G’day from South Australia – 2019

dopey koala

The photo above was taken in my friend’s front yard. I’m told this is what happens when koalas overindulge on gum leaves but I don’t know . . . I read that koalas getting drunk on eucalyptus leaves is a myth. Actually, it reminds me of trying to sleep on the plane . . .

I’m back in South Australia visiting my mum for her 94th birthday. She lives in a residential care community and fell again on my first night here. Fortunately, she tends to land on her bottom so she’s ok. She’s fallen like this a few times in the last year, usually at night when she goes to the bathroom, and when I saw her slippers I had a pretty good clue as to why. She has a pair of sheepskin booties but is slipping her feet into them as though they were clogs with her heel crushing the back of the shoe instead of having it surround her heel. This means that her feet aren’t positioned securely in her shoes. We also realized that with her feet swollen due to circulatory issues she needs to be able to just slide her feet into her shoes when she’s putting them on by herself in the night so we decided to get slipper scuffs. Fingers crossed that they do the trick!

Sometimes we need to do a bit of detective work to figure out why someone is falling or why there’s been a change in behavior. I’ve only got a few days to observe mum and work with the staff to organize things for her, but they really are so good with her. Their care is truly person-centered and their affection for her is genuine.


Rock Steady Boxing NOVA is opening another location in Alexandria!
Alec is currently developing a waiting list, so please contact him at nova@rsbaffiliate.com or 571-730-8553 if you want to add your name to the list. The faster the waiting list grows, the faster Alec can get the program started. The location of the class is TBD.


American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) news

APDA Symptom Tracker app
APDA is offering a FREE symptom app available from Google Play for Android and from the Apple Store for iPhone. With it you’ll be able to:
• Keep track of your symptoms – including tremors, rigidity, balance and more.
• Create your report, share with your care team, or save to your library.
• Consult with your doctor for more personalized resources and support.
Click here for more details.

Webcast: Spotlight on Parkinson’s Disease: Getting Motivated to Move!
Parkinson’s disease affects the person diagnosed and everyone who is close to that person: family members, friends and co-workers. We invite you to view our latest webcast in the “Spotlight” series, Spotlight on Parkinson’s Disease: Getting Motivated to Move!
This webcast is an archive of the live web/teleconference education program that was held on July 10, 2019.
Speaker: Terry Ellis, PhD, PT
Click here for more details.


Davis Phinney Foundation news

Women and Parkinson’s with Dr. Michelle Fullard
Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at 2pm EST
During this 60-minute educational presentation, Dr. Fullard will address:
• Symptom presentation differences
• Motor and non-motor symptom differences
• Differences in Parkinson’s progression
• Accessibility of care
• Caregiver issues
• Disparities in outcomes
• Quality of life differences
• And much more
You’ll also have a chance to ask Dr. Fullard your questions. If you’re interested in how Parkinson’s affects women specifically, from sleep to cognitive and emotional impacts, this webinar may be the perfect fit for you. To register for this free webinar (that you can join from the comfort of your own home), click here. If you’re unable to make it at the scheduled time, Davis Phinney Foundation suggests that you register anyway and they send you a recording as soon as it’s available.

You Can’t Exercise Your Way Out of Poor Social Connections
This article on the Davis Phinney Foundation blog has special meaning for me. I am often told, particularly by people who are relatively newly diagosed, how alone they’ve felt prior to meeting others living with Parkinson’s. I’ve seen what a difference connecting with others and sharing their similar experiences can make to a person. It is what motivates your friends at Parkinson Social Network to offer a variety of ways for people to connect with each other, and also share events with you through this newsletter and on our website.
Click here to read the article with additional suggestions for how to connect and be social.

Reminder . . . Victory Summit in Philadelphia on August 24.
Click here for details. Registration is free! And you’ll see some familiar faces, too.


The Golden Gazette
The August issue of Fairfax County’s Golden Gazette includes an announcement on page 21 about our August Side by Side support groups featuring a visit by Dr. Melanie Bush. I want to send a shout out to the Golden Gazette editors for their many efforts to get the word out about our Parkinson Social Network and events. Thank you to you and all your staff!
If you’d like to learn more about the Golden Gazette, click here to subscribe. It’s free!
To learn more about what Fairfax County offers older adults, click here.


Dance for PD®
Dance for PD® released it’s streamed class this month. Anyone can join these classes from the comfort of their home! This particular class is taught by David Levanthal, Program Director and Dance for PD® Founding Teacher. Click here to view and participate in David’s class. You’ll find more information on the Keep Moving page on our website.


Learn What the Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging Can Do for You!
Thursday, October 3 from 11:50 am- 12:50 pm

If you live in Loudoun county you might find this course a helpful way to learn about the services and programs offered by the Loudoun Area Agency on Aging. You’ll receive an overview of these programs and services, with an explanation of how to access them, as well as an information packet.
Ruth Ann sent us this information from the OLLI GMU fall catalogue, and it is course #973. Click here for more information.

I hope this newsletter is helpful and we’ll see you Out & About soon!

Cheers,
Sonia
email: Sonia@ParkinsonSocialNetwork.org

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