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 started in July 2019 through a partnership with Goodwin House, Fairfax County, and Insight Memory Care Center.
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 to better serve older adults in our community.
Action Team: All are welcome to attend the DF Fairfax Action Teams monthly meetings. See event calendar for upcoming meeting dates.
Faith Communities Committee: The goal is to facilitate continued participation for those living with dementia in their faith communities through education, support, and dissemination of resources. We are currently looking for feedback. If you represent a faith community please complete the following survey by March 31.
Restaurant Committee: The goal is the increase the number of dementia friendly restaurants in Fairfax County. See event calendar for upcoming meetings.
Fairfax County has a wealth of resources for older adults. The Aging, Disability & Caregiver
Resources Line is available
Mon - Fri 8:00 am–4:30 pm.
If you are not sure where to start, you can call 703–324–7948,
TTY 711 or go to
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. If you would like to request a File of Life for yourself or for someone else call 703-246-2126 or complete the online form.
The Alzheimer's Association of the National Capital Area has a 24/7 helpline 800-272-3900 and other resources for caregiving and brain health. The National Capital Area Chapter serves people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and their families and caregivers in the District of Columbia, suburban and Southern Maryland and Northern Virginia https://www.alz.org/nca
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. www.goodwinhouse.org 703-820-1488
Insight is a health and resource center for care partner's and those with dementia. It is a great first call when you get a diagnosis. Insight has in person programs for people with dementia in the early stage through the late stage. 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. www.Insightmcc.org