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Lunch Bunch tomorrow!

Where? lunch bunch time!
Silver Diner located at 12251 Fair Lakes Parkway, Fairfax

Tuesday, July 10 at 11:45 am
(The second Tuesday of every month)

The Lunch Bunch Socials are a great time to get together with friends and enjoy lively conversation and delicious food. We’d love to see you! 

You don’t need to RSVP or wait to be seated. The hostess will direct you to our tables on the left side towards the back.  Come and join the fun  😊

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Meeting reminder: Sat. June 23 & exciting opportunity June 28

This month’s Fair Oaks Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting is on Saturday June 23 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Sunrise Senior Living, 3750 Joseph Siewick Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033 (behind Inova Fair Oaks hospital) on the 3rd floor in the Library.
Sonia Gow will lead the meeting. Sonia wears many hats in her advocacy for our Parkinson’s community. She has volunteered with our support group since 2007 and continues to share her knowledge and experience with us.
In 2016 she formed a team of dedicated people to establish a non profit corporation, Parkinson Social Network.  “Helping to empower each other to make the most of life with Parkinson’s” is there mission statement and goal. They have  established cafes in Fairfax, McLean, Ashburn and Alexandria. The cafes are a place to come together to meet old friends and make new ones. If you have not attended one, you are missing out on a fun and relaxing afternoon.



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Reminder: meeting 5/26

MEETING REMINDER –  Saturday May 26TH         
John Lam will be our speaker at the PD support  group meeting this Saturday May 26th . John has lived with Parkinson’s for over 30 years and still maintains an active lifestyle, including playing golf and doing his own yard work. John taught Physical  Education in the Fairfax County schools for 30 years and knows the important role exercise plays in our well being. I hope you will join us for this inspirational question and  answer program, held at Sunrise Senior Living at Fair Oaks on Joesph Siewick Dr. Fairfax..  10 AM to  Noon.
We are meeting in the 2nd floor craft room.(on your left. as you exit the elevator)
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New day, new location for Lunch Bunch as of May


                     FAIR  OAKS  LUNCH  BUNCH  SOCIAL

We’ll meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 11:45 AM at the Silver Diner located at 12251 Fair Lakes Parkway, Fairfax, VA starting May, 2018.  Tuesday, May 8th will be our first lunch at the Silver Diner location. We used to meet there several years ago.

The Lunch Bunch Socials are a great time  to get together with friends and enjoy lively conversation and delicious food. We’d love to see you  next Tuesday at 11:45.  You don’t need to RSVP  or wait to be seated. The hostess will direct you to our tables on the left side towards the back.  Come and join the fun  😊

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Meeting reminder 4/28; brunch provided

Hello Fair Oaks Folks,

We are in for a special treat at our April 28th meeting!  Valerie Parker and her staff at Sunrise Senior Living at Fair Oaks will provide us with a delicious and sumptuous brunch for which we are most appreciative. Come join us from 10:00 to 12:00 noon at Sunrise Senior Living at Fair Oaks on Joseph Siewick Dr. in Fairfax on the third floor in the bistro area 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.




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Meeting reminder; advocacy

Hello Fair Oaks Folks!

Our regular PD support group meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 to 12:00 noon in the crafts room of Sunrise Senior Living at Fair Oaks on Joseph Siewick Dr. in Fairfax. As we mentioned last  month, the PFNCA Parkinson’s Symposium is scheduled on the same date, and a number of our group members will be attending.

Sonia Gow  has graciously offered to lead the meeting at Sunrise at Fair Oaks on March 24 for those not attending the symposium. Sonia will share helpful information and news of upcoming events of interest in our PD community. The PD Social Network Cafés, which she hosts, continue to grow and several new locations have opened recently. Thank you Sonia for all you do for our PD community.


Below information is shared from the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research about a way to advocate for the PD community:

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. While there has been significant progress in treatment and cause for optimism, our goal is for a cure within our lifetime. Here is one way to be an advocate for our PD  community. Contact your members of Congress and ask them to fund  a national Parkinson’s  database and support Parkinson’s Research funding. You can go online to;  advocate.michaeljfox.org  where there are 3 letters (templates) & instructions on how to email your representative, asking them to sign the “Dear Colleague “ Letters. Optional, you can personalize the message and explain why these letters matter to you as a member of the nationwide community of Americans whose lives are touched by Parkinson’s  disease.




Sandy, Please rewrite my paragraph about the meetings as needed and I  thank you for doing so..

I almost forgot the fwd letter below.. I don’t reply to all requests for speakers, as we get so many from marketers. I  don’t believe we want an unknown speaker, talking about recovery from substance abuse  among care takers. Is  not our focus.  Maybe we need a form letter, thanking them,  but saying no thanks, politely of course.



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February Meeting 2/24, Reminder and Info

Hello Fair Oaks Folks!  Our Feb. PD support group meeting will be held at the Sunrise Senior Living at Fair Oaks on Joseph Siewick Dr. in Fairfax, but we will meet in the Craft room for the next few months, while renovations are being done on the 3rd floor.The Craft room is located just below the library on the 2nd floor; there will be a sign on the doors. It is a comfortable  room and even has a small kitchen at one end.

We will have the soup and sandwich pot luck that we had to postpone in Jan. Donna will bring a soup (butternut squash) that can be sipped or spooned from a cup.  We’re asking attendees to bring a sandwich that can be sliced to share on a platter.  Donna will supply plates, soup cups, and plastic tableware.  Chips, fruit or cookies are also welcome. We will talk among ourselves and catch up with news. (A planned boxing demonstration had to be postponed due to space limitations.)

Looking ahead for next month, the annual PFNCA  Symposium is on March 24th, (the 4th Saturday) so we need to discuss if we want to meet on another date, or have both options available. Donna, our wonderful facilitator, will be attending the Symposium and it’s likely that many other group members will also.

American Parkinson Disease Association

FYI: Free Web/Teleconference
Thursday, March 29, 2018

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Join us to hear expert perspectives to help people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) understand the importance of exercise and recognize why staying fit can help improve PD symptoms. This program is designed to help people with PD, family members, and care partners. Please share this invitation with anyone in your support network whom you feel will benefit from this information.


Terry Ellis, PhD, PT, NCS
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training
Director, Center for Neurorehabilitation

Boston University
College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Boston, MA