Community events

Events are listed by date beginning with the most recent . . .

Learning and Living for Safer Generations

Saturday, October 13, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
At: Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, Physicians Conference Center, Lower Level
330 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

Program includes Grandparenting 101 and Be Falls-Free at Home and in the Community.
Click here for more information..

15th Annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s

Saturday, October 13, 9 am-2 pm, UVA South Lawn
Come celebrate UVA Homecoming Weekend and the beautiful fall weather at this outdoor brunch! Pancakes for Parkinson’s is an annual UVA tradition, featuring free pancakes and toppings and performances by various UVA music and dance groups. All donations will go to support Parkinson’s Disease research and the search for a cure through the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
More info can be found on our website at
Thank you to Susan Dietrich,Coordinator, American Parkinson Disease Association Information & Referral Center of Virginia for sending us information about this event. Susan also wrote: Whether local to Charlottesville or not, if you are up for a drive, this might be a good destination – for a good cause.

Impulse Control Behaviours and Creativity in Parkinson’s

Saturday, October 13. Livestreamed at 11:30 am
Free webinar offered by Parkinson Voice Project
Impulse control behaviours are a common side effect of dopaminergic medication in Parkinson’s, characterized by their reward-based, repetitive natures and include pathological gambling, hypersexuality, compulsive shopping, binge-eating, and others. These impulsive behaviours can cause significant psychological, social, and even financial harm to both patients themselves and those close to them but have also been linked to productive characteristics such as creativity. Click here for more information and to register.

Caregivers’ Search for Meaning

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
(The webinar also will be recorded for viewing later)
by Janet Edmunson, M.Ed. For family and professional caregivers
Webinar will be approximately 30-40 minutes in length and will also will be recorded for viewing later. Register online today by clicking:
Webinar Description: Viktor Frankl, a holocaust survivor, discovered that he could find meaning in the most miserable of conditions—in a concentration camp. This webinar will unearth what can we learn from his experiences that can help us with ours as caregivers. We’ll delve into how to explore meaning in our caregiver situations…no matter how difficult and sad they are. We’ll see how the search for meaning can buoy us up, even in the darkest times. And we’ll go beyond just the theory to reveal actual practical ways we can discover this meaning.

Taking the Health Care Journey: What You Need to Know.

This free event will be held on
Friday, October 19, 2018 from 9:30 am – noon
At Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria

Senior Services of Alexandria and Inova have teamed up to share information which will assist older adults in planning ahead to insure a better hospital stay, and a smooth transition after discharge! Join with representatives from Inova, SSA and local private service providers who will help you solve the puzzle that surrounds a hospitalization and the many options available afterwards. A light breakfast will be served.
Make reservations online at or call 703.836.4414 ext. 110.

Safe Driving as You Age

Tuesday, October 23 from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
At: Reston Community Center Hunter Woods
2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston

A FREE safe driving workshop featuring speakers, an exhibitor fair and lunch. Learn how to improve your health and well-being on and off the road. Explore safe and reliable transportation alternatives when it is time to hang up the keys.
Click here for more information.

Paintings & Pairings 

Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 5:30 – 9:00 pm
At: Fairview Park Marriott, 3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042

Paintings & PairingsPaintings & Pairings is a fantastic evening of paired hors d’oeuvres and wines, a delicious 3-course dinner, and exciting auctions and artwork for sale.
All proceeds from the event benefit Insight Memory Care Center, a nonprofit adult day health and resource center (and our Cafe Fairfax hosts!). Click here for details.

