Early Stage Programs

Mind & Body Workshop

The Mind and Body Workshop provides innovative interventions for families who have an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another memory impairment. The workshop is a 5 session program series for both the caregiver and the recently diagnosed individual to participate, promoting social engagement and peer support, while adjusting to life with a new diagnosis. The workshop series is ongoing, utilizing different topics throughout the year to promote cognitive enhancement, creative expression, movement, community engagement, and overall well-being while living with memory loss.


Program Details

The workshop is offered Mondays from 4:15 pm to 6:30 pm. Each session includes:

Group Activities
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Both caregiver and participant participate in activities together, based on program session focus and topic.

Breakout Sessions
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Caregivers join in a support group with an education component, and participants continue peer support activities based on the program session topic.

Dinner and Socialization
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Families come back together to socialize over a pizza dinner, to further promote social engagement and peer support.


5 Session Series

Each series of the Mind and Body Workshop consists of 5 program sessions, each with a different focus. These sessions are outlined below.

Week 1: Cognitive Engagement
This session focuses on maintaining a current level of function in cognition, including memory, concentration, and attention.
Activities could include brain games, discussions, and learning experiences.

Week 2: Creative Expression
This session focuses on engaging in activities that promote creativity and imagination, utilizing self-expression.
Activities could include visual arts, music, drama, and creative writing.

Week 3: Movement
This session focuses on supporting intellectual, emotional, and motor functions of the body.
Activities could include yoga, tai chi, and dance.

Week 4: Purpose
This session focuses on promoting a sense of purpose and belonging, as well as maintaining involvement in the community.
Activities could include volunteerism and intergenerational programs.

Week 5: Reflection
This session focuses on enhancing well-being and connectedness with self.
Activities could include journaling, meditation, and memoir writing.


2018 Schedule

Each series of the Mind and Body Workshop will focus on a different topic, while utilizing the 5 program session focus areas, to engage a wide-array of interests in the group. Session topics for 2018 include:

Session 1: Voices from the Past
Starting January 8
Sessions include “Who Said That” famous quotes, inspirational painting, dances of the decades, reminiscence class, and journaling on a hero in your life.

Session 2: Family Life
Starting March 5
Sessions include family portrait discussion, step-by-step paint your house, family lawn games, creating care packages, and family story discussions.

Session 3: Dementia Education
Starting April 23
Sessions include brain games, Music & Memory, Laughter Yoga, current research trials, and meditation.

Session 4: Creative Mind
Starting June 11
Sessions include brain fitness, musical poetry, movement and memory, intergenerational class, and journaling reflection on “with these hands.”

Session 5: Travel
Starting July 30
Sessions include foods from around the world, travel photo discussion, balance and walking workshop, volunteering, and creating a travel collage.

Session 6: Careers & Working
Starting September 17
Sessions include creative writing, a “job fair”, personal training session, career advice to youth, and journaling reflection on “what did I want to be when I grew up?”.

Session 7: Collective Wisdom
Starting November 12
Sessions include Dear Abby columns discussion, “events that impacted my life” discussion, tai chi, giving advice, and journaling reflection on “If I knew then what I know now...”.


Registration is required; there is a short application and assessment process for the program to ensure a good fit for both the caregiver and early stage participant. Please contact Jessie Wilson at 703-204-4664, or jessica.wilson@insightmcc.org.

Cost for each workshop series of 5 sessions is $200 per couple.

Early Stage

"The Mind & Body Workshop has been a tremendous boon to us. Those of us who have been attending for some time have 'bonded' and feel like a kind of 'family.' Both caregivers and our loved ones look forward to attending."