News and Upcoming Events

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 Jan. 29 show, featuring special guest and VPAS Executive Director, Jeri Schaff.


Memory Cafe: August Blooms - Tues., August 13, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., - Rockbridge Regional Library, Lexington

VPAS and Rockbridge Regional Library, in partnership with Dementia Friendly Lexington, will host the next program in a series for people living with memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, and symptoms of dementia, on Tuesday, August 13 at 10:30 in the Piovano Room.  
People with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and their care partners including spouses, adult children, friends, paid caregivers, and visitors are invited to attend.  Activities are designed to engage participants and to foster new friendships in a safe, supportive, stigma-free environment.
The August program will be presented by Peggy Riethmiller who will lead a flower arranging activity. Attendees will use fresh flowers and greenery to create flower arrangements to take home.  This activity is designed to stimulate creative expression and verbal interaction through the use of color, texture, and fragrance.  Ms. Riethmiller’s expertise is well regarded among RRL patrons and staff as she often donates beautiful arrangements for display in the library, made with flowers she grows and gathers herself.

No cost. Register here.


Now You Know: Spotting Drug Use in Your Home and Community - Wed., August 14, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., - Timberville-Broadway Senior Center, Timberville

Join us for an interactive workshop on drug identification and awareness, the drug take back program and the current drug trends affecting older adults in Rockingham County. Sergeant Wes Campbell of the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office and Detective Gavin Lam of the Harrisonburg Police Department will be representing the RUSH Drug Task Force for this presentation.

No cost, but call 540.820.8556 to RSVP.


Aging with Confidence: Volunteer Fair - Thurs., August 15th, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 pm - Maury River Senior Center, Buena Vista

Volunteer Fair with Holly Otsby, Outreach Coordinator for Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.  Register here.


Aging with Confidence: Remaining at Home - Thurs., August 22,  4:00 p.m. -5:00 pm - Maury River Senior Center, Buena Vista

Presented by: Paula Ford of Valley Associates for Independent Living, Inc. (VAIL).  Register here. 


East Rockingham Community Health Fair - Sat., August 24, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., - Elkton Area Community Center, Elkton

Free admission!  Screenings, health and wellness workshop previews, recreational opportunities, medical information, door prizes, lunch, and more. Join us for exciting activities and freebies!


Aging with Confidence: Becoming Dementia Friendly - Thursday, September 12, 4:00-5:00 pm - Maury River Senior Center, Buena Vista 

Presneted by: Laura Hotinger, VPAS Director of Senior Services in Buena Vista, Lexington, Rockbridge, and Bath Co.  Register here.


The Confident Caregiver: A Family Caregiver Conference - Tuesday, Nov. 12, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - JMU Festival Center, Harrisonburg

Brought to you by JMU's Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services and VPAS, join us for day of empowerment for family caregivers, featuring sessions on health management, caregiver burnout, managing the costs of caring for a loved one, the legal aspects of caregiving, and much more. Keynote speaker is the very engaging Loretta Veney, motivational speaker and author of Being My Mom's Mom and Refreshment for the Caregiver's Spirit. Lunch is provided. Come with your questions and leave feeling confident and refreshed!

No cost, but registration is required.  Register here or call 615-5341.


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.