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LIVING LONGER, LIVING WELL

A Resource Guide For 55+ June 2021


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Living Longer, Living Well A collaborative partnership of the Daily News-Record and the Aging Well Consortium

Editorial Committee

Finding the Healing Behind the Hype

Leigh-Anne Lees, Chair

By: Leigh-Anne Lees, Chair, Aging Well Consortium

Community Relations Manager, VPAS

Beth Bland Director of Senior Services, Harrisonburg/Rockingham VPAS

Jeremy Douylliez Communications Specialist, Bridgewater Retirement Community

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ears ago, many of us were not familiar with the term “self-care.” If we were, hearing it may have elicited an eye roll or two before we went back to whatever we were doing at the time: feeding family, planting crops, scheduling meetings, running errands.

Lavenia “Lev” Norford Community Contributor

Susan Ribelin Coordinator, Sentara RMH Lifeline and Senior Advantage

Charlotte Sibold Executive Director, Sunnyside Retirement Community

Rodney Wolfenbarger Director, JMU Lifelong Learning Institute MISSION: The Aging Well Consortium mission is to develop and promote education and public awareness programs to enhance the health and well-being of older persons, care providers and families.

Even now that the concept has taken hold in our culture, it can leave us feeling a little skeptical. We all know the flight attendant’s drill. You put your mask on yourself first before you help someone else. Mentally, we understand why. But putting it into practice? That’s another matter. First, there is the issue of guilt. For many of us, our self-worth is steeped in how much we do or how important we are to others. Should we really schedule a mammogram when mom needs an MRI and daughter needs a sports physical? The flip side can be true as well. If family members or friends are helping to meet our needs, we may feel like we’re causing more stress by prioritizing selfcare.

Living Longer, Living Well is published quarterly and focuses on issues and topics pertinent to aging.

It can also be hard to define. Does it mean discipline or indulgence? Training for a 5K or ordering the peach cobbler? Maybe we tell ourselves that scrolling Aging Well Consortium – Living Longer, Living Well through a Facebook news feed helps us relax, then are surprised to find we 975 South High Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 don’t feel any better when we stop. Self-care can seem too broad and too ON THE COVER: Members of the James Madison University elusive to build into our lives, but we may need it now more than ever. Lifelong Learning Institute ready to embark on a hike in I hope that, as you explore the pages that follow, you’ll come to understand Shenandoah National Park. the concept of self-care in a way that inspires you to make yourself a priority, Photo Credit: Jerry Hopkins

especially after the pandemic journey we’ve all been through.

No statement or advertisement in this publication is to be construed as an endorsement of any person / business / organization or as a recommendation to buy advertised products / services. The Aging Well Consortium welcomes the submission of articles to be considered for use in Living Longer, Living Well. The Living Longer, Living Well Editorial Committee reviews all submitted material and reserves the right to decide which selections will be included in the newsletter. Please Note: This publication contains educational and illustrative materials, narratives, and ideas of an informative nature ONLY. Neither the author, the publisher, nor this organization is engaged in rendering medical, legal, or tax advisory services. For advice and assistance in specific cases, the services of physician, attorney, or other professional advisor should be acquired. The Aging Well Consortium is very interested in any comments or suggestions you might have. Please email your ideas for stories or feature articles, suggestions, or “pet peeves” to the editor at leighanne@vpas.info, or mail them to Living Longer, Living Well, 975 South High Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

One article in particular reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend several years ago. I asked what led her to start singing in the church choir. She laughed and said, “Well, it’s cheaper than therapy.” That was the first time I realized that intentionality is an important part of finding out what we need to feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally. It was also a valuable reminder that taking care of yourself can be a gift to others. And that, no matter what you call it, sounds pretty good to me. The Living Longer Living Well crew wishes you a restorative summer full of smiles and happy reunions.


