Tips for Seniors and Families



Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in this country. There are more than 795,000 strokes each year in the United States. Stroke causes more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease and most strokes occur in people over the age of 65 with the risk of having a stroke more doubling each decade after the age of 55.


African-Americans are twice as likely to die from stroke as Caucasians. The rate of first strokes in African-Americans is almost double that of Caucasians, and strokes tend to occur earlier in life for African-Americans than Caucasians. Additionally, African-American stroke survivors are more likely to become disabled and experience difficulties with daily living and activities.


The statistics are staggering -- in fact, African-Americans are more impacted by stroke than any other racial groups within the American population.  Why?  


Not all of the reasons are clear why African-Americans have an increased risk of stroke. Some risk factors play a major role. African Americans have a higher rate of:


The National Institute of Health developed a website to promote their campaign, KNOW STROKE,  

 Know the symptoms of stroke:


·  Sudden NUMBNESS or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body

·  Sudden CONFUSION, trouble speaking or understanding speech

·  Sudden TROUBLE SEEING in one or both eyes

·  Sudden TROUBLE WALKING, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

·  Sudden SEVERE HEADACHE with no known cause


Stroke strikes fast, so call 911, and get to the hospital quickly! 




As Medicaid programs and providers prepare to cover more patients in 2014, the Affordable Care Act requires states to pay primary care physicians no less than 100% of Medicare payment rates in 2013 and 2014 for primary care services. The increase is fully funded by the federal government. Effective January 1, 2013.


Learn how the law supports and strengthens primary care providers by visiting the website below:







Spotsylvania County provides an exemption of taxes on real property for the elderly and/or totally disabled persons.



GENERAL INFORMATION If you are disabled, one letter from Social Security or one letter from two separate doctors has to be provided at the time of application stating the total disability and the date the applicant was declared disabled. The disability date has to be before January 1 of the tax year. The disability statements only need to be provided if you are a first time applicant and are not over sixty-five (65) years old. The exemption is for the dwelling and up to one (1) acre of land. Applicants are required to own and occupy the property currently and before January 1 of the current tax year for which the exemption is applied. An exemption may be given for the prior tax year if the applicant meets the qualifications and an application is submitted before the March 1 deadline anniversary date. The prior year gross income and net worth totals are used to determine if the applicant qualifies. A maximum amount of up to $1,200 in taxes may be exempted. 


The exemption is granted on an annual basis and a renewal application has to be filed each year. 

1) All information on the application is confidential and not open to public inspection. 

2) Current exempted taxes are due upon the sale of the exempted property and/or death of the applicant if there is no surviving qualifying co-applicant, or if the applicant(s) no longer resides on the exempted property for any reasons other than occupying a nursing home/hospital. 




Application forms are available at:






Providing Additional Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Under the law, states will receive two more years of funding to continue coverage for children not eligible for Medicaid.  


If your children need health coverage, they may be eligible for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). If they qualify, you won't need to buy a Marketplace plan to cover them.


CHIP Basics

CHIP provides low-cost health coverage to children in families that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid. In some states, CHIP covers parents and pregnant women. Each state offers CHIP coverage, and works closely with its state Medicaid program.

What CHIP covers

The benefits covered through CHIP are different in each state, but all states provide comprehensive coverage, including:

States may choose to provide additional CHIP benefits. Check with your state for more information about covered services.

What CHIP costs

Routine "well child" doctor and dental visits are provided free of charge. But there may be copayments for certain other services. Some states charge a monthly premium for coverage. The costs you'll have to pay are different in each state, but you can't be asked to pay more than 5% of your family's income for the year.

See if your children qualify for CHIP

Each state program has its own rules about who qualifies for CHIP. There are 2 ways to see if your children qualify:



Applications for Head Start and Virginia Preschool Initiative are accepted all school year.  Call 540-582-8816 for information about openings for the 2014-2015 school year as well as for information on  eligibility.


Applications and required documents must be submitted in person at the Head Start Administrative Office. Applications are accepted Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


The office is located at John J. Wright Educational and Cultural Center, 7565 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22551


Submitted by:  Mrs. Betty Bazemore the SSSU Web Team