Early Stage Programs

Mind & Body Workshop

The Mind and Body Workshop provides innovative interventions for families who have an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another memory impairment. The workshop is a 5 session program series for both the caregiver and the recently diagnosed individual to participate, promoting social engagement and peer support, while adjusting to life with a new diagnosis. The workshop series is ongoing, utilizing different topics throughout the year to promote cognitive enhancement, creative expression, movement, community engagement, and overall well-being while living with memory loss.

 

Program Details

The workshop is offered Mondays from 4:15 pm to 6:30 pm. Each session includes:

Group Activities
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Both caregiver and participant participate in activities together, based on program session focus and topic.

Breakout Sessions
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Caregivers join in a support group with an education component, and participants continue peer support activities based on the program session topic.

Dinner and Socialization
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Families come back together to socialize over a pizza dinner, to further promote social engagement and peer support.

 

"Back to School" Session

Mondays in September!

Come and learn more as we go "back to school” together! The workshop utilizes different topics to promote cognitive enhancement, creative expression, movement, community engagement, and overall well-being while living with memory loss. Each session is detailed below:

September 9
Group Activity: Art Class
Breakout Sessions: 19th and 20th century art critiques (Participants); Understanding a changing brain (Caregivers)

September 16
Group Activity: Exploring STEM
Breakout Sessions: Fun with physics (Participants); How to prepare for doctor's visits (Caregivers)

September 23
Group Activity: History Pop Quiz
Breakout Sessions: Major events in world history (Participants); Considering future care options (Caregivers)

September 30
Group Activity: Physical Education
Breakout Sessions: Global exercise traditions (Participants); Taking care of yourself (Caregivers)

 

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 Lindsey Vajpeyi at 703-204-4664, or lindsey.vajpeyi@insightmcc.org.

Cost
Cost for each workshop series of 4 sessions is $200 per couple.

Early Stage

"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."