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These are some of life’s biggest challenges — and no one should have to navigate them alone. When you need support, information and answers, visit VirginiaNavigator. Explore our family of websites: org. • disAbilityNavigator.org helps you find disability services in For 20 years, VirginiaNavigator Virginia, including personal has provided trusted guidance to assistance, accessible housing, Virginia’s older adults, people with benefits and more. disabilities, veterans, and their families and caregivers. A simple • SeniorNavigator.org is search on the VirginiaNavigator the trusted guide to healthy Family of Websites returns aging in Virginia. Search for current, accurate information on housing options, transportation essential resources and supports programs, caregiving resources, — whether that’s financial or food and other services for older assistance, caregiver support, inadults. home help, disability or veterans’ • VeteransNavigator.org helps benefits, long-term care, medical Virginia veterans and their specialists, etc. families navigate post-military All you have to do is enter your city, county or ZIP code, then tell us what you’re looking for.

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Back to pre-COVID living? Are we Really Ready? By: Jeremy Douylliez, Communications Specialist, Bridgewater Retirement Community and Lev Norford, Community Contributor

breakfast at the computer. This has become our new norm. Can we still have virtual church?” “Why should I have to go to the doctor’s office with all those sick people just for a checkup? I feel safer online. I like the virtual doctor.” “You want to what? Come to my house. For a visit overnight?”

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here was great rejoicing when the CDC finally made the big announcement: “for those who are completely vaccinated masks are no longer necessary outdoors or indoors with others who are also vaccinated.” Very suddenly, after over a year of restrictions, it seems we are opening things back up.

“What do you mean we might meet in person? Where’s my calendar? I have to adjust for travel time! I’ve had on the same clothes for 15 months, what do I have that still fits?”

Then another reality dawned. Life is really opening up! The conversations around us went something like this:

“John’s gone to church in his pajamas every Sunday. Jane’s still in the kitchen with coffee at 10 a.m. and Mark’s eating

“I have to go to the beauty shop before I can be seen in public! Without a mask, I have to wear makeup, jewelry, real clothes!”

“Dinner? In a restaurant? Oh sure, I’ve been cooking a lot since the COVID shutdown began. Or there’s take out if you don’t mind the wait.” Sound familiar? Awakening to the freedom of not having to always be masked is exciting. The possibility of once again eating in restaurants, the joy of watching movies together in theaters, the wonder of sharing religious services, watching sports live, dinners with friends and especially being able to hear conversations and see smiles and laughter on faces. But it’s also a big adjustment. So here are a few tips for rediscovering your groove in our mask-free new normal.

Take your time easing back into social settings. Things may feel a little awkward at first. You may have to navigate and adjust to the comfort levels of your friends and loved ones as you start to get back together. Safety first, but as you feel ready, join in, communicate and enjoy new spaces and faces. Pad some extra time into your schedule. We’re used to having lots of extra time after spending so many hours at home. Padding your schedule with extra time will help you to not feel so rushed. Enjoy the smiling faces you’ve been missing. Take some time to notice and appreciate the smiles of your friends and loved ones. And perhaps most importantly, let this era be an era. Don’t try to live today by yesterday’s rules. Don’t frustrate yourself by trying to go backward or figure out what the future will be. We’ve all been through a lot through this COVID era, so give yourself and others some grace as we adapt to yet another new normal.


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Restaurant Sides and Restrooms By: Leigh-Anne Lees, VPAS Community Relations Manager “What side would you like lik with i h that, h ma’am?” ’ ?” Her words hang in the air. The server doesn’t know my sister has Alzheimer’s. I wait. I know Carrie wants the baked potato. She has heard the question and is trying to process it. The server, patient and kind, is beginning to glance at her other tables. “Carrie,” I say softly, “Would you like the baked potato or the squash casserole?” She makes her choice easily now and I can see the relief in her face. Later, she will need to use the restroom. I spot the doors in the back corner. One has a hen on it and the other one has a rooster on it. This is clever and fun, but Carrie won’t know which door leads to the ladies’ room. I make a mental note that we need to go together. I’ll giggle about how I need to reapply my bright pink lipstick and lead the way to the door with the hen. I didn’t used to have to strategize our time together, of course. But increasingly, our visits to restaurants, the bank, or the pharmacy are tinged with tension. I find myself wishing I had some sort of mental telepathy so the bank tellers would know

