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No support group meeting in July


I hope this note finds you all ‘cool’ and well. The July 27th Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting is canceled, due to recent changes in my travel and vacation Schedule.

I hope to see everyone at our August 24th meeting.


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June meeting reminder

The Fair Oaks Folks are meeting again this coming Saturday and you’re invited!

Saturday, June 22 from 10:00 to 12:00 noon 
At: Sunrise Senior Living at Fair Oaks, (3rd floor library)
3750 Joseph Siewick Drive, Fairfax

Sonia Gow with the Parkinson Social Network will be sharing resources that can help make life just that little bit easier. We’ll share a variety of resources . . .

  • Parkinson-related and not-Parkinson specific
  • medical and everyday living
  • local, national, and international
  • government and private
  • nonprofit and for profit

Please bring information about any businesses or organizations that you’ve found helpful, and hopefully we’ll be able to answer a lot of questions.see you soon

If you have some munchies you’d like to bring, there are always some eager taste testers at our meetings.

All people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners are welcome. We hope to see you there.

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May meeting reminder: Saturday, 5/25

Hot off the presses:  The May meeting of the PD support group is on Saturday the 25th (next Saturday) at Sunrise at Fair Oaks, 3750 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax, VA 22033.
We will meet in the library on the 3rd floor from 10 am – noon.

We do not have a scheduled speaker this month, so we can catch up and share news within the group.

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Join us for our annual Parkinson’s Awareness Month brunch!

We are in for a special treat at our April 27th meeting!

In honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Valerie Parker and her staff at Sunrise Senior Living at Fair Oaks will provide us with a delicious and sumptuous brunch as they have in previous years.

Join us for conversation, companionship and a festive brunch specially prepared for us! This is our chance to thank the staff at Sunrise for the space they provide us with for our meetings and their gracious hospitality.

All people living with PD and their care partners are welcome.

Saturday, April 27
10:00 to 12:00 noon 
At: Sunrise Senior Living at Fair Oaks
3750 Joseph Siewick Drive, Fairfax (3rd floor in the bistro area)

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Come for the coffee, stay for the company and conversation!

If you’re looking to catch up with friends before our support group meeting, you’ll see familiar faces at Parkinson Social Network’s Cafe Fairfax! This month, in honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Lauren from Old Dominion Home Care is bringing us a special cake.

Wednesday, April 17
10:00 am to 12 noon 
Insight Memory Care Center,
Linda and Lou Mazawey Education & Support Center
3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030

From Waples Mill Road turn onto Pender Drive.
Then turn right at the 2nd driveway;
head straight back,
the road will curve around to the left and 3955 will be on your left.

We meet at Cafe Fairfax on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
More information about our cafes on our website at https://parkinsonsocialnetwork.org/events/cafes/

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One more special event for
Parkinson’s Awareness Month!
This one is in the afternoon,
after our support group meeting.

Pints for Parkinson’s
Saturday April 27, 2019, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
At: Tysons Biergarten
8346 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner, Virginia 22182

This event is hosted by Alec Langstein and Rock Steady Boxing NOVA
Come support family and friends, grab a beer, and help fight back against Parkinson’s disease. All donations and percentage of sales will be given to the local non-profit Parkinson Social Network who is committed to bringing together the Parkinson’s community of Northern Virginia to inform, inspire and unify those living with Parkinson’s.

Online Donations:
– You can donate online at www.gofundme.com/pintsforparkinsons2019

– PLEASE read the parking information on the Tysons Biergarten website – www.tysonsbiergarten.com.
There is free parking with validation in the parking garage next door!

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Fair Oak Folks meeting March 23rd

Spring is almost upon us and so is our March support group meeting!

Saturday, March 23rd from 10 am – noon

Sunrise Senior Living at Fair Oaks
3750 Joseph Siewick Dr.
In the 3rd floor Library (room to the left as you step out of the elevator)

Anyone living with Parkinson’s, their families and friends. All are welcome!

Donna is unable to join us this month, and some of our members are attending PFNCA’s symposium, but our Fair Oaks Parkinson’s support group will still meet at our usual place and usual time. I hope you’ll join us for a chat and we’ll share our news. There are lots of things happening in April for Parkinson’s Awareness Month. As always, you are welcome to bring munchies to share, and we look forward to seeing you all again!

