Parkinson Social Network Cafe here today


What is a cafe?

Our cafes are an informal social alternative to support groups for people with Parkinson’s, their carepartners and caregivers, as well as their families and friends. We come together to chat and enjoy a delicious snack or light meal.

Our fun, educational programs help get the conversation started . . .
Here are just some of the topics from previous cafes:

  • Travel tips and favorite places to visit
  • Preparing for emergencies (storm related and medical)
  • The Arts
  • Hearing issues
  • Aging concerns
  • Hobbies
  • Library services
  • Movement: dance, boxing, yoga
  • Community resources and more . . .

We are always on the lookout for new and interesting topics to offer.​

Why come to a cafe?

Parkinson’s brings us together, but it is not all that we have in common. At our cafes, you’ll meet people with similar interests, hobbies, and work and travel experiences, so there is always lots to talk about and share. You’ll learn that there is more to life than Parkinson’s!

Parkinson Social Network is different from many other Parkinson’s organizations because our focus is less on the medical perspective and more about encouraging our friends touched by Parkinson’s to enjoy a feeling of well-being. We hope that our cafés will inspire people to make the most of life with Parkinson’s.

Everyone is welcome!
People with Parkinson’s carepartners, family and friends.
Together with your significant other, or on your own.
We’re kind of informal so if you’re running late, or you have to leave early, that’s just fine.

Relax and enjoy a snack or light lunch.
Catch up with old friends . . . and meet new ones.

As we say, “Come for the coffee, stay for the company and conversation!”
Help us spread the word and bring a friend!
Click here to download our brochure to print and share.

Our cafes are free!
Please RSVP if you can . . .
it will help us with planning our events, particularly where a light lunch is offered.
If you forget we’d love to see you anyway!

August is collectors month at our cafes!

What do you collect and why? Let’s have some fun sharing the stories behind our special and precious possessions, or about our hobbies. Bring along one or two items or a photos to show . . . and tell!

Café McLean

11:00 am to 1:00 pm (light lunch)
2nd Wednesday of each month at:
Lewinsville Retirement Residence
1515 Great Falls Street, McLean, Virginia 22101   map for location
**Resident only parking at this address.**
(703) 442-8660
Parking is available around the corner at:
Lewinsville Presbyterian Church
1724 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22101
Google map for parking   |   PDF parking map with additional directions
– The parking spaces at the front of Lewinsville Retirement Residence are for residents only.
– Please drive around the corner of the same block and park in the church parking lot.
– There will be signs and paths from the car park to the café location.
Questions? Please contact: or (571) 286-5000

Café Alexandria

11:00 am to 1:00 pm (light lunch)
3rd Monday of each month at:
Brandywine Living at Alexandria
5550 Cardinal Place, Alexandria, VA 22304  map
(703) 940-3300
This is a brand new building on a new street so if your GPS doesn’t recognize the Cardinal Place address try:
450 South Pickett Street, Alexandria  alternate map for GPS
PARKING is underground and accessible from the back of the building.

Café Fairfax

*Update 8/10/18* Do you remember when Dr. Clinton Wutzke from George Mason’s Department of Rehabilitation Science visited us last year to tell us about a study he was conducting? He also spoke to several of our local support groups and several people took part in the study. Dr. Wutzke’s colleague, Dr. Mutasim Alharbi, will stop by to tell us about a new study they are conducting to examine movement efficiency and fatigability in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. If you’d like to hear about it, he will be speaking at 10:00 am on August 15 at Cafe Fairfax. Following his visit, we will continue with introductions and our conversation about collecting.
10:00 am to 12 noon (coffee & donuts)
3rd Wednesday of each month at:
Insight Memory Care Center,
Linda and Lou Mazawey Education & Support Center
3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030    map
(703) 204-4664

From Waples Mill Road turn onto Pender Drive.
Then turn right at the 2nd driveway;
head straight back,
the road will curve around to the left and 3955 will be on your left.

But wait! There’s more!
Classes for Caregivers follow Cafe Fairfax from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The topic for August is It Takes a Village: Create Your Care Team.
We are welcome to stay at Insight after the cafe, and participate in Classes for Caregivers a program offered at Insight Memory Care Center that is specifically designed to assist family caregivers on a variety of topics. All sessions are FREE, and held the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Respite care may be available by request; please notify Insight when registering to confirm availability.
You can sign up here or contact Lindsey Vajpeyi at or 703-204-4664.

From one of our friends who participated in April’s class on Legal & Financial Considerations for Dementia:
I attend as many workshops for caregivers as I can that are offered by Insight Memory Care Center. They have all been worthwhile for me in my caregiving for my husband. My support for him would definitely not be as good as it has become because of Insight. You will receive support from the other attendees as well as the staff. Just come to one and you will be hooked.  ~ Carol

Café Ashburn

11:00 am to 1:00 pm (light lunch)
4th Wednesday of each month at:
Tribute at One Loudoun
20335 Savin Hill Drive, Ashburn, VA 20147   map
(571) 252-8292

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