Caregiver Support



Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

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.

Mondays at 3 p.m. with Joyce Nussbaum, VPAS programs director.  Register here or call 540.615.5341.

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. with Heather Lawrence, VPAS caregiver support coordinator.  Register here or call 540.615.5341.


Alzheimer's 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 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

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.


Memory Partners

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.

First Tuesday of the month, 10-11:30 a.m., Plains District Community Center, Timberville - Call for more information: 540-615-5341.


Friends Group

Casual conversation and a bring-your-own-lunch get together for care partners

Second Tuesday of the month, 11:30 a.m., Bridgewater Presbyterian Church, Bridgewater - Call 540-615-5341 to learn more.


Ongoing Caregiver Support Groups 

  • Third Tuesday of the month at 10am-VPAS Waynesboro office, Waynesboro - Register here or call 540.949.7141
  • Fourth Tuesday of the month at 3pm- Sunnyside Retirement Community, Harrisonburg - Register here or call 540.615.5341
  • Fourth Wednesday of the month at 2:15pm - Maury River Senior Services, Buena Vista - Register here or call 540.261.7474


Opening Minds Though Art

Do you enjoy socializing in an encouraging atmosphere?  Do you appreciate bright colors, creativity, and fun?  This experience might just be for you!!

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is a person-centered arts program that pairs people living with dementia and other cognitive concerns (artists) with volunteers (students, families, caregivers) who are trained to rely on imagination instead of memory and focus on remaining strengths instead of lost skills. OMA enables people with dementia to assume new roles as artists and teachers as they create beautiful artwork. OMA has been widely replicated.  OMA welcomes all skill levels and offers artistic success through the creation of abstract art.  All materials are provided. Kathy Guisewite, Caregiver Outreach Coordinator, will facilitate these sessions.  There is room for 6 artists who will be paired with 6 volunteers.

OMA art sessions are from 10-12:30 on Feb. 28, March 7, March 14, March 21 - VPAS office in Harrisonburg

Register here or call 540.615.5341


Dealing with Dementia

This workshop is designed for family caregivers of individuals living with dementia. We will cover:

  • Understanding dementia
  • Managing problem behaviors
  • Handling stress
  • Finding time for you

You'll also meet other caregivers on a similar journey, and have the opportunity to share ideas and resources.

  • Virtual Workshop - March 9 and March 10, 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.  Join from the comfort of home! Register here or call 540-615-5341.


  • In Person Workshop - Bath Senior Services, Warm Springs, April 25, 2023, 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Register here or call 540.468.2178


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