2021/2022 Meeting Dates and Speaker Schedule

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Note this year, our September meeting is the 2nd Wednesday, after Labor Day, and March meeting is the 2nd Wednesday, as the first is Ash Wednesday.) We do not meet during the summer months of July and August.

We will meet in person beginning with our September meeting. We continue to monitor CDC and Fairfax County guidelines and will follow Fairfax County recommendations as to masking and other measures regarding COVID. We do ask, for everyone’s safety including your own, that everyone meeting in-person be fully vaccinated and that you not attend if you are ill.  

September 8: Welcome back! A time to reunite as a group, welcome new members, and share with each other—what we’ve been up to, how we are doing, our inspirations and our struggles and our questions, new and ongoing, and whatever else is on our minds. We are here for each other!

October 6: Our Parkinson’s Aware in Care Ambassador, Teresa, will speak on How to Prepare for Hospital Stays, Surgeries, and Other Procedures.  Bring your experiences, good and not-so-good. We are here to listen and learn from one another!

November 3: Dr. Drew Falconer and Dr. David Whitney, Neurologists and Movement Disorder Specialists, Inova Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center (IPMDC) will speak on Movement, Motivation, Medication, and More. Bring all your questions. They are here to answer them!

December 1: Joy McLaughlin, Physical Therapist, Inova Fair Oaks, will speak on Physical Therapy: Its Relevance to Parkinson’s Disease, including the availability of at-home therapy. She will be joining us for our Holiday Lunch. Bring your enthusiasm. We are here to celebrate together!

January 5: Dr. Hilary Goetz, Psy.D., Neuropsychologist, Inova Neurosciences, will speak on Fear, Anxiety, and Mental Health in Parkinson’s, including post-pandemic concerns and how to get back to feeling like yourself again. 

February 2: Donna Jackson, Occupational Therapist, Aging at Home Solutions, will speak on The Who, What, Why, Where, and When of Occupational Therapy.  

March 9: Jill Fitzgerald, Speech Therapist, Inova Fair Oaks, will speak on The Importance of Speech Therapy in Parkinson’s

April 6: Steve Gurney, Founder/Publisher, Positive Aging Sourcebook, will speak on Senior Living Options, IncludingAging in Place.

May 4: Karl and Angela Robb. 

June 1: Our end-of-year luncheon.