future.

ROBERT LUCAS

Forest

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