Online Support Groups

At this time, the board of directors at Parkinson Social Network (PSN) out of an abundance of caution, has decided to suspend all in person support events due to the COVID-19 /Coronavirus pandemic. To support our community, PSN will be hosting online support groups for those with Parkinson’s and those who care for those living with Parkinson’s. You are welcome to come when you can and stay for as long as you can.

We are very fortunate that January’s speaker, Physical Therapist, Joy McLaughlin will be speaking to both online support groups:

Caregiver’s 
Support Group via Zoom*

Tuesday, January 11
10:00am-11:30am EDT
This month: Getting a Move On
In this session for caregivers/carepartners, Joy will be speaking about the critical importance of exercise for people with Parkinson’s. Included in Joy’s talk will be the following topics:

  • Tips for coaching and encouraging your loved one to exercise.
  • How to notice cues from your loved one that can be helpful to motivate and encourage them to move better.
  • Sharing resources for outside assistance.

Click here to register for the Caregiver’s Support Group

People with Parkinson’s Disease Support Group via Zoom*

Tuesday, January 25
10:00am-11:30am EDT
This month’s topic:
Getting a Move On
In this session for those living with Parkinson’s, Joy will be speaking about the critical importance of exercise. Included in Joy’s talk will be the following topics:

  • Ways to integrate exercise when you don’t really want to.
  • Identify specific self-cues that can be helpful to motivate you to move better.
  • Share resources for outside assistance.

Click here to register for the People with Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Joy McLaughlin is a physical therapist with 34 years of clinical experience. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in physical therapy and a passion for neurologically impaired clients. She has worked in acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation, home care and for the last 12 years, outpatient neurological rehabilitation at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. Joy is both NDT certified and LSVT BIG certified. She is also an ACE certified group fitness instructor with specialties in Functional Training and Senior Fitness. In addition to her clinical treatment, she teaches adaptive fitness for PFNCA, incorporating LSVT BIG exercises and other fitness principles. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, swimming, reading, and singing in her church choir.


Side by Side Support Groups are sponsored by:

Side by Side support groups sponsored by Old Dominion Home Care, Virginia Hospital Center and Parkinson Social Network

*Just a reminder that all in-person support events have been suspended due to the COVID-19 /Coronavirus pandemic. 

New to Zoom (online meeting) or need help? Visit our Zoom resources page for help and information.

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