Caregiver Bootcamp

Saturday, October 27, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
At: Insight Memory Care Center
3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030

We know it can be hard as a busy caregiver to find all the information you need to best care for your loved one with dementia. Insight offers the Caregiver Bootcamp to help you learn more about essential caregiving topics, all in one place! Come and learn from experts in their fields and gain knowledge on the basics you need to know as a caregiver.
Sessions include: Dementia Overview & Research with Dr. James Bicksel, INOVA Memory Center and Re:Cognition Health; Financial Planning with Tom West, Signature Estate & Investment Advisors; When Talking Isn’t Working with Toni Reinhart, Dementia Friendly America – Herndon and Comfort Keepers; and Community Resources with Carrie Brill, Fairfax Area Agency on Aging.
A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge! Thanks to Arden Courts of Annandale and Fair Oaks, and Dementia Care Connections for sponsoring our breakfast and lunch.
RSVP: Register online, or contact Lindsey Vajpeyi at 703-204-4664 or

Donuts and Other Things You Might Not Know About Parkinson’s

Monday, October 29, 2018, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
At: Tall Oaks Assisted Living
12052 North Shore Drive, Reston, VA 20190

Sonia at Cafe FairfaxSpeaker: Sonia Gow, Founder and President, Parkinson Social Network
When researching information about Parkinson’s disease, the results are fairly similar, focusing on a few symptoms and medical treatments, but there is so much more to this complex disease. Sonia will present a different perspective of what life with Parkinson’s is like based on her advocacy with the Parkinson’s community here in Northern Virginia.
Donuts and refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.
Please RSVP to 703-834-9800 or

**Caring for our Caregivers luncheon**Caring for our Caregivers

Saturday, November 10, 2018
from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm.

At: Insight Memory Care Center
3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030

A FREE event for the caregivers in our Parkinson’s community. Organized by Parkinson Social Network, 5 Star Home Health Care and Insight Memory Care Center. Click here for more information on our website.

Northern Virginia Dementia Caregivers Conference:
Finding Hope & Harmony in Caregiving

Monday, November 12, 2018 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Northern Virginia Dementia Care Conference 2018Location:
First Baptist Church of Alexandria, 2932 King Street,
Alexandria, VA 22302

Kim Campbell was married to country/pop legend Glen Campbell for 34 years until his passing in August of 2017, following a long and very public battle with Alzheimer’s. The documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, shared their family’s journey with the world and opened up a national conversation about the disease. Kim founded to encourage caregivers to take care of themselves and recently launched The CareLiving Foundation to improve the quality of life of caregivers through education, advocacy and real-world change.

Brigid Reynolds, RN, MSN, NP, joined the Memory Disorders Program in 2001. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from the Catholic University of America in 1996 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emory University in 1989. Brigid is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Prior to joining the Memory Disorders Program, Brigid’s career focused on home care, primary care, and case management for elderly patients. Presently she is on the faculty at Georgetown University where she specializes in evaluating and treating patients with memory problems and is a Research Investigator conducting clinical trials of potential new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

AbiGail Amidon, MT-BC, has worked as the music therapist at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury (SVWC) since founding the music therapy program in 2012 at the continuing care retirement community. Abigail provides individual and group music therapy services at SVWC, as well as oversees the national music therapy internship program and the Music & Memory Program. In addition to her degree and Board Certification in music therapy, Abigail has obtained specialized training in neurologic music therapy and hospice and palliative care music therapy.

Colleen Turner, MSW, LCSW, CSA, is a licensed clinical social worker who has been serving older adults and their families for over fifteen years. Currently, Colleen serves the older adult community through a variety of public, private and faith-based positions. Colleen is a lifelong learner and optimist who strives to encourage individuals and their families to embrace the options, accommodations and positive possibilities inherent in the aging experience with resilience, creativity and confidence.

Forgetful Friends Chorus is based in Prince William County and operates under the direction of Susan Dommer. It is for adults with dementia, along with their care partner, spouse, or other family member. Forgetful Friends Chorus members will tell you that music is one of the most uplifting and wonderful experiences for people living with dementia.

Click here for more information. Click here to register for this conference!

Events available online

Dance for PD®

*Update 9.20.18* Dance for PD® has released it’s latest streamed class. July 2018 class taught by Mark Morris Dance Group company member John Heginbotham.
Click here to view and move to the music.
There’s a new class available every month, usually with a different teacher, too. To check out their archive and keep on movin’ to the music click here

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