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Insight Memory Care Center celebrated a milestone event with the Grand Opening Celebration of its second location, an Early Stage Center in Sterling, Virginia. For the past 38 years, Insight has provided specialized care, support, and education for individuals in all stages of memory loss, their care partners, and the community. The organization has grown significantly since caring for the first three participants in the basement of a church, and this new center in Sterling represents the first time programs have expanded beyond partnerships and shared spaces to a dedicated, second center.

Insight Memory Care Center is excited to share that our Caregiving at a Glance Workshop was recently awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2022 Best Practices Awards from the Commonwealth Council on Aging! Established in 2006, the Best Practices Awards recognize and encourage the replication of model programs in Virginia, particularly that foster aging in place, livable communities and home and community-based services.

I arrived in Sterling all set for the first night and began greeting the five couples who would be participating as they arrived. Because five of the 10 participants had dementia, I hadn’t set huge goals for the evening, I really just wanted everyone to have fun. But as soon as the “practice round” of participants building a tower began I knew this group was special! They didn’t just stack the bricks on top of each other, some built towers to represent places they had visited in the past like the Burj Al Arab in Dubai and their first duty station in Greece.

At Insight Memory Care Center, we are so fortunate to have a fantastic team of dedicated social workers to support our families. In honor of Social Work month this March, we wanted to celebrate and share all that they do! Meet Rodney, Stephanie, Ellie, Jen, and Markita!

An initiative that begun in 2019, Dementia Friendly Fairfax brings awareness and support for those living with dementia and their care partners in Fairfax County, Virginia. Today we’re getting to know Allegra Joffe, Caregiver Specialist, Fairfax Area Agency on Aging, and Diane Watson, Mount Vernon Rep on the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging & Long Term Care Coordinating Council (LTCCC) Member contact person for the Spring Hill Community Village in Lorton, VA. They are two of Dementia Friendly Fairfax’s action team members. Robin McGlothin from Insight Memory Care Center gets the conversation going!

Over 15 years ago, Insight Memory Care Center developed a program designed for couples in the early stage of dementia find new ways to connect with each other, meet other families who are walking a similar path, focus on healthy minds and bodies, and adjust to life with a new diagnosis. The Mind & Body Workshop is often the first program families attend, many still nervous about joining a “memory loss” program. But the camaraderie of the group quickly turns anxieties into anticipation as families look forward to each next session.

After two years of navigating a global pandemic, there are few of us that fail to see the benefits of community support! Many, especially care partners, face significant need for support and a safe space to cope with caregiving, on top of the prolonged effects of today’s global climate. However, sometimes simply starting a support group is not as easy as you might think!

New Year, New Classes! Our long-standing caregiver classes have a great line-up for 2022. All sessions are free, and open to anyone interested in learning more about caring for a loved one living with dementia. Speakers include the experts at Insight, along with community professionals who can share additional expertise. We hope you'll mark your calendars to join us for any or all of this year's classes.

Insight Memory Care Center is so excited to announce the opening of Insight Memory Care Center – Sterling, our new early-stage focused center in Loudoun County, VA. Insight’s increasingly popular Reconnections early stage program was slated to start in Sterling on January 3rd, but mother nature had other ideas - bringing a lot of snow to the whole region that day! Nevertheless, the seven new participants were excited to gather later that week to kick-off the new program.

We celebrated Giving Tuesday this year by Getting Ready! We had four great panels and presentations as we shared more about getting ready for the holidays - and caregiving throughout the year! Watch and learn more about what to look for when visiting aging parents, ideas to enjoy the holiday season, and a sneak peek of our new Sterling space!

A great thanksgiving meal is always something to be thankful for, and Insight is truly thankful to be a part of the Thanksgiving Project this year! Several community based organizations came together to provide families with a freshly prepared Thanksgiving meal, refrigerated items, and non-perishable items to enjoy this Thanksgiving. Insight received 19 of these meals for families who otherwise may have had to forego a Thanksgiving celebration.

Each fall, Insight Memory Care Center honors an individual or organization that is making a positive impact on memory care in our community. We are proud to announce that the winner of this year’s award is R. Scott Turner, MD, PhD!

We are very excited to share that earlier this month, Insight Memory Care Center acquired a lease for new space in Loudoun County! We will be opening a smaller, early-stage focused center in Sterling, VA. Right now, we're getting things cleaned up, adding fresh paint, bringing in furniture, and generally getting everything ready to welcome you into our new space!

Each year at our Paintings & Pairings event, Insight honors an individual or organization that is making a positive impact on memory care in our community. Now in it's 6th year, we've had many exemplary nominees - and winners! And this year's nominees are no different.

It's here! The Paintings & Pairings virtual auction opens today, and runs through Friday, October 15th at 1:00 pm. Take advantage of the Buy It Now option to snatch up vacation homes, holiday gifts, and many returning favorite items!

Lewy body dementia is the second most common type of dementia, with an estimated 1.4 million Americans diagnosed. In honor of Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month, we've put together a few resources, both at Insight and in the wider community that may benefit your family.

