Cafe Alexandria – August 20
George at Brandywine Living in Alexandria prepared another delicious lunch for us on Monday. He has some very creative ideas like the very tasty Antipasto Hoagie he prepared for us. Our icebreaker question this month was, “What was your favorite thing to do in the summer when you were a child?” which led to the sharing of lots of happy memories. We also talked about our collections, and I brought some more of my flamingo collection to show after we talked about some other things people collect. Some of them were complementary like the coasters from German restaurants that would go well with another friend’s bier stein collection.
Choirs and Music
At Cafe Alexandria we talked about the annual Parkinson Voice Project’s SingOut! concert on September 8, 2018 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Central Time).
The Parkinson Voice Project (PVP) is a nonprofit that offers a speech therapy program called Speak Out! which is funded entirely by donations. One of the things I like about Speak Out! is people are encouraged to speak with intent and live with intent. Such a simple and effective concept that uses a system of the brain that is less dependent on dopamine. After the Speak Out! training, people can participate in a LOUD Crowd group to maintain the skills they’ve learned. Parkinson Voice Project also has their annual SingOut! concert with a different theme each year. This year the theme is Motown and you’ll see and hear over 100 people living with Parkinson’s with their beautiful voices.
Click here to register to watch it online and also see highlights from previous concerts.
Click here to go to the Parkinson Voice Project website to learn more about what they offer, and connect with local providers.
In 2016 I attended the World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon. The most memorable part of it for me was the Parkinson’s Choir that performed at the opening ceremony. Because people came from all over, they had practiced via Skype in the months prior to the congress, and only had the chance to practice in person in the day or so before their performance. There are a couple of videos on YouTube if you’d like to hear this very special choir – click here and here.
Here in Northern Virginia, there isn’t a Parkinson-specific choir (yet!) but you can join one of several Encore Chorales at various locations. Anyone over 55, regardless of experience or ability, is welcome to join and we hear from friends that it’s lots of fun! Click here for more information about the program and the locations. Click here to see and hear the concert we attended on May 18 this year.
But wait! There’s more music!!
Kelsi Yingling, from Neurosound Music Therapy will speak to the Fair Oaks Parkinson’s support group tomorrow, Saturday, August 25th. Kelsi is a board certified neurologic music therapist with advanced degrees in music therapy and special education. She will talk about the positive benefits music brings into our lives and ”how music therapy can enhance the quality of life of individuals of all ages and functioning levels”. You do not need to have any musical ability to benefit from musical therapy.
The Fair Oaks support group meets on the 4th Saturday each month
from 10:00 am to 12 noon at:
Sunrise Senior Living at Fair Oaks, 3rd floor bistro, 3750 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax, VA.
Cafe Ashburn – August 22
The overwhelming response to our icebreaker question, “What was your favorite activity during the summer when you were young?” was, “ go to the beach,” whether it was at the ocean, a lake, or a river. There was lots of laughter and warm memories. When someone mentioned always going with her dog, that triggered a very lively discussion by the whole group about our pet dogs and the importance of service dogs available to people with PD. Many good laughs over the antics and foibles of our dogs led our sharing to the power of cats have over dogs whether they love, hate, or enjoy terrifying the dog. Everyone had several stories and many warm memories to share and before we knew it, the time for our meeting was over.
~ Thank you to Arlene for leading the meeting and sending this wonderful description of the cafe! ~
Insight Memory Care Center to Offer Caregiver Educational Classes in Springfield
For those of you who live in or around the Springfield area . . . Insight’s caregiver classes are coming to you!
Location: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road Springfield, VA 22152
While they are not specific to Parkinson’s, many of our friends in the Parkinson community who have attended similar classes at Insight have come away with heaps of helpful information. Click here to check out their flyer with details of their classes beginning in September.
Hope to see you out and about soon!