Dementia Friendly Fairfax
Dementia Friendly Fairfax is an initiative to bring awareness and support for those living with dementia and their care partners in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Dementia Friendly Fairfax envisions our community as a place where people living with dementia and their care partners
will be able to engage in a variety of activities,
be supported in the highest quality of life,
and can live independently for as long as possible.
The Fairfax Area Commission on Aging and Fairfax Area Agency has included DF Fairfax initiative in the SHAPE Plan (formerly 50+ plan) to better serve older adults in our community.
July 2019 - DF Fairfax started in July 2019 through a partnership with Goodwin House, Fairfax County, and Insight Memory Care Center.
June 2020 - Held first three part virtual education series for the community.
September 2020 - Held three-part virtual education series for the community.
November 2020 - Dementia Friendly Herndon joined DF Fairfax
January 2021 - Held three-part virtual education series for the community.
May 2021 - DF Fairfax started a Restaurant initiative and a Faith Community initiative.
All are welcome to attend the DF Fairfax Action Teams monthly meetings. See event calendar for upcoming meeting dates.
Attend a Dementia Friends Information Session. DF Fairfax holds these sessions monthly. Find a date that works for you on the event calendar.
Filling out a File of Life form can provide peace of mind and be extremely helpful if you or a loved one has to go to the hospital. This form gives paramedics quick access to important medical information allowing for appropriate medical treatment. Information provided on the File of Life can also be helpful to hospital staff.
If you're in the Fairfax area, take a look at Insight's in-person and virtual classes and workshops on our Education Calendar. If you can't make it in person, (or are looking for more information!) take a look at Insight's Resource Library for recordings of Insight's classes and additional articles and resources, or Insight's Blog for more caregiving tips and ideas. Visit Insight's website for more information. www.Insightmcc.org
StrongerMemory is a curriculum designed to stimulate the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which governs our ability to retrieve memories. Participants spend just 20 to 30 minutes a day engaged in simple reading, writing and math activities. The StrongerMemory program is currently available in a workbook of exercises. Visit Goodwin House's website for more information: www.goodwinhouse.org/stronger-memory/