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Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Blog


Insight's blog provides helpful caregiver tips and resources for those interested in learning more about dementia and memory impairment. Browse all of our articles below, or view articles by category of interest!
 


 

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Melissa Long, our Director of Education and Support, was honored with a 2024 Equality Loudoun Pride Award for mission in service to the queer community and the Loudoun community! Melissa has made it her mission to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community of Northern Virginia who are living with dementia. Her work aims to ensure that everyone with dementia feels comfortable seeking the resources they need to care for their loved ones safely and free from judgement. Congratulations, Melissa!

Many people have been to a café, and most are relatively familiar with the term memory – but have you heard of a memory café? Far from a restaurant that makes you memorize a long list of menu items, memory cafés are primarily social gatherings where individuals with memory impairment and their caregivers can join together in a safe, supportive environment, share conversation over a cup of coffee, or participate in fun, simple activities with the group. It’s an opportunity to meet with others for support, companionship, and fun - learn more!

Those hot summer days can feel longer without activities to keep busy and stay engaged! If you’re looking to make the most of the upcoming summer days in the DC Metro Area, check out this list of local dementia-friendly activities and outings we have put together.

Around 3 million LGBTQ+ adults are over age 50, and those who receive a dementia diagnosis face a particularly challenging set of circumstances. Learn more about the services we offer as well as other national and local resources we have put together.

In the midst of summer, many of us reach for our favorite beach reads, looking forward to a few hours relaxing. If you’re looking to make the most of your summer reading list, here are a few recommendations that we and other care partners have found helpful.

The opportunity to become a caregiver for a loved one can bring you closer and come with many positive experiences. However, it can also be challenging and overwhelming! You have to deal with everything from how to switch a reversed sleep schedule to finding meaningful activities to fill the day. In honor of Insight's 40th anniversary here are 40 top tips from our Caregiving at a Glance Guide - one for each year of Insight!

Dear Self, I have a job of being a caregiver. It is hard. It is an honor and privilege, but it can be very hard. I do not always feel like I am doing enough, can I do more? I must remind myself that I can only do what I am capable of. I do not know everything, nor can I physically do everything. Just because others think I can or need to do more, it does not mean that it’s right for me or my person...

You are on a journey that not everyone will travel, and your journey is unique. I wanted to share a letter I wrote to myself that I thought might be helpful to you.

It’s never too late or too early to incorporate healthy habits. Evidence shows when we incorporate these habits, we have a better chance of reducing cognitive decline. In recognition of Older Americans Month we are sharing 10 things you can do now to promote better brain health!

Recreational Therapy activities in Insight's Adult Day Center include cognitive, creative, physical, social, productive sensory, nature, outdoor, and reflective. Learn more!

In honor of National Volunteer Week, one of Insight’s newest volunteers shares more about her passions and why she volunteers to support those living with dementia. "Having experienced firsthand loving a family member who had Alzheimer's disease, I recognize it's a challenge that requires understanding, empathy, and, above all, awareness..."

 

 

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