Parkinson Social Network

All March Side by Side and Cafes Cancelled due to COVID-19/Coronavirus disease.

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The Parkinson Social Network Board of Directors has decided to cancel all Side by Side and Cafe events for the entire month of March.

We feel that this is the most prudent and necessary action in order to protect our Parkinson’s disease community. The Board is continuing to monitor the situation and will let the community know as soon as possible regarding future events.

If you would like additional information about COVID-19, please see the following websites for more information:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Virginia Department of Health
Arlington County Department of Health
Fairfax County Department of Health
Loudoun County Department of Health

The Board of Directors
Parkinson Social Network (PSN)

Staying Connected Newsletter: March 31 – April 6

From the PSN Board of Directors:

During this time when we are unable to gather and chat in person, we at PSN would still like to hear from you about how you are coping.

Traditionally, at our cafes, we have shared ways that we have addressed challenges in our lives, we have compared experiences, and tried to send you home with alternatives and new approaches. Knowing life is much more complicated right now, our PSN board would like to hear from you about challenges that you are having and solutions that you may have used.  Is there a non-medical concern you have that PSN might be able to help you with?

We are also interested in strategies you have used to make things easier during this challenging time. Would you be willing to share your experiences with others? Here are some examples:
– Have you or your caregivers taken advantage of the special shopping hours that the food stores are offering?
– Have you used a delivery service or curb side pick up offered by local retailers?
– How are you managing to maintain your supply of medications?
– Have you identified any good exercise programs on-line or on TV?
-Can you get outside of your home while still practicing social distancing?
-Have you been able to reach your health care providers?
-Have you been exposed to any person known to have the Coronavirus? 

While we can’t put more toilet paper and hand sanitizer on the shelves, we may have suggestions to help. Bottom line – we want to know how you are doing.

If you have something to share or if you would just like to have someone call you, you can send email to and all of our board members will receive the email. You can also call us at 571-286-5000.  If we are unable to answer your call personally, please leave us a message and your call will be returned.
Online Events This Week
These online events are happening this week:

March 30th – 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge with Martha Brettschneider.
April 1st-3rd – Insight into Parkinson’s 2020 – Free online Parkinson’s conference.
April 2nd – AARP’s Live Q&A event: The Coronoavirus
April 6th – Pain and Parkinson’s webinar hosted by the Davis Phinney Foundation.

Staying Active
These websites and activities can help you stay active during this period of social distancing:

*Dance 4 PD is offering free online and archived classes.
*Speech Therapist Matt McKeon (CCC-SLP) hosts twice weekly online Parkinson’s voice, speech practice and social groups. Email him directly at for more information.
*Ageless Grace – Mondays & Wednesdays 1pm
This is a mind-body program designed by fitness specialists to promote a sense of well-being and joy. It’s a fun way to move that includes a chair (seated dancing; standing is optional), great music, creativity, and a sense of humor! Email Sheila Queen (, Certified Educator for Ageless Grace, to participate.
*Parkinson Voice Project has voice practice sessions Facebook LIVE sessions each day at 10am Central Time Mon.- Fri. and Tuesdays at 6pm. You can watch the archived sessions (NO Facebook required) by visiting this webpage.
*Need financial help purchasing exercise equipment to use at home? Local non-profit Can’t Shake Me maybe able to help.

Mind and Body
These online events and websites can help with supporting your mind, body and spirit during these times:

*Yoga Nidra with Carolyn Bagdoyan, Sundays at 4pm visit this page for links and phone information.
*Local yoga studio, Sun & Moon Yoga has free online yoga each day at 10am and archived yoga sessions to watch on YouTube.
*Daily Meditation with Alex Duchscher (yoga instructor and coach)
 Mon. through Thursday at 1:15pm on Facebook Live.

For Caregivers
Caregivers need support too! Here’s some online resources you may find benefit from:

Visionary Caregiver Connect Time (Support) – Caregivers talking about challenges we face and how we can help each other. You are not alone!  Every Mon, Wed, and Friday at 10am Eastern via Zoom:-  Click
Caregiver Support on on Facebook and online forum.
Fairfax County – Agency on Aging – Past Caregiver Webinars –
Free Caregiver Webinar Recordings – Janet Edmondson –
Davis Phinney Foundation – Caregiver articles and resources
Family Caregiver Alliance archived webinars
US Department of Veterans Affairs – VA Caregiver Support

Local, State, and Federal Resources
Here are some local, state and federal resources online during this Coronavirus emergency:
Fairfax County Emergency Information website
Fairfax County COVID-19 updates website
Congressman Gerry Connolly’s Coronavirus Information page

The inclusion of announcements, logos or website links included in this newsletter or on our website does not constitute an endorsement by the Parkinson Social Network of the products, programs or services.

Yoga Nidra TODAY 3/29/20 at 4pm with Yoga Therapist, Carolyn Bagdoyan

Good Sunday morning !


Many of you may have met Carolyn when she spoke about yoga and Parkinson’s at one of our Cafes. Carolyn is offering a weekly Yoga Nidra each Sunday at 4pm starting today 3/29/20 .
Can’t make today’s session? Carolyn will be hosting these sessions until May 3rd.
New to Yoga Nidra? Carolyn offers a description of Yoga Nidra below (please scroll!).

Many thanks to Carolyn for offering this to our Parkinson’s community!

This is for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. I am not collecting any registration information on anyone who participates, so it is commitment free for everyone. I just ask that it stay within the Parkinson’s community, because I teach it on Monday nights for a local studio as well.

I will continue to teach it for the Parkinson’s community as along as it is desired (or until we all are advised that we can decrease social distancing.)

I ask that you help spread the word in the community if you think it is valuable. I feel awkward about pressing people repeatedly about the practice—I have no wish to clutter inboxes repeatedly about this offering—I am not trying to market it. It’s free. I’m just trying to offer it.

If there are questions about the practice, here is some info:

Yoga Nidra is guided meditation practice that is typically done lying down. It is a deeply restorative practice designed to bring calm to body and mind—it includes a progressive body scan; the overall practice lasts about 45 minutes. Yoga Nidra means “yogic sleep”.

This offering is being done “video” free – so practitioners will not see one another during the practice. It is being offered to the Parkinson’s community (including caregivers) on Sundays at 4 pm through May 3rd. To participate, please use (and save) the following link and meeting ID as same link will be used each week. No registration is required to participate.

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Meeting ID: 438 918 072

Care for Yourself and Be Well,


Carolyn Bagdoyan is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation practice) – Free for Parkinson’s community
Time: Mar 29, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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