This Wednesday’s Online Café – Miscommunication or Missed Communication? The Challenges of Hearing Loss with Bonnie O’Leary

Just a reminder that all in-person support events have been suspended due to the COVID-19 /Coronavirus pandemic.  To support our Parkinson’s community, PSN offers three online (via Zoom) support options each month:

Online Café
Wednesday, May 18
10:00am-11:30am ET

Miscommunication or Missed Communication? 
The Challenges of Hearing Loss

Bonnie O’Leary, Certified Peer Mentor and the Outreach Manager for the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC)

This presentation will include basic information about deafness and hearing loss, limitations of hearing aids and cochlear implants, accessibility options including apps that can be helpful, and effective communication environments and strategies.  Hearing loss has an impact not only on those who struggle with it but on everyone in the relationship.

Bonnie O’Leary is a Certified Peer Mentor and the Outreach Manager for the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC) where she has been providing services to adults aging into hearing loss. since 2001.  She also provides trainings for emergency responders, healthcare professionals and caregivers, agency staff, and other organizations where hearing loss presents a challenge to communication.  Bonnie created a 3-part program, “I Can’t Hear You!”, which won a Distinguished Partner award from Fairfax County’s Neighborhood and Community Services.  A late-deafened adult, she shares a lot of her own experiences in her outreach work.

Click here to register for the Online Café


Did You Know?
We are Here to Help!
Are you searching for a resource or more information about Parkinson’s?

Parkinson Social Network volunteers can help! Call our office at 571-286-5000 or send us email at board@parkinsonsocialnetwork.org

Parkinson Social Network is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. With no paid staff, we are a volunteer led organization with each volunteer having a personal connection to Parkinson’s disease.

May Staying Connected Newsletter

Just a reminder that all in-person support events have been suspended due to the COVID-19 /Coronavirus pandemic.  To support our Parkinson’s community, PSN offers three online (via Zoom) support options each month:


Caregiver’s Support Group via Zoom*
Tuesday, May 10
10:00am-11:30am ET

May’s Topic:
Watch & Discuss: Sights, Sounds and Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s Foundation Expert Briefings (Recorded – 2022)

Join us as we watch the Parkinson’s Foundation recording of Dr. Hamedani’s presentation. After we watch the recording, we will discuss the video presentation.

From the Parkinson’s Foundation YouTube description: As we grow older, it is normal to experience age-related vision and hearing changes. However, for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), difficulties related to the eyes and vision as well as hearing loss often progress alongside other PD symptoms. Learn more about how changes in vision, hearing as well as other senses including taste and smell impact people with Parkinson’s and how to cope with these changes.

Speaker: Ali G. Hamedani, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor of Neurology Divisions of Neuro-Ophthalmology and Movement Disorders Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Click here to register for the Caregiver’s Support Group meeting


Online Café
Wednesday, May 18
10:00am-11:30am ET

Miscommunication or Missed Communication? 
The Challenges of Hearing Loss

Bonnie O’Leary, Certified Peer Mentor and the Outreach Manager for the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC)

This presentation will include basic information about deafness and hearing loss, limitations of hearing aids and cochlear implants, accessibility options including apps that can be helpful, and effective communication environments and strategies.  Hearing loss has an impact not only on those who struggle with it but on everyone in the relationship.

Bonnie O’Leary is a Certified Peer Mentor and the Outreach Manager for the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC) where she has been providing services to adults aging into hearing loss. since 2001.  She also provides trainings for emergency responders, healthcare professionals and caregivers, agency staff, and other organizations where hearing loss presents a challenge to communication.  Bonnie created a 3-part program, “I Can’t Hear You!”, which won a Distinguished Partner award from Fairfax County’s Neighborhood and Community Services.  A late-deafened adult, she shares a lot of her own experiences in her outreach work.

