Reopening Phase III 

Covid Safe and Senior Strong!
 
 
Welcoming our new Community Partner, AMR (Alliance for Multispecialty Research of Mobile) 

Consider Participating in Clinical Trials...Many Are Compensation-Based

AMR has specialized in cutting edge clinical research trials for 30 years. AMR Mobile brings new treatments through clinical research to our community.  You can apply online to see if you qualify.  For a list of studies and to apply: Clinical Study Application | Coastal Clinical Research

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governor Reopens Senior Centers for Outdoor Activities

 

SENIORS UTILIZING VIA CENTER

The Via Center is now working under guidelines from the CDC, Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Senior Services “Senior Center Reopening Guidelines for Outdoor Activities.”

When on premises, Seniors will be required to complete a Covid-19 Daily Assessment Tool.

Please Click Here to Review Paperwork

Seniors are required to review all safety and health guidelines for usage of Senior Centers.

Please Click Here to Review Guidelines

Click Here for Via Outdoor Fitness Schedule

Via Center Corona Virus Monitoring Statement

Click Here for All Updates

Seniors Staying Connected: Community Coronavirus Information

The Via Center leadership and staff are monitoring all developments with the Coronavirus. Like with the seasonal flu, older adults and those with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of being impacted if the virus does spread (National Council on the Aging/CDC).

 The Alabama Department of Public Health has issued the following guidance:

  1. Get vaccinated for Covid!  Ages 62 and older can now be vaccinated (2.8.2021).  See above to find location.
  2. Get vaccinated against flu. While there are no COVID-19 cases in Alabama, there are other respiratory viruses circulating, including the flu. Since current respiratory outbreaks could make it hard to identify the new coronavirus, the public is asked to get flu vaccine if they have not done so.
  3. Wear your mask - Governor's Safer-at-Home Order
  4. Wash your hands frequently
  5. Cover your coughs and sneezes
  6. Stay home with fever
  7. Clean and disinfect
  8. Call your doctor if symptoms get worse
  9. Stay informed.  Email Barbara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive our Seniors Staying Connected newsletter.

Via Center Launches Volunteer Guardian Program

NEW: VOLUNTEER GUARDIAN PROGRAM

The Via Center assumed management of the Volunteer Guardian Program (VGP) on January 1 of this year. 

VGP is a partnership between:

* Via Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center

* Mobile County Probate Court

* Mobile County Commission

* The City of Mobile 

* Community Partners who assist with referrals and support services

Volunteer Guardians are appointed by the Probate Court to make decisions for the incapacitated to protect their health and safety. VGP remains the only program of its kind in our state, and is the last line of defense for vulnerable citizens - with no appropriate family or friends - against homelessness and worsening quality of life.

YOU can be a Volunteer Guardian.  We are looking for volunteers who are compassionate, caring and committed, 21 and older, have computer access, transportation and the ability to learn basic legal and medical information, complete a background check and can spare at least 4-6 hours per month to make a vulnerable citizen's life better.  All Covid safety and health protocols are in place.

Click Here to Inquire About Becoming a Volunteer Guardian

 

Combatting Covid - Pandemic Fun!

Pandemic Fun! We have a new Social Distance Socializing (SDS) Program thanks to support from AARP. 

Our large parking lot became a safe gathering space for Senior social distance socializing and Midtown residents.  Runners, walkers, riders, dog owners and stroller babies all uplifted the spirits of Via staff and Seniors. Our Midtown Meets!  grant projectwith gazebos, picnic tables, dog waste/watering station, bike rack and garden beds now host all ages.  It has truly become a public, intergenerational meeting place for a livable community during Covid. Via appreciates the support provided by AARP as part of the Community Challenge grant program.

Come by, throw up a chair or sit at a picnic table and enjoy this new space.  Thank you to the Midtown Community & AARP Foundation. 

Center for Generational Studies Livable Communities Project

The Center for Generational Studies (CGS) was founded in 2011 through a partnership with the Via Center and the University of South Alabama's Programs in Gerontology.  The Via Center is used as a living laboratory to research and create solutions for similar issues (disease, social problems) among youth, older adults and families.  Initiatives include: internships, and health and wellness programs, an annual resiliency conference and intergenerational activities such as a song ministry, art projects, dances and a yearly Mardi Gras parade.

The project, "Intergenerational Relationships, Livable Communities and Health Outcomes Impact," was funded by the Gulf States Health Policy Center (GSHPC) of the National Institutes of Health.  GSHPC is led by former U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin.   We have spent the last 16 months completing our research: conducting 300 interviews of seniors, 8 Town Halls and 6 Policy Maker Sessions.  Our research identified a key policies/elements to make communities more livable for seniors and their families, including "access to health programming that will allow seniors to remain in their own communities."   The Project Team has made presentations to state and national conferences and is currently in process of manuscript submissions.

For more information, contact Barbara at 251.470.5229 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Via Forms Partnerships to Increase Benefits for Members

In order to provide more benefits for our members, the Via Center has partnered with the following organizations. Click on the organization listing to access websites.

National Council on the Aging (NCOA)

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA)

National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC)