Veterans Benefits and Resources: What is available and how to get information and access.

On Friday, April 20, Mike Nicholas, Commander of the Harrisonburg Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will discuss Veteran’s benefits and resources. He will include information about what is available and how to access this information.

Download the meeting agenda here.

We will also have a member spotlight by Teri Andes of Automated Home Health Specialist.

Join us from 9:00-10:30am at VMRC (Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community) in the Detwiler Auditorium, 1501 Virginia Ave, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Visitors are welcome!

You’ll have a chance to win a prize donated by Rebekah Carter – Supervisor, Shenandoah Valley Care is There, if you are the contest winner.

Also, remember to like our Facebook page Harrisonburg Seniors and share with others!

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce:

The Aging in Place Round Table seeks to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit: http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com.

Contact Information:

Chair – Randy Atkins
Valley Care Management
540.433.9423

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Park View Village: Independent Living through Community Connections

On Friday, March 16, 2018 Paul Yoder will share about Park View Village, a virtual network of local members in Harrisonburg who leverage their numbers and knowledge to stay connected with their local community from an independent living stand point for as long as possible. The group plans outings, educational opportunities, tours, and a variety of other programs, along with newsletters, website, and other efforts.

“Villages are membership-driven, grass-roots organizations that coordinate access to affordable services including transportation, health and wellness programs, home repairs, social and educational activities, and other day-to-day needs, enabling individuals to remain connected to their community throughout the aging process.”

We will also have a member spotlight by Sheri Bender- Owner of Pulse HR Solutions. You will have a chance to win a prize donated by Sheena Armentrout, Director of Membership and Investments at Harrisonburg Rockingham of Commerce.

Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren (420 College View Drive, Bridgewater). Please note the change in location during construction at Bridgewater Retirement Community. Visitors are welcome!

Also, remember to like our Facebook page Harrisonburg Seniors and share with others!

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce:

The Aging in Place Round Table seeks to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Contact Information:

Chair – Randy Atkins
Valley Care Management
540.433.9423

Co-Chair – Shelly Lam
Consulate Healthcare

Avoid Fraud and Scams

On Friday, February 16, 2018 Vince Harlow, Investigator with Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, will present a program on fraud and scams.

We will also have a member spotlight by Phyllis Friesen – Director of Marketing, Design Concrete Builders.

Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at Sunnyside Retirement Community (The Highlands) 3935 Sunnyside Drive Harrisonburg, Virginia. Visitors are welcome!

You’ll have a chance to win a prize donated by Joni Runzo, Development Manager at Alzheimer’s Association.

Also, remember to like our Facebook page Harrisonburg Seniors and share with others!

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce:

The Chamber’s Aging-In-Place Roundtable’s mission is to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Contact Information:

Chair – Randy Atkins
Valley Care Management
540.433.9423

Co-chair – Shelly Lam
Consulate Healthcare

The Grey Wave: Aging in the Valley

It was the biggest story of 2017 for demographers at UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.  The aging of baby boomers is having a stunning effect on all age groups across Virginia and changing communities throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

On Friday, January 19 Jeri Schaff, Executive Director of VPAS and Beth Bland, VPAS Regional Director will explore this population shift with their presentation, “The Grey Wave: Aging in the Valley.” They’ll share growth projections indicating that the population of residents 65 and older is expected to nearly double between 2010 and 2030. In some rural Virginia areas, the population of older adults already exceeds 50%. The​ presentation​ will highlight this data and delve into the implications for our community. Special discussion will focus on community resources, workforce vacancies, caregivers, impacts on business; and older adult access to nutrition, housing, and healthcare.

We will also have a member spotlight by Joni Runzo – Development Manager, Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org.

Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at VMRC (Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community) in the Detwiler Auditorium, 1501 Virginia Ave, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Visitors are welcome!

Download the meeting agenda here.

You’ll have a chance to win a prize donated by Natalie Fitzwater, Director of Business Development at Life Care Center of New Market.

Also, remember to like our Facebook page Harrisonburg Seniors and share with others!

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce:

The Chamber’s Aging-In-Place Roundtable’s mission is to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Contact Information:

Chair – Randy Atkins
Valley Care Management
540.433.9423

Celebrate the Holidays at Bellaire with the Aging in Place Roundtable

On Friday, December 15th Aging in Place Roundtable members will celebrate the holidays by preparing cards for new members and members who have not attended recently. Bellaire at Stone Port will provide refreshments.

The prize for this month will go to the person who addresses cards for the most people.

Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at, Bellaire at Stone Port (1684 Port Hills Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801). Visitors are welcome!

Also, remember to like our Facebook page Harrisonburg Seniors and share with others!

