Our agency is reimagining its wellness programs for a virtual setting as Granite Staters continue to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. New programming was developed to support families facing limited or no in-person contact with loved ones due to visitation restrictions at skilled living facilities. Existing programming on topics related to aging, caregiver support and education, and bereavement, have been adjusted to accommodate virtual gatherings.
Current Virtual Programming Includes:
Capital Area Memory Café is a monthly gathering of individuals living with memory impairment, and their family and friends. This safe, supportive and engaging environment provides an opportunity to connect and learn from others who understand and embrace the challenges of living with memory impairment. The next virtual gathering, which requires pre-registration, is scheduled for Wednesday, August 19. This program is a collaboration of Concord Hospital, Concord Regional VNA, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord, and Granite Ledges of Concord.
Better Choices, Better Health™ is a six-week interactive workshop for adults age 18 and older living with or caring for someone with arthritis, diabetes, hypertension or any other ongoing mental or physical health condition. Facilitators provide valuable tools and information to help manage disease symptoms, maintain proper nutrition and exercise, communicate with healthcare providers and more. The fall session is on Tuesdays beginning September 15. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
Aging Mastery Program® is a 10-week comprehensive and fun approach to celebrating longevity. Local experts present a host of topics such as exercise, sleep, healthy eating, and falls prevention. The fall session is on Thursdays beginning September 17. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
A Caregiving Series is being held this fall in collaboration with Hooksett Public Library. The Caregiver's Guide to Communication is Thursday, September 17, Managing Caregiver Stress is Thursday, October 15, and The Emotional Side of Caregiving is Thursday, November 12. All three programs begin at 6:30 p.m. and pre-registration is required.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week, evidence-based educational program offered by health care organizations nationwide. Concord Regional VNA is the only organization in New Hampshire to offer this program, which provides family caregivers with tools on how to take care of themselves while caring for a relative or a friend. The fall session is on Wednesdays beginning October 14. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.