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.


2017 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 2017 include:

Session 1: Writing Workshop
Starting January 9
Sessions include creative writing, poetry, movement and memory, New Year’s resolutions, and memoir writing.

Session 2: Art Expression
Starting March 6
Sessions include Art and Mind, Step by Step Art, Dance Therapy, volunteerism, and self-reflection.

Session 3: Dementia Education
Starting April 24
Sessions include discussion on normal aging and cognitive testing, Music & Memory, Yoga, current research trials, and journaling.

Session 4: The Senses
Starting June 12
Sessions include sensory changes, gardening, tai chi, spring planting, and sensory profiles.

Session 5: Travelogue
Starting July 31
Sessions include National Parks discussion, nature drawing, balance and walking workshop, volunteer opportunities, and creating a travel blog.

Session 6: School Yearbook
Starting September 18
Sessions include alma mater, picture day, PE class, intergenerational activities, and school memory discussions.

Session 7: Holiday Traditions
Starting November 13
Sessions include gingerbread houses, holiday card workshop, dance studio, care package donations, and holiday caroling.



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."