July Staying Connected Newsletter

At this time, the board of directors at Parkinson Social Network (PSN) out of an abundance of caution, has decided to suspend all in person support events due to the COVID-19 /Coronavirus pandemic.

To support our community, PSN will be hosting three online support options each month:

Caregiver’s Online Side by Side Support Group*
July 14th at 10:30am
Click here to register here for this event.

PSN Online Cafe via Zoom
July 22nd at 10:30am
Click here to register here for this event.

People with Parkinson’s Online Side by Side Support Group*
July 28th at 10:30am
Click here to register here for this event.

*Side by Side Support Groups Sponsored by:

At Parkinson Social Network (PSN), we are committed to sharing with you events that educate, support, and enrich your life as you practice safe social distancing at home during this pandemic.

Some highlights this month:

Wednesday, July 8  3:30 ET 
Caregiving – Adapting to the “New Normal” – Q & A with Dr. Portia Singh
Since the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic, everyone is trying to adjust to the “new normal.” This is especially true for caregivers as they try to figure out how to best help those in their care adapt to changes in their environment and the loss of familiar routines.
Sponsored by MedicalAlert Foundation

Saturday July 18th 12:30pm
17th and final Harrisonburg PD Support Group Ice Cream social
The Allen Showalter family will host the final ice cream social event. For more information, view the flyer and RSVP to 540-810-5210 or conniesuer@verizon.net by July 11th.

Tuesday, June 16 at 12:00 PM
Fairfax County Caregiver Lunch Bunch Series

A program aimed to engage and support caregivers around a variety of topics. The topic for this session is Asking and Accepting Help. Registration is required. The program will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from Noon – 1:00p.m. The next upcoming meeting is . For the full list of upcoming dates and to register, visit: zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvcOyhpz8rGdLfPrPvsihgXfwP39GI8-Fd

  • New! Shopping and Pharmacy Pick-up for Older Adults in Fairfax County
    In response to the increasing needs of COVID-19, Fairfax County Health Department Neighbor to Neighbor Program has launched a grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up service for county residents age 60+ who need this service.   To Request Shopping and Pharmacy Pick-Up: Contact Fairfax County Aging, Disability & Caregiver Resource Line: 703-324-7948
    Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) Shopping and Pharmacy Pick-up Program is provided in partnership with Fairfax Fire and Rescue and the Department of Family Service
  • Meditation and Mindfulness with Kelsey Phinney: Davis Phinney Foundation
    In this series of mini-meditations, Kelsey Phinney walks you through shortened versions of meditation practices she and her father Davis have done in the past. Join Kelsey for these short meditation sessions from the comfort of your home.
  • The Safety Concerns of Sleepwalking and RBD in Parkinson’s Disease – ParkinsonsDisease.net
    Your loved one with Parkinson’s disease (PD) sleeps at night, just not in their bed…they get up, walk around, perform small—or large!—tasks while clearly asleep. Does this sound familiar?
  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) has launched a new guide for people newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s, If I Knew Then What I Know Now, authored by five members of MJFF’s Patient Council who are living with PD. The publication features practical tips, perspectives and resources to help families move through the earliest days with PD and beyond.
  • Kennedy Center: Couch Concerts
    Introducing our NEW series of live performances streamed to you!
    It is in times like these that we need artists most. Watch talented artists perform their work and help us inspire, grieve, heal, and move forward as a nation.
  • Read Melinda Gates’ opinion titled: How rethinking caregiving could play a crucial role in restarting the economy.
  • Individuals from across the world participated in the 2020 Virtual Care Partner Summit | Cumbre Para Cuidadores. The Summit is archived and broken down into individual videos both in English and Spanish to view at your convenience. You can access the archived summit, here. As you watch each video, you’ll get the chance to provide your thoughts and feedback.
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