Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has officially recognized April 2017 as Parkinson’s Awareness Month!

Click here to read the proclamation.

 

Outreach at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

In recognition of April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month several local Parkinson support groups will be sharing information about Parkinson’s to increase the understanding of the needs of someone living with Parkinson’s.

This is a joint effort of the Parkinson Social Network, the Fair Oaks Parkinson’s support group and the Women with Parkinson’s Disease support group.

We’ll be at Inova’s Fair Oaks hospital from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on the following days:
     Monday, April 3          Friday, April 7
     Monday, April 24        Friday, April 28

We would really love your help – people living with Parkinson’s, their families and friends – to help us on one of these days, even if it’s only for an hour, to hand out printed material and chat with staff and the visitors.

If you’d like to help, please contact Sonia at Sonia@PatientsArePeopleToo.com or at (703) 378-7221.

World Parkinson’s Day

April 11, 2017 marks 200 years since Dr. James Parkinson first described Parkinson’s disease in his essay, The Shaking Palsy. Organizations around the world are using social media to help raise awareness about PD with #UniteForParkinsons.

The Parkinson Social Network participated and was pretty active on Facebook. If you’d like to see what we did you can follow us on Facebook or check out the Facebook link to the right of this page.

Fairfax café

At our April Fairfax café on April 10, some of our friends shared the things they do that bring them joy. One lady brought some of her origami creations and it was really interesting to hear about the different papers that she uses. One was perfect for an origami strawberry because it was red on one side and green on the other – for the leaves. She also demonstrated an origami butterfly ball and remade it so we could make a video of it when it broke apart and the various pieces fluttered to the ground. Another friend brought some Nantucket baskets that he and his companion had made, and we learned about some of the history of these baskets, as well as the various materials they used. We also heard from a new visitor to our group who’s mission is to pray for others. Alexandra, with Old Dominion Home Care, made some gorgeous tulip pens with red flowers and green stems and gave us each one, and we have some extras to decorate our table at our outreach events. Thank you, Alexandra!