IMCC photo2As the Executive Director of the only dementia specific adult day health and resource center in Northern Virginia, I was thrilled to see the aging report published earlier this year by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. The Northern Virginia population will have extensive challenges in the future with the number of older individuals projected to grow 76% between 2010 and 2030. The increase of older adults in our area will have a wide spread social and economic impact on our community, an impact we have already started to feel at our center. 

Insight Memory Care Center (IMCC) is celebrating 30 years of care this year, and we continue to face an increased demand for our programs and services. This demand has led us to pursue plans to expand our center in 2015 where we will be tripling our space, so that we are able to serve more in need.  Despite our space limitations, over the past year we have already added two additional support groups, a new early stage program called Reconnections (partnering with local churches to provide space), and educational workshops to provide a more in-depth look at popular topics.

Through the support of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and others in our community we have remained—and plan to continue—being a vital part of our community helping to care, educate and support those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. IMCC’s adult day health center provides a safe, engaging, and therapeutic environment for individuals with memory impairment. Without meaningful activity, individuals with dementia become bored, restless, and often exhibit behavior challenges that lead to impossible caregiving situations. Our adult day health center allows individuals with memory impairment to remain in the earlier stages of the disease for a longer period of time through mentally stimulating activity, physical exercise, and socialization.

The aging report addressed the challenges and opportunities to invest in supportive services for older residents and families who are caring for aging family members at home. When families are faced with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other related memory impairment, it can be devastating and overwhelming. Caregivers are faced with increased stress and responsibilities they may not be prepared for. At IMCC we care for the family just as much as we care for the person with the disease, providing support groups, free consultations, and multiple educational opportunities.

Insight Memory Care Center, formerly Alzheimer’s Family Day Center, is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit remaining dedicated to our founding principles: enhancing the lives of individuals and families living with memory impairment, providing holistic and collaborative care for our participants and families, and caring for individuals who are not being served by existing community services. IMCC’s programs allow individuals and families affected by memory impairments to achieve the highest quality of life, in all stages of the disease.