Caregiver Support

VPAS offers a wide variety of programs, workshops, support groups and activities for family caregivers. Share experiences, tips, problem solve together, gain insight and connect with others in similar situations.

Click on the links below for more information about events we are hosting!

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The Grief Support Group for Caregivers creates a space for caregivers to process feelings of anticipatory grief and loss and to connect with others. This group is for processing the losses experienced by caregivers before the death of the person they are caring for and to share those feelings with others in similar situations. This support group is different from others offered by VPAS, because grief and loss are the topics discussed rather than problem solving or sharing of tips. Participants can freely share topics which can be too heavy for other types of support groups.

*This is a virtual meeting and the link to participate will be shared upon registration.  

Dates: Ongoing- every third Thursday of the month, from 10:30-11:30am 

Register below or call 540.383.7006 for more information.

Virtual Grief Support Group for Caregivers

It can be difficult attending a support group in person if you are unable to leave your care partner alone at home.  Here is a virtual solution providing interaction with other caregivers, resources, tips, ideas, and a safe outlet for sharing of feelings. Join us for one or both of these weekly sessions! 

Mondays at 3:00 p.m. with Joyce Nussbaum, VPAS Harrisonburg/Rockingham Senior Services Director.

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. with Heather Lawrence, VPAS Caregiver Support Coordinator.  Register below or call 540.615.5341.

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

Prefer to meet with folks face to face? Here is an option for an in-person monthly support group, providing interaction with other caregivers, resources, tips, ideas, and a safe outlet for sharing of feelings.

Ongoing every 4th Tuesday of the month from 3:00-4:00pm

Location: Sunnyside Retirement Community, 3935 Sunnyside Drive, Harrisonburg, VA

Register below or call 540.615.5341 for more information.

Caregiver Support Group - Sunnyside

A support group offered by the Alzheimer's Association in partnership with VPAS at two locations.

Here is a safe place to:

  • develop a support system
  • exchange practical information on challenges and possible solutions
  • talk through issues and ways of coping
  • share feelings, needs, and concerns
  • talk about community resources

Second Thursday of the month at 1:00pm at Summit Square, 501 Oak Avenue, Waynesboro.
Register here or call 540.615.5341 for more information.

A support group offered by the Alzheimer's Association in partnership with VPAS at two locations.

Here is a safe place to:

  • develop a support system
  • exchange practical information on challenges and possible solutions
  • talk through issues and ways of coping
  • share feelings, needs, and concerns
  • talk about community resources

First Friday of the month at 10:30am at Community Mennonite Church, 70 S. High St., Harrisonburg, VA
Register here or call 540.615.5341 for more information.

A safe space for caregivers and people living with dementia to attend together. There will be social time with other care partners, optional games, activities and refreshments, and Tai Chi for Memory exercise.  For more information or to let us know you're coming, call 540.615.5341.

First Thursday of the month, 10-11:30 a.m. - Massanutten Regional Library, Central Library, 174 S. Main St., Harrisonburg - Register here

A safe space for caregivers and people living with dementia to attend together. This ongoing group will provide social time with other care partners, optional games, activities and refreshments, and Tai Chi for Memory exercise.  For more information or to let us know you're coming, please Register Below or call 540.615.5341.

Date: Second Thursday of the month, ongoing. 

Time: 10:00 -11:30 a.m.

Location: Waynesboro Public Library, 600 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro

Memory Partners - Waynesboro Public Library

These unique dementia care partner events will provide education and respite for the care provider alongside a guided art experience for the care receiver. The sessions will occur simultaneously in nearby spaces, creating a safe, enriching and empowering opportunity for both care partners.

For the Care Provider: The Alzheimer's Association will present programs to help caregivers understand the many facets of Dementia. Attendees will learn about some of the common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia, how to assess the person’s needs, and how to intervene effectively.

For the Care Receiver: VPAS will present "Opening Minds through Art", a national arts program developed for those living with dementia. Artists are partnered with trained volunteers who will guide them through the process of creating abstract art. This program is person-centered and seeks to affirm the autonomy of each individual who participates.

All sessions take place at the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, 110 East College St., Bridgewater, VA

  • "Effective Communication Strategies" - June 12, 2024 - 2:00-3:00pm  Register Here
  • "Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior" - August 14, 2024 - 2:00-3:00pm Register Here

Call 540.615.5341 for more information.