Click here to register for the Online Café


People with Parkinson’s 
Side by Side Support Group via Zoom*

Tuesday, May 24
10:00am-11:30am ET

May’s Presentation:
Making the Most of Your [Many] Medications

Managing medications is not an easy task, especially for people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners. Dr. Peron will share strategies to help take the guesswork out of managing complex medication regimens and maximize the time spent with members of your medical team, including your pharmacist. Although she cannot offer individual treatment recommendations, Dr. Peron is always happy to provide referrals and resources. She encourages audience members to ask questions and share their insights for the benefit of the group.

Emily P. Peron, PharmD, MS, is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. Dr. Peron attended a training program for pharmacists interested in Parkinson’s disease in 2009, identified a drug-induced tremor in her grandfather in 2010, and has been working with individuals with movement disorders ever since. Dr. Peron earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Butler University and completed clinical residency training in geriatrics at the Cleveland VA Medical Center. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Clinical Research while completing a research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. She currently serves as a consultant for the VCU Health Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center and is a member of the Parkinson’s Foundation Aware in Care Committee.

Click here to register for the
People with Parkinson’s Disease Support Group


*Online Support Groups Sponsored by:


Did You Know?
We are Here to Help!
Are you searching for a resource or more information about Parkinson’s?

Parkinson Social Network volunteers can help! Call our office at 571-286-5000 or send us email at board@parkinsonsocialnetwork.org

Parkinson Social Network is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. With no paid staff, we are a volunteer led organization with each volunteer having a personal connection to Parkinson’s disease.

April Staying Connected Newsletter

Just a reminder that all in-person support events have been suspended due to the COVID-19 /Coronavirus pandemic.  To support our Parkinson’s community, PSN offers three online (via Zoom) support options each month:


Caregiver’s Side by Side Support Group*
Tuesday, April 12th
10:00am-11:30am ET

This Month’s Presentation: 
Dementia Friendly Information Session 
Presented by Diane Watson and Allegra Joffe, Dementia Friendly Fairfax Champion Trainers

Learn how to become a dementia friend and turn your new understanding of dementia into a practical action that can help someone living in your community.

AFTER PARTICIPATING IN A DEMENTIA FRIENDS SESSION, PARTICIPANTS CAN:
• Describe dementia and know the most common type of dementia
• State the five key messages about dementia
• Explain one approach to effectively communicate with a person with dementia
• Commit to an action as a Dementia Friend in your community

Dementia Friendly Fairfax envisions our community as a place where people living with dementia and their care partners will be able to engage in a variety of activities, be supported in the highest quality of life, and can live independently for as long as possible.

Click here to register for the Caregiver’s Support Group meeting


Online Café
Watch & Discuss: Parkinson’s and The Good Life
Webinar from the Davis Phinney Foundation

Wednesday, April 20th
10:00am-11:30am ET

During the first half of this webinar, from the Davis Phinney Foundation, Dr. Laurie Santos (Yale University) discussed what new results in psychological science teach us about:

  • How to be happier
  • How to feel less stressed
  • How to flourish more no matter your situation

During the second half of the webinar, Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter Phinney helped us unpack what we learned and opened the floor for questions. At the end, we offered some ideas for “rewirement” activities to help you create new happiness habits, boost your mood, and improve your overall well-being.
After watching the video (first hour), there will be a 30 minute volunteer-led discussion of the webinar.

Click here to register for the Online Café


People with Parkinson’s 
Side by Side Support Group via Zoom*

Tuesday, April 26th
10:00am-11:30am ET

This month’s topic: Building Your Support & Care Team

Do you have a non-medical support and care team? Maybe some of the team members have 4 legs instead of 2?
Join us as we discuss and share our support and care team that you find outside of health care professionals. Led by Karl Robb, this discussion is facilitated by people who have experience living with Parkinson’s disease.

Click here to register for the
People with Parkinson’s Disease Support Group


*Online Support Groups Sponsored by:


Did You Know?
We are Here to Help!
Are you searching for a resource or more information about Parkinson’s?

Parkinson Social Network volunteers can help! Call our office at 571-286-5000 or send us email at board@parkinsonsocialnetwork.org

Parkinson Social Network is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. With no paid staff, we are a volunteer led organization with each volunteer having a personal connection to Parkinson’s disease.

