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Volunteers requested for Parkinson’s Awareness Month activity

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month!
In recognition of April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month several local Parkinson support groups will be sharing information about Parkinson’s to increase the understanding of the needs of someone living with Parkinson’s. This is a joint effort of the Parkinson Social Network, the Fair Oaks Parkinson’s support group and the Women with Parkinson’s Disease support group.
We’ll be at Inova’s Fair Oaks hospital from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on the following days:
Monday, April 3 Friday, April 7
Monday, April 24 Friday, April 28
We would really love your help – people living with Parkinson’s, their families and friends – to help us on one of these days, even if it’s only for an hour, to hand out printed material and chat with staff and the visitors.

If you’d like to help, please contact Sonia Gow at Sonia@PatientsArePeopleToo.com or at (703) 378-7221.

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You have a choice Saturday 3/25: Symposium or regular group!

Just a reminder folks.  For those of you who aren’t planning to go to the Symposium, we will be having our regular group meeting on 3/25 from 10:00 to noon on the third floor of Sunrise Senior Living, Fair Oaks on Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax, VA.  People living with PD and care partners are most welcome.

There may still be spots available for the annual Symposium and possibly scholarships.  For information, call PFNCA at either 301-844-6510 or 703-734-1017 or email banu@parkinsonfoundation.org. The Symposium is a great learning experience, with speakers who are neurologists specializing in movement disorders.

 

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Lots of conversations in March and April!

Have you got your calendar ready to save these dates? Let’s go!

Wednesdays – March 8 and March 22, 11:30 am – ?

Lunch Bunch
At: Jason’s Deli,
12955 Fair Lakes Shopping Center (next to Starbucks). 

Please join our group on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s of each month for lunch at Jason’s Deli. No RSVP needed.
We order individually and meet in the back of the restaurant, with plenty of space. You can view their extensive and healthy menu on line at http://www.jasonsdeli.com/fairlakes, including vegetarian and gluten sensitive choices. Or just come for coffee and conversation. A casual setting to relax and enjoy good food and conversation with friends.

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Monday, March 13, from 10:00 am – 12 noon

Parkinson Social Network
– Come for the coffee, stay for the company and conversation!

Did you know . . .  March is Professional Social Work month?
What do social workers do and why are they important to the Parkinson community? Join our friend, Nancy Fiedelman, as she leads a discussion and answers your questions about what you can expect from social workers, particularly in a hospital or long term care setting. We’d like to hear from you about your experiences. Do you have some helpful tips to share?

We’d love to see you!     Click here to RSVP
People living with Parkinson’s or other related movement disorders, their carepartners, family, and friends are all welcome.

Our café is free and you’re welcome to bring (St. Patrick’s Day) munchies to share!
It’s also National Potato Chip Day if you prefer 🙂

Insight_logo_bwWhere?
Insight Memory Care Center
Linda and Lou Mazawey Education & Support Center
3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030
Directions and map

More information at our Parkinson Social Network website.

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Saturday, March 25, 10:00 am – 12 noon

Fair Oaks Support Group monthly meeting

Our usual monthly gathering at the Sunrise at Fair Oaks!

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Wednesday, March 29, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Conversations with Caregivers, with Parkinson advocates and authors Angela and Karl Robb

Join us at Insight Memory Care Center for this first session in Conversations with Caregivers! These sessions provide opportunity for learning and open discussion with local authors on topics of interest for caregivers of a loved one with dementia or a related memory impairment. Join us for a great morning of conversation!

RSVP
Please contact Christi Clark at christi.clark@insightmcc.org or 703-204-4664.
You can also register online at InsightMCC.org; click on the event calendar at the top right of any page.

Insight_logo_bwWhere?
Insight Memory Care Center
Linda and Lou Mazawey Education & Support Center
3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030
Directions and map

ANGELA AND KARL ROBB
A Soft Voice in a Noisy WorldA culmination of over twenty years of personal experience, in A Soft Voice in a Noisy World Karl Robb provides an assortment of tips and suggestions that have made a difference in his life and benefited him in his personal struggle with PD. This guide shows how one man successfully navigated the medical gauntlet with the support of his wife and care partner, and found his answers, often in the unlikeliest of places.

Dealing and Healing is a new workbook that explores living well with a health condition from a body, mind and spirit level. It is filled with exercises designed to expand self-awareness, refresh the body, calm the mind, and bring peace to the spirit.
Many thanks to our Book Sponsors: Old Dominion Home Care

CONVERSATIONS WITH CAREGIVERS SERIES
Conversations with Caregivers is an ongoing series to provide a forum for learning and open discussion with local authors.
All sessions are FREE, and open to the public.

RESPITE
Respite care may be available by request; please notify us when registering to confirm availability.

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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month!

