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.
Normal Aging versus DementiaMonday, October 22, 2018 12:30 pm - 2:30 pmLocation: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22152Description: Join us for a discussion on changes that occur with age, warning signs of a memory problem, and what to do if someone you love is experiencing symptoms of dementia or memory impairment.
This program is a part of the Caregiver Essentials Education Series at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. These programs are co-hosted by Insight Memory Care Center, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, and The Springfield Parkinson's Disease and Care Partner Group. Classes will be held from 12:30 to 2:30pm, with a light, healthy lunch served beforehand at 12:00 noon. A free will donation will be accepted for lunch.
Lindsey Vajpyei, Director of Education and Outreach
Lindsey has dedicated her career to working with older adults who live with dementia and their caregivers. She enjoyed her time as an activity director in long-term care for nearly a decade, and she also served as Programs & Services Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association. She currently holds an Activity Director Certification with specialization in Memory Care, essentiALZ Dementia Advanced Care certification, and a Master Trainer certification with the Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care. Lindsey is passionate about quality dementia care from professionals, support and education for care partners, and assisting those with dementia to retain a sense of self and purpose throughout every stage of the disease.Contact Information:Stacey Crosson, Minister of Care and Outreach703-451-5855
Dementia 101Tuesday, October 23, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pmLocation: Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 N Chambliss St, Alexandria, VA 22312Description: Learn the basics of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. While not everyone travels the same path, come and learn about the general stages to help you anticipate future changes.
Lindsey Vajpeyi, Director of Education and Outreach at Insight, will be presenting this program at Lincolnia Senior Center.
Lindsey Vajpyei, Director of Education and Outreach
Lindsey has dedicated her career to working with older adults who live with dementia and their caregivers. She enjoyed her time as an activity director in long-term care for nearly a decade, and she also served as Programs & Services Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association. She currently holds an Activity Director Certification with specialization in Memory Care, essentiALZ Dementia Advanced Care certification, and a Master Trainer certification with the Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care. Lindsey is passionate about quality dementia care from professionals, support and education for care partners, and assisting those with dementia to retain a sense of self and purpose throughout every stage of the disease.
Caregiver BootcampSaturday, October 27, 2018 9:30 am - 3:30 pmLocation: Insight Memory Care Center, 3953 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030Description: Join IMCC for a special day-long training event covering many essential caregiving topics!
We know it can be hard as a busy caregiver to find all the information you need to best care for your loved one with dementia. Insight offers the Caregiver Bootcamp to help you learn more about essential caregiving topics, all in one place! Come and learn from experts in their fields and gain knowledge on the basics you need to know as a caregiver.
A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge! Thanks to Arden Courts of Annandale and Fair Oaks, and Dementia Care Connections for sponsoring our breakfast and lunch.
9:30 am – 10:00 am | Registration & Breakfast
10:00 am – 11:30 am | Dementia Overview & Research
Dr. James Bicksel, INOVA Memory Center, Re:Cognition Health
Learn how to distinguish the different types of dementia and gain and understanding of the typical behaviors associated with the disease. Dr. Bicksel will also provide current updates on diagnosis and research.
11:45am – 12:45 pm | Financial Planning
Tom West, Signature Estate & Investment Advisors
The costs of long term care giving can be enormous, and are typically borne by families. Learn appropriate methods to evaluate your situation and decide among financial options how to pay for care and preserve quality of life for the whole family.
12:45 pm – 1:30 pm | Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | When Talking Isn't Working
Toni Reinhart, Dementia Friendly America - Herndon, Comfort Keepers
Communication often becomes difficult as you struggle to meet the changing needs of your loved one. Learn some communication skills that can help ease the frustration and lead to successful interactions.
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Community Resources
Carrie Brill, Fairfax Area Agency on Aging
You are not alone! A multitude of services are available right here in our area. Learn more about what’s available and who to call for help.
Engage Your Way through the Holiday Season!Wednesday, October 31, 2018 10:00 am - 11:30 amLocation: Linda and Lou Mazawey Education and Support Center 3953 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030Description: With all the holiday parties, food, visitors, and decorations, there’s a lot to juggle during the season!
This interactive workshop is designed to provide family caregivers with tools to engage their loved one during the holiday season. Ideas will be shared so families can participate in holiday activities while maintaining traditions. It truly can be the wonderful time of the year for everyone!
This program is a part of our ongoing Engagement Workshop series. All sessions are FREE, and held quarterly on the fifth Wednesday of the month from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Respite care may be available by request; please call to make arrangements.
Nicole McMonigle Knight, Certified Dementia Practitioner
As a former family caregiver, Nicole understands firsthand the complexity involved navigating care options and resources. Nicole founded Dementia Care Connections to offer support services to family caregivers and health professionals by providing education, consultations, activity visits, options for care and resources needed to improve and maintain the quality of life for individuals living with dementia. She has over 18 years experience working in healthcare, including 10 years in the field of aging and 8 years directly in Dementia Care in memory care communities throughout the metro area.