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Memory Partners Open House to Take Place March 7th

As part of a growing movement to enhance quality of life for those living with dementia, Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) and Massanutten Regional Library (MRL) will co-host a Memory Partners Open House on March 7, 2024, for older adults living with dementia and their care partners.

Located at the Central Library location in Harrisonburg from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., the event will provide stimulating activities for those living with dementia as well as an opportunity for care partners to meet, share ideas, and network. Programming will feature socialization, games, Tai Chi, refreshments, live music, raffles, book displays and more.

As our population ages, the incidence of dementia is expected to increase — more than doubling in the U.S. by 2050. As the disease progresses, caregivers strive to help their loved ones navigate their home environments, but it can become challenging to interact successfully with others in public.

Memory Partners is designed to not only create joyful and stimulating outings for those living with dementia, but also a comfortable environment for interaction with care partners and other attendees on a similar journey. MRL and VPAS staff members are specially trained to create safe, welcoming spaces for participants and lead programming that builds a sense of fulfillment and confidence for all.

“The upcoming open house promises to be an exciting and enriching event for the community, especially for those interested in dementia-friendly activities and resources,” stated Allison Brueckner, MRL Adult Services Librarian. “The beauty of Memory Partners is that it’s a consistent space to gather and to get out of the “36-hour day” of caretaking and do something relaxing and fun. We strive to be that treasured time when folks can come together in a safe and welcoming environment.”

Heather Lawrence, VPAS caregiver support coordinator, added, “Memory Partners is a special gathering place for dementia care partners to reminisce, share their thoughts, try different activities, enjoy music, or just appreciate a break from their normal routine. Once attendees experience the warm welcome from the library and feel safe, it becomes this wonderfully nurturing atmosphere for everyone.”

Registration for the Open House is not required and there is no cost to participate. Reserved parking is available for this event only, in the MRL employee parking lot, located directly behind the Central Library, off the Federal Street alley between Bruce Street and Newman Avenue. To learn more about the Open House, call Heather Lawrence at 540-615-5341. 

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