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Excellence in Memory Care Award 2021

Insight Memory Care Center's Excellence in Memory Care award recognizes programs and services that are models of excellence and positively impacting memory care in our community. We will recognize the winner of our ninth annual award at our Paintings & Pairings event on October 4, 2024.


Our Award Winners


The Virginia Memory Project

The Virginia Memory Project (VMP) is a survey for all adults in Virginia about brain health, memory and caregiving. It is the first expansive web-based brain health registry in the Commonwealth, and the only registry in the country that provides a pathway to services, includes caregivers, and encompasses people with subjective memory loss.



Karen McPhail, Aging Rainbows

Karen McPhail and Aging Rainbows received the seventh annual award for their commitment to providing community outreach and fostering inclusive care communities and care providers, making our community a better place for LGBTQ+ older adults.



Dr. R. Scott Turner, MD, Ph.D., Georgetown University Memory Disorders Program

Dr. Turner received our sixth annual award not only for his research expertise in our area, but also his commitment to providing the best clinical quality and the best customer experience in mental health diagnostic and treatment services for the benefit of his patients and families. 



Steve Gurney, Positive Aging SourceBook

For over 30 years the Positive Aging SourceBook has made finding housing, aging in place solutions, and resources convenient by providing the most comprehensive and trusted resource in print and digital formats. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Steve has been working with his team to continue to connect people and help the families that need helping finding care through innovative ways.


Kate Caldwell, Careavan Challenge

The winner of Insight’s COVID-19 Care Response Award is Kate Caldwell with the Careavan Challenge. Kate created the Careavan Challenge to allow healthcare heroes to be honored through the COVID 19 pandemic. It brought healthcare companies together to honor those in Assisted Livings, Memory Care Communities, as well as Nursing facilities for all they have done to keep residents safe from COVID-19.



Carol Blackwell, Memory Café 4U

Carol Blackwell was selected to receive the fourth annual Excellence in Memory Care Award for her efforts in developing, implementing, and promoting Memory Cafes throughout Northern Virginia.




Toni Reinhart, Dementia Friendly America Herndon 

Toni Reinhart received the award for her work with the Dementia Friendly America Herndon program, including developing the pilot program, building an action team, and creating awareness to change the face of dementia.




Larmax Homes, Equine Therapy Program

Larmax Homes was selected to receive the second annual Excellence in Memory Care Award for their equine therapy programs that allow residents to benefit both from traditional riding therapy along with an equine assisted therapy program at their homes.




George Mason University Department of Social Work, Research on Music and Memory
GMU’s Department of Social Work was selected to receive the first Excellence in Memory Care Award for their research program examining the effects of personalized music on the behavior and emotions of older adults with dementia.





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