Receiving an Alzheimer's or dementia diagnosis is daunting enough, but navigating all the options for care can quickly become even more overwhelming. One option that many have never heard of? Adult Day Programs. While we might be a bit biased here at Insight, we believe that day centers and day programs can be the perfect happy medium for many families - support, engagement, and safety during the day, and the comforts of family and home in the evening. In honor of National Adult Day Services Week, here are a few reasons to consider a day program.

The gerontological research team at George Mason University is committed to improving the lives of people living with ADRD and their caregivers. To that end, your participation in our studies help provide critical information about your lived experiences!

Celebrating our 10th year, the virtual Paintings & Pairings event features kick-off festivities, a week-long online auction, and an inspiring evening of Insight stories, interactive networking, and the Excellence in Memory Care Award. Celebrate the care, support, and education Insight provides for thousands in our community - all while keeping our community safe at home. Get your tickets today!

Insight is a nonprofit organization that relies on community support to fund our programs and services. This includes individual donors, corporate gifts, and grants to name a few. Insight recently received approval from Board of Directors of The Closet of the Greater Herndon Area to receive a $3,000 grant.

Insight is proud to share that our Financial Assistance Fund has been renamed the Kenneth G. Wood Financial Assistance Fund. It is in memory of and appreciation of Ken Wood's dedication to our mission, and for his service on the board from July 2017 to June 2020. Ken will forever be a part of the Insight family.

We aim to create a community where those affected by Alzheimer’s disease can achieve the highest quality of life. Our board of directors spent many hours over the past year brainstorming how Insight can best continue to serve families living with dementia. They developed new strategic goals to guide us over the next three years. We’re working towards this vision in three ways.

With all the problems across the globe in 2020, it was easy to forget about dementia. Unless your mom was becoming more and more forgetful. Or your spouse was just diagnosed. Or you weren’t able to go visit dad with all the COVID restrictions, and you worried about him even remembering you when you could visit again. While it didn’t make the daily news, dementia is still a problem.

If we've learned anything this year, it's that we're Stronger Together. And every little bit helps. Your small actions - like sharing a Facebook event - join with other’s actions - signing up for Amazon Smile - can add up to something big! Here are a few easy ways you can help Insight Memory Care Center.

Virtual programs can meet the needs of caregivers both near and far. Online support groups have allowed family members living in another state to participate regularly. Education classes are live and recorded - now accessible to attendees on a flexible schedule. Being able to offer care, support and education through a virtual presence provides a unique opportunity for families to stay connected and engaged in a way that was geographically limited pre-pandemic. Read more in our 2020-2021 Annual Report!

If we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that we’re stronger together. Take a look inside the report to learn more about who we are and what we do, how we handled all the changes 2020 brought, and how we ended up serving even more families in need - in the midst of a pandemic! From this report, we hope you’ll take away that Insight has come out of this year stronger than ever. We’re stronger together - and that’s with you. All our participants, families, and supporters who have stuck with us through quite a year - you’re the reason we’re still passionate, and keep helping each family navigate through their own dementia journey.

Insight Memory Care Center is led by a diverse board of directors, lending their skills and expertise to our mission. We owe many thanks to our Board of Directors for guiding Insight through the last year. The board worked closely adjusting our finances and quickly pivoting as things changed. We are a stronger organization today thanks to the work of the board of directors and Insight leadership. We are excited to share that Insight welcomed three new board members in 2021. Jaclyn, Cassandra, and Paul. They all bring experience and expertise to support Insight’s growth and expansion.

The results are in! We've recently completed our annual family survey. Each year, we ask our program participants about their experience, likes, dislikes, and what they'd like to see in the future. We were, of course, especially interested to see responses from this past year in light of the pandemic and the many, many changes and challenges we all faced!

Insight's Excellence in Memory Care Award recognizes an individual or organization that is positively impacting memory care in our community. Does anyone you know come to mind? Submit a nomination today! Nominations for the award will be open until July 30th at 5:00 pm. Finalists will be notified in September, and the winner will be announced live at the event on October 14th!

When you hear the hustle and bustle of our early stage program, Reconnections, starting up at 10:00 am, it’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since we slowly re-opened our center doors. Right now, we have five Reconnections groups meeting – in-person, virtually, and a hybrid summer session!

Insight Memory Care Center is so proud of our Executive Director, Anita Irvin, for receiving Leading Age Virginia's 2021 Vision Award. As a part of their annual conference, LeadingAge Virginia held a virtual awards presentation on June 9, 2021.

Insight is very excited to announce that Anita Irvin, our Executive Director, has been selected by Leading Age Virginia to receive the Vision Award for 2021! LeadingAge Virginia is an association of not-for-profit aging services organizations serving residents and clients across the senior care continuum, working together to expand the world of possibilities for aging. Their prestigious Vision Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to aging services, providing inspirational leadership, vision, and dedication in achieving their organization’s mission. Congratulations Anita!

