There’s always a buzz when the Mark Morris Dance Group and Dance for PD comes to town! Come and join in their free movement class for person’s with Parkinson’s and their families, friends and care partners. No dance experience is required. Led by teaching artists from the Mark Morris Dance Group, you’ll explore movement and music in a non-pressured, social environment.
I haven’t had a chance to attend yet, but I always hear about what a wonderful time people had. Every month I post their latest streamed class in Out & About and on our website so if you’d like to get an idea of what a class is like, click here.
But wait! There’s more!
The Mark Morris Dance Group will also be performing at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall in Fairfax for 2 performances only, March 1 and 2 at 8:00 pm. For more information and tickets, visit http://cfa.gmu.edu/ or call 703-993-2787.
Growing Resilience: Mindfulness & Body Awareness for People with Parkinson’s Disease
A 6 week class: Sundays: April 7, 14, 28 * May 5 * June 2, 9
This 6-week class series is specially designed to bring the benefits of mindfulness and body connection to people with Parkinson’s, and empower them towards greater inner resilience, well-being and quality of life.
This class combines strategies and techniques drawn from the clinically studied, complimentary medicine program Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with therapeutic yoga practices. All elements are designed to heighten relaxation and improve breath, movement, and body awareness, while reducing body tension and addressing symptoms of depression and anxiety often experienced by people with Parkinson’s.
Participants will receive follow-up support for each 90-minute class, including a weekly video download offering a short home practice highlighting adaptive yoga-based movements to improve stability, balance, and flexibility. Participants will also receive (2) 60-minute private sessions—one each with Trisha and Carolyn respectively, designed to help customize supportive home practices further. The cost is $345.00.
The class will be co-led by Insight Shop founder, director, and longtime MBSR instructor Trisha Stotler, and Heart Tree Yoga owner and certified yoga therapist Carolyn Black-Bagdoyan, creator of THRIVE: Supporting People with Parkinson’s Through Yoga Therapeutics.
Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-862-5922.
Volunteers needed for LSVT/LOUD training – tomorrow
Saturday, February 9, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Where? 2155 G St NW, Washington DC
GWU is training it’s graduate students in LSVT/LOUD therapy and is looking for people with Parkinson’s to volunteer as practice patients. Volunteers participating this one day will receive reduced rates on future individual speech therapy sessions at the GWU speech and hearing center.
Contact: Melanie Dorn, Melaniejoydorn@gwu.edu | 571 215 8564
2 Michael J Fox Foundation studies
Two studies were sent to me this week to share with you.
1) Exploring Psychosis in Parkinson’s disease and Caregiver/Care-Partner Burden. This study will collect information from a caregiver/care-partner of someone with Parkinson’s disease about how they describe psychosis. Also, they would like to understand the impact psychosis has on caregivers/care-partners. This project can be done from home at a time that is convenient for you. (Thanks, Angela!)
If you are interested in learning more and perhaps participating, please contact Gina Mamikonyan Research Coordinator 215-375-4217 Gina.Mamikonyan@gmail.com
2) Steven wrote, “Fox Insight is organizing an internet-based development of a PD database. They hope to include information (family health, patient symptoms, impact of PD on day-to-day life) from 125,000 PD patients.”
More information at https://foxinsight.michaeljfox.org (Thanks, Steven!)
Hope to see you out and about again soon!