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.
Whether you've made a resolution to learn more about caregiving, or you'd just like to brush up on a specific topic, we hope you'll join us for one of our many education programs this year at Insight Memory Care Center. Here are a few things to look forward to this year.
It’s been a long time coming, but New Year, New Blog! We’re very excited to start this blog a resource for those who are caring for a loved one with a memory impairment.
On Sunday, December 1st, the Sentimental Journey Singers concluded their first season with a fantastic debut concert. Held at St. George’s United Methodist Church, the chorus sang 6 pieces in total, finishing with their namesake piece: Sentimental Journey.
Thank you so much to all of our supporters who joined us at Paintings & Pairings to celebrate the care, education, and support that Insight provides to thousands of individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments in our community each year. We all enjoyed great auction items, delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine pairings, and a fantastic program, raising over $70,000 for Insight Memory Care Center!
Happy Adult Day Services Week! If you follow us on Facebook, you've probably seen some of the fun activities we've planned for our spirit week, and a few ways we've been thanking our staff for their hard work and dedication.
Our Dementia Friendly Fairfax (DFFairfax) team is excited to announce the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging have officially welcomed Fairfax to the nation-wide network of Dementia Friendly Communities!
Dementia Friendly Herndon is bringing dementia training in the community, including restaurants! Diane and her team at Famous Toastery were excited to receive additional training from Dementia Friendly Herndon as they have already had several community members with dementia dine with them. They want to be able to fully support their needs and allow for a pleasant dining experience for all customers.
We just completed our 5th Annual Caregiver Cruise! We sailed to sunny Bermuda aboard Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas. We enjoyed the sights, great weather, and a fun, supportive vacation.
Insight Memory Care Center is excited to partner with Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the nation’s largest choral program for singers 55+, to offer a new chorus for those diagnosed with early or beginning moderate Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments. “Sentimental Journey Singers” begins Monday, September 9 from 9:30 to 11am at Insight!
Can you believe that Insight Memory Care Center is 35 this year? As with any major milestone, we are taking time to celebrate you – our families, volunteers, and supporters that have been involved in the IMCC story over the years.
We are so excited to announce that Insight's Caregiving at a Glance is updated in a brand new 5th edition!
At Insight Memory Care Center, we are always looking for ways to provide new and unique programming for our participants and families. Sometimes that means developing our own programs here, but other times it means reaching out for help! The Memory Café at Famille is a prime example; our partnership with Falls Church Arts, The Kensington, and Famille has developed an exciting, and truly unique program!
Insight Memory Care Center hosted the first Dementia Friendly America Symposium in Northern Virginia on March 12 from 5:30-7:30pm. This group of professionals gathered to learn about establishing Dementia Friendly Communities in their locales and to explore opportunities for involvement in currently established DFA communities.