Music Therapy for Parkinson’s

music therapy

I’m back in Northern Virginia and there were some interesting announcements in my Inbox this week. I was curious to see these two about music therapy in our area.

Parkinson’s Music Therapy Info and Demo Night
August 24th, 2019 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Where: Capital Music Therapy Services
10560 Main St., LL-12, Fairfax, VA 22030
When people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) work with a music therapist they see improvements in movement symptoms, speech, cognitive functioning, and mental health. Music therapy helps people with PD maintain function, express creativity, and experience a better quality of life.
– Parkinson’s Foundation
For details RSVP:

Singercize! comes to Kennedy Center
Thursday, September 12, 2019, 12 noon – 1:00 pm
The Singercize! Improving Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms through Singing is coming to the Kennedy Center as part of the REACH Opening Festival. You can visit the Kennedy’s Center’s website for more information:
Elizabeth Stegemoller is an assistant professor at Iowa State is a long time Parkinson’s researcher (music and movement) and Parkinson’s disease advocate.

I didn’t hear from anyone about this announcement last week so I thought I’d list it again in case someone is interested but missed it.

U-Step walker Free to Give Away: U-Step Walker and ROHO Cushion

I’ve been contacted by a recently widowed lady who would like to donate her late husband’s U-Step walker. The U-Step is designed for people living with Parkinson’s and has a special brake system that makes it safer to use than the usual rollater. With the U-Step, you have to squeeze the handles in order to move with it and the brakes kick in when you let go.

She would also like to donate his ROHO cushion which helps to relieve pressure sores for someone who needs to spend a lot of time seated.

If you know someone who would find these items helpful, please email me at and I’ll connect you with the donor.

For those of you in or near Loudoun County, we have a couple of announcements for you today from the Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging.
Writing as a Coping Mechanism: A Workshop for Caregivers
Saturday, September 7th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 

Where: Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging
742 Miller Drive SE • Leesburg, VA 20175
This free writing workshop for caregivers offers a few hours’ relief from caregiving concerns.
Workshop Leader: Joanne Lozar Glenn
Click here to view the flyer for more details.
To reserve your spot for this free workshop, please send an email to or call 703-771-5407.

Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging – Case Management Services
Click here for a flyer with details about what they offer.

News from Insight Memory Care Center!
Pender’s Party One BIG celebration!
You’re invited to join us on Tuesday, August 27th for a big day of celebration as Pender turns one!
7:30 – 10:00 Pastries with Pender
Stop in for some coffee and a sweet treat from Chantel’s Bakery in the morning!
12:00 – 1:00 Puppy Playtime!
Our friends from PALS will be stopping by for a fun doggie playdate!
3:00 – 5:00 Popsicles with Pender
Come cool off & relax with popsicles on the patio, and a little coloring fun!
We’ll be celebrating throughout the day and all are welcome to stop by for any or all of the activities!
Click here to learn more, RSVP, and see Pender’s birthday wishlist online! Questions about the event? Please contact Christi Clark at 703-204-4664 or

I hope this newsletter is helpful and we’ll see you Out & About soon! We have two cafes this week – at Alexandria and Fairfax. Details on our Cafes page. Will we see you there? We’re planning to tickle your funny bone!


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