Carrie or disinterested. C i is i not belligerent b lli di i d She Sh just j has Alzheimer’s. Every 65 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. As the population ages rapidly, the incidence of dementia is expected to increase. In 2014, there were 5 million people in the U.S. with dementia. The CDC estimates that by 2060, that number will grow to 14 million. They’re not all clustered in nursing homes being cared for by specialists. In fact, most of them live within the same community the rest of us do, ordering the same sides and pushing open the same restroom doors. We need to make it easier for them, their caregivers, and all the people with whom they interact. We need lunches that end in laughter instead of frustration. Fortunately, a dementia-friendly movement is underway to ensure that people living with dementia have the resources and support they need to live independently and well for as long as possible. Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) has established a steering committee to lead the Dementia Friendly initiative in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, but all of us can play a role

in this movement. You can make a difference by participating in a Dementia Friends workshop or inviting us to provide a Dementia Friends at Work session for your business, organization or faith community. For more information, contact Joyce Nussbaum, VPAS Programs Director, at joyce@vpas.info or call 540-820-8567. Together, we can build a better community for all of us.

Take A Breath! When Spirituality and Self-Care Meet By: Jeff Carr, Pastoral Care Director, Sunnyside Retirement Community Breathing – most of the time it is automatic, continuous and involuntary, for many, we breathe without even thinking about it… that is… until we do. A good friend, after receiving some particularly good news following a difficult season in their life, took a deep breath and exclaimed, “I feel like I can finally breathe again!” In that moment, their countenance changed in a meaningful and powerful way. The very words they spoke became the action that brought relief, comfort, and life back to their reality. As a chaplain, sometimes the best I can offer is to breathe with folks – to share in the reality of a moment, all the while being intentional in my breathing. The process of intentional breathing can provide solace and relief to the very center of our being when that which is supposed to be continuous and automatic has been constrained. For months, many folks have been holding their figurative and literal breath. We have worn masks to filter that automatic and continuous breath, afraid to cough and sneeze, even fearful to take a deep breath unless in the comfort of those places we feel the safest. That which is

involuntary has given many of us something to think about. As we re-engage, emerging from our experience, we may need to remember that which should be automatic - we have to remember to breathe. We have to remember the connections within - our being, our spirit and our breath. A traditional definition of spirituality describes a process which seeks to recover an original shape of humanity - a process of formation and reformation. In more modern contexts, spirituality can apply to deep values and meanings by which we live. The traditional and the modern can meet as we breathe. The ancient words Ruach in Hebrew and Pnuema in Greek both contain an understanding of spirit and breath that have current resonance. While there is much to be nuanced, these words share a significant connection between our spirituality and breathing. Intentional breathing -- inhaling fully, feeling the chest fill and then exhaling -- not only brings about physical change, but also spiritual change. After a few breaths, a transformation happens within; the reshaping of lungs and renewing of energy feels good! Intentional,

thoughtful breathing can help the lungs reshape to the way they were intended, so they can cooperate with the rest of the body. Intentional breathing can be a deeply spiritual act and a way to care for yourself. A focus on our breathing as a self-care tool can reshape our body, as we can recover an ancient intention for our being, discovering that which gives us life. Maybe it could work for you too? While breathing, focus on inhaling goodness and peace, exhaling out stress. Envision inhaling love and hope and exhale a prayer, a wish. Pay attention to how your body feels, conscious of who you are and where you are. Spirituality and self-care, like intentional breathing, remind us who we are and they can give us the strength, the motivation, the courage, hope and energy we need as we engage each moment of life. Maybe for you it is going outside to feel the warmth of the air or offering a prayer, or a hope, or a wish. Such actions of self-care connect us to that which we find life giving, shaping us so we can engage in a spiritual act of reforming ourselves, an act of literal self-care that all begins with taking a breath.


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Self-Care: A Valuable Intention By: Kathy Guisewite, CCN Coordinator

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he term ‘selfish’ is not a flattering characteristic. Nowhere in school or places of worship or standards of conduct are we encouraged to be selfish or self-centered. The problem comes when we put self-care in the same category. Self-care is important not only to our own wellbeing, but additionally for those we love. Self-care is not selfish. As L. R. Knost puts it, “Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean, me first. It means me, too.” The Alzheimer’s Association reports that in 2021, there are over 11 million Americans providing unpaid care for those living with some form of dementia. Caregivers are people who want what is best for their loved one.

