Caregiver Support

Confident Caregiver Mini-Retreats - These arts and crafts mini-retreats offer opportunities for relaxation, reflection, and conversation with other caregivers. No artistic skill needed. This is about the process, not the outcome!  Internet access is required, as we will create the following art projects on Zoom.

Fall Fun With Fabrics - October 6, 13, 20

Oct. 6: Fabric Garland

Oct. 13: Fabric Tags

Oct. 20: Fabric Canvas Collage

Register here or call 540.615.5341


Dealing with Dementia 

A family caregiver workshop designed to help you understand dementia. Learn how to deal with problem behaviors, handle stress and find more time for yourself.  Includes a 350+ page Dementia Caregivers Guide.


  • September 28, 2022, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Maury River Senior Services, Buena Vista - Register here or call 540.261.7474
  • October 22, 2022, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Valley Program for Aging Services, Harrisonburg - Register here or call 540.615.5341


Caregiver Support Group 

A support group offered by the Alzheimer's Association in partnership with VPAS. Here is a safe place for people living with dementia and their care partners to:

  • develop and 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

Group meets the first Friday of the month at 9 a.m. at Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg.  Register here or call 540-615-5341.


Confident Caregiver Circles

Meet fellow caregivers on the same journey as you.  Designed to provide education and support for caregivers of adults 60 and older. Share ideas, concerns, and questions.  Learn about new opportunities that will help you take better care of yourself and your loved one.  Topics include: stress management, dealing with difficult emotions (including partner emotions), communications skills building, physical activity and preventing injury, healthy eating and medication management, planning for the future, and more.

Workshop meets Tuesdays October 18-November 15 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Waynesboro, Room E-100 - Education Building.  Parking is available at the building.

Register here or call 540.615.5341


Confident Caregiver Dementia Conference

This is a "Must Go" for anyone caring with a person living with dementia.  Featuring Melanie Bunn, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and speaker for Teepa Snow's Positive Approach to Care, conference topics will include:

  • Using a Positive Approach to Dementia Care
  • Coping with Challenging Situations in Dementia Care
  • How Lifelong Personality Traits Impact Dementia Care

May 17, 2023, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Blue Ridge Community College Plecker Center, Weyers Cave

Register here or call 540-615-5341