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George Mason research study examining movement efficiency and fatigability in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease

My name is Mutasim Alharbi. I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Rehabilitation Science Department at George Mason University. I am conducting a research study examining movement efficiency and fatigability in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease in comparison to age-match healthy control adults. Participants will be asked to visit the Functional Performance Laboratory at George Mason University for one testing session, which will last approximately 90-120 minutes. They will be asked to complete surveys that include questions about their physical activity level and their perceptions of how fatigue interferes with physical activities and social functioning. The surveys are anticipated to take no more than 30 minutes. In addition, they will perform one submaximal test, using a constant work rate exercise test on a cycle ergometer at two different workloads: bout 1 consists of 6-minute of pedaling on the cycle with a workload that can be considered as light to moderate intensity. Bout 2 consist of pedaling on the cycle with a workload that can be considered as moderate to heavy intensity until the point of volitional exhaustion or 30 minutes, whichever is achieved first. The aim of the test is to estimate their movement efficiency and fatigability at different exercise workloads. During the test, they will wear a fitted facemask, which is connected to analyzers that measure inspired and expired gas flow. we will also monitor hearts response to exercise while they are exercising. The test is anticipated to last around 60 minutes. Participation in this study is voluntary. Their identities as participants will remain anonymous during and after the study.
For more information and to register your interest, please contact:
Mutasim D. Alharbi, Doctoral Student
Department of Rehabilitation Science, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University
E-mail:  |  Phone: 703-479-8505
** Dr. Alharbi will also visit Cafe Fairfax on Wednesday August 15 at 10:00 am to talk about his study.

A message from the Senior Center of Leesburg 

You are invited to participate in 2nd Annual Adventure Camp for Seniors ages 55+. (This looks like so much fun!!)
Four Days- August 21-24 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in Leesburg.
Themes include: Birds, Butterflies, Bees and Native Plants of Virginia.
Outings include: Fishing at the Lake and A Tour of the Virginia State Arboretum.
Daily Lunch and Snacks Provided.  (see attached flyer for more details)
Indoor facility and restrooms available at the Nature Preserve.
$110 per person. Registration now through August 7, 2018.
Questions call 703-777-0209

Senior Services of Alexandria – Senior Academy

The “Senior Academy” is a four-week course designed to provide Alexandria’s seniors with an opportunity to gain exposure to the City’s various government functions, learn about local organizations that provide services and programs for our senior community, and help seniors get involved!
Classes will be held each Wednesday from 10 am-noon on September 5, 12, 19 and 26.
The topics included are: Getting to know your City and How You Can Make a Difference/Community Resources/ City Services for Seniors/Leisure, Cultural and Educational Opportunities.
Space is limited to just 25 City residents aged 60+, the program is free, and SSA will be serving light refreshments each morning.
Registration closes on August 24, and more information is available by calling Senior Services of Alexandria at 703-836-4414, ext. 113 or at

PD SELF 2018-2019
Parkinson’s Disease Self-Efficacy Learning Forum (PD SELF)

From September 10
Where? Richmond, Virginia
This is a national pilot program of the Parkinson’s Foundation which is designed to provide people with PD an in-depth understanding of the disease and self-efficacy tools to manage PD. You are eligible if you are within 3 years of diagnosis; can commit to attending a 9 session course over 8 months.  Spouses/care partners may enroll along with the person with Parkinson’s. For more information, please click here to click here for the FAQ’s document.

Paintings & Pairings 

Thursday, October 25 from 5:30 – 9:00 pm  *Save the Date!*
At: Fairview Park Marriott, 3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042

Paintings & 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!).

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Live Your Best Life With Parkinson’s

Presented by Tim Hague, Sr. and Parkinson Voice Project

Perseverance is a difficult concept to live out when one is faced with a lifetime of chronic, progressive illness. Yet, it is one of necessity to “Live Your Best.” Drawing on twenty-plus years of experience as a nurse, six-plus years living with Parkinson’s, and as the winner of the inaugural season of The Amazing Race Canada, Tim will explore how we can indeed persevere and win. In unpacking the “7 Skills” outlined in his upcoming book, Perseverance, listeners are empowered with tangible tools that will provide the strength to persevere.

Parkinson Voice Project will stream the event live on June 9 at 10:30am (CT) on their website and Facebook page.
A recording of this lecture will also be available on the Parkinson Voice Project website by June 15th.

Dance for PD®

*Update 6.28.18* Dance for PD® has released it’s latest streamed class. June 2018 class taught by Mark Morris Dance Group company members Sam Black and Lesley Garrison.
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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