Education Programs

Classes for Caregivers


Whether you're brand new to caregiving, or you just want to brush up on a specific topic, Insight is here to help! We offer a variety of caregiving classes throughout the year, specifically geared towards family caregivers providing care for a loved one at home. All classes are free, and open to the public. Respite care may also be available upon request.


Upcoming Programs

  • Understanding Care Options

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Understanding Care Options

    Location: Linda and Lou Mazawey Education and Support Center, 3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030
    Description: Dementia care is not one size fits all. Each person, each stage, and each family is unique. Come and learn about multiple care options to plan and evaluate what is right for your family.

    This program is a part of our ongoing Classes for Caregivers series. All sessions are FREE, and held the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Respite care may be available by request; please notify us when registering to confirm availability.

    Megan Descutner, MSN, RN, CMC, CDP, Golden Pond Elder Care
    Megan Descutner is a certified care manager whose nursing career has spanned rehabilitation, home health, long term care, mental health, and community and government relations. She established Golden Pond in 2011 to help clients live their best life. Above all, Megan is an advocate. She is actively involved in community education to provide knowledge and tools to make a difference.
    This form stopped accepting submissions on October 16, 2019 8:00 am EDT.
    Contact Information:
    Lindsey Vajpeyi
  • Dementia Friends Champion Training

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Dementia Friends Champion Training

    Location: Linda and Lou Mazawey Education and Support Center, 3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030
    Description: This free workshop will provide information and training for community members to become dementia friendly, while encouraging them, as Dementia Friends Champions, to return to their communities to help foster adoption of dementia friendly practices.

    This training will equip you with the knowledge and activities needed to facilitate a Dementia Friends Information Session with community members. An Information Session is a face-to-face session that lasts approximately one hour and is run by a Dementia Friends Champion. It covers the five key messages everyone should know about dementia through activities and discussion. The goal of the Dementia Friends Information Session is to help community members understand dementia and the small things they can do to make a difference for people living with dementia.
    Contact Information:
    Lindsey Vajpeyi
  • 33rd Annual Caregivers Conference: Finding Hope and Harmony in Caregiving

    Monday, November 11, 2019 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

    33rd Annual Caregivers Conference: Finding Hope and Harmony in Caregiving

    Location: Korean Central Presbyterian Church, 15451 Lee Highway, Centreville, VA 20121
    Description: Please join the Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium for the 33rd Annual Caregivers Conference: The Art of Friendship in Caregiving. If you've attended the conference in the past, you know what an educational and inspirational day you'll have. And if you've never been to the Northern Virginia Dementia Caregiver's Conference, please come join us - we know you'll be glad you came. The conference features an array of presentations for family caregivers and for professionals.

    Registration fee is $35, which includes continental breakfast, lunch, materials, and a certificate of attendance. .50 CEUs are available through George Mason University.

    Limited free in-home respite care for persons with Dementia, living in Northern Virginia only, will be provided by GraceFul Care. For more information about respite, call 703-904-3994 no later than October 18th.

    Conference Schedule:
    8:00 Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Visit Exhibitors

    8:45 Welcome

    9:00 Creating a Dementia Friendly Virginia
    Presenter: Melissa Andrews

    9:45 Latest Updates in Dementia Research
    Presenter: Dr. Tabassum Majid

    10:30 Break and Visit Exhibitors

    10:45 Mona Lisa and the Art of Dementia Care
    Presenter: David Troxel

    12:15 Lunch and Visit Exhibitors

    1:00 Ethical Challenges in Dementia Care
    Presenter: Dr. Michael Gillette

    2:30 Break, Snack, and Visit Exhibitors

    2:45 Physicians of the Human Spirit
    Presenter: David Troxel

    3:30 Adjourn

    David Troxel, Co-author of The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care
    David Troxel has become internationally known for his writing and teaching in the fields of Alzheimer’s disease and long-term care. He has co-authored six influential books including his latest book, The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care, and written numerous articles relating to dementia care and staff development and training. His areas of expertise include best care practices for persons with dementia, caregiver support, staff training, and long-term care program development. David has also been a family caregiver, supporting his mother, Dorothy, who passed away with Alzheimer’s disease in 2009.

    Melissa Andrews, President and CEO of LeadingAge Virginia
    LeadingAge Virginia is an association of not-for-profit aging services providers. Under Melissa’s leadership, Dementia Friendly Virginia was launched in collaboration with the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, and the Dementia Friends initiative was launched in Virginia. Melissa is a frequent speaker at conferences, educational events, and has been featured in media interviews about dementia and aging issues.

    Dr. Tabassum Majid, Executive Director of Integrace Institute
    Dr. Tabassum Majid has both a personal and professional passion in caregiver-care recipient dyads in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias since she was a caregiver for her grandparents. Dr. Majid has taught, mentored, and supervised many undergraduate and graduate students in her capacity as an adjunct faculty member with the Interdisciplinary Studies department at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and as the executive director of the Integrace Institute. The Integrace Institute is a nationally recognized not-for-profit organization focused on participatory research, evidence-education, and meaningful partnerships for all those impacted by neurocognitive disorders.

    Dr. Michael Gillette, President of Bioethical Services of Virginia, Inc.
    Dr. Michael Gillette is an ethics expert who has presented numerous keynotes and workshops nationally and internationally for over 25 years. Additionally, he contracts with dozens of healthcare organizations and other agencies to provide ethics case consultations and policy work. He has taught at colleges and universities, published articles in the field of clinical ethics, and has received several teaching awards.
    Contact Information:
    Lindsey Vajpeyi
  • Caregiver Wellness Workshop

    Saturday, November 16, 2019 8:45 am - 12:30 pm
    Location: Insight Memory Care Center, 3953 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030
    Description: As a good caregiver, you must take good care of yourself too!
    Join us for this Wellness Workshop to focus on your own health and wellbeing - to take good care of yourself too! Hear from several experts in their fields and learn strategies to manage your own health in your caregiving role.

    The event is free, and a continental breakfast will be provided! Thanks to Allegiance Home Care & House Calls and Hunters Woods at Trails Edge for sponsoring this event!

    8:45–9:15 | Registration & Breakfast
    9:15-9:30 | Welcome & Introductions

    9:30–10:15 | Balance and Breathing for Caregivers
    Cynthia Bialek, E-RYT500, Certified Personal Trainer, Defining You Inc.

    10:30-11:30 | Support and Medical Advice for Caregivers: Insights from a Housecall Physician
    Dr. Steve Simmons, Associate Medical Director, Allegiance House Calls

    11:45-12:30 | Recognizing Caregiver Burnout
    Markita Brown, MSW, Insight Memory Care Center
    Contact Information:
    Lindsey Vajpeyi

Education Programs

“The Caregivers Bootcamp was wonderful! What great information and presenters you put together. I’m so glad I decided to go as a participant and enjoy all of it.”