Dementia training

DementiaMatters is a nationally recognized hands on dementia training class for the Caregiver. Empower yourself to better care for your loved one through learning. DementiaMatters will be offering two-hour dementia training classes for the family/non-professional caregiver by certified trainers at the Valley Health Wellness Center, Classroom B.

Learn about dementia, normal aging versus abnormal aging, the stages of dementia, and the skills and techniques on how to cope and understand your loved one living with dementia.

The cost is $25 per person. Classes are limited to 20. Register by calling 703-628-7723. The next training events are: Sept. 18 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Sept. 20 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Sept. 24 from 9-11 a.m.; Sept. 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. and Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon.


Ripple, a support group that uses the creative arts to promote healing, will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 at Wellspring, 535 Amherst St. in Winchester for “Light Up Your Home for Autumn!” Following a sharing time, we will turn a mason jar into a glowing fall-themed candle. Ripples is open without charge to all woman who have or have had cancer.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

TOPS, a non-profit group established in 1948 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to help with weight loss, holds chapter meetings in the Winchester area.

• Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, 2077 North Frederick Pike. Contact Barbara Simmons at 540-664-1965

• Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Kernstown United Methodist Church, 3239 Valley Pike. Contact Mary Alice Dicks at 540-323-2078.

• Thursdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at Kernstown United Methodist Church, 3239 Valley Pike. Contact Bonnie Kaplan at 540-313-4045.

National Federation for the Blind

The Winchester chapter of the national Federation of the Blind, a support group for people with low vision and people that support people with low vision, is moving its monthly meetings to Saturday.

Each meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every third Saturday of the month beginning Sept. 21 at Solenberger’s Hardware, 832 Berryville Ave.

Parkinson’s support groups

The Winchester Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 11 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Winchester Church of God Family Life Center, 2080 North Frederick Pike (U.S. 522 North). A potluck lunch will follow the meeting.

The Westminster-Canterbury Branch of the Greater Winchester Area Parkinson’s Support Group meets on the third Monday of each month at 11 a.m. at Westminster-Canterbury, 300 Westminster Canterbury Drive. A light lunch will be served after the meeting. If you are not a resident of Westminster-Canterbury and want to attend, contact Cheryl Reames 540 662-4632 or

The Care Partner/Caregiver group of the Greater Winchester Area Parkinson’s Support Group usually meets on the first Friday of each month for a dutch-treat lunch. Newcomers are welcome. Call Cheryl Reames at 540 662-4632 for information.

The Parkinson’s choir, “Shaken, Not Stirred,” meets for music and voice therapy on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. in the ELC room at Westminster-Canterbury. The Neurologic Music Therapy group exercise class for persons with Parkinson’s meets on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Vitality Center at Westminster-Canterbury. Exercises can be adapted to individual needs. If you are interested in participating, contact Abby D’Arcangelis, music therapist at Westminster-Canterbury at 540 542-0656 or email her at to sign up. The billiards group meets on Fridays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Billiards Room at Westminster-Canterbury.

For information about activities and meetings, call Cheryl Reames at 540 662-4632 or email Persons with Parkinson’s disease, their families, friends, and persons interested in learning more about Parkinson’s are invited to attend these programs and activities.

Support with loss from Substance Abuse Disorder

A support group for families who have experienced the loss of a loved one to Substance Abuse Disorder meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at 311 S. Loudoun St. There is parking on the street or directly behind the building. Contact Beth Baldwin 757-362-4836, or Karla Hink 540-454-6326.

Al-Anon Newcomers Meeting

Al-Anon Family Groups is a worldwide fellowship of friends and family of alcoholics. We offer a program of recovery from the family disease of alcoholism. We welcome you to come to the Friday Night Fig Tree meeting at the John Baden Community Center at 11 N. Washington St. in Winchester for our Newcomers Meeting at 7:15 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. It will be followed by the weekly meeting at 8 p.m.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous meetings are held daily at several locations throughout the Shenandoah Valley from Woodstock to Berryville. For times, call 800-777-1515 or visit

Insight Meditation Group

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher Shell Fischer leads a free, open Insight Meditation Group every Tuesday from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley, 6380 Valley Pike (U.S. 11), near Stephens City. For more information, visit

Just for Today

Affected by a loved one’s addiction? Just for Today meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Grace Community Church, 2333 Roosevelt Blvd., Winchester. For more information, email

Multiple Sclerosis Group

The Winchester MS Group meets the first Friday of each month at 6 p.m. at a different local restaurant each month. Email your contact information to so you can receive our email with the details of the locations.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held daily at the Winchester Old Town Club at 575 Elm St., the Friends Meeting House at 203 Washington St., and other locations. For times, call 540-667-0322 or visit

Domestic violence support group

The Laurel Center offers a support group for victims and survivors of domestic violence on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Any individual who is currently experiencing or has experienced domestic violence/abuse can come to this “drop in” group. However, please call before participating the first time to make sure the group is a good fit for your needs. Childcare is not provided. Call Kelly at 540-667-6466 for initial registration and directions.

National Alliance o n Mental Illness

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups offer free 90-minute support groups for adults with various types of mental illnesses.

• Winchester Connection Noon Group — every Monday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 411 N. Cameron St., second floor.

• Winchester NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group — every Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Winchester Medical Center VH System Support Building, 220 Campus Blvd., Ground Floor Conference Room #1.

• NAMI Family and Friends Support Group Meetings for family, friends and caregivers — second and fourth Sundays each month from 2:30 to 4 p.m., NAMI NSV Office, 411 N. Cameron St., Winchester, second floor office. Call 540-533-1832 for information, or email

NAMI NSV Peer-to-Peer

NAMI NSV offers a free Peer-to-Peer Educational Program. NAMI Peer-to-Peer is an eight-session course for adults living with mental health challenges. NAMI Peer‐to‐Peer provides an educational setting focused on recovery that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. The NAMI Peer-to-Peer education program is held in Winchester on Mondays from Aug. 19 to Oct. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. in our NAMI NSV office at 411 N. Cameron St., second floor Board Room. Dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Text Kathy Morris at 540-533-3324 for information and registration.

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