News and Upcoming Events

Chair Yoga with Tommy - Every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. (Class meets on Zoom)

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 morning exercise session.  Call 540-261-7474 to register. 

 

 

VPAS Confident Caregiver Online Mini Retreats - August: Go With the Flow - Watercolors and Conversation, Thursdays, Aug. 6, 13 and 20, 2:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m.

Watercolors are not only beautiful, they are helpful in reminding us to go with the flow.  As caregivers, we are healthiest when we can honor the present moment, lean into spontaneity, and find the fun in flexibility!  Using watercolors, we will learn a few techniques, get to know others who are caregivers, and discover how a little bit of paint and water can refresh our spirits!

  • Take some time to be refreshed through creativity.
  • Meet some new friends who are also caregivers.

Internet access will be needed!  If you need to have supplies mailed to you, please let Kathy know by Aug. 3: kathy@vpas.info

Sessions facilitated by: Kathy Guisewite, Caregivers Community Network Coordinator  Call 615-5341 or register online.

 

Dementia Friends Workshop - Sept. 22, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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 the dementia.  In this informal, interactive session, you'll learn what dementia is, tips for communicating with people who have dementia, and you'll consider one small (or big!) step you can take to make our community more accessible for all.  Call 540-615-5341 to register or register here. 

 

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop (Virtual) - Every Tuesday, Sept. 22 - Oct. 27, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

These six week workshops are designed to empower adults to better manage their chronic conditions 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). 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.

The $25 dollar fee is waived for participants 60 years and older who complete required paperwork. Call 540-615-5341 to register or register here. 

 

Confident Caregiver Circle Group (Virtual) - Every Thursday, Sept. 24 - Oct. 29, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Meet fellow caregivers on the same journey as you.  Designed to provide education and support for caregivers of adults 60 and older. One hour sessions are free with completed paperwork. 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.

Call 540-615-5341 to register or register here. 

 

Dealing With Dementia - Thursday, Sept. 24, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

A family caregiver workshop designed to help you understand dementia, deal with problem behaviors, handle stress and find more time for yourself.
Seating is limited to 9 Individuals. Attendees must observe infection control policies.  Call 540-261-7474 to register or register here.  

 

 

The Annual Medicare Election Period: What You Need to Know to Choose Wisely! (Virtual) - Wed., Sept. 30, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

 

This class will offer an explanation of what you need to know to prepare for the annual open season (Oct 15-Dec 7) when you can consider changing your Medicare Part D drug plan or your Medicare Advantage plan. Learn how to master the Medicare Plan Finder so you can compare the costs and coverages offered for 2021. You will also have a demonstration on how to create your MyMedicare.gov account to help facilitate your plan choice.

Howard Houghton has taught Medicare classes for nearly 25 years. He currently volunteers with us, counseling older adults about their health plan needs. Call 540-615-5341 or register here.

 

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.


Take Charge of Your Health!  Exercise, pain prevention, and chronic disease management workshops forming now. 

See the new schedule of health and wellness classes here.
 

Check out the schedule at a senior center near you.