The Virtual Dementia Tour is an in-person sensitivity training designed to help you understand what it is like to live with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. Participants’ hearing, vision, and other senses are distorted to simulate the effects of the disease.

Individuals are guided through the tour by trained facilitators. Each tour takes approximately 45 minutes. 

Date: Saturday, June 8th with tours beginning at 9:00 and continuing throughout the day. 

Location: Weavers Mennonite Church, 2501 Rawley Pike, Rockingham VA 22801

For more information call 540.615.5341

Register and choose a time for your tour below. 

Virtual Dementia Tour

Confident Caregiver Circle Support Group is a series of workshops for caregivers to learn or refresh skills for a more informed caregiving journey. Topics include: stress management, physical activity and preventing injury, medication management, planning for the future, anticipatory grief and more. There is also time for sharing, questions and connection with other caregivers on the same path. 

Session Dates: June 17, July 15, August 26, September 16, October 7, October 28, November 18, December 9, December 30

Time: 3:00-4:30pm

Location: Bridgewater Retirement Community-Houff Community Center, 210 Virginia Avenue in Bridgewater

Register below or call 540.615.5341 for more information. 

Confident Caregiver Circle Support Group - Bridgewater

Engage in discussion on topics relevant to family caregivers and care partners of persons living with dementia in early stages. This presentation will focus on addressing fears and provide education and empowerment to better cope with the challenges of dementia caregiving.

Starting with education and role plays, the presentation will be followed with 3 round-table discussions including: 

  • The Emotional Weather Report

  •  Responding to Changing Dementia Behaviors and Situations

  • Creating Comfortable and Engaging Conversations about Dementia and Your Caregiver Role with Family, Friends, Neighbors and Associates. 

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 24, 2024 from 1:30-4:30pm

Location: VPAS Offices, 325 Pine Avenue, Waynesboro VA

Fill out the form below to register or Call 540.949.7141 for more information.

Prepare to Care: Navigating a Dementia Diagnosis

Engage in discussion on topics relevant to family caregivers and care partners of persons living with dementia in early stages. This presentation will focus on addressing fears and provide education and empowerment to better cope with the challenges of dementia caregiving.

Starting with education and role plays, the presentation will be followed with 3 round-table discussions including: 

  • The Emotional Weather Report
  •  Responding to Changing Dementia Behaviors and Situations
  • Creating Comfortable and Engaging Conversations about Dementia and Your Caregiver Role with Family, Friends, Neighbors and Associates. 

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 28, 2024 from 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: Maury River Senior Services, 2137 Magnolia Avenue, Buena Vista

Fill out the form below to register or Call 540.261.7474 for more information.

Prepare to Care: Navigating a Dementia Diagnosis - Buena Vista

Dealing with Dementia is a four-hour workshop, paired with the comprehensive Dealing with Dementia guide, a detailed workbook designed to help you navigate the unique challenges of caring for someone with dementia. Learn how to better understand dementia, manage problem behaviors, handle stress, and find more time for yourself. 

Date: September 26, 2024 from 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Waynesboro Public Library, 600 S. Wayne Avenue, Waynesboro VA

Register below or call 540.615.5341 for more information. 

 

Dealing with Dementia - Waynesboro

These sessions are designed to provide caregivers and their family member living with dementia, opportunities to leave the home, engage with others, and address caregiver needs through the support group while the family member creates abstract art through Opening Minds through Art (OMA). 

Dates: First Tuesday of the month from July 2 through December 3

Time: 1:30-2:30pm

Location: Maury River Senior Services, 2137 Magnolia Avenue, Buena Vista, VA 

*Please register separately for each session you plan to attend and indicate whether or not you will be bringing an artist for the OMA session. 

*Immediate Need: Volunteers are needed for these sessions. Volunteers are fully guided by the OMA facilitator throughout each art project, and all levels of artistic ability are welcomed. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, have an interest in art, and be comfortable working with older adults living with dementia or other cognitive concerns. Once a volunteer is trained, they may be chosen for future OMA sessions without more training.  Click Here to sign up as a Volunteer. 

Voluntary and confidential contributions are always accepted and appreciated.