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
- 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!
At our cafes in October . . .
November is National Family Caregivers Month, and we’re excited about our first Caring for our Caregivers luncheon on November 10. Did you receive your invitation? Click here for more details.
So in October we’ll explore how we care for ourselves and each other. Just as in the case of living with Parkinson’s, where each person’s symptoms, treatment, and life is different, caring for each person varies, too. Many of our friends are fortunate to have a spouse as their caregiver, and many of them prefer to think of their relationship as care partners rather than care givers. Some of our friends live on their own and have to be their own care giver. With so many kinds of care, there is much we can learn from each other.
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
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.
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
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
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 email@example.com 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
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