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Confident Caregiver Winter Mini-Retreats
 
Are you ready to break up the winter blues with some color and fun? Join with other caregivers to create cozy crafts and enjoy good-hearted conversation! Projects include: Watercolor night sky winter cards, Palette knife painting a winter Evergreen tree scene, Candle wreath making. All skill levels welcomed! Join with other caregivers to create cozy crafts and enjoy good-hearted conversation! Internet and Zoom ability necessary. Supply list will be e-mailed to you upon registration.
 
Thursdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28 - 2:00-3:00 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. 
 
Mondays, Jan. 25-March 22 from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. No class on Presidents Day, Feb. 15.  Register here or call 540-615-5341.
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Thursdays, Feb. 18-April 8 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Register here or call 540-615-5341.
 
 
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.  Class meets online so you can join from the comfort of your home!

Wednesdays February 3 - March 10 from 10:30 - 11:30.  Register here or call 540-615-5341.
 
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!

Tuesday Feb 9, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Register here or call 540-615-5341.

 
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.  Registration required by Monday February 8 so participants receive the book in time.  Participants must have a smart phone, tablet or computer with a microphone and camera to participate.

Saturday February 13  from 1-5pm. Register here or call 540-615-5341.
 
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.  Class meets online so you can join from the comfort of your home!

Tuesdays March 9 - April 13, 4:00 - 5:00 pm.  Register here or call 540-615-5341.
 
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.  Class meets online so you can join from the comfort of your home!
 
Mondays March 22 - April 26, 6:30 -7:30 pm.  Register here or call 540-615-5341.
 
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!
 
March 25, noon - 1:00 pm.  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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