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The Kensington Clubs Offer a New Blended Engagement Program

Welcome to the JCA Samuel J. Gorlitz Kensington Club

We help older adults with early-stage memory loss. We provide purposeful and stimulating activities at home plus wonderful ways to regularly maintain social connections.

We are happy to announce that Kensington Club @Parklawn will return to its in-person programming on July 6. For the time being, we will also maintain the virtual program, KC@Home; this is what we will 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 of 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.

KC@Parklawn 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 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.

See what the KC@Home program offers:


Kensington Club Blended Program Sample Calendar of Programs for July.

 

July calendar

 

 

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

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.