March Staying Connected Newsletter

This month’s programs are highlighting advocacy, education, & support for our Parkinson’s community.

Just a reminder that all in-person support events have been suspended due to the COVID-19 /Coronavirus pandemic.  To support our Parkinson’s community, PSN offers three online (via Zoom) support options each month:


Caregiver’s Support Group via Zoom*
Tuesday, March 8th
10:00am-11:30am ET
Topic this month: 
How do you define advocacy?
Join this important discussion and hear how others view advocacy. This discussion for caregivers will be an open discussion that is facilitated by Parkinson Social Network volunteers who have experience caring for those with Parkinson’s disease.

Click here to register for the Caregiver’s Support Group meeting


Online Café
Let’s Combat Micrographia with Saba Shahid, M.S.
Wednesday, March 16th
10:00am-11:30am ET

Saba Shahid, M.S is the Chief Smiling Officer of Creative Neurology, Author and Creator of Let’s Combat Micrographia®. Let’s Combat Micrographia Educational Seminars spread awareness about how to overcome micrographia or small handwriting, a common symptom of Parkinson’s disease. The discussion will be an interactive session covering what micrographia is, tips and aids that can be used to improve writing, and hand exercises will be shared. Further information will be given on the internationally acclaimed Let’s Combat Micrographia or Smile Through Art programs and how people can get involved. Saba will give an interactive PowerPoint presentation for 30 minutes and will be available for questions.

Click here to register for the Online Café


People with Parkinson’s 
Support Group via Zoom*

Tuesday, March 22nd
10:00am-11:30am ET

This month’s topic: Sharing your Passion
What is your passion or hobby? We welcome all who attend to “show and tell” their passion or hobby with the audience. Led by Karl Robb, this discussion is facilitated by people who have experience living with Parkinson’s disease.

Click here to register for the
People with Parkinson’s Disease Support Group


*Online Support Groups Sponsored by:


We are Here to Help!
Are you searching for a resource or more information? Parkinson Social Network volunteers can help! Call our office at 571-286-5000 or send us email at board@parkinsonsocialnetwork.org

Parkinson Social Network is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. With no paid staff, we are a volunteer led organization with each volunteer having a personal connection to Parkinson’s disease.

February Staying Connected Newsletter

Our February programs offer a variety of supportive & informative programs for the Parkinson’s community.

Just a reminder that all in-person support events have been suspended due to the COVID-19 /Coronavirus pandemic.  To support our Parkinson’s community, PSN offers three online (via Zoom) support options each month:


Caregiver’s Support Group via Zoom*
Tuesday, February 8th
10:00am-11:30am ET
Topic this month: Open Discussion
This discussion for caregivers will be an open discussion that is facilitated by Parkinson Social Network volunteers who have experience caring for those with Parkinson’s disease.

Click here to register for the Caregiver’s Support Group meeting


Online Café

Watch & Discuss
Interview with
Dr. Michael Okun

Wednesday, February 16th
10:00am-11:30am ET

Dr. Michael Okun is the Adelaide Lackner Professor and Chair of Neurology, Executive Director Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at the University of Florida Health and 
Medical Director, Parkinson’s Foundation.
Parkinson Social Network volunteers, Angela & Karl Robb had the opportunity to interview Dr. Okun who is one of the leading minds in neurology and Parkinson’s disease. A longtime friend and fellow author, Dr. Okun, Angela, and Karl discuss a wide range of topics from advocacy, research, patient care, complementary medicine/reiki, exercise, and so much more.

Click here to register for the Online Café


People with Parkinson’s 
Support Group via Zoom*

Tuesday, February 22nd
10:00am-11:30am ET

This month’s topic: Maintaining Yourself is a Daily Practice
This facilitated discussion, led by volunteers Marc Mitnick & Karl Robb, will be a discussion about the importance of those with Parkinson’s to develop a daily practice of self-care. This discussion is facilitated by people who have experience living with Parkinson’s disease.

