Education Programs

Classes for Caregivers

Classes for Caregivers

IMCC offers Classes for Caregivers on the third Wednesday of every month from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. These educational programs are specifically designed to assist family caregivers on a variety of topics, legal and financial considerations, community resources, and ways to build coping skills. All classes are free, and open to the public. Respite care may also be available upon request.

 

Upcoming Programs

  • Tangles

    Saturday, August 12, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Location: Harris Theater (across from the Mason Pond parking deck) at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030
    Description: Written and directed by visiting scholar Jeffrey Steiger and produced by SMHS faculty Charles Samenow, MD, MPH, "TANGLES," is a dynamic musical play and a multidisciplinary educational and outreach initiative that uniquely fuses traditional theatrical storytelling with research. The production engages healthcare providers, patients, families, and caregivers in dialogue, education, and healing related to the impact of neurocognitive disorders.

    The story focuses around Gwendolyn Taylor, who has been an inspiration and loving presence in the life of her sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Tyler. But, as her grandmother succumbs to Alzheimer's, Tyler's growing sense of isolation looms larger. The past and present intermingle in this entertaining musical theater production that explores aging, family, and the challenges faced by both patients and health professionals. "TANGLES" tells the story of a family during one pivotal night as they come to terms with their roles as sons, daughters, and siblings living with an aging family member. Through music, media, and a dynamic design, the production shows how memories and the past are interconnected in ways that both fragment and bring together families in the toughest moments.

    "TANGLES" is based on medical research, patient narratives and the experience of healthcare professionals. The production is a unique and rich opportunity for health professionals, families, caregivers, and community members to identify the challenges associated with caring for families and their loved ones in context of the healthcare system.

    The production will be held at the Harris Theater at George Mason University at 7:00 pm. Doors will open at 6:00 for a wine and cheese reception, and a discussion will follow from 8:00 to 8:30 pm. Many thanks to the Virginia Geriatric Education Center, the George Washington Center for Aging, Health, and Humanities, the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, AARP, and George Mason for helping to sponsor this event!
    Contact Information:
    Cathy Tompkins
    703-993-2838
  • Impact of Dementia on the Family

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Impact of Dementia on the Family

    Location: Linda and Lou Mazawey Education and Support Center, 3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030
    Description: Dementia affects more than just the person with the diagnosis. It can be hard to know where to turn for support; learn more about local caregiver and family resources available.

    This program is a part of our ongoing Classes for Caregivers series. All sessions are FREE, and held the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Respite care may be available by request; please notify us when registering to confirm availability.
    Contact Information:
    Christi Clark
    703-204-4664
  • Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Location: Linda and Lou Mazawey Education and Support Center, 3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030
    Description: Take the path to certification as a Certified Dementia Practitioner through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners! All health care professionals and front line staff who work in the health care industry are encouraged to attend. This is the required seminar for those pursuing CDP certification, to qualify through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. To see if you qualify, please visit the NCCDP website at www.nccdp.org. You are also welcome to just come for the education!

    The seminar will cover the following modules: Diagnosis, Prognosis, Treatment, Communication, Feelings, Depression, Repetitive Behavior, Paranoia, Hallucinations, Wandering, Hoarding, Aggressive Behaviors, Catastrophic Reactions, Intimacy and Sexuality, Personal Care, Pain,
    Nutrition, Activities, Environment, Staff and Family Support, Diversity and Cultural Competence, Spiritual Care, and End of Life.

    Cost is $200 per person. A cancellation fee of $75 will apply. Payment is available by check or credit card:
    • Please make checks payable to Insight Memory Care Center. Mail the completed brochure and payment to: Insight Memory Care Center,
    3953 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030.
    • Pay online by credit card using the Register button below!

    Space is Limited. Payment must be received by September 8th to ensure course enrollment. Lunch is on your own. There will be an hour for lunch in the schedule. No form of taping is allowed nor are laptops permitted in the seminar. A Student Handout Notebook will be provided.
    Contact Information:
    Christi Clark
    703-204-4664
  • Demystifying Dementia

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Demystifying Dementia

    Location: Linda and Lou Mazawey Education and Support Center, 3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030
    Description: Learn the nuts and bolts of caregiving for someone with dementia, including distinguishing different types, path of progression, communication techniques, dealing with troubling behaviors, and engaging the person with dementia.

    This program is a part of our ongoing Classes for Caregivers series. All sessions are FREE, and held the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Respite care may be available by request; please notify us when registering to confirm availability.
    Contact Information:
    Christi Clark
    703-204-4664

Education Programs

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