Upcoming Events
  • Webinar  On April 13, 2020, the National Alzheimer's and Dementia Resource Center will present a free seminar on "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Dementia Care: What We Can Do to Support LGBT Adults Living with Dementia." More information about the seminar and registration can be found here.

  • The Dementia Friendly Action Team is offering information sessions that enable participants to become more knowledgeable about the appropriate ways for engaging with a person with dementia, no matter what one’s relationship with the person may be. These sessions provide useful background on dementia that help community members learn the best ways to interact with those living with dementia, and how to ensure they maintain a good quality of life. The sessions address the different types of dementia, the difference between normal aging and dementia, and positive ways to communicate with individuals living with dementia. Each session lasts about one hour and will be led by two volunteer Dementia “Champions.” Several sessions are being conducted between January and April 2020. Businesses, non-profit organizations, faith communities, health care providers, and other groups are invited to request an information session for their staffs, volunteers, and others. Individuals who are not part of a group scheduled for a session may join one. Contact Jackie Barbarito at 703-824-1002 or Mary Lee Anderson at 703-836-4414, ext.111 for more information and registration.

Past Events
  • Workshop on Dementia to St Stephen's and St. Agnes School  Goodwin House recently participated in “Colloquium for the Common Good” at local Northern Virginia Episcopal schools, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes. Described as “a day of learning and deep thinking around some of the most challenging and important social issues of our day,” the colloquium offered students 35 workshops. Rob Liebreich, Jessica Peters, and Jackie Barbarito provided a workshop on dementia. They challenged students to think creatively, find ways to combat dementia, increase awareness, and decrease social isolation of those affected. Students also engaged in a hands-on exercise that mimicked what it's like to be an older adult with physical and cognitive challenges.

      The World Health Organization estimates that 50 million people worldwide are living with dementia. This           number is expected to triple by 2050. Given this statistic, students likely will know someone who is affected       by it. Turning today’s students into advocates in their communities secures a better future for everyone               living with dementia.​ Learn more about the Colloquium for the Common Good.


  • Agenda: Alexandria – "For the Rest of our Lives: Aging in Alexandria" – Monday, November 25, Hermitage, 5000 Fairbanks Avenue, Alexandria – Will aging seniors be forced out of Alexandria? What is the future of memory care, and how will a growing population of people with dementia live in the city?  What are the challenges and opportunities for aging in place in Alexandria? These are some of the questions that were on the table at Agenda Alexandria’s November meeting. Speakers included Jane King, At Home in Alexandria; Mary Lee Anderson, Senior Services of Alexandria; Tracey Johnson, Sunrise Senior Living of Alexandria; and Dr. Vivek Sinha, Silverado Memory Care Community. 


  • 33rd Annual Caregivers Conference – “The Art of Friendship in Caregiving” – Monday, November 11, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm, Korean Central Presbyterian Church, Centreville, VA – This conference was for anyone serving in the role of a caregiver.  ​


Things to Do
  • Join a Chorus – Encore Creativity for Older Adults has already created over 20 chorales for those 55 and over in the Washington region and elsewhere. In a remarkable next step, Encore recently started a group called the Sentimental Journey Singers, some of whom have dementia and are joined by their care partners. Encore promises that no auditions are required. Please see these articles in the Washington Post and the Encore website.


  • See an Art Exhibit Just Us at the National Gallery of Art provides interactive, discussion-based experiences in the galleries for people with early-stage memory loss and their care partners. Participants will explore two to three works of art during the 90-minute program. This program takes place on the first and third Mondays of the month. Space is limited and registration is required. More information is available on the National Gallery's website.


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