We are happy to announce that Kensington Club @Parklawn returned to its in-person programming on July 6. For the time being, we are also maintaining the virtual program, KC@Home; this is what we refer to as a “Blended Engagement Program.” You can now choose a combination of up to two in-person mornings or afternoons and/or KC@Home (virtual program), with or without Zooms. In-person days will expand with the demand for these services.
The blended program:
The KC@Home and KC@Parklawn 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.
Full description of all program components:
KC@Parklawn in-person program provides twice weekly, 4-hour physical and cognitive enhancement.
- KC@Parklawn – a 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@Home 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.
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.
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.