They are people of all ages, some still working outside of the home, some still raising children, and some with their own health challenges. Caregiving may not be the only task they address each day. So what happens when these caregivers abandon selfcare? What happens is that the beautiful weaving of care, begins to unravel… and that impacts everyone in the story. So, what are the tenants of selfcare for caregivers? • Take care of your body: rest, eat healthy food, drink lots of water, incorporate exercise that you enjoy, maintain scheduled medical appointments, stretch your mind!

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Rest is important for caregivers

• Take care of your joy: Laugh as much as possible, engage fun hobbies, connect with friends, be mindful that hard times should be balanced with good times. Lists can be helpful… but don’t allow them to shut the door on spontaneity. • Don’t go it alone: Call a friend. Reach out to support groups. Buddy up with other caregivers. Use your local resources for respite, education, and guidance.

Saturday, June 12, 2021 7 LIVING LONGER, LIVING WELL • Embrace grace and compassion: resentment weeds that have been winning program that pairs Hard days are hard. Mistakes nagging you and put a fresh spin caregivers and their partners and oversights tangle us in on your caregiving relationships!) with college students for special guilt. We always think we can Valley Program for Aging intergenerational visits that can do better. Well, we weren’t refresh your spirit. Openings are designed to be perfect. We are Services (VPAS) has a heart for available for families this fall. Call gloriously flawed humans. So, caregivers. We encourage you to 540-471-5633 or email kathy@ let’s affirm what we did right, take a look at our website and the vpas.info for more information. what we tried so hard to do, and many opportunities and events Let this fresh, new springtime how our hearts are full of good set up with caregivers in mind: intentions and actions. Invite https://www.vpas.info/caregiver. nudge you towards your own Caregivers Community Network, renewal and well-being. Small kindness into your self-talk. It’s natural to wonder how offered in conjunction with James steps, like small seeds, can lead to find the time to incorporate Madison University, is an award- to beautiful outcomes. self-care. It takes intention and practice, and it might feel easier to just let this one go. The good news is that caregivers are famous for their determination, and perhaps now is a really good time to be determined to take care of yourself. Nothing blooms without nourishment, and the whole world comes to life when Aquatic Therapy, Post Surgical Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy the flowers bloom. Decide that Sports Rehab, Pain Management your health and your joy will not only feel really good to you, but 200 Leaksville Road, Luray, VA COMING SOON it will benefit those you love. (It 540.743.0502 | ApexNetworkPT.com 406 North Main Street, Bridgewater, VA 22812 might even get rid of those pesky

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What Fills Your Cup? Here’s what some of our readers do to replenish their mental, There is something incredibly fulfilling about sending a card to physical, and emotional energy. Maybe you’ll find a familiar activity someone. It can be to celebrate a milestone, comfort an aching heart, or simply remind someone that you are thinking of them. I here, or become inspired to try something new. ’ve never known anyone to be disappointed to get a handwritten note in the mail. I like to think of it as scattering seeds of happiness I take a book to the park and find a bench under a tree. Between in my broader community. They might not all take root, but it does people watching and reading, I can spend hours there. Since my heart good to know that it’s sure to brighten at least a few days my park has wi-fi, I’ve taken my computer there, found an empty out there. – Ben pavilion and worked from there. Sometimes that’s the only way to get outside. – Susan Hearing my 10 year old granddaughter say to her father....I Love You Daddy. – Wanda During the winter, I create wildlife art with oils and watercolors. The rest of the year, I enjoy working in my gardens and wildlife Tossing a baseball into a glove. – Jeff photography. – Cheryl Playing with my new puppies and herbal tea with ginger snaps before bed! – Janice

I take long walks out in the country with my dog, Delilah. We smell the air, feel the breeze, and give thanks for all the beauty! - Kathy

A glass of wine, really good music and a comfortable chair. A nice fire adds to the impact and a few close people who also love music is the cherry on top. – Pete I love to cook. It relaxes me and is one of the most enjoyable things I do. – Dawn I love sitting quietly outside alone in the mornings and listening to the birds wake up.– Beth Playing the piano with a cup of tea or glass of red wine. – Laura A good sporting event and a book to read. – Jim Sitting at the ocean restores my soul. Peaceful and quiet. – Linda Taking a 2 year old for a walk; slowing down enough to wonder “why” with them and enjoying every stone and flower and animal they marvel at. – Joyce Every morning I drink a cup of hot tea with honey and lemon while sending good morning posts to my friends. In the evening when the weather is nice, I like to take long walks while listening to wildlife to clear my head. Monthly, I take time to journal what has been happening in my world and give myself a spa day. – L. Wilson

