Workshops for Your Organization

Denise Scruggs, director of the Beard Center on Aging, conducts many workshops related to aging issues for various organizations. These include workshops on the following topics:

Positive Aging: Aging Well in Mind, Body, & Spirit
Alzheimer’s & Dementia: National Certification Council Alzheimer’s & Dementia Class
Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Walking in Their Shoes: Aging Sensitivity training
Living to 100 and Beyond: What Centenarians Have Taught Us
Aging in Place: Housing Adaptations and Changes to Age-Proof Our Home
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Preventing & Responding to Challenging Behaviors
Communicating Effectively with Individuals Diagnosed with Dementia
Laughter is the Best Medicine
A Positive Attitude is Everything
Boomers and the Pending Workforce Shortage
Generational Differences & Their Impact on Our Work, Relationships, & Life
Promoting Positive Self Esteem in Older Adults
Caregiving From A Dementia Caregiver Perspective
Caregiver Burden & Stress
Caregiving: Tips & Techniques From Someone Who Has Been There Before
End-of-life Planning: Things We Should All Do
Developing Partnerships & Coalitions for Success
More Than Fun: The Importance of Recreation and Socialization to Longevity and Quality of Life
Person-Centered Care: The Little Things That Matter
Finding Resources When You Need Them
Domestic Violence in Later Life
Communicating Effectively with Your Doctor
Taking Charge of Your Health
Building Blocks for Successful Activities for Older Adults
Stress Management
Finding Purpose in Life
Relationship Building in Retirement Communities
Connecting with Memory Impaired Adults Thru Validation
Aging Through a Different Mirror:  Intellectual Disabilities, Aging, and Dementia
Successful Day-to-Day Caregiving Strategies for Working with Older Adults with Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Preventing and Detecting Elder Abuse
Overcoming Adversity
Facing Life’s Challenges & Coming Out on Top
Getting What You Want Out of Life: 12 Keys to Becoming and Staying Motivated
Down, but Not Out: Tips for Surviving Cancer & Health Challenges From Someone Who Has Been There
Aging: Trends, Challenges, & Opportunities for the Future
Beyond Crossword Puzzles: Maintaining a Healthy Brain
Caregiver Stress
Aging Communities & Career Opportunities
Spirituality & Aging
Aging with Spirit & Zest
Living Life with Purpose
Wisdom at Work: The Move to an Aging Workforce
Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backwords: Tips for Handling & Preventing Stress


A limited number of workshops are offered annually at no cost in the greater Lynchburg area for government, non-profit businesses, churches, and community organizations, However, to enable us to continue offering this community service, there is a nominal fee for other workshops and training, including travel expenses for programs outside of the Lynchburg area.

If your organization would like a workshop on topics that were mentioned above, or any related topic, please contact the Beard Center on Aging for more information.

Phone: 434.544.8456
Fax: 434.544.8580