Early Stage Programs

Reconnections

Reconnections is a regular gathering of individuals who have mild cognitive impairment or who are in the early stages of dementia. Together with professional staff, a small group of club members participate in recreational activities with the opportunity for peer support and socialization in a safe, non-judgmental setting. A variety of activities during each session promote cognition, creative expression, movement, sense of purpose, reflection or spirituality, social engagement, and new learning experiences. As the program is designed for a small group setting, current participant interests guide each week’s activities to incorporate programs of benefit to all club members.

 

Program Details

Reconnections is offered Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Participants may attend one, two, or all three days per week.

Participants start the morning with coffee and conversation. Specialists will present a main weekly program, or participants might partake in a field trip to a local site of interest. A catered lunch is served, allowing time for socialization. Afternoon program activities may include any listed below, based on the interests of the current group.

 

About the Sessions

Daily activities vary, based on the interests of the group. Types of activities include:

Cognitive Engagement
To maintain a current level of function in cognition, including memory, concentration, and attention.
Activities include brain games, discussions, and learning experiences.

Creative Expression
To promote creativity and imagination utilizing self-expression.
Activities include visual arts, music, drama, and creative writing.

Movement
To support intellectual, emotional, and motor functions of the body.
Activities include yoga, tai chi, and dance.

Purpose
To promote a sense of purpose and belonging, as well as to maintain involvement in the community.
Activities include volunteerism and intergenerational activities.

Reflection
To enhance well-being and connectedness with self.
Activities include journaling, meditation, and memoir writing.

Social Engagement
To stay connected to peers in a safe, supportive environment.
Activities include coffee and conversation, catered lunch, and peer support groups.

New Learning
To acquire new, or modify and reinforce existing knowledge and skills.
Activities include discussion groups, educational workshops, and guest lectures.

 

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
Program charge is $300 per month for one day per week, $600 per month for two days per week, or $900 per month for three days per week.

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."