Listed below are a few of our upcoming events. Please take a look at our Event Calendar for a full listing!
Caring for You, Caring for Me Workshop
Caring for You, Caring for Me (CFYCFM) provides education and support to caregivers through a series of flexible learning modules, helping caregivers take better care of themselves, collaborate effectively with professional caregivers, and be the best advocate possible for their care recipient.
This five-part, interactive training course has been designed to help family caregivers develop skills that most benefit them, including building relationships with professional caregivers to increase cooperation, understanding and support. CFYCFM provides opportunities for learning ways to cope with the stressors of being a caregiver, accessing resources, discovering ways to work together with others to reduce frustrations and barriers in the caregiver role, sharing common concerns, and recognizing that caregivers are not alone.
This event is a partnership with Elderlink - Fairfax Area Agency on Aging. CFYCFM is a free signature program of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving.
In-home respite services may be available on a sliding fee scale for caregivers who would like to participate but are unable to make arrangements for their loved one. Three weeks advanced notice requested if respite services are being requested. Please note respite services would be provided in-home and the workshop is held in person at Insight - Fairfax.
Brain Health as You Age
Learn more about age-related changes in memory and learning, and practices to keep your brain sharp! Learn what to expect, what’s “normal,” and when it’s time to seek a doctor’s input.
This program is presented by the Insight Memory Care Team at the Langston Brown Community Center.
Dance for Brain Health
Based on CDC reports, research shows that the areas of the brain that control memory and skills such as planning and organizing improve with exercise. Dance has the added dimensions of rhythm, balance and music that enhance the benefits of simple movement – plus, it’s fun! This class is appropriate for persons living with dementia, their caregivers and anyone interested in preventing health conditions associated with cognitive decline.
The class will include:
Stretch and Warm-up: A series of gentle stretching and warm-up exercises inspired by the principles of Brain Dance, preparing the body and mind, creating a harmonious state for the dance experience that follows.
Follow Along Dance: Get ready to groove to a fantastic selection of music spanning different decades.
Guided Improvisation: You will move in your own way, expressing yourself freely on the dance floor. There are no wrong moves here; just dance from the heart.
Insight Memory Care Center will provide brain exercises and tips to take with you, this class is presented by Art of Movement, a Workhouse Arts Foundation Program at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton.
Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) (in-person event)
The Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) is designed to help simulate the effects of dementia. A trained facilitator will guide participants outfitted with patented devices that alter their senses while they try to complete common everyday tasks and exercises. The Tour enables caregivers to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges those with dementia face, and use the experience to provide better person-centered care.
Sign up for a specific time slot; only two are available each half-hour. Pick your slot today to gain better insight into caring for those with memory impairments! Please contact the event contact listed below to sign up!
Memory Cafe at Falls Church Arts
The café is an opportunity for caregivers and their loved one with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or in the early to early mid-stage of their dementia journey to meet with others for support, companionship, and fun! The program provides structured activities to promote reminiscence, cognition, and engagement. There is also time to share in conversation and get to know others in a safe, supportive environment.
The Memory Cafe at Falls Church Arts meets on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. This group is offered in partnership between Insight and The Kensington Falls Church. Insight staff will lead engaging brain games during the 2nd Friday session, and Sally Evans, Falls Church Arts Instructor will lead arts activities during the 4th Friday session.
To ensure we have space and program supplies for each participant, we ask that you please register in advance. We look forward to seeing you at the next cafe!