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VPAS Is Now “Hiring” Volunteers By: Erin Potts, VPAS Volunteer Coordinator

Each year, Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) is able to serve over 3000 older community members throughout the Central Shenandoah Valley in large part because of our dedicated, enthusiastic, and reliable volunteers. The diversity and unique talents that volunteers bring to our agency helps foster innovative, new ideas that allow us to further develop and improve programs. We welcome people of all backgrounds and offer several mission-driven and meaningful volunteer opportunities based on individual or group interest, needs, skills, and talents.

completed, volunteers are provided training, a handbook, ongoing support, and the resources they need to feel confident and prepared as they begin their journey as a VPAS volunteer. VPAS programs that welcome volunteers include: • Meals on Wheels • Senior Transportation • Health and Wellness Programs

• Medicare Insurance Counseling Volunteering is a great way to connect with the community and make a positive, lasting • VPAS Cafes impact throughout our organization and in the lives of those we serve. If you find • Community Fundraisers yourself with time on your hands, becoming • Community Ambassadors a volunteer is definitely worth consideration. Most volunteers find the experience an • Can I Give You a RING? extremely rewarding way to use their time, develop new skills, gain a sense of purpose, You can learn more about VPAS volunteer give back, and meet new people. opportunities by going to our website, www. Volunteer Sue Rexrode delivers a meal to If you are a business looking for a team vpas.info, or by contacting the Volunteer Deborah Randall as part of the VPAS Meals on Wheels program. building activity, consider a group volunteer Coordinator, Erin Potts, at erin@vpas.info. project. It is a great way to help employees Check out our Facebook page for upcoming • A Carnegie Melon University study connect and fosters a positive workplace volunteer opportunities at Valley Program for showed that adults over age 50 who environment. Aging Services. regularly volunteered were less likely to Individuals interested in volunteering with VPAS’ mission is to empower adults 60 develop high blood pressure than nonVPAS are asked to complete our volunteer years and older with the resources and volunteers. application. Then, based interests, individuals opportunities they need to lead engaged • Volunteering is proven to reduce complete an initial screening process before lives. depression, boost self-confidence and moving on to volunteer training. increase longevity. Our highest priority is assuring the safety A Volunteer Gig Can Be Good for • Engaging in meaningful volunteer of those we serve, our volunteers, and our You, Too work can help you find purpose and staff. All volunteers are required to complete • Volunteering can help you get your feet fulfillment. an application and an initial screening to wet if you are thinking of a career in a determine the volunteer role that best fits • Helping others releases dopamine in new industry. You’ll learn new skills and their interests and talents. Some volunteer the brain, which means the more you network with others, gaining confidence positions require a background check. For volunteer, the happier you can become! as you make the transition. example, we require a criminal background check for volunteers who interact with those • As a volunteer, you can strengthen Want to explore volunteer opportunities we serve without staff present and if they relationships and meet new people, throughout Harrisonburg and Rockingham would have access to personal information. County? Visit getconnected.uwhr.org preventing social isolation. Once paperwork and screenings are


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Getting Back on Track with Preventive Care Post-COVID Jessica Yoder, MD, Sentara RMH Medical Center

s a primary care physician, we care for and treat a wide array of health issues. Over the past year, however, we’ve seen a huge increase in patients who chose to put off their healthcare due to COVID. It’s an understandable decision, as we all felt safest staying at home. But the downside of that is that now we are facing a substantial increase in preventable diseases like cancer, and worsening control of chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes.