Click here to register for the
People with Parkinson’s Disease Support Group


*Online Support Groups Sponsored by:


We are Here to Help!
Are you searching for a resource or more information? Parkinson Social Network volunteers can help! Call our office at 571-286-5000 or send us email at board@parkinsonsocialnetwork.org

Parkinson Social Network is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. With no paid staff, we are a volunteer led organization with each volunteer having a personal connection to Parkinson’s disease.

January Staying Connected Newsletter

Just a reminder that all in-person support events have been suspended due to the COVID-19 /Coronavirus pandemic. To support our Parkinson’s community, PSN offers three online (via Zoom) support options each month:

Caregiver’s Side by Side Support Group via Zoom*

Tuesday, January 11
10:00am-11:30am ET
This month: Getting a Move On

In this session for caregivers, Joy will be speaking about the critical importance of exercise for people with Parkinson’s. Included in Joy’s talk will be the following topics:

  • Tips for coaching and encouraging your loved one to exercise.
  • How to notice cues from your loved one that can be helpful to motivate and encourage them to move better.
  • Sharing resources for outside assistance.

Click here to register for the Caregiver’s Support Group


Online Café

Setting Goals and New Habits for 2022
Wednesday, January 19
10:00am-11:30am ET

With the new year the opportunity of goal setting and opening ourselves to new opportunities arises.
Starting a new habit is one thing but maintaining it and sticking with it is another. Join us for discussion about how we may improve our situations with suggestions and the watching of a helpful and brief TED talk that may give you a fresh perspective about your goals for 2022!

Click here to register for the Online Café


People with Parkinson’s Disease Support Group via Zoom*

Tuesday, January 25th
10:00am-11:30am ET
This month’s topic: Getting a Move On
In this session for those living with Parkinson’s, Joy will be speaking about the critical importance of exercise. Included in Joy’s talk will be the following topics:

  • Ways to integrate exercise when you don’t really want to.
  • Identify specific self-cues that can be helpful to motivate you to move better.
  • Share resources for outside assistance.

Click here to register for the People with Parkinson’s Disease Support Group


Online Support Groups Sponsored by:


Many thanks to our donors who donated to support our mission! Thanks to your contributions, we received the $1,000 match.


We are Here to Help!
Are you searching for a resource or more information?
Parkinson Social Network volunteers can help! 

Call our office at 571-286-5000 or send us email at board@parkinsonsocialnetwork.org


Please consider a donation to support our programs. Parkinson Social Network is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. With no paid staff, we are a volunteer led organization with each volunteer having a personal connection to Parkinson’s disease.

Join us Tuesday 5/10 for Watch & Discuss: Sight, Sound, & Parkinson’s

Caregiver’s Support Group via Zoom*
Tuesday, May 10
10:00am-11:30am ET

May’s Topic:
Watch & Discuss: Sights, Sounds and Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s Foundation Expert Briefings (Recorded – 2022)

Join us as we watch the Parkinson’s Foundation recording of Dr. Hamedani’s presentation. After we watch the recording, we will discuss the video presentation.

From the Parkinson’s Foundation YouTube description: As we grow older, it is normal to experience age-related vision and hearing changes. However, for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), difficulties related to the eyes and vision as well as hearing loss often progress alongside other PD symptoms. Learn more about how changes in vision, hearing as well as other senses including taste and smell impact people with Parkinson’s and how to cope with these changes.

Speaker: Ali G. Hamedani, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor of Neurology Divisions of Neuro-Ophthalmology and Movement Disorders Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Click here to register for the Caregiver’s Support Group meeting

Just a reminder that all in-person support events have been suspended due to the COVID-19 /Coronavirus pandemic.  To support our Parkinson’s community, PSN offers three online (via Zoom) support options each month.


*Online Support Groups Sponsored by:


Did You Know?
We are Here to Help!
Are you searching for a resource or more information about Parkinson’s?

Parkinson Social Network volunteers can help! Call our office at 571-286-5000 or send us email at board@parkinsonsocialnetwork.org

Parkinson Social Network is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. With no paid staff, we are a volunteer led organization with each volunteer having a personal connection to Parkinson’s disease.

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