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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

 

Caregiver Bootcamp

Saturday, October 24, 2020
9:00 am12:30 pm
Virtual
Caregiver Bootcamp

Join IMCC for a free, special morning 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.

9:15-9:30 | WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS

9:30-10:30 | BASIC TRAINING: DEMENTIA OVERVIEW
Dr. James Bicksel, board certified in Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology, certified in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry,
Capital Neurology Services

While not everyone travels the same path, come and learn about the general stages of dementia to help you anticipate future changes. Learn the basics, and bring your questions to be answered by a board
certified neurologist.

10:35-11:30 | FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR CARE
Arvette M. Reid, Marketing and Outreach Director, Signature Estate & Investment Advisors
The financial costs of long term care and long term caregiving can seem insurmountable. Explore some of your options for this important aspect of caregiving.

11:35-12:30 | HOW TO STAY CONNECTED THROUGHOUT THE DEMENTIA JOURNEY
Liz Pomerleau, BCCI, ACPE Associate Educator, Director of Clinical Pastoral Education, Goodwin House Incorporated
Each stage of Alzheimer’s dementia has its own challenges, and one of those challenges is finding new ways to feel connected with your loved one as your relationship changes. We will focus on strategies for staying connected in relationship with your loved one, even as their personalities and needs shift with the disease.

Many thanks to Brightview Great Falls Assisted Living/Brightview Woodburn Senior Living and Let's Connect, LLC for sponsoring this event!

Mom's Been Diagnosed with Dementia: Now What?

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
11:00 am12:00 pm
Virtual
Mom's Been Diagnosed with Dementia: Now What?

For many, having a loved one diagnosed with dementia can cause a range of emotions, from shock to relief. We will discuss what families need to do to start planning while also adjusting to life with a new normal.

This caregiver webinar is hosted by Sunrise Senior Living and presented by Insight Memory Care Center. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

34th Annual Caregivers Conference: Grow with the Flow

Monday, November 9, 2020
10:00 am12:00 pm
34th Annual Caregivers Conference: Grow with the Flow

Please join the Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium for the 34th Annual Caregivers Conference: Grow with the Flow! This year, the conference will be held virtually, spread out over a week of fantastic presentations. Join us for free!

If you've attended the conference in the past, you know what an educational and inspirational event it can be. 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.

Conference Schedule:

Day One | Monday, November 9
Connected Caring: Optimizing Engagement and Well-Being
Various Activity and Recreation Professionals
Activity programming experts from across the region will share ideas and strategies on how to stay engaged and connected with loved ones through various mental and physical activities at home. This session will also focus on the importance of self-care and provide strategies and tips for keeping yourself grounded and well during challenging times.

Day Two | Tuesday, November 10
Caregiving Lessons: Learning, Coping, and Surviving
Former Wisconsin Gov. Martin J. Schreiber, author, My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
Marty Schreiber, former governor of Wisconsin, has seen his beloved wife, Elaine, gradually transform from the woman who had gracefully entertained in the executive residence to one who sometimes does not recognize him as her husband. Marty candidly counsels those taking on this caregiving role, and offers sage advice that respects the one with Alzheimer’s while maintaining the caregiver’s health. As two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s are women, he offers special guidance for men who are thrust into an unexpected role. With patience, adaptability, and even a sense of humor, Marty shows how love continues for his “Second Elaine.”

Advancing the Science: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research
Ana Nelson, Vice President of Programs & Services, Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter
Ana Nelson will give an overview of the Alzheimer’s disease landscape in the United States. As the sixth leading cause of death, we need more research to find a way to prevent the disease. Ana will also highlight tools that are being created for early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other related disorders. She will cover some of the latest advancements in clinical trials, treatments and lifestyle interventions currently under investigation. Ana will highlight some of the many memorable takeaways from the 2020 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. The AAIC conference is the world’s largest international gathering of researchers focused entirely on Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Day Three | Wednesday, November 11
If Not Alzheimer’s Disease, What Is It? Getting a Diagnosis and Care
Chiadi U. Onyike, M.B.B.S., M.D., Director, Frontotemporal Dementia and Young-Onset Dementias Program, Co-Director, Lewy Body Disease Research Center of Excellence, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Dr. Chiadi Onyike aims to increase awareness of frontotemporal dementia and young-onset—often wrongly diagnosed as Alzheimer’s. Up to 20 percent of middle-aged patients who seek help have some form of frontotemporal dementia (FTD). FTD covers up to seven fatal diseases all marked by dementia and atrophy of the brain’s frontal and/or anterior temporal lobes. The illness can affect behavior by causing what Dr. Onyike calls “a history of social miscues and misdemeanors.” For instance, “Uncle George” wanting to wear sweatpants to work seems odd, but his rude remarks, repeated hair-combing and overblown jolliness may cross a line.

