New cafes and a cafe shuffle

Exciting changes for our cafes beginning in April . . .

We have some exciting news about our cafes! Beginning in April, we will have two new cafes – one in McLean (2nd Wednesday) and the other in Alexandria (3rd Monday). Both will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm as our new hosts have generously offered to provide us with a light lunch. We will be reaching out to both communities to get the word out but if you would like to help us, please send me an email and I can send you the flyers.

We were also asked if we could change the date of our Cafe Fairfax because our host, Insight Memory Care Center, is expanding their Reconnections program. This is exciting news for Insight! The end result is that beginning in April we have new days and times for our established cafes in Fairfax (3rd Wednesday, 10:00 am to 12 noon) and Ashburn (4th Wednesday, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm). You may have noticed that Cafe Ashburn also has a new time, as it will also include a light lunch. We are very fortunate to have such generous hosts at all our cafes!

I’ll be doing my best to keep you updated with our new schedule through our newsletters and on our website, trying to keep our new schedule easy to follow.

If you haven’t been to our cafes, they are an informal, social alternative to support groups. All those touched by Parkinson’s, including caregivers, families and friends, are welcome. While Parkinson’s is one thing that we have in common, it is definitely not the only thing. We all have so much more to share. To get the conversation started we offer programs that are fun and educational, with the hope they will inspire people to make the most of their lives with Parkinson’s.

Remembering David with an act of kindness

This is a photo of our friend David. David, his wife Regina, and their children, were part of our support group at Fair Oaks for many years.

I have something very special to share with you today. Regina has asked us to mark our calendars for David’s birthday, March 7, to remember to show some act of kindness to others in honor of her loving husband. We realize that many of you didn’t know David, and that it’s only one day, but we hope to show that we care for one another, and we can do our part to make this world a better place. Our hope is that the more people that read this, the more acts of kindness will be shared. David was a loving and gentle soul and his wife and family believe this would bring him great joy.

When I first heard about Regina’s request it reminded me of two qualities I’ve seen time and again amongst my friends in the Parkinson community that are so special – kindness and compassion. Regina, thank you for inviting us to honor and remember David.

One of the ways David and Regina always amazed us is how often they would get out and about even after David needed his wheelchair to get around. They traveled to other states to visit family and went on a cruise. Locally, they attended Fair Oaks support group events, and Café Fairfax as often as possible. Regina continues to help her friends in the Parkinson community in all kinds of ways. An awesome, inspiring couple.

How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it.

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