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The News!

As we are all finding new ways to support each other during these days, many folks are using the Internet to reach out and support one another. We hope you may find some comfort or support in one of the offerings below.
We are doing our best not to fill your inbox however, we are trying to keep you informed of items that may be of interest! 🙂

5-Day Morning Meditation with Martha Brettschneider
Time: 7:00 – 7:30 am Eastern Time
Dates: Monday, March 23 – Friday March 27, 2020
Cost: Free!
Start your day with intention, clarity, and a dose of calm in this free 5-day conference call program. Martha will guide the group through a ten-minute meditation then we’ll open the line for discussion. 
For more information, click this link.

Newly Added! 30-Day Mindfulness Meditation Program for COVID-19 Support with Martha Brettschneider
6:45 – 7:15 am Eastern Time Monday
Dates: Monday, March 30 – Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Cost: $97.00
Since COVID-19 canceled Martha’s April travel plans and teaching events, I am able to add an additional 30-Day Mindfulness Meditation Challenge for my Eastern time zone early birds.
For more information, click this link.

Three Interesting and Inspiring Articles by People Living with Parkinson’s

Maintaining our cool in the midst of chaos by Parkinson’s Diva – Maria De Leon 
– An interesting article which is in a Q&A format addressing how to keep our heads during this uncertainty.

Keeping calm when “The sky is falling” by Sheryl Jedlinski
-Author who shares her wisdom on how to keep calm.

Spread Love, Compassion, Care, and Kindness-Not the Virus! by Karl Robb
-Author and Parkinson Social Network board member Karl Robb provides some ideas of activities to try while homebound.

Last but not Least!

Our colleagues at the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation ( published their newsletter this past week that has lots of resources, archived webinars and information:

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.

Finding Education, Support and Information Online at Home 3/18/20

We at Parkinson Social Network are working to keep you up-to-date with online events to support our community. Here are a few events coming up this week:

TODAY! March 18 10am EDT
Ask The Experts: Coronavirus and Parkinson’s Disease

on Facebook LIVE! or
Hosted by the Parkinson Foundation

March 19 12pm EDT 
Information on Coronovirus for the Parkinson’s Community
Hosted by the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

March 21 9am-1pm
The Victory Summit – Baton Rouge – Online Only Event (Registration required) 
Hosted by the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s
Staying Healthy from APDA/Hampton Roads and American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)

 Many thanks to our colleagues at the APDA/Hampton Roads and the APDA national organization who sent the information out regarding COVID-19:

You can also learn more about the Parkinson’s community and COVID-19 from the APDA here. In the meantime, it is important to think about staying healthy in every sense of the word. Times like these help us to reflect on how to truly live well. You will likely find yourself staying home much more, but there are a number of ways to make sure that you stay well physically, emotionally, and mentally. Here are a few resources that may be helpful to you in the coming weeks:

Stay well physically: There are many outlets telling us how to keep from getting sick (wash your hands!), but have you thought about keeping fit while tai chi or boxing sessions are cancelled? The American Parkinson Disease Association offers a booklet of exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home. You can find the booklet online here.

Stay well emotionally: Have you been involved in a local support group? Maybe now is the time to set up an old-fashioned phone tree to have a chat with someone from your group. If you’re not in a support group, try reconnecting with someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. If you prefer the online route, or would like to supplement your other activities, try the APDA’s online Smart Patients portal. You can join a chat and communicate with others going through some of the same things you are.

Stay well mentally: If you were hoping to attend an upcoming educational program that has been postponed, or are looking for additional information on a specific topic, the APDA has a number of free webinars available onlineDr. Rebecca Gilbert’s blog is also a great resource to learn more on specific topics of interest.
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.
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