Day Four | Thursday, November 12
Caregiving at a Glance: Hints, Tips, and Aha’s
Brigid Reynolds, RN, MSN, NP, Georgetown Memory Disorders Program
Carol Blackwell, Memory Café 4U
Lindsey Vajpeyi, Insight Memory Care Center

The Caregiving at a Glance guidebook compiles helpful hints and “aha’s” we have heard from families at Insight Memory Care Center. While each individual’s dementia journey is unique, using these techniques can empower you as a caregiver. Hear from a panel of experts as they share helpful hints and “aha’s,” including communication tips, safety precautions, activities, routines and how to take care of yourself as a caregiver. Let us help you gain confidence and ease the burden as you walk alongside your loved one on their dementia journey.

Day Five | Friday, November 13
The Presence of Mind to Grow with the Flow: Making the Most of Every Situation
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP, CPAE, Speaker, Author, and Humorist
We spend the bulk of our lives in our heads rather than immersed in each moment. Focusing on the reality in front of us we are better able to respond appropriately. This funny presentation will show participants how to make the most of each situation to be more fulfilled, connect with others more effectively, and make life and work more enjoyable.

34th Annual Caregivers Conference: Grow with the Flow

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
10:00 am12:00 pm
34th Annual Caregivers Conference: Grow with the Flow

Please join the Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium for the 34th Annual Caregivers Conference: Grow with the Flow! This year, the conference will be held virtually, spread out over a week of fantastic presentations. Join us for free!

If you've attended the conference in the past, you know what an educational and inspirational event it can be. 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.

Conference Schedule:

Day One | Monday, November 9
Connected Caring: Optimizing Engagement and Well-Being
Various Activity and Recreation Professionals
Activity programming experts from across the region will share ideas and strategies on how to stay engaged and connected with loved ones through various mental and physical activities at home. This session will also focus on the importance of self-care and provide strategies and tips for keeping yourself grounded and well during challenging times.

Day Two | Tuesday, November 10
Caregiving Lessons: Learning, Coping, and Surviving
Former Wisconsin Gov. Martin J. Schreiber, author, My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
Marty Schreiber, former governor of Wisconsin, has seen his beloved wife, Elaine, gradually transform from the woman who had gracefully entertained in the executive residence to one who sometimes does not recognize him as her husband. Marty candidly counsels those taking on this caregiving role, and offers sage advice that respects the one with Alzheimer’s while maintaining the caregiver’s health. As two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s are women, he offers special guidance for men who are thrust into an unexpected role. With patience, adaptability, and even a sense of humor, Marty shows how love continues for his “Second Elaine.”

Advancing the Science: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research
Ana Nelson, Vice President of Programs & Services, Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter
Ana Nelson will give an overview of the Alzheimer’s disease landscape in the United States. As the sixth leading cause of death, we need more research to find a way to prevent the disease. Ana will also highlight tools that are being created for early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other related disorders. She will cover some of the latest advancements in clinical trials, treatments and lifestyle interventions currently under investigation. Ana will highlight some of the many memorable takeaways from the 2020 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. The AAIC conference is the world’s largest international gathering of researchers focused entirely on Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Day Three | Wednesday, November 11
If Not Alzheimer’s Disease, What Is It? Getting a Diagnosis and Care
Chiadi U. Onyike, M.B.B.S., M.D., Director, Frontotemporal Dementia and Young-Onset Dementias Program, Co-Director, Lewy Body Disease Research Center of Excellence, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Dr. Chiadi Onyike aims to increase awareness of frontotemporal dementia and young-onset—often wrongly diagnosed as Alzheimer’s. Up to 20 percent of middle-aged patients who seek help have some form of frontotemporal dementia (FTD). FTD covers up to seven fatal diseases all marked by dementia and atrophy of the brain’s frontal and/or anterior temporal lobes. The illness can affect behavior by causing what Dr. Onyike calls “a history of social miscues and misdemeanors.” For instance, “Uncle George” wanting to wear sweatpants to work seems odd, but his rude remarks, repeated hair-combing and overblown jolliness may cross a line.

Day Four | Thursday, November 12
Caregiving at a Glance: Hints, Tips, and Aha’s
Brigid Reynolds, RN, MSN, NP, Georgetown Memory Disorders Program
Carol Blackwell, Memory Café 4U
Lindsey Vajpeyi, Insight Memory Care Center

The Caregiving at a Glance guidebook compiles helpful hints and “aha’s” we have heard from families at Insight Memory Care Center. While each individual’s dementia journey is unique, using these techniques can empower you as a caregiver. Hear from a panel of experts as they share helpful hints and “aha’s,” including communication tips, safety precautions, activities, routines and how to take care of yourself as a caregiver. Let us help you gain confidence and ease the burden as you walk alongside your loved one on their dementia journey.

Day Five | Friday, November 13
The Presence of Mind to Grow with the Flow: Making the Most of Every Situation
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP, CPAE, Speaker, Author, and Humorist
We spend the bulk of our lives in our heads rather than immersed in each moment. Focusing on the reality in front of us we are better able to respond appropriately. This funny presentation will show participants how to make the most of each situation to be more fulfilled, connect with others more effectively, and make life and work more enjoyable.

 

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“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.”