Alzheimer's Family Day Center (Fairfax, VA)


  • Name:Mrs. Carrie Idol-Richards
  • Title:Director of Communications

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Alzheimer's Family Day Center
  • Address:2812 Old Lee Highway
    Suite 210
    Fairfax, VA 22031
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:703-204-4664
  • Main fax:703-204-0509

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  • Mission:
  • Alzheimer's Family Day Center (AFDC) is a nonprofit adult day health and resource center providing specialized care, support, and education for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments, their families, caregivers, and the community. Serving Northern Virginia since 1984, AFDC offers a spectrum of holistic care, with a vision of a community where those affected by memory impairments can achieve the highest quality of life.

  • Overview:
  • AFDC provides therapeutic daytime care and activity for individuals with various forms of dementia, as well as a multitude of supportive services for family caregivers. Research tells us that the number of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple by 2050. This statistic has been quite evident at Alzheimer’s Family Day Center. For the past few years, AFDC has experienced significant growth and is outgrowing its current facility. Plans are underway for expansion, and we hope that funding from The Lawrence Foundation will help us to continue with our current services while we work to meet the growing need in a larger, state of the art facility.

    Founded in 1984, AFDC continues to be the only licensed adult day center in Northern Virginia dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. In addition, it is the only day center in the region providing services for those in the advanced stages of the disease. For family caregivers, AFDC offers free education classes, support groups, individual and family counseling, and referral to community resources. The day health center serves up to 36 participants per day in a secure, home-like setting. In FY 2012, AFDC served a total of 79 participants in the day health center, an increase of 8% from last fiscal year. Hundreds of additional individuals attended the support group and caregiver education programs. Located in Fairfax County, AFDC provides service to individuals throughout Northern Virginia, and the surrounding metro area. This past year, 86% of the participants lived in Fairfax County, 9% resided in Arlington, and the remainder from surrounding counties. While the majority of those with dementia are senior citizens, participants in the day center currently range in age from 51 to 99 years of age.

    Adult Day Health Care (the Day Program) is AFDC’s core program. This program provides a range of high quality therapeutic and socially stimulating activities for adults with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias, while simultaneously offering much-needed respite for family caregivers. The program operates from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and serves up to 36 participants per day. With seventeen staff members, the Center provides a 1 to 4 staff to participant ratio, exceeding licensure requirements. AFDC also utilizes the skills of volunteers and interns to provide additional one-on-one participant interaction and care. Of the 79 participants served in FY 2012, 66% were female and 34% male. Participant ages ranged from 51 to 99, with approximately half living with a spouse, and half living with adult children.

    The Day Program provides an environment that focuses on people’s strengths rather than their memory limitations, addressing the needs of the total person: physical, mental, and emotional. Innovative approaches are put into practice, from physical therapy and Tai Chi-inspired exercises to art or music therapy and field trips. Breakfast, lunch and two snacks are served each day. AFDC is the only program in Northern Virginia to offer day services to persons with advanced dementia. For these individuals, staff provides total care, including assistance with mealtime, personal care and mobility. Physical and occupational therapy are also components of the Day Program’s services. Each participant’s care is guided by an Individual Care Plan developed by a professional staff team.

    For family caregivers, a total of 29 free education classes were provided in FY 2012 on topics ranging from caregiving strategies to legal and financial planning. In addition, AFDC offers its own unique publication, “Caregiving at a Glance,” which provides strategies for managing behavior challenges and planning for future care. The Center also offers both daytime and evening support group meetings for caregivers that are free of charge and open to the general community. The groups help to reduce the sense of isolation many caregivers feel and offer a forum for sharing information and suggestions concerning caregiving.

    AFDC offers a weekly evening program entitled the “Mind and Body Workshop.” This unique program is designed for couples where one has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The sessions provide an opportunity to connect with others in a similar situation, while participating in fun brain stimulating activities and a light dinner.

  • History:
  • Lin Noyes Simons RN, PhD, a certified hospice and palliative care nurse, founded the Alzheimer’s Family Day Center in 1984 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. AFDC emerged from an Alzheimer’s Association support group that Lin was leading. The 12 members of the support group were caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. The support group provided a safe environment to talk about stress and receive valuable information about caring for their loved one. It also exposed a need in the community for specialized care for the individual with Alzheimer’s disease and respite for the caregiver.

    In 1984 there were two Fairfax County day centers. These centers were unable to care for individuals with behavioral challenges such as aggression or wandering, were incontinent or low functioning, and they did not specialize in Alzheimer’s or memory impairments.

    In 1984, according to the National Council on the Aging, only about 20 out of 800 day centers in the United States specialized in dementia care, and a 1986 report by the same organization revealed that only 20 percent of the day centers had participants with any cognitive impairment.

    The industrial arts wing of an old public school, owned by a catholic church provided the first place of care and respite for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease in Northern Virginia. The space was adequate at best. The doors didn’t lock and the roof leaked, but it was a designated space provided free of charge. AFDC, or at that time the Family Respite Center, was started with three employees and three participants.

    Over the first year AFDC quickly added more days starting at one day a week and working up to five full days a week. No one was turned away that needed care for a loved one, even if they couldn’t pay. Lin was motivated by her passion, knowledge, and supportive friends and community. People helped with publicity, and donations arrived just in time to keep the lights on and staff paid.

    From 1988 to 1992, AFDC was part of seventeen grantees in thirteen states in the Dementia Care and Respite Services Program (DCRSP) a four year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. This program was the first national demonstration project to focus on day center and respite services for persons with dementia. The lessons learned from this program were used to form the Partners in Caregiving: The Dementia Services Program (PIC).

    AFDC’s second location, in a church in Falls Church, provided the home for the center for over twelve years. The programs were held in two rooms of the church, with a few offices for staff. This was a better location than the previous but still had its challenges. The rooms were not secure, the bathroom facilities were shared and the rooms that they used were used by others in the church, which meant that all program supplies had to be cleaned up and put away nightly.

    AFDC’s current location, since 2004, provides a safe, secure and therapeutic environment for those affected by memory impairment. This location was specifically designed for people with memory impairment, with twice the square footage of the former facility. Expanded space allowed AFDC to expand both staff and programming. Professional recreational therapists, an occupational therapist, a geriatric nurse practitioner, and an art therapist rounded out the programs and services offered.

    Since its humble beginnings in a local church in 1984 to the large facility it is today, AFDC has changed over the years with the needs of the community. However, AFDC has remained true to our founding principles:
    • Enhancing the lives of individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Providing holistic and collaborative care for the participants and families.
    • Caring for individuals who were not being served by existing community services – specifically those in more advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease who may have behavior challenges or significant personal care needs.

  • Year established:1984
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:14
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:17


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:52-1361974

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:521361974
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:3953 PENDER DR STE 100
  • Organization City:FAIRFAX
  • Organization State:VA
  • Organization Zip:22030-0970
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 1984
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):160, 995
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Aid to the handicapped (see also 031), Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:G83Z
  • Asset Amount:$2,149,767
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,437,447
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,395,574
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:40:33 am

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