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.


Aging with Confidence: Medicare 101 - Tuesday, April 30, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., Maury River Senior Center, Buena Vista

If you are (understandably) confused about Medicare, Prescription Drug Plans, Medigap policies, Medicare Advantage, deductibles, co-payments, co-insurance, and what to do if you
are turning 65 but don’t plan to retire, join Jeri Schaff for “Medicare 101”.
You will get information about Original Medicare, other health insurance choices, enrollment, free Medicare preventive benefits and more tips to help you navigate the Medicare maze. Also
included will be facts about enrolling in Social Security Retirement benefits, full retirement age, working and receiving Social Security, and where to get more information.
“Medicare 101” will be offered on Tuesday, April 30 from 5:00 to 6:30pm at Maury River Senior Center, 2137 Magnolia Avenue, Buena Vista. To assure that sufficient take home materials are
available, registration is requested by April 23.
There is no charge to attend, but a donation of $15 per person or $20 per couple is suggested. To reserve a place in the “Medicare 101” workshop, or for more information, please call MRSC 
at 540-261-7474 or register here.


Aging With Confidence: Cooking for One or Two - Thurs. May 16, 4:00-5:00 p.m. - Maury River Senior Center, Buena Vista


Friday Evening in the Park - Friday, June 14, 2019, 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Heritage Park, Broadway

Back by popular demand! Join friends and family for this special summer celebration hosted by Rotary Club of Broadway-Timberville.
All the fun from last year plus more food! Live music, inflatables, food trucks, wine, beer, arts and crafts and more! Event benefits Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS).


Aging with Confidence: The Legal Landscape in Retirement - Thurs. June 20, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Maury River Senior Center, Buena Vista

Presented by: Sarah Morton, Elder Services Attorney.


Aging with Confidence: Money Talks - Tuesday July 11, 4:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. - Maury River Senior Center, Buena Vista

Financial planning for retirement with Christy Harris, Financial Advisor


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


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)


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.


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.

Commonwealth Council on Aging Presented Award on May 30, 2018

Caregivers Community Network (CCN), a caregiver respite program, won a $3000 second place “Best Practices” award from the Commonwealth Council on Aging for its efforts to pair college students with family caregivers to provide intergenerational care and respite services.

CCN is a collaboration between Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) and James Madison University’s Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services. The partnership matches pairs of students with families that are caring for a frail older adult through the CCN course.  Enrolled students provide weekly visits to provide social interaction with the care recipient while the caregiver takes a much needed break for appointments, errands, or personal care. 

Locally, as many as one in three residents will be older adults by 2030, and demand for older adult caregivers is increasing rapidly. The strain on caregivers can negatively affect their health, careers, finances, and parenting. Caregivers are more likely to suffer health problems as a result of the chronic stress they experience providing often around-the-clock-care for a frail older adult.  CCN eases this strain and creates opportunities for enriching intergenerational bonding.

“As the number of caregivers in Virginia grows, we need to ensure we have supports in place to keep them safe, healthy and productive,” said Kathy Guisewite, CCN coordinator. “We are thrilled that the Commonwealth Council on Aging has recognized the immense value CCN brings to families in this community.”

Each year, the council, which advises the Governor on issues affecting the 1.6 million Virginians age 60 and older, acknowledges organizations whose innovative programs can be replicated across the Commonwealth. Nominees are judged on seven criteria, including community impact potential for replication, innovation, outcomes and promotion of aging in the community.

CCN representatives accepted the Best Practices award from the Commonwealth Council on Aging during a presentation Wednesday, May 30 at JMU’s Leeolou Alumni Center.

VPAS empowers adults 60 years and over with the resources and opportunities they need to lead engaged lives.  With information and referral services, Medicare counseling, senior transportation, recreational programming, meal delivery, and in-home personal care available throughout five counties in the Shenandoah Valley, VPAS has been serving older adults and their families for more than 40 years.