Recent News at Insight
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.”