News and Upcoming Events

Issues in Aging Radio Show airs the 4th Monday of each month on WSVA 550 Am and 92.1 FM at 9:15 a.m.  The show is co-hosted by Jim Britt and Beth Bland, VPAS Director of Senior Services in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.  In this podcast, VPAS Executive Director Jeri Schaff talks about COVID-19 vaccines and the VPAS annual report.  Listen here. 

 

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VPAS Rockbridge Phone Bingo
 
Where there's a will, there's a way.  Maybe we can't gather in person, but we can still play bingo together.  Game after game of fun and laughter.  Get in on the action.   Call 540-261-7474 to register. 
 
Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
 
 
Dealing with Dementia Workshop 

A family caregiver workshop designed to help you understand dementia, deal with problem behaviors, handle stress and find more time for yourself. Includes a 350+ page Dementia Caregivers Guide.  Participants must have a smart phone, tablet or computer with a microphone and camera to participate.

  • Saturday, May 15 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Register here or call 540-615-5341 by May 10 in order to receive your guidebook in time.
  • Thursday, July 22 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Register here or call 540-615-5341 by July 16 in order to receive your guidebook in time. 
 
 
Confident Caregiver Circle

Meet fellow caregivers on the same journey as you.  Designed to provide education and support for caregivers of adults 60 and older.  Workshops meet online so you can join from the comfort of your home! 

  • Tuesdays, April 20-June 1, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Registration is closed for this program.  Please contact us at 540-615-5341 or joyce@vpas.info if you are interested in participating in future circles.
 
 
Confident Caregiver April Mini Retreats: Trees and Birds and Rocks, oh my!
 
Join us for some meaningful conversation and lots of fun as we create art projects together through Zoom: Tree Collage, Bird Collage and Painted Flip RocksThese arts and crafts mini-retreats offer opportunities for relaxation, reflection, and conversation with other family caregivers.  No artistic skill is needed.  This is about the process, not the outcome. Internet access is required.
 
 
Thursdays, April 15, 22, 29 - 2:00-3:00 p.m.
 
Register here or call 540-615-5341
 
 
 
Confident Caregiver Hub
 
 
The Confident Caregiver Hub is a series of workshops presented by industry experts, including VPAS staff, to empower you in your role as a caregiver. 
 
  • Tuesday, April 20, 3:00-4:00 p.m.: Loss and Identity In this session, Sentara RMH Bereavement Coordinator Nancy Shomo offers guidance on how to acknowledge and verbalize the losses we experience over time as caregivers, the importance of self-care, and maintaining sense of self. Workshop participants will meet online. Zoom link provided upon registration. Register here or call 540-615-5341.

 

Great Community Give - A sunrise to sunset day of giving in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County on April 21, 2021.  No matter where you live, you can participate!  Funds raised will support Meals on Wheels throughout our service area and deliver hope to older adults in need.  Here's our story.  Please share it with friends, neighbors, and co-workers.  Together, we can fight senior hunger and isolation in our communities.

 

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 falling and increase activity levels.  The $25 fee is waived for participants 60 years and older who complete the required paperwork.

April 21--June 16, 10 a.m. - noon

Call 540-615-5341 or register here.

 
Dementia Friends Workshop
 
Join a growing movement of people who are helping fellow community members living with dementia.  A little support can make a big difference in their lives.  Be a Dementia Friend...It's easy and rewarding!
 
 
 
 
Five Wishes: A National Healthcare Decisions Day Workshop (Virtual)
 

On this National Healthcare Decisions Day, we'll help you craft Five Wishes - a living will that directs your health care decisions in the event you become unable to speak for yourself.  Making these choices in advance can greatly reduce the burden for your loved ones if you are seriously ill or injured.

With this respectful, easy-to-use form, you can share your decisions about medical care, surroundings, visitors, comfort and more. Join us from the comfort of home. We'll walk you through the process and provide a copy of Five Wishes at no charge.

Fri., April 16, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Register here or call 540-615-5341

 

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention (Virtual)

 
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.  For people new to tai chi.
 
Tuesdays, May 4-June 22 from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Register here or call 540-615-5341.
 
 

VPAS CREATES: Virtual Arts and Crafts Gatherings 

Does it make you happy to create? Would you like more laughter and good conversation in your life? If you are 60 years old and older, VPAS CREATES might be just what you are looking for! Arts and crafts projects will be planned and guided by Kathy Guisewite. Encouragement, laughter, and conversation will be promoted by participants!  Our premier series, Fabulous Flowers, kicks off in May.  All levels of experience are welcome!  Internet and zoom capability are required.

Tuesdays, May 11, 18, 25 - 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Register here or call 540-615-5341

 

 

"Hello" Project

Bring joy to an elder near you!  Write a cheerful letter, draw a picture, or share a joke on 8.5" x 11" paper. We'll deliver it to homebound older neighbors who need a smile.  This is a great activity for students, faith or civic groups, families or businesses interested in helping the community this holiday season.

  • In Harrisonburg or Rockingham County, you can mail your greeting or place in the drop box at 975 S. High St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
  • In the Buena Vista area, mail to maury River Senior Center, P.O. Box 415, Buena Vista, VA 24416, or drop through the slot in the senior center's middle window facing the parking lot. 
  • In Staunton, Augusta Co. or Waynesboro, mail your greeting to: "Hello" Project, VPAS, 325 Pine Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 2298 or drop through the mail slot beside the brown double doors that face 12th Street.
  • In Bath County, mail to or drop off at: 212 West Warm Springs Drive Warm Springs, VA 24484
  • In Highland County, mail to or drop off at: Highland Senior Services, 49 Spruce St., Monterey, VA 24465
  • Share your greeting from the comfort of home!  Simply scan and email to helloproject@vpas.info

Guidelines: All notes and pictures will be screened by our staff to be sure they do not contain the senders’ full name, address, or phone number; no larger than 8 ½ by 11 inches, and not three-dimensional; items containing political, evangelical content or promotion of a product or business will not be shared; senders will not receive an acknowledgement from VPAS or from the recipient.

 

 

Chair Yoga with Tommy 

Gentle exercise from the comfort of home. Chair yoga is practiced sitting on a chair or using a chair for support.  It can reduce stress, improve balance and mental clarity, and promote relaxation.  All you need is a chair and an internet connection for this peaceful exercise session.  Access pre-recorded classes here to participate from the comfort of your own home.

 

 

 

Issues in Aging Radio Show - 4th Monday of each month, WSVA 550 AM or 92.1 FM at 9:15 AM

Hosted by VPAS Director of Senior Services in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Beth Bland.
Listen to a podcast of the Feb. 24, 2020 show here.

 
 
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