We cannot thank you enough for your overwhelming support for our Stronger Together Giving Day on April 14th! Thanks to a generous donor, we had a match of $5,000 for the day. With your support, we met our $5,000 match and kept going - unlocking a total of over $14,000 for Insight!

At Insight, it’s always been our mantra to focus on what a person CAN do, not on the deficits from memory loss. Who knew that mantra would be a guiding light over the past year! Since the world basically shut down last March, Insight has focused on what we could do: continue our mission of providing specialized care, support and education for families living with dementia, and build on our capacity to serve our community in new ways.

As you may or may not be aware, March is National Social Work month! As a special thank you to our social workers, we wanted to share a little message of thanks for all of their amazing work.

Each year when February rolls around, we take inventory of the vast amount of LOVE that is shared by all who are a part of our organization. The love on display between Insight staff to one another, the socially distant hugs amongst participants, and the audible laughs and joy that echo Insight walls, all warms us to the core.

Insight is excited to partner with Walgreens to offer COVID Vaccine Clinics for our participants and staff. We had our first clinic on January 26th and were able to give 87 people their first dosage!

We are excited to announce that our newest program, Insight at Home, is now being offered 5 days a week! Insight at Home is a virtual program that has connected people across states, counties - and living rooms! - to develop meaningful human connection and engagement.

Insight was honored to recently receive a 2020 Northern Virginia Leadership Award from Leadership Fairfax. At their 24th annual event held on December 18th, Insight was recognized along with six other individuals, organizations, and businesses who are making a difference in Northern Virginia.

We can't thank you enough for all of your support of our first-ever virtual Paintings & Pairings event on October 15th! We had over a hundred people logged in to participate in a great evening. We chatted with friends around the room, enjoyed a fantastic program, and celebrated the care, support, and education that Insight provides to thousands in our community.

Social connection is a cornerstone of the programs we offer at Insight. Whether it is plugging those who have dementia into the right recreation program, or covering the much need education topic for a caregiver, our main job here at Insight is to connect. We work to connect people to the right support systems and programs that allow them to live fulfilling, meaningful lives while simultaneously battling a dementia diagnosis. One of our programs that truly connects people is our Memory Café.

Earlier this month we have been able to begin a slow, phased re-opening of our center. We never would have foreseen being so excited about having only 8 participants in our Day Center per day - but here we are, and we’re grateful! We are deliberately taking our re-opening slow, planning out each step, and being sure to vet everything with experts on our board as well as local and state authorities.

Insight Memory Care Center offers free, confidential memory screenings and educational materials to people with concerns about their memory or who want to check their memory now for future comparison. The best part – memory screenings are now being held virtually, so you can perform this simple evaluation from the comfort of home! So who would benefit from a memory screening?

I am excited to share that we have recently started our newest program, Insight at Home, a virtual activity program to reach families outside our center walls. Insight at Home is a virtual group designed to encourage engagement and foster meaningful relationships with other members, completely outside of participation in our Day Center. Participants meet twice a week for virtual activities and discussion groups, and are provided programs to work on at home.

The Board of Directors is very excited to announce that Anita Irvin has accepted the position as Executive Director at Insight Memory Care Center! Sarah Mouser, Board Treasurer, shares, "Anita is the right person to lead the team. It is well deserved and overdue. Even in these unknown times we are hopeful for the future of Insight with Anita's leadership."

Wandering is a common behavior among individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias. Six in 10 people with dementia will wander one time and many will wander repeatedly. Everyone with dementia is at risk of wandering and wandering behavior can be dangerous and stressful for people with dementia and their family caregivers. Faculty and students at George Mason University have been conducting research to gain a better understanding about wandering as it relates to dementia, by tracking the movement patterns of people with dementia who are participants in their study.

As our area enters Phase I, we are excited at the prospect of seeing our participants’ faces again soon! We are actively planning a slow reopening, but as we all still remain “safer at home”, we still have proper protocols to put in place before any in-person programs can occur at our center.

We are continuing to create community, serving families living with dementia as we all adapt to our new normal. As quickly as COVID-19 has impacted us all, Insight has pivoted to offering almost all programs virtually. Ken Connelly, Insight’s Board Chair shares, “What hasn’t changed in the midst of all of this is our commitment to the mission of providing care, support, and education for those living with memory impairments – the most vulnerable in our community – whether it’s in our center or now virtually at home. I continue to be amazed at the high level of dedication and creativity the Insight staff have.”

Today is #givingtuesdaynow, a new global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. We are coming together for an exciting day, and we encourage you to use this day to share with your friends and family and show your support of Insight.

Insight looks very different right now. Did you know that while at home our Day Center participants are receiving up to 4 hours of live virtual programming each day? Our early stage Reconnections group has been meeting on Zoom since the first week our center closed. In just about a month’s timeframe, we’ve held 10 virtual support groups, 7 educational webinars for caregivers, and 3 online Memory Cafes. Insight looks different right now, but our community is as vibrant as ever.

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