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.

 

Holiday Traditions Session

November 13th - December 11th

Join us for a holiday traditions session of the Mind and Body Workshop! 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 utilizes different topics to promote cognitive enhancement, creative expression, movement, community engagement, and overall well-being while living with memory loss. Each session is detailed below:


November 13
Group Activity: Holidays around the world
Breakout Sessions: Card making workshop (Participants); Surviving the Holidays (Caregivers)

November 20
Group Activity: Gingerbread Houses
Breakout Sessions: Holiday traditions (Participants); Activities for engagement (Caregivers)

November 27
Group Activity: Holiday Dance:  Learning the Waltz
Breakout Sessions: Dances from around the world (Participants); Understanding caregiver stress (Caregivers)

December 4
Group Activity: Care Packages
Breakout Sessions: Let’s talk about volunteering (Participants); Holiday Volunteer Opportunities (Caregivers)

December 11
Group Activity: Caroling to our favorite holiday songs
Breakout Sessions: Name that tune (Participants); White elephant book exchange (Caregivers)

 

Demystifying Dementia Session

November 29th - December 20th
10:00 am -12:00 noon

Join us for a new session of the Mind and Body Workshop in Mount Vernon! The workshop is a multi-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.

Come and learn more to demystify dementia! The workshop utilizes different topics to promote cognitive enhancement, creative expression, movement, community engagement, and overall well-being while living with memory loss. Each session is detailed below.

This session will be held at Paul Spring Retirement Community, 7116 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, VA 22307.


November 29
Group Activity: Brain health as we age
Breakout Sessions: Cognitive Testing (Participants); Understanding and Caring for a Person with Dementia (Caregivers)

December 6
Group Activity: Music & Memory
Breakout Sessions: Music Assessments (Participants); Legal and Financial Concerns (Caregivers)
All participants will receive their own iPod for use with the program at home!

December 13
Group Activity: Yoga
Breakout Sessions: Healthy living goals (Participants); Taking care of yourself (Caregivers)

December 20
Group Activity: The Art of Journaling
Breakout Sessions: Dementia in my own words (Participants); Recommended Readings/Community Resources (Caregivers)

 

 

Interested?

Registration
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
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."