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Reminder and news!

“ WALK OFF PARKINSON’S “ is on Sept 24th at Nationals Park, rain or shine.  Join the “Fair Oaks Folks” team for a fun outing and support PFNCA’s programs for people living with PD and their care partners. You will find the information below on the PFNCA website. On the day of the event, look for the FAIR OAKS FOLKS sign to meet up with teammates.

Sunday September 24, 2017
Rain or Shine
Course partially covered


8:30 a.m. Gates Open
9:30 a.m. Welcome Ceremony
10:00 a.m. Start of Walk
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Educational Lecture TBA.
12:00 p.m. Event Concludes


About 1.2 miles


Inside and around Nationals Park culminating with a victory lap around the field and the opportunity to take photos in the dugouts.


There is no fee to participate. Walk Off Parkinson’s is a fundraising and awareness program for the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA). Participants are encouraged to support PFNCA by making donations and by raising critically-needed funds to support those impacted by Parkinson’s.


Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol Street, SE
Washington, D.C.


Free parking will be available in parking in Lot B (entrance located on N Street, SE near the corner of N Street SE and S Capitol Street SE).


Take the Metro Green Line to the Navy Yard station, Nationals Park is approximately a block south from the station’s Half Street exit.


Please call the PFNCA office at (703) 734-1017 or visit PFNCA’s website.




The classes can be found in the fall issue of Parktakes magazine on page 72 and 74. One is at 2:30 and the other at 3:30.

We will also offer a complimentary yoga for relaxation class for any companion or caretaker at 2:30 p.m. alongside the Parkinson’s class. No registration is required for this yoga class.

Parkinson’s Chair Group Exercise
Gentle chair class using exercises and stretches from PWR! curriculum designed for those with Parkinson’s Disease or other movement disorders.
Eleven week session starts Saturday 9/16 at 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $124 Use Code: 1424261301 to register.

Parkinson’s Circuit Class
Standing circuit exercises to benefit individuals with Parkinson’s or other movement disorders. Focus to help with better posture and balance.

Eleven week session starts Saturday 9/16 at 3:30 p.m..
Fee: $124 Use Code 1424261001 to register

A complementary yoga for relaxation class will be provided for caregivers or companions of individuals registered in the Parkinson’s classes. The class will begin at 2:30 p.m. No registration is required. Please see drop in class schedule for details.


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Lots of PD & community announcements

Parkinson Social Network & Out & About with Parkinson’s

As many of you know, I have been involved with the Fair Oaks support group for over 10 years. Last year I introduced the concept of the Parkinson café, and we now have two – in Fairfax and Ashburn. Recently, with the help of other dedicated volunteers and advocates in our Parkinson community, we formed a nonprofit organization to advocate for, and support, people living with Parkinson’s and those who care for them.

As part of our focus is to share information about resources and services in Northern Virginia with you, I have been featuring announcements like the ones below in our weekly e-newsletter, Out & About with Parkinson’s.

If you’d like to subscribe to learn more about activities and events in our area, as well as our monthly cafés, you can click here to be included on our mailing list. You can also find them on our Community Events page.

Sonia Gow
Parkinson Social Network

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George Mason Parkinson’s study

George Mason Department of Rehabilitation Science is looking for participants for Parkinson’s study. See the information below and contact Clint directly if you are interested.

The project will require participants to spend approximately two hours visiting the Functional Performance laboratory at George Mason and completing walking and balance tasks while wearing specialized sensors. This initial project will be to identify specific challenges that participants are dealing with and then move forward to develop interventions or programs that may be directly beneficial for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

I would be more than happy to speak with you about the project and answer any questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to email me or you are more than welcome to call me at 703-993-1903.

Clinton Wutzke, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science

College of Health and Human Services
4400 University Drive, 2G7, Fairfax, VA 22030
p: 703-993-1903
e: cwutzke@gmu.edu
Moving to Function. Functioning for Life.

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Access Services  Assistive Technology and Disability Resource Fair

 Thursday, September 7, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Where? Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax

The fair kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with Fairfax County Public Library Director Jessica Hudson followed by keynote speaker, Karen Keninger, director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). In addition to meeting representatives from county organizations and companies that assist the low vision and differently-abled communities, attendees can take advantage of free glaucoma and vision screenings.
No registration required.