In recognition of April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month several local Parkinson support groups will be sharing information about Parkinson’s to increase the understanding of the needs of someone living with Parkinson’s. This is a joint effort of the Parkinson Social Network, the Fair Oaks Parkinson’s support group and the Women with Parkinson’s Disease support group.
We’ll be at Inova’s Fair Oaks hospital from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on the following days:
     Monday, April 3          Friday, April 7
     Monday, April 24        Friday, April 28
We would really love your help – people living with Parkinson’s, their families and friends – to help us on one of these days, even if it’s only for an hour, to hand out printed material and chat with staff and the visitors.

If you’d like to help, please contact Sonia Gow at Sonia@PatientsArePeopleToo.com or at (703) 378-7221.

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More Parkinson Social Network

Monday, April 10, 10:00 am – 12 noon

Join us at Insight Memory Care Center for our Fairfax café!
We meet on the 2nd Monday of each month.

Wednesday, April 19, 10:00 am – 12 noon 

**NEW** Help us spread the word about our new café starting in Ashburn!
We’ll meet here on the 3rd Wednesday of each month as of April 19.
Location:
Tribute at One Loudoun – Welcome Center
20618 Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn, VA. 20147

Click here to RSVP
More information about both events at our Parkinson Social Network website.

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Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am – 12 noon

Fair Oaks Support Group monthly meeting

Last, but definitely not least, our regular meeting. Our April meetings are always special because our gracious hostess, Valerie Parker of the Sunrise at Fair Oaks, treats us to a yummy brunch!

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Update: Dance for PD class / support group meeting this Saturday, Feb 25

Hello Fair Oaks Folks!

Dance for PD class
We had a great response to the Dance for PD class at George Mason University, on Saturday Feb.25th. We have 18 people attending, and can look forward to an exciting and fun afternoon. I understand the class is now full, but there is a wait list in case of cancellations. If you’re unable to attend, please call Dance for PD at 1-800-957-1046 ext. 1 and leave a message so that they can invite a waitlisted participant to join us. Below is specific information about time and place, parking, etc.

Support group meeting
We will also have a regular support group meeting at the Sunrise at Fair Oaks on Saturday, Feb 25th, for those not going to the Dance for PD event. Sonia Gow graciously offered to lead the meeting, as Donna will be at George Mason that morning, and is planning on having two discussion groups – people with Parkinsons and carepartners.

Dance for PD @ George Mason Information

Time and location: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, February 25
in Studio 3009 of the de Laski Performing Arts Building,
George Mason University,
4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA.
The actual address of the Performing Arts Building on campus is 4375 Mason Pond Drive.
Consider giving yourself some extra time to park and get to the building. The Performing Arts Building is building 15 on the campus map.

Directions: For directions to the campus, please click here. For a campus map, please click here. Once on campus, you should follow directions to the Performing Arts Building (building 15 on the campus map). (If the clicks don’t work, try the George Mason University website.)

►Drop-offs: If you are dropping someone off, the best option is to turn down Aquia Creek lane and drop off at the Circle. This will put you directly in front of the Performing Arts Building and on the correct floor. You’ll see a sign for the School of Dance when you enter the building.

►Parking: Parking is available in the Mason Pond Parking Deck, adjacent to the Center for the Arts. You should park on the side closest to the Performing Arts Building. There is an elevator that will take you to the 3rd floor. From there, you can enter the Performing Arts Building from the circle. Signage for the studio will be posted at the front entrance of the Performing Arts Building.

Questions? Call 1-800-957-1046 ext. 1. Interested in ticket for the Mark Morris Dance Group performances? Please click here.

Inclement weather? We will make a determination based on weather and road conditions no later than 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 25 and will contact you by email and/or phone only if class is canceled. If you don’t hear from us, class will proceed according to plan. Class cancellation will also be posted on the home page of the Dance for PD website. Those who are part of the group registration won’t be directly contacted; Donna will be contacted.

Need to cancel? We understand that things come up and you may need to cancel your registration. If you need to cancel, please take a moment to call us at 1-800-957-1046 ext. 1 and leave a message so that we can invite a waitlisted participant to join us.

About Dance for PD® For more information about Dance for PD, please visit www.danceforpd.org. We look forward to seeing you in class!

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Correction

The program date listed, for Karl and Angela Robb to speak to our support group in March, is incorrect. The annual PFNCA Symposium is being held on March 25th, at the Marriott in Falls Church . We will reschedule with the Robb’s at their earliest convenience.

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Dance Class and Support Group Information

Hello Fair Oaks Folks!

We had a great response to the Dance for PD Class @ George Mason University, on Saturday Feb.25th. We have 18 people attending, and can look forward to an exciting and fun afternoon. I understand the class is now full, but there is a wait list in case of cancellations. Below is specific information about time and place, parking, etc.

We will also have a regular support group meeting at the Sun Rise on Sat Feb 25th, for those not going to the Dance for PD event. Sonia Gow graciously offered to lead the meeting, as Donna will be at George Mason that morning. Sonia always has helpful information to share and keeps us moving. Many thanks to Sonia for all she does for our PD community.