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce:

The Chamber’s Aging-In-Place Roundtable’s mission is to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Contact Information:

Chair – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

Co-Chair – Randy Atkins
Valley Care Management
540.433.9423

Senior and Not-So-Senior Transition Services

On Friday, November 17 Ben Yoder of Enlisted Auctions will share ideas for how to deal with all the “stuff” our “spouses” have piled into the basement, storage areas, and everywhere else.

We will also have a member spotlight by David Bates with Primary Residential Mortgage is the member spotlight.

Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at Sunnyside Retirement Community (The Highlands) 3935 Sunnyside Drive Harrisonburg, Virginia. Visitors are welcome!

Download the meeting agenda here.

You’ll have a chance to win a prize donated by Jared Troutman with Hess Financial if you are the contest winner.

Also, remember to like our Facebook page Harrisonburg Seniors and share with others!

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce:

The Chamber’s Aging-In-Place Roundtable’s mission is to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Contact Information:

Chair – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

Co-Chair – Randy Atkins
Valley Care Management
540.433.9423

Tour Woodland Park at VMRC

On Friday October 20th meet at Detwiler Auditorium for a brief meeting followed by a tour of Woodland Park arranged by Regina Schweitzer, VMRC Vice President, Residential Living. “With the buildout of Woodland Park, VMRC is transitioning all long-term care from the traditional nursing home into eight houses. Tour a newly constructed home and hear from the Guide how the staff (Shabazim) provide resident-directed care embracing the Greenhouse home values. These homes will be occupied within the next weeks so don’t miss the opportunity!

Join us from 9:00-10:30am at VMRC (Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community) in the Detwiler Auditorium, 1501 Virginia Ave, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Visitors are welcome!

Download the meeting agenda here.

You’ll have a chance to win a prize donated by Rebekah Carter with Care is There if you are this month’s contest winner.

Also, remember to like our Facebook page Harrisonburg Seniors and share with others!

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce: The Aging in Place Round Table seeks to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Contact Information:

Chair – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

Co-Chair – Randy Atkins
Valley Care Management
540.433.9423

I Promised I Never Would…

On Friday September 15th, Shelly Lam, Lead Liaison with Consulate Health Care, will reveal the often misunderstood structure of the transition to a long term care or skilled nursing facility.

We will also have a member spotlight by Jared Troutman, Financial Advisor from Loomis Wealth Management.

Join us from 9:00-10:30am at VMRC (Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community) in the Detwiler Auditorium, 1501 Virginia Ave, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Visitors are welcome!

Download the meeting agenda here.

Theresa with Interim HealthCare will be providing the gift for our “trivia question” contest this month.

Also, remember to like our Facebook page Harrisonburg Seniors and share with others!

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce: The Aging in Place Round Table seeks to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Contact Information:

Chair – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

Co-Chair – Randy Atkins
Valley Care Management
540.433.9423

Removing Barriers to Rehab

On Friday, August 18, 2017, John Jackson from the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) will share information about rehabilitative services for adults with a focus on those who are 50 and older.

We will also have a member spotlight by Anthony Crosen with Blue Ridge Hospice.

Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at Bridgewater Retirement Community (302 North Second Street, Bridgewater) in the Houff Community Center. Visitors are welcome!

Download the meeting agenda here.

Also, remember to like our Facebook page Harrisonburg Seniors and share with others!

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce: The Aging in Place Round Table seeks to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Contact Information:

Chair – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

Co-Chair – Randy Atkins
Valley Care Management
540.433.9423

Transportation Challenges and Solutions

On Friday, July 21 Rebekah Carter, Care is There Geriatric Care Management, will present information about transportation options for older adults in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Dawn Shull, Transportation Coordinator for Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS), will share about the challenges and successes of the VPAS program and Joyce Nussbaum, VPAS Health and Wellness Coordinator, will present information about a new initiative being explored by the Harrisonburg, Rockingham Healthy Community Council. Presentations will be followed by discussion and brainstorming to identify additional challenges and solutions regarding transportation for older adults.

There will not be any member spotlight this month.

Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at Sunnyside Retirement Community (The Highlands) 3935 Sunnyside Drive Harrisonburg, Virginia. Visitors are welcome!

You’ll have a chance to win a prize donated by Lee Croteau with VBS Mortgage if you are wearing the most patriotic outfit.

Download the meeting agenda here.

Also, remember to like our Facebook page Harrisonburg Seniors and share with others!

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber’s Aging-In-Place Roundtable’s mission is to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit https://harrisonburgseniors.wordpress.com/category/aging-in-place-round-table-meetings/

Contact Information:

Chair – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

Co-Chair – Randy Atkins
Valley Care Management
540.433.9423