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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.

 

 

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