December 1 Meeting Announcement

Hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. It’s hard to believe December will be here in a few days, as will the date of our December meeting.


  • Date:  Wednesday December 1
  • Time:  1:00-2:30 pm
  • Guest Speaker:  Joy McLaughlin, Physical Therapist
  • Topic:  Physical Therapy: Its Relevance to Parkinson’s Disease

** For Meeting Attendance—everyone meeting in-person shall be MASKED throughout the meeting, FULLY VACCINATED, and not attend if feeling ill or been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 **

Thanks to everyone for your e-mail RSVP’s each month!

Continuing with our Back-to-Basics theme this year, Physical Therapist Joy McLaughlin will discuss Physical Therapy for people with Parkinson’s disease, including the availability of at-home therapy. We all have heard about the importance of exercise with Parkinson’s disease. What about physical therapy? Should we work with a physical therapist to develop a home exercise program? 

Joy is an amazing therapist—knowledgable, experienced, compassionate, and supportive. Many of us participate in her BIG exercise class through PFNCA.

Joy will also cover the basic WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHY, WHEN and HOW questions about PT such as: WHO is the best physical therapist to treat people with Parkinson’s, WHAT are the most important benefits, WHERE can we go for treatment, WHEN should we start, WHY is it important, HOW often do we need PT, and HOW much of the cost do Medicare and other health insurance policies cover? 

Her talk will be followed by a Q & A period, where she will address all our questions and concerns.

In addition to your questions, bring your enthusiasm. We are here to learn how to keep moving together!

About our Speaker: 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. 

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