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screening, blood sugar and cholesterol monitoring. Missing out on this important care has consequences. For example, over the next decade, scientists estimate there will be almost 10,000 excess deaths from breast and colon cancer. “A woman is more likely to die from an advanced-stage breast cancer than she is from COVID-19,” says Dr. Therese Bevers, medical director of the Cancer Prevention Center at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The CDC estimates that 4 in 10 adults have avoided or delayed medical care due to COVID-19, both emergency care (12%) and routine preventive care (32%). Preventive screenings include cancer screenings such as mammograms, pap smears, skin cancer screenings and colonoscopies, but also vaccinations, blood pressure

Seeing your doctor in person is also now much safer. There was a time early on where our knowledge about the virus was limited, but that time is over. We know that with maskwearing, socially-distanced waiting rooms, and proper hygiene, transmission of COVID is low. Forty-three percent of Virginians have at least one dose of the COVID-19

vaccine and many of these people are your health care professionals. And given the 90-95% effectiveness of most of the COVID vaccines, getting the vaccine yourself is absolutely an important way to protect yourself and your loved ones as you venture out. Additionally, with telehealth options you have the ability to see your doctor virtually for certain appointments, giving you the ability to continue chronic care and preventive screenings, saving in-person visits for lab, x-ray, and physical exams. So take the time to prioritize your health and wellbeing and schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor to make sure you are caring for yourself and screening for preventable diseases as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Community Calendar of Events Any reader interested in attending an event should call the contact person for that event to determine if registration and fees are applicable. All readers and encouraged to call to confirm that the event is still taking place prior to the event date. To contribute information to the Living Longer, Living Well Community Calendar, please email Leigh-Anne Lees at leighanne@vpas.info.

Confident Caregiver Hub Sponsored by: VPAS No Cost Register at vpas.info/events or call 540-615-5341. • Tuesday, June 15, 3:00- 4:00 p.m – Safe At Home featuring Rockingham County Fire and Life Safety Technician Fiona Albertson • Tuesday, July 20, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Ease the Burden with Advance Directives featuring Ralph Caldroney, MD

VPAS CREATES: Virtual Arts and Crafts Gatherings Sponsored by: VPAS Tuesdays, June 15 and 22, 2:00-3:00 p.m. and August 3, 10, 17 No Cost Register at vpas.info/events or call 540-615-5341.

Confident Caregiver June Mini Retreats: Summer Dreams Sponsored by VPAS Thursdays, June 17 and 24 - 2:00-3:00 p.m. No Cost Register at vpas.info/events or call 540-615-5341.

Welcome to Medicare Virtual Fair Sponsored by: Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program Wednesday, June 23, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. No Cost Register at vpas.info/events

Mrs. C’s Pickers and Singers Concert: I Believe in Music Sponsored by VPAS Friday, June 25, 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Register at vpas.info/events or call 540-615-5341.

New Event! Walk with a Doc Take steps toward a healthier life! Join cardiologist Michael Scholfield, MD for this free walking/education program that is open to our community. Saturday, July 3, 9-10 a.m. (held the first Saturday of each month in warmweather seasons). Park in Lot D and meet on the patio outside the Mountain View Café. Registration required by calling 1-800-SENTARA or going to Sentara.com/events. At this time, masks are still required.

Dealing with Dementia Workshop Sponsored by: VPAS Thursday, July 22, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. No Cost Register at vpas.info/events or call 540-615-5341 Participants must have a smart phone, tablet or computer with a microphone and camera to participate.

Dementia Friends Workshop Sponsored by: VPAS Wednesday, July 28, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. No Cost Register at vpas.info/events or call 540-615-5341

Confident Caregiver August Mini Retreats Sponsored by VPAS Thursdays, August 5, 12, 19 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. No Cost Register at vpas.info/events or call 540-615-5341.

Community Resources: Lifelong Learning and Wellness Lifelong Learning Institute 540-568-4253 www.jmu.edu/lli 127 West Bruce St MSC 6906 Harrisonburg, VA 22802

RMH Wellness Center 540-564-5682 www.rmhwellnesscenter.com 2500 Wellness Dr. Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Senior Advantage 540-433-4231 www.sentara.com Sentara RMH Medical Center 2010 Wellness Dr Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Sunnyside Wellness Center 540-568-8269 www.sunnyside.cc 3935 Sunnyside Dr Harrisonburg, VA 22801

VMRC Wellness Center 650-574-3850 www.vmrc.org/wellness-center 1481 Virginia Ave Harrisonburg, VA 22802

VPAS’ Health and Wellness Programs 540-820-8567 www.vpas.info 975 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801


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