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SING OUT®! Discover a Whole New World

Saturday, September 9, at 2:00 pm

Brought to you by the Parkinson Voice Project and the in-person performance is in Texas but those of us in Northern Virginia can watch the performance on their website or Facebook page.

Click here to watch clips from previous SING OUT®! performances.

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Meeting Reminder, 8/26

Hello everyone.  I hope your summer is going well.

We have a real treat and change of pace for our August 26 Parkinson’s support group meeting. Sreevidya Ajit will speak and give a demonstration of Bharathanatyam, a classical Indian dance form.  Then the group will have an opportunity to try out a modified version of the dance moves that will allow participation by those seated as well as standing. Besides being fun and good exercise, studies that show dance can improve balance and coordination in people with Parkinson’s. Bharathanatyam is strongly narrative; it is a dance form that is rich in meaningful gestures and movements.
The Fair Oaks Folks Parkinson’s support group meets on the fourth Saturday of the month from 10:00 to 12:00 noon on the third floor of Sunrise Senior Living at Fair Oaks, Joseph Siewick Drive in Fairfax, VA.  People living with PD and their care partners are welcome to attend.

Remember to mark your calendars for Sunday, September 24 for the Walk Off Parkinson’s fund raiser at Nationals Park in DC.  More information will follow.

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Tangles: A Musical Play about Family and Dementia will be presented this Sat, Aug 12 at 7 PM at the Harris Theatre at GMU. Tickets are $10. For more info go to: http://states.aarp.org/tangles or call 703-993-2838.

This is sponsored by AARP, FX Area Agency on Aging, Insight Memory Care Center, GMU College of Health and Human Services, and Virginia Geriatric Education Center @VCU.

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Portable, Roll-in Shower For Sale, August cafés

For Sale
We have a friend in our group who has a portable, roll-in shower for sale. It has only been used a few times, but was very helpful. You can check it out online at www.ShowerBay.com. Asking price is $3,000,
If you’re interested or know of someone who might be, please contact Sonia at Sonia@PatientsArePeopletoo.com and I’ll connect you with the seller.

Parkinson Social Network news – August is . . . American Adventures month!
Wear your favorite touristy t-shirt or hat from somewhere in the U.S.A., or bring a couple of souvenirs or photos, and we’ll share stories of some of our favorite adventures. Maybe we’ll get some ideas for our next vacation!

Café Fairfax – Monday, August 14, 10:00 am – 12 noon
At: Insight Memory Care Center
Linda and Lou Mazawey Education & Support Center
3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030

Café Ashburn – Wednesday, August 16, 10:00 am – 12 noon
At: Tribute at One Loudoun – Welcome Center
20618 Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147

People living with Parkinson’s, their families and friends are all welcome!
For more information and to RSVP please check out www.ParkinsonSocialNetwork.org.

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July Support Group Meeting, Saturday July 22nd

Hello everyone!  Hope you are staying cool in the heat and humidity.  It’s time for our regular July meeting on the fourth Saturday of the month.  If you’re in town, please join us.

We welcome Lauren Perea from Old Dominion Home Care as the speaker at our July 22 PD support group meeting. Many of us want to remain in our homes as we age. It can be difficult for family to provide all the support and care a person with PD needs. Old Dominion’s nurses and care givers are trained in the best practices of Parkinson’s care. They have developed specialized services for persons with PD, knowing we all have unique symptoms,that can change from day to day. The team at Old Dominion Home Care is locally owned and operated, and can customize plans to provide the best care for their clients. Members of our group who have used their services have been very pleased.

We meet on the third floor of Sunrise Senior Living at Fair Oaks on Joseph Siewick Drive in Fairfax from 10:00 am to noon.  People with PD and their care partners are welcome to join us.

We hope to see you next Saturday, July 22nd at the meeting.

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You’re invited to an ice cream social!

Join your friends at the Parkinson’s Social Network!

It’s National Ice Cream Month and we will feature ice cream so please send us your RSVP. Feel free to bring your favorite toppings to share!

Café in Fairfax
Monday, July 10, 10:00 am – 12 noon
Insight Memory Care Center
Linda and Lou Mazawey Education & Support Center,
3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030

Café in Ashburn
Wednesday, July 19, 10:00 am – 12 noon
Tribute at One Loudoun – Welcome Center
20618 Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147

People with Parkinson’s and those who care for them are all welcome at our free café! We’d love to see you!

For more information and to RSVP (it helps us with planning!) please go to: