February Staying Connected Newsletter

February Events

This February we are excited to bring you three interesting and informative speakers to our online Side by Side Support groups and Café events.

All in person support events have been suspended. To support our community, PSN offers three online support options each month:

Caregiver’s Online Side by Side Support Group*
Second Tuesday of each month at 10:00am
Next meeting:
February 9th at 10:00am
Click here to register for this Caregiver Side by Side event
Title: Building a Reservoir While Caregiving, the Importance of Self-Care & Boundaries
Speaker: LeslieGrace Craver, Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Mental Health Clinician, Reiki Master, Crisis Counselor, RYT-200, Energy Healer, Grief & Life Transition Coach, Experiential Workshop Facilitator.

LeslieGrace utilizes Mind-Body-Spirit Integrative therapies, tools and practices with individuals, couples, families, and groups moving through life transitions, grief & loss and traumas. Her life experience in concert with her professional experience has culminated in an ability to serve individuals and groups as they seek self-awareness, healing and fulfill their desire to move forward to discover and uncover dreams and passions. Her husband of 38 years received a Parkinson’s diagnosis 8 years ago.  In her journey as a care partner she has incorporated many of the tools and practices she shares with clients. Among the most important are developing a healthy self-care routine and compassionate boundaries. LeslieGrace facilitates several psychosocial support groups including groups for care partners and individuals with chronic illness. Graceful Transition clients are 18-85 and include a wide variety of humans from different backgrounds, experiences and lifestyles.
Click here to register for this Caregiver Side by Side event

Online Café
Next Meeting: February 17th at 10:00am
Lifelong Learning at George Mason University
Jennifer L. Disano, Executive Director
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University
Click here to register for this Online Café event

The Osher Lifelong learning Institute at George Mason University satisfies the curious mind. For 30 years, OLLI has enhanced the cultural vitality of the surrounding community with an academic program similar to a liberal arts college. The program began from a desire among retirees to enjoy university level courses, explore interests, and connect socially and intellectually with their peers. Now the institute offers over 600 lecture & discussion courses annually in all curricula: Music, Art, Psychology, Science, Policy, to Current Events and so much more…
Click here to register for this Online Café event

People with Parkinson’s Online Side by Side Support Group*
Fourth Tuesday of each month at 10:00am
Next Meeting:
February 23rd at 10:00am
Topic: The Power of Partnering with an Speech Language Pathologist (SLP): What You Should Know and How to Get Started
Speaker: Hannah Grassie, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist
Click here to register here for this People with Parkinson’s Side by Side event

Hannah Grassie, MS, CCC-SLP is a clinician in Virginia and has practiced in settings including special education in schools, skilled nursing facilities, continuing care communities, home health care, and outpatient therapy since 2010. Her primary clinical interest is Parkinson’s disease, and she serves as a patient advocate through volunteer work in her community through local and national organizations. Hannah is the founder and blog author of The Parkinson’s Report, an online resource and blog for the Parkinson’s community to gain easily navigable resources on relevant topics to their care.
Click here to register here for this People with Parkinson’s Side by Side event

*Side by Side Support Groups Sponsored by:

Online Meeting Start Times
Starting in January 2021, all Side by Side Support groups and Café meetings will now start at 10am EST. Length of meetings will now be 90 minutes (10am-11:30am EST).

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