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Reconnections

Early Stage Memory Care Program


Reconnections is a regular gathering of individuals who have mild cognitive impairment or who are in the early stages of dementia. Together with professional staff, a small group of club members participate in recreational activities with the opportunity for peer support and socialization in a safe, non-judgmental setting. A variety of activities during each session promote cognition, creative expression, movement, sense of purpose, reflection or spirituality, social engagement, and new learning experiences. As the program is designed for a small group setting, current participant interests guide each week’s activities to incorporate programs of benefit to all club members.

 

 

The Basics

Reconnections is offered Monday through Friday, at various locations, both in-person and virtually. Participants can attend from one to five days a week, based on their preferred schedule. Reconnections offers:

  • Small group setting, with person-centered activities
  • Highly trained, professional staff and program volunteers
  • Peer support from others with a similar diagnosis
  • Socialization in a safe, non-judgemental setting
  • Variety of activities to promote cognition and new learning experiences
  • Opportunities for creative expression, reflection, and developing sense of purpose
  • Enhance physical well-being through regular exercise and movement activities
  • Lunch provided daily for in-person programming
  • Assistance with arranging low-cost transportation, if needed
  • An engaging and supportive environment with friends!

 

Program Options

Fairfax

Reconnections is offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Participants may attend one, two, three or all four days per week.

Participants start the morning with coffee and conversation. Staff or outside specialists will present a main daily program, and lunchtime allows time for socialization. Afternoon program activities may include any listed below, based on the interests of the current group.

 

Virtual

Reconnections is offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Participants may attend one, two, three or all four days per week.

Participants meet daily in an online group setting to engage in conversation, new learning experiences, reflection and reminiscing, cognitive challenges, and creative expression. Participants and caregivers receive daily emailed activities that can be printed and completed at home. This is not mandatory, but helpful to the cognitive element of each daily call. These emailed activities are reviewed through meaningful, engaging conversation facilitated by Reconnections staff.

 

Alexandria at Goodwin House

Reconnections at Goodwin House is offered in-person on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Participants start the morning with coffee and conversation. Staff or outside specialists will present a main daily program, and lunchtime allows time for socialization. Afternoon program activities may include any listed below, based on the interests of the current group.

 

Reston Summer Series at the Kensington

This eight-week summer series will be hosted in-person Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at The Kensington Reston community, and virtually Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

The summer series runs from June 8th to July 29th, with a focus on summer travel. Guided activities will champion cognitive engagement, creative expression, movement, and social engagement as we "travel" around the globe!

 

Loudoun

We are expanding our popular Fairfax program into Loudoun! This program currently runs virtually on Wednesdays from 11:00 am-12:15 pm, with plans of operating in-person in Loudoun County later in 2021.

Want to be the first to know when this in-person program launches? We'll keep you in the loop!

 

 

Types of Programming

As we strive to offer programs that are engaging and beneficial to all participants, we offer a variety of activities in Reconnections based on the interests of the current group. Activities are described below in seven categories: cognitive engagement, creative expression, movement, purpose, reflection, social engagement, and new learning. Many activities provide benefits in multiple areas!

Cognitive Engagement
To maintain a current level of function in cognition, including memory, concentration, and attention.
Activities include brain games, discussions, and learning experiences.

Creative Expression
To promote creativity and imagination utilizing self-expression.
Activities include visual arts, music, drama, and creative writing.

Movement
To support intellectual, emotional, and motor functions of the body.
Activities include yoga, tai chi, and dance.

Purpose
To promote a sense of purpose and belonging, as well as to maintain involvement in the community.
Activities include volunteerism and intergenerational activities.

Reflection
To enhance well-being and connectedness with self.
Activities include journaling, meditation, and memoir writing.

Social Engagement
To stay connected to peers in a safe, supportive environment.
Activities include coffee and conversation, catered lunch, and peer support groups.

New Learning
To acquire new, or modify and reinforce existing knowledge and skills.
Activities include discussion groups, educational workshops, and guest lectures.

 

 

Get to Know Us

Tours
We are happy to give you a tour of the center and overview of the program, anytime during our regular business hours. Please call us at 703-204-4664 or email Katelyn Sloan at katelyn.sloan@insightmcc.org to set up a convenient time!

 

Holidays and Closures

Insight typically honors federal holidays. IMCC may be closed additional days for staff training, which are published in our yearly calendar.

Insight follows Fairfax County Public Schools with regards to weather related closures. When Fairfax County schools are closed because of inclement weather, Insight Memory Care Center will be closed. If Fairfax County schools have a late opening, Insight will open on time.

Interested?

Registration
Registration is required; there is a short application and assessment process for the program to ensure a good fit for both the caregiver and early stage participant. Please contact Katelyn Sloan at 703-204-4664, or katelyn.sloan@insightmcc.org.

Cost
Participants may attend up to four days per week for a flat monthly fee. Current rates are detailed below:

Days Per Week In-Person Virtual
1 $380 $130
2 $760 $260
3 $1140 $365
4 $1520 $470

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"The Mind & Body Workshop has been a tremendous boon to us. Those of us who have been attending for some time have 'bonded' and feel like a kind of 'family.' Both caregivers and our loved ones look forward to attending."