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.

 

Reminisce & Reflect Session

Mondays in January and February!

As we start off the new year, what better time to reminisce and reflect! 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:

January 7
Group Activity: New Year’s Traditions and Resolutions
Breakout Sessions: Reflecting on the Holiday Season (Participants); Anticipating Changes in the New Year (Caregivers)

January 14
Group Activity: Exploring the Self: Identity Mapping
Breakout Sessions: Interactive Discussion: Personal Opinion (Participants); Forming New Social Circles (Caregivers)

January 28
Group Activity: Major Events in World History
Breakout Sessions: 20th Century Quote Boards (Participants); Tips for Transportation and Trips (Caregivers)

February 4
Group Activity: Healthy Habits: Changes in Diet and Exercise
Breakout Sessions: Brain Fitness: Recipes and Unusual Ingredients (Participants); How to Better Communicate with Doctors and Specialists (Caregivers)

February 11
Group Activity: A History of Music Through the Decades
Breakout Sessions: Musical Reflections (Participants); Creating Balance in Caregiving (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 5 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."