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Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia Receives Grant to Pilot Senior Fitness Program
Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia Receives Grant to Pilot Senior Fitness Program

Norfolk, Va. (January 22, 2020) – Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia (SSSEVA) has been awarded $15,158 from Impact1890 – a National Lutheran Program to pilot Lifelong Improvements through Fitness Together (LIFT), a strength training program for older adults. The funds will support staffing, marketing, and program evaluation.

LIFT will be implemented in early 2020 at Hayden Village Center in Franklin, Va. The Franklin-Southampton area has traditionally been an underserved area for seniors wishing to participate in physical fitness programs. Since residents of Hayden Village senior apartments live onsite, providing the LIFT interventions at Hayden Village Center will maximize seniors’ access to wellness programs and other SSSEVA services that support social determinants of health.

As a result of SSSEVA’s partnership with Impact1890, 45 to 50 seniors ages 60+ residing in City of Franklin/Southampton County will improve their ability to remain healthy and independent in their own homes. They will maintain or improve their physical functioning, nutrition, and social connections – all critical components of aging independently in place.

The LIFT program was developed by researchers at Virginia Tech to meet the needs of older adults in Virginia. A recent study through a collaboration of researchers at the Virginia Cooperative Extension at Virginia Tech found that only 17% of seniors meet physical activity recommendations. In many Virginia counties, older adults do not have access to physical activity facilities (at a nominal cost), or they often lack the comfort or capacity to perform the exercises. As adults age and become more sedentary, they lose muscle mass, balance, and flexibility. However, strength-training interventions may alleviate the burden of muscle weakness leading to falls and allow them to safely perform daily functional tasks.

SSSEVA and Impact1890 have a successful history of partnering to improve the health and wellbeing of seniors in this region. SSSEVA has been the recipient of two previous grant awards that supported the implementation of the Enhanced Fitness Program for seniors at senior centers throughout Southeastern Virginia.

“We are so grateful for Impact1890’s support,” said Anne Williams, Director of Hayden Village Center. “The grant will enhance our current offerings by adding a strength training component to the other wellness education and nutrition programs that SSSEVA will offer at Hayden Village Center.”

About Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia is the regional not-for-profit organization that helps seniors and adults with disabilities live with choice and dignity in their communities. Its headquarters and satellite offices assist citizens in the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach, and in Isle of Wight and Southampton counties. Programs and services include case management, in-home care, Meals on Wheels and meals at senior center wellness and nutrition sites, Care Transitions, wellness classes, I-Ride transportation, Medicare benefits counseling and more. In 2019, more than 10,000 people throughout the Southeastern Virginia region were served. To learn more about Senior Services, please call 757-461-9481, connect with us on Facebook or Twitter, or visit

About Impact1890

Impact1890 – A National Lutheran Program awards funding to non-profit organizations that provide services primarily to underserved seniors throughout Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. Learn more about Impact1890 at

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)

With 129-years’ experience, NLCS honors, inspires and supports choice and opportunity in service to seniors. Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs.

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Director of Development and Community Relations


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