Aging Well

Aging Well

Programs for Family Caregivers 2020-2021

Posted October 19, 2020 1:51 p.m. EDT
Updated December 7, 2020 12:06 p.m. EST

The pandemic has been especially difficult on family caregivers with the cessation of many supportive programs. Over the next year, The Center for Volunteer Caregiving is offering new programming to family caregivers in Wake County to provide additional support and wellness. These programs are provided at no charge to family caregivers. You do not need to commit to attending all of the sessions in a series. Once you sign up for a program, you are free to attend when you can. But we encourage you to attend as many as you can to achieve the greatest benefit to your health and wellbeing.

Caregivers’ Stretching and Gentle Yoga Class

  • Join us for a 45-minute stretching and easy yoga class which is appropriate for all activity levels. No experience required.
  • Meets online via Zoom the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 2:30 pm starting on November 5, 2020 and continuing through September 2021.
  • Register online at
  • Led by JJ Gormley (M.S., C-IAYT, E-RYT) who has been teaching since 1989 with an emphasis in the therapeutic approach since 2003. JJ works with a variety of clients including those with cancer, autoimmune disease, neurological disease/ disorders, and caregivers for those with chronic issues.

Caregivers’ Guided Meditation

  • Join us for a weekly 12-15 minute guided meditation via conference call.
  • Meets every Wednesday at 3:00 pm by phone call, starting Oct. 21.
  • No registration required. Dial 425-436-6327 and enter the code 5037800# to join.
  • Research shows that meditating for as little as 12 minutes has a profound positive effect on mental wellbeing.

Caregiver Virtual Book Clubs

  • Join us for one or both caregiver book clubs in 2021. There will be at least two virtual meetings for each book read. The book will be provided free via hard or electronic copy (books TBD). First book club will be offered February 2021. Second book club will be offered late spring / early summer 2021
  • Let us know if you have a book suggestion!Register by emailing or calling Lisa Hoskins – or 919-460-0567

Virtual Music and Caregiver Respite Hour

  • Music therapy is particularly beneficial for the care recipient with dementia. Connect your care recipient to an hour of music with professional musician, Sam Marion. Sam performs a variety of musical styles and sing-a-longs (including Broadway, movie songs, big band, patriotic, folk songs and country songs). He has been providing musical experiences for elders at retirement communities, adult day care centers, and assisted living facilities in the Triangle area since 1986.
  • This class will meet online via Zoom November 10, December 8, and then the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays through September 2021. All classes will meet at 2:00 pm.
  • While the care recipient has an engaging activity to participate in, you can use this time as a period of respite.
  • Register online at

Questions? Email or call Lisa Hoskins, Caregiver Support Coordinator at The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, at or 919-460-0567.

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