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.

  • 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 June Mini Retreats: Summer Dreams
 
You don't need to feel like an artist to participate.  These sessions will help you explore your creative side while you connect with caregivers on a similar journey.  Internet access needed.
 
Thursdays, June 10, 17, 24
 
  • June 10: Torn Paper Beach Scene
  • June 17: Summer Blossom Finger Painting
  • June 24: Dreamcatcher
 
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 June 15, 3:00-4:00 p.m.: Safe at Home - Rockingham County Fire and Life Safety Technician Fiona Albertson presents home safety from a fire and rescue perspective. You'll learn how  hearing, vision, mobility, living alone, medications, older homes and memory lapses impact risk  - and how you can reduce risk.  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!  All levels of experience are welcome!  Internet and zoom capability are required.

June series: Sunny Days - Tuesdays, June 8, 15, 22 - 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Register here or call 540-615-5341

 

Welcome to Medicare - Virtual Fair
 
Learn about signing up for Medicare! This national fair is for people turning 65, retiring, or joining Medicare because of a disability. There is no cost to attend. This event is made possible through a grant from the federal government. Anyone who registers can attend all or part of this online event. You will need a computer or mobile device to participate. Get trusted, unbiased Medicare education from the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) national network. There will be expert SHIP presenters on Medicare eligibility, enrollment, costs, and coverage options. Visit virtual exhibits and chat with a SHIP about your individual questions. In Virginia, SHIP services are provided under VICAP. VICAP is a service of VPAS and provides local, trusted, and unbiased Medicare Help. Our amazing Amy Adkins Taylor, VICAP Program Coordinator (Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program) will be available during Virginia's chat time.
 
Wednesday, June 23, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
 
 
Mrs. C's Pickers and Singers Concert: I Believe in Music
 
Lunchtime entertainment with Ray Blouin and Barry Sullivan to lift your spirits - folk music style.  We've got voices, guitar, banjo and dobro on tap for this virtual summer concert.  What's a dobro, you ask?  Join us and find out! 
 
Friday, June 25, 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m
Register here or call 540-615-5341

 

Dementia Friends Workshop

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.

Wednesday, July 28, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Register here or call 540-615-5341

 

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.

 
 
You'll find music, exercise and workshops on our YouTube Channel.  Become a subscriber so you don't miss a thing!