The Kensington Clubs


The Kensington Clubs now offer a new blended engagement program with the option for virtual, in-person or both types of activities for adults with early-stage memory loss.

Welcome to the JCA Samuel J. Gorlitz Kensington Club

The JCA Kensington Club is a weekly program providing social, purposeful, and stimulating activities for older adults with early-stage memory loss. We offer two in-person locations with twice-weekly programming plus activities to do at home to regularly maintain social connections.

Kensington Club @White Oak will be reopening in December of 2021 and Kensington Club @Parklawn has returned to its in-person programming as of July 6. In response to its popularity and success, we are also maintaining the virtual program – KC@Home. Participants can choose this “Blended Engagement Program.” comprised of a combination of up to two in-person sessions per week and/or KC@Home (virtual program).

I can’t believe how lucky we are to have found such a great place as Kensington Club. Everyone goes the extra mile to make each person feel special. This has been an overwhelming experience for me, but all I see are happy faces. — Care Partner

The blended program:

The KC@Home plus KC@Parklawn or KC@White Oak Blended Engagement Program for Early Stage-Memory Loss allow the Kensington Club member to enjoy a combination of club days in-person and/or online.

KC@Parklawn and KC @White Oak

In-person program provides twice weekly, 4-hour physical and cognitive enhancement.

  • KC@Parklawn and KC@ White Oak— 4-hour, highly engaging program specifically designed for individuals living with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Alzheimer’s Disease, or another form of dementia or memory loss. Planned activities are led by Recreation Therapists and Certified Dementia Practitioners, as well as contracted Art and Music Therapists.
  • These activities promote physical and cognitive enhancement through gentle exercise, literature art, history, nature, health/wellness, music social, and other lifelong learning program opportunities. Caregivers can receive 4 hours of respite and time away from caregiver responsibility while their loved one attends the Club in a stigma-free and supportive environment.
  • KC @White Oak includes a senior nutrition lunch and transportation for those who qualify.

Criteria:

Applicants must have a medical diagnosis of early-stage memory loss and demonstrate independence with walking, eating, and communicating. They must be able to independently manage their own personal cares in the bathroom and not be at risk for wandering. They should not be in denial of their diagnosis and be able to take medications with a verbal reminder.


KC@Home

This virtual program provides a weekly optional zoom session and a monthly lifelong learning video that can be viewed multiple times.

  • KC LIVE — Unlimited attendance via Zoom at more than 20 interactive and stimulating groups a month – groups with friends, staff, and volunteers – with programming tailored to members’ leisure preferences. Planned activities are led by Recreation Therapists and Certified Dementia Practitioners, as well as contracted Art and Music Therapists. These activities promote physical and cognitive enhancement through gentle exercise, literature art, history, nature, health/wellness, music social, and other lifelong learning program opportunities.
  • KC ON-SCREEN – A new lifelong learning video each month that provides a “mini-KC” for individuals living with early-stage memory loss. You and your loved one can view videos together on release days and anytime during the month thereafter.
  • MY MONTHLY ENGAGEMENT PACKAGE E-mailed to the home brimming with Paper-and-Pencil Activities to complement the activities. These focus on maintaining cognitive, physical, and social functioning of the older adult living with early-stage memory loss.
  • PHONE PALS Unlimited “Friendly Chat” telephone visits with compassionate staff and volunteers, arranged to accommodate each member’s schedule and unique needs.
  • CAREGIVER RESOURCES Including a quarterly newsletter written just for you, invitations to Caregiver Coping, monthly presentations on zoom by area experts, and a chance to meet online with other caregivers within the KC network.

Criteria:

Applicants must have a medical diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early-stage Alzheimer’s, or dementia or memory loss. Must not be in denial of their diagnosis. For the virtual program, the member must have a laptop, computer, or tablet with a webcam and microphone, and have a reliable internet connection. Must have an attention span for a 30-minute program on a screen.


Registration is Required.

Please email ckemp@accessjca.org for information on application and dues.

