April Staying Connected Newsletter

This April:
Tuesday, April 11th, 10am ET
Dance for PD® in the DMV
Saturday, April 15th, 12pm ET
Dr. Maria De León – board certified retired Movement disorder specialist & author of Parkinson’s Diva
Tuesday, April 25th 10am ET
Policy Advocacy & the National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act

Dance for PD® in the DMV
Tuesday, April 11th
10:00am – 11:30am ET

Dance for PD certified teaching artist Lucy Bowen McCauley and George Mason University Assistant Professor Shaun D’Arcy will discuss Mark Morris Dance Group’s researched-backed Dance for Parkinson’s Disease  program. These movement-based classes begin slowly with warm-up exercises and progress to combinations of movements to a variety of uplifting music. Classes offer not only physical benefits, but also reduce the dancers’ social isolation which is commonly associated with this neurological disease. McCauley and D’Arcy will also provide information about in-person Dance for PD classes being offered locally.

Dr. Maria De León
Author of Parkinson’s Diva

Saturday, April 15th
12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT via Zoom

Dr. Maria De León is a board certified retired Movement disorder specialist and author of best seller, Parkinson’s Diva which also was a semi finalist in Best Book Award of 2016. 

Dr. De León shares her story worldwide with clinicians, scientists, patients and caregivers alike inspiring professionals and lay persons to change their view and understanding of the field of dealing with chronic illness in particular in terms of issues of women and minority in the Parkinson’s arena. Dr. De Leon’s website is https://parkinsonsdiva.org/.

Policy Advocacy & the National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act

Tuesday, April 25th

10:00am-11:30am ET

Mason Zeagler
Public Policy Officer
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

The National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act is legislation that will, for the first time, unite the federal government in a mission to prevent and cure Parkinson’s disease. During the presentation, Mason will explain the bill’s purpose and how you can help it get passed. No one understands Parkinson’s disease like you do, and your personal story goes a long way in helping Congress prioritize preventing and curing this disease and ensuring quality care for people living with Parkinson’s.

In Our Parkinson’s Community…

  • George Mason University Dance for PD program offers free Spring sessions  Each Friday at 1pm-2:15pm starting March 3 – April 21, for more information and to register visit dance.gmu.edu/about/dance-pd
  • New! online support group for Veteran’s with Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease through Richmond VA/PADRECC, for more info, download this flyer!
  • Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program This program provides reimbursement vouchers to Virginia primary caregivers for the cost of temporary, short-term respite care provided to individuals, of any age, with a documented disability or medical condition. Visit this link more information about the program.
  • Learn more about The National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act. This video gives you more information about this historic legislation. You can learn more here about the bill and urge Congress to support the plan.
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