Dementia Awareness

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.

 

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

 

Opening Minds Through Art Volunteer Training

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.

This is a perfect volunteer opportunity for adults who appreciate artistic expression and supporting people with various cognitive concerns through planned and guided art sessions.  Must be available for the training session  on Feb 21 and the art sessions from 10-12:30 on Feb. 28, March 7, March 14, March 21.

Feb. 21, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 P.M. at the VPAS office in Harrisonburg

Register here or call 540.615.5341

 

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

 

Dementia Friends Workshop

By 2025, it is estimated that there will be 190,000 Virginians living with dementia. We can make our communities more accessible for them and their care partners.  Attend this one-hour informational session to learn the five key messages about dementia, what it's like to live with the disease, and how to turn your understanding into action that supports people living with dementia.

  • Feb. 16, 2023, 2:00-3:00 p.m. - Bath Community Hospital, Hot Springs, VA - Register here or call 540.615.5341​​​​​​​

 

  • March 23, 2023, 3:00-4:00 p.m. - Virtual on Zoom - 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.

 

Learn more about our Dementia Friends initiative and how you can get involved!