JCA® Headquarters and the
Kensington Clubs’ Main Office
12320 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, Maryland 20852

Within the limits of its resources, JCA serves people of all faiths and from all walks of life. Indeed, we try to be as inclusive as possible in all that we do. Sometimes, however, JCA may deny a person or a group the option to enroll or to continue to participate in all or particular programs and services. We reserve the right to do so, at our sole discretion, should we believe that our action is in the best interest of the individual or program or for any other reason not precluded by applicable law.

JCA may change the nature and fee schedule of its programs at any time and without written notice.



Steps to Apply:

  • INQUIRY: After reading descriptions of both KC@Home and KC@Parklawn/KC @White Oak, contact the program director at ckemp@accessjca.org or 301-255-4204
  • VISIT: Arrange a virtual or in-person club visit with the director or manager.
  • FORMS: If it is a mutual fit, complete the four forms linked on this page.
  • PAYMENT: Payments can be processed through this page.

Forms to Submit:

  • KC@Home Leisure Interest Survey for Applicant: Form 1
  • KC@Home Application for Care Partner: Form 2
  • KC@Home Application for Club Applicant: Form 3
  • JCA Adult Program Photo Release: Form 4

Dues Packages

Choose your KC@Home package, your KC@Parklawn package, your KC@White Oak, or a combination!

KC@Home

A socially engaging virtual program that can provide friendly phone chats, a monthly lifelong learning video that can be viewed multiple times, a monthly engagement package, and optional Zoom groups.

Package 1

KC@Home Partial Service

  • KC On-Screen video
  • Monthly engagement package
  • Unlimited phone pals
  • Full access to all caregiver resources

$200 Per Month

Member Name

Package 2

KC@Home Full Service

  • All of Package 1 plus 20+ monthly Zoom groups

If your member is interested in participating in KC@Home, please choose one option.
Please include their name.

$300 Per Month

Member Name


KC@Parklawn and KC@White Oak

A 4-hour, highly engaging in-person social day program specifically designed for individuals living with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Alzheimer’s Disease, or another form of dementia or memory loss. The activities promote physical and cognitive enhancement through gentle exercise, literature art, history, nature, health/wellness, music, social, and other lifelong learning program opportunities.

Package 3

KC@Parklawn 1 Day

  • One day a week in-person
  • With either the Morning Mavens or Kensington Club Afternoons

$356 Per Month

Member Name

Package 4

KC@Parklawn 2 Days

  • Two days a week in-person
  • With either Morning Mavens or Kensington Club Afternoons

$712 Per Month

Member Name

Package 5

KC@White Oak Senior Center, 2 Days

  • Mondays and Wednesdays in-person from 9:30-1:30
  • Includes lunch.

$728 Per Month

Member Name


About Us/History

The Samuel J. Gorlitz Kensington Clubs of JCA are social day clubs designed to meet the needs of adults who are in the early stages of diagnosed memory loss while offering a break for caregivers. Our experienced staff provides support, acceptance, and compassion. The Clubs offer socialization with peers and meaningful cognitive and physical activity in comfortable surroundings.

We are now offering a holistic and engaging blended social day program that can be enjoyed in-person or virtually, from the comfort of your home. The Clubs are a program of JCA ® – the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington. They serve people of all faiths and from all walks of life.

Earlier intervention means a better quality of life. Our program packages provide opportunities for social engagement and support while promoting brain health and stimulation. We offer needed structure in the day.

The Club also offers camaraderie in an environment of acceptance. Club programs draw from individual interests and focus on maximizing skills for those with early-stage memory loss.

At JCA, no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, ancestry or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination in the provision of any care, service or admission subject to applicable laws.

JCA strives to be as inclusive as possible in all that we do, and our clients have the right to expect compassionate service from us. Sometimes, we may need to make the difficult decision of denying a person or group the option to enroll in our programs or continue to participate in them. We reserve the right to make lawful decisions that we believe are in the best interest of our clients and each program.

JCA may change the nature and fee schedule of its programs at any time and without written notice.


For More Information

Contact: Colleen Kemp

Email: ckemp@accessjca.org

Phone: 301-255-4204