Caring for our Caregivers luncheon – November 9!

Our PSN Board of Directors is well into planning this special event for our caregivers. We would love your help and feedback to make this another happy event for caregivers. Please mark the date on your calendar, and drop me a line if you’d like to help!

Caring for our

Caring for our Caregivers

PSN’s 2nd Annual Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
At: Insight Memory Care Center
3953 Pender Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month Parkinson Social Network is honoring family caregivers in our Parkinson’s community. You are invited to our second annual caregiver appreciation luncheon to relax, refresh and enjoy!

Featuring door prizes, coffee and donuts, and buffet luncheon.
Our keynote speaker will be Martha Brettschneider . . .
Mindfulness teacher, speaker, writer, and photographer, with a passion for inspiring and supporting mindful living.

If you need someone to care for your significant other, we have arranged activities and lunch in an adjacent room. To make arrangements for care, please register by Friday, October 25, 2019.
Please help us to make this a Very Special Event and register by October 25. Limited seating for this event, so don’t delay!

Questions? Please contact Sonia at or 571-286-5000. To register, please go to our website:

Thank you for the warm welcome from our friends who joined us at the monthly Manassas Support Team meeting on Saturday. I don’t know how we did it, but it looked like 45 people squeezed into the room! We were there to talk about how to Prepare for Your Care when you are in hospital, and share other local and national resources. If you’d like us to talk to your support group about hospitalization and Parkinson’s, please email Sonia:

For those of you in the Fauquier county area, we learned about these classes at the Manassas support group meeting:
THRIVE: Special Focus Classes 
offered by the Allegro Community School of the Arts
These classes are meant as exercise classes to improve quality of life for older adults with limited mobility and/or specific neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s. These classes are not offered/led as group therapy dance-movement, physical, music, and/or drama therapy sessions aimed at treatment and diagnosis. Volunteers are present in all classes to assist in standing, sitting, and serving as a helpful friend if needed. For safety and complete attention and care to all of our students, please be aware of the descriptions of each course to verify if you qualify for enrollment.
Classes that may be of interest to you include Dance for PD® and a community choir. For more information, click here to check out their website.

We also learned about a medical equipment loan closet through:
Hospice Support of Fauquier County
42 N 5th Street, Warrenton
Phone: (540) 347-5922
Click here to go to their web page.
You do not have to live in Fauquier County or require hospice support to borrow equipment from them.

Self-Compassion for Caregivers – a free webinar
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 7:00 pm 
(also will be recorded for viewing later)
For family and professional caregivers. By Janet Edmunson, M.Ed.
Caregivers are typically wonderful at caring for their loved one, but not so much at for caring for themselves. And caregivers tend to be hard on themselves when they don’t feel they are performing to their “ideal” standard for caregiving. When others make a mistake, caregivers tend to be more forgiving. But when caregivers make a mistake, they can be harder on themselves. Come to this webinar to learn the new research on self-compassion and how to give it to yourself as a caregiver.
Register online today by clicking here.
For additional Information: You can contact Janet at with any questions you have about participating.
Click here to visit Janet’s website for a full list of presentations and upcoming events

Pender has his seat!Insight Memory Care Center’s Annual
Paintings and Pairings

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

At: Fairview Park Marriott
3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042
Join us for a fantastic evening! Enjoy paired hors d’oeuvres and wines, a delicious three course dinner, and exciting auctions and artwork for sale.
•  Mingle over wine and appetizer pairings
•  Bid on fabulous art and auction items
•  Enjoy a delicious three-course dinner
•  Win a raffle or live auction item!
Pender, Insight’s therapy dog, has his seat! Do you have yours?
Click here to get your early bird tickets by September 30th!

Here’s something different than our usual event announcements . . .
An opportunity for you to share your thoughts and opinions, that we hope will make a difference for our friends living with disabilities. 

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Community Needs Assessment Survey
the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board promotes self-sufficiency and well-being of people with disabilities so that people of all abilities can fully participate in our community.
We need YOUR help to make the Fairfax area a more inclusive and accessible community. We want to know about your experiences in the areas of housing, employment, transportation and more so we can align resources and planning to better meet the needs of people with disabilities in the Fairfax area.
We would greatly appreciate your help by completing the survey and by distributing our 2019 Needs Assessment Survey to your social groups and community contacts.
This survey is now open as of 9/9/19 and closes on 10/11/19.
Please take the survey below and share!

I hope this newsletter is helpful and we’ll see you Out & About soon! Will we see you at Cafe Fairfax? Susan Kousek from Balanced Spaces will visit us – details on our Cafes page (click here).


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