Alice Waters quote

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Meeting Reminder, February 23

Reminder  – February Parkinson’ s  Support Group Meeting
when  – Saturday  February 23rd  from  10 am – noon
location – Sunrise Senior Living at Fair Oaks,  3750 Joesph Siewick Dr. In the 3rd floor Library (room to the left of  the elevator)
We want to thank Sonia Gow, Ruth Ann Hadley and Regina Zinzer for the excellent presentation on “hospitalization with PD”  at our January meeting. They emphasized the importance of pre planning and gave ideas for putting together a  ” hospital go bag”  with items for both the patient and care partner. They shared their knowledge and experiences with hospitals and rehabs, which led to good group discussions. A true support group at its best..People with Parkinson’s, their care partners or family are welcome to attend support group meetings.
We do not have a speaker for Feb. so will share among ourselves. One suggested topic / question is, How do you stay active and exercise during colder months,when we spend more time indoors?
A reminder-  The 2019  PFNCA Symposium, an annual educational conference is being held on March 23rd with live and simulcast lectures in three cities. The location in VA is  the Fairview Marriott, 3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA
To learn more about the Symposium and register you can go online,   http://www.PFNCA 2019 Symposium   or pfnca@parkinsonfoundation.org. If you need assistance registering for this event please call 703 734 1017, extension 1 on Monday – Friday from 9 am to 5 pm  The fee for attending at Falls Church ( including lunch )  is $60.if you  register by Feb 22nd
it increases to $70. on March 20th and $75 on the 23rd.  If you have a financial hardship and would like to request a scholarship, please call the office at 301 844 6510.  We will have flyers with more info at the meeting this Saturday 
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Dance for PD is coming to town for it’s annual visit!

Saturday, March 2, 2019
11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Where? Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20109

There’s always a buzz when the Mark Morris Dance Group and Dance for PD comes to town! Come and join in their free movement class for person’s with Parkinson’s and their families, friends and care partners. No dance experience is required. Led by teaching artists from the Mark Morris Dance Group, you’ll explore movement and music in a non-pressured, social environment.

Dance for PDYou can register online at http://bit.ly/dfpdhylton2019
or by phone at 1-800-957-1046, ext. 5.
Dance for PD flyer 2019
and help share the news!

If you’d like to get an idea of what a class is like, click here.

But wait! There’s more!
The Mark Morris Dance Group will also be performing at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall in Fairfax for 2 performances only, March 1 and 2 at 8:00 pm. For more information and tickets, visit http://cfa.gmu.edu/ or call 703-993-2787.

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CHANGE OF VENUE for January 26 Fair Oaks Parkinson’s support group meeting

Due to an outbreak of flu at Sunrise, we are moving our January 26th meeting (this Saturday) to another location.

The time is the same: 10:00 am – 12 noon.

We will meet at:
The Cancer Center Bldg.

3580 Joseph Siewick Drive, Fairfax     map

This building is on the Fair Oaks Hospital campus, just down the street from Sunrise and across the street from the main hospital. There is handicap parking in front and across the street.


  • Enter the building and go down the hall to the elevator on your left
  • Go down to the lower level
  • Take a left turn off the elevator and through the glass doors
  • You will see Conference rooms A and B in front of you
  • You have arrived!

Sonia, Ruth Ann, and Regina have a great program for us and we look forward to seeing you there.

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Meeting Reminder, Saturday, January 26

 The Fair Oaks Parkinson’s support group’s first meeting in 2019 is on Saturday January 26th
We look forward to seeing everyone after the Holiday break! Hopefully the weather will not be an issue. If the roads are clear of snow or ice, there will be a meeting, but please consider your safety when traveling in  winter conditions. As beautiful as the snow is, it can make driving and walking outside more challenging.
Sonia Gow, Ruth Ann Hadley and Regina Zinzer are going to talk to us about “Hospitalization and Parkinson’s,” how to prepare for your care, and how to come home from Hospital in better shape than when you went in. This applies to both care givers and PWP.  This presentation is sure to include helpful information, so bundle up and join us for a good program and a pleasant morning with friends.
We will meet in the 3rd floor library at Sunrise Senior Living, 3750 Joseph Siewick Drive,, Fairfax 22033  from 10 AM to noon.. People living with Parkinson’s and their care partners are welcome to join us . We hope to see you there .   
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We wish you safe and happy holiday season!

Just wanted to let everyone know that Fair Oaks Parkinson’s support group will not be meeting this Saturday, December 22, 2018. Our first support group meeting for 2019 will be on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Wishing everyone a lovely holiday season with family and friends, and we’ll see you again in the New Year!

Peace Hope Joy