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Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2015

A new social day club serves members with early memory loss

For people who are diagnosed with early-stage memory loss, it’s important to maintain connections with other people. The new Kensington Club at Ingleside at King Farm is designed to do exactly that.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “research shows that people who are regularly engaged in social interaction maintain their brain vitality.” Combined with proper diet, exercise and cognitive activity, social activity can help early-diagnosis patients to continue to be engaged in life and prevent depression.

That’s why Ingleside at King Farm has partnered with the Jewish Council for the Aging to offer the Kensington Club, an established day club program designed for people in the early stages of memory loss.

The club meets twice a week in the Activity Room. Participants engage in a number of meaningful, cognitively stimulating and enjoyable programs including:

  • Discussions on a broad range of topics from current events to history, art and literature
  • Physical and cognitive exercise
  • Reminiscing activities
  • Guest entertainers and speakers
  • Therapeutic art and music programs
  • Field trips to local areas of interest

In addition, the club provides respite for caregivers as well as support, education, information and referrals to community services for families.

The Kensington Club replaces the M.I.N.D. Club, which has been offering programs for early-stage memory loss for the past three years. Participants will still enjoy morning coffee and camaraderie with friends, and we’ll continue to have fun!

The Jewish Council for the Aging developed the Kensington Club originating in Kensington, Md. in 2008 to provide a unique opportunity for older adults in the early stages of diagnosed memory loss to socialize with their peers in a relaxed, accepting environment. The club focuses on maintaining members’ dignity, independence and engagement with the community.

The Council has served older adults of all faiths, ethnicities and walks of life in the Greater D.C. area since 1973. Its programs aim to address the challenges faced by older adults and their families; maintain independence, vitality and self-respect; and help seniors stay connected with the community.

The Council moved the Kensington Club to its headquarters on Parklawn Drive in Rockville in 2013 but decided to keep the name intact.

Colleen Kemp, manager of the Kensington Club at Parklawn, is helping to establish the club at Ingleside at King Farm. Kemp holds a degree in recreation therapy from Missouri State University and is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. She will bring in activity leaders who hold college degrees and have extensive experience working with seniors in Montgomery County. Kemp is in the process of meeting with each member of the club and getting to know their personalities and preferences.

The club currently will serve Ingleside at King Farm residents but in the future may accept people from outside the retirement community.

As a Continuing Care Retirement Community, Ingleside at King Farm offers comprehensive health care for members, including the resources to help members with cognitive impairment remain active and stimulated. As an Engaged Living community, we strive to help all members maximize their capabilities and live life to the fullest with innovative programs and approaches incorporated into their daily lives.

For more information about comprehensive care at Ingleside at King Farm, please click here. For more information about Kensington Club at Ingleside King Farm, contact Colleen Kemp at ckemp@accessjca.org .

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