Health and Wellness Programs

What if I told you that there is a way that you can feel better and not be so tired all the time?  If you could take control of your health, bring back your vitality, and do the things you really want to do, would you?  If you want to take charge of your health, feel better, and take back the control of your life then you'll want to learn more about the health and wellness opportunities VPAS has designed just for you.

NEW Partnership to Fight Prescription Painkiller Misuse - The CDC reports that, between 1999 and 2015, overdose deaths from prescription painkillers increased nationally by 218% by men and 471% by women.  VPAS is working with Sentara RMH to combat opioid misuse in our area through our Chronic Pain Self Management Program.  Read here to learn more about the partnership and scroll down to learn about the workshop that can help you safely manage your chronic pain

A Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance (MOB) addresses the fear of falling that many older adults experience.  People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. This program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.  The $25 dollar fee is waived for participants 60 years and older who complete required paperwork.

Check out our Fall Prevention Tips sheet.

Check out this video for participant perspectives.


Chronic Disease Self-Management Education

These six week workshops are designed to empower adults to better manage their chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, chronic pain and heart disease with the goal of giving individuals confidence and skills to allow them to actively manage their health care and reduce unnecessary visits to the Emergency Department or the physician(s).

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) focuses on solutions to problems, caused by living with ongoing health conditions such as pain, fatigue, sleep, managing medications and difficult emotions.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) includes activities such as pacing and planning, better breathing, evaluating treatments, understanding pain, and physical activity.

Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) includes diabetes specific information such as meal planning, foot care, delaying complications, dealing with stress and planning for sick days.

Read this powerful letter from a recent DSMP Participant:

"I would like to share an incident that happened to me during the time I was taking the Diabetes Self Management course. I would not have been prepared for the incident had I not taken the course. Always having food in my car was stressed time and time again.
Recently I was driving south in Interstate 81 from Harrisonburg to Augusta Medical Center to see my endocrinologist who oversees my diabetes. I suddenly began experiencing the symptoms I get when my blood sugar drops too low. Traveling on 81 is scary enough without feeling shaky, hot, sweaty, dizzy, and like your're going to pass out. 18-wheelers and cars were speeding past me at over 70 mph and there was no place to pull over.
My symptoms progressed to the point that things started looking dark and I began getting confused. I was absolutely terrified and literally began praying out loud to God for my safety and that of others. Then I remembered that I had glucose tablets in my purse and a protein bar in my car. I quickly ingested them and came to Rte. 64 where I could pull off and felt like I could safely make it to the Augusta hospital. If I hadn't had glucose and carbs to eat and raise my blood sugar, I don't think I would've lived to tell this story. It was that serious. If you have diabetes, please make sure you always have a fast acting carbohydrate source handy in case of an emergency. It could be a matter of life and death." - JM


Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention has been recognized by many national organizations including the Arthritis Foundation and the Administration for Community Living as safe and effective. Slow, controlled movements build muscle strength, improve balance, gently free up stiff joints, and relieve stress. All movements are done in an upright standing position, or may be done seated by those unable to stand. The physical exertion level of Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention is similar to that of walking. 

VPAS certified instructors for Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention are Christopher Bowring, Sherry Ross, Jeri Schaff, David Taylor, Lori Pullin, Ann Gross and Joyce Nussbaum.  

Participation is open to those 50 and older and adults of any age who have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, scleroderma, or spondylitis. Participants must be medically fit to perform the exercises, and must be able to participate without assistance.


Aging Mastery Program

Aging Mastery Program (AMP) is a dynamic10 week workshop series for people 55 years and older.  This highly rated program will get you ready for the physical, mental, emotional, and finacial shifts that come with aging, so you can live your very best life.  Topics include Navigating Longer Lives, Exercise and You, Sleep, Healthy Eating and Hydration, Finanical Fitness, Advance Planning, Healthy Relationships, Medication Management, Falls Prevention, Community Engagement. The $99 fee includes workshop and course materials.

What do participants say about AMP?

"It has opened doors for me in my mind and heart."

"Excellent speakers!"

"Informative resources and knowledgeable people."