We will come back together on March 25th, for a presentation by Karl and Angela Robb. His second book, Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Other Health Conditions, was released in Nov. 2016. It is a wonderful workbook, full of exercises to motivate and encourage us to live well with PD. Angela and Karl have been active advocates for the PD community for over 30 years and have much to share with us.

Dance for PD @ George Mason Information

►Time and location: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, February 25 in Studio 3009 of the de Laski Performing Arts Building, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA. The actual address of the Performing Arts Building on campus is 4375 Mason Pond Drive. Consider giving yourself some extra time to park and get to the building. The Performing Arts Building is building 14 on the campus map.

►Directions:For directions to the campus, please click here. For a campus map, please click here. Once on campus, you should follow directions to the Performing Arts Building (building 14 on the campus map). (If the clicks don’t work, try the George Mason University website.)

Drop-offs: If you are dropping someone off, the best option is to turn down Aquia Creek lane and drop off at the Circle. This will put you directly in front of the Performing Arts Building and on the correct floor. You’ll see a sign for the School of Dance when you enter the building.

Parking: Parking is available in the Mason Pond Parking Deck, adjacent to the Center for the Arts. You should park on the side closest to the Performing Arts Building. There is an elevator that will take you to the 3rd floor. From there, you can enter the Performing Arts Building from the circle. Signage for the studio will be posted at the front entrance of the Performing Arts Building.

►Questions? Call 1-800-957-1046 ext. 1 or click here to submit your inquiry. Interested in ticket for the Mark Morris Dance Group performances? Please click here.

►Inclement weather? We will make a determination based on weather and road conditions no later than 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 25 and will contact you by email and/or phone only if class is canceled. If you don’t hear from us, class will proceed according to plan. Class cancellation will also be posted on the home page of the Dance for PD website. Those who are part of the group registration won’t be directly contacted; Donna will be contacted.

►Need to cancel? We understand that things come up and you may need to cancel your registration. If you need to cancel, please take a moment to call us at 1-800-957-1046 ext. 1 and leave a message so that we can invite a waitlisted participant to join us.

►About Dance for PD® For more information about Dance for PD, please visit http://www.danceforpd.org. We look forward to seeing you in class!

 

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IMPORTANT INFO about next meeting date and more

Hello everyone!  Is it windy enough for you?  Our next regular support group meeting date is Saturday, February 25. We don’t have a speaker scheduled and there is an exciting opportunity on that date to participate  in a free movement/dance workshop offered by the Mark Morris Dance Group (the founders of Dance for PD).  Someone suggested that in lieu of a regular support group meeting, whoever wants to can enjoy the movement workshop together.  Donna has made a group reservation for those who would like to participate.  For those who don’t want to participate in the movement workshop, we are in the process of getting someone to facilitate a regular support group meeting at the regular time and place so folks can get together for sharing and conversation.  If you are interested in being one of the group registrants or if you’d rather attend the regular support group, please email Donna at fairoaks.pdgrp@gmail.com

Information about the movement workshop follows:

Mark Morris Dance Group and George Mason University’s Center for the Arts present: A free movement class
for persons with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and care partners

Saturday, February 25
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
de Laski Performing Arts Building, Room 3009
George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

►Class offered free of charge.

►Taught by Mark Morris Dance Group company members specially trained in the Dance for PD® method.

►No experience necessary. All levels of ability and mobility are welcome.

►Registration is required. Complete directions and parking information provided with registration confirmation.

►Click below or call 1-800-957-1046 to register.

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Here is an exciting announcement from Angela and Karl Robb about their new workbook for Parkinson’s Wellness: 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce that Karl and I have released our second book, Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Other Health Conditions: A Workbook for Body, Mind, and Spirit.(RobbWorks, 2016, ISBN 978-0-9881847-4-9, $17.95). I hope that you would take a moment to read this entire email to learn about our new book and possibly share this email with anyone you think would benefit from learning about our publication.

Dealing and Healing is a new workbook that explores living well with a health condition from a body, mind, and spirit level. This book is filled with unique exercises designed to expand self-awareness, refresh the body, calm the mind, and bring peace to the spirit.

“The mind, body, and spirit, must remain balanced. Stress, pain, anxiety, and inflammation can all disrupt the body’s delicate balance. When one of these systems becomes out of balance, the others can follow. It just goes to show, that all the systems are integrated at some level.”, says co-author, Karl Robb.

The authors, Angela and Karl Robb published their first book, A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease in 2012. It is a popular book in the Parkinson’s disease community. “We had many readers of our first book who said ‘I don’t have Parkinson’s but found much of the book spoke to living life in general.’” says Karl. “So, we decided to write Dealing and Healing for people dealing with any health condition.”

Buy your copy today at Amazon.com or BN.com. For groups and organizations who would like to order books in quantities, please contact RobbWorks at 772-444-7622 or asoftvoice@robbworks.com.

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Join us for an informal drop in lunch on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 11:30 at Jason’s Deli at the Fair Lakes Shopping Center for conversation and camaraderie.