Programs

For more information and to register, please check out the individual program pages
or go to https://ipmdc.org/events.

All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)
All programs online and live except for some some dance programs.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS 

COMMUNITY CHIT CHAT
4th Wednesday of each month from 12 noon
Each month an expert with our team will join us to talk about life with Parkinson’s.
This is an informal meeting so there will be plenty of time to answer your questions, too!

GET TO KNOW YOUR MEDS SERIES
Online and live – 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 3:00 pm
This series is your opportunity to learn more about the updated treatments and advanced therapies that will help you live your best life with Parkinson’s.

GUEST SPEAKER SERIES
Online and live – 3rd Thursday of each month from 12 noon
Hear from local experts on a variety of topics to help you live well with Parkinson’s. Time for discussion and Q&A are of course included!

CONFERENCES

February 2022
3 day conference

This Journey We Call Parkinson’s
February 2021
3 day conference

Until There’s a Cure: Living Your Best Life With Parkinson’s
September 2021
1 day conference

When you care for someone with Parkinson’s

WELLNESS, MUSIC & MOVEMENT

PD3      Movement  |  Voice  |  Cognition
Dual task exercise program for Parkinson’s

Every Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Have you ever felt your steps get smaller or feet start to shuffle when talking with someone while walking? Or do you sometimes have to stop walking to be able to talk? Being able to perform two tasks at once is an important problem in Parkinson’s disease. Dual task training can help reduce these deficits.

These classes are taught by Portuguese physiotherapist Josefa Domingos and American speech language pathologist, John M. Dean. With a combined 32 years of experience working exclusively with individuals with Parkinson’s, they been collaborating since 2011 on dual task exercise that combines movement, voice, and cognition, the three elements of the approach in their bi-weekly PD3 exercise series.

Mondays at 3:00 pm
PD3 Level 1: Prioritizing voice & cognition with a physical twist.

Wednesdays at 3:00 pm
PD3 Level 2: Prioritizing physical with a cognitive & voice twist.

VOICE, SPEECH AND COMMUNICATION
Every Tuesday from 12:00 noon – 12:30 pm
Speech language pathologist and Parkinson expert, John M. Dean will be teaching this class. If his name looks familiar, it’s because he also teaches the PDexercise classes on Mondays and Wednesdays with physiotherapist Josefa Domingos. John has certifications in LSVT ® LOUD, Parkinson’s Voice Project (SPEAK OUT ®), Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery!, Dance for PD and Pilates as well as instruction in Neurologic Music Therapy, Resonant voice therapy and Jon Argue’s methodology. He has received Allied Team Training for Parkinson Disease, in addition to serving as faculty (2013-2015).

TIPS AND TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS
2nd Tuesday from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
With Josefa Domingos and John Dean

HOW TO USE SPEECH RECOGNITION TOOLS
Mondays from May 9 – June 6, 12 noon – 1:00 pm
With John Dean

Speech recognition technologies have exploded in recent years and the opportunities these tools offer for people living with Parkinson’s continues to grow as well. Using the voice as an interface is a very efficient way to navigate and write on computers and smartphones, as well as the unique opportunities offered by the many emerging smart speakers such as the Amazon Alexa and the Google home.

In this four-part series, underwritten by the Inova Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Center, speech language pathologist John Dean will demonstrate how to use a range of different speech recognition technologies in various contexts. The program will cover optimal set up for different platforms, tricks and tools for improving accuracy and direct practice for a range of valuable ways to use speech recognition technology to improve day-to-day quality of life.

This free four-week program begins on May 9 (12 P EDT).
To register, visit www.johnmdean.com/sr

Dance for PD

DANCE FOR PD®
Dance for PD® program, which Renée Fleming has called “the gold standard for how a performing arts organization can make an extraordinary contribution to health and wellness”, uses dance to empower people with Parkinson’s and their care partners and families to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative.
Dance for PD® is an aesthetic experience that focuses on developing artistry and grace while addressing such Parkinson’s-specific concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, gait, social isolation, and depression.
Their schedule includes not only dance, but also guided meditation, yoga, Sing for PD, and tai chi.
Most of the classes are free, but for an annual $50 fee, Dance for PD® members can access special workshops like tap, a digital library of on-demand classes, and more!

Special classes for the Inova Community
Online and live – 4th Friday, every 2 months, from 11:00 am
Dance for PD’s founding teacher David Leventhal visits our Inova community to dance with us!

*NEW* Dance for Parkinson’s Disease
FREE In Person Classes
Where: George Mason University, School of Dance
4400 University Drive, deLaski Performing Arts Building, MS3D4
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Dance Studio 3009
FRIDAY: 1:00-2:15 pm
Classes Begin: Friday, March 25 to May 15 2022
Instructor: Lucy Bowen McCauley
To register and learn more about this program, please email Assistant Professor Shaun D’Arcy at sboyleda@gmu.edu

Featured Weekly Classes
Inova community members are also invited to participate in weekly classes Dance for PD® is offering on Zoom. We are featuring the following two options:
• Dance for PD® with David Leventhal
Non-holiday Mondays at 11 am
• Dance for PD® en español, our class in Spanish,
Wednesdays at 2 pm
• Dance for PD® PD Mandarin
Sundays at 2 pm
For information about these classes and to register, please go to: https://danceforparkinsons.org/resources/dance-at-home/dance-at-home-with-inova-and-dance-for-pd.

SUPPORTIVE & SPECIALIZED GROUPS

EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP
1st Tuesday of each month from 6:30 pm
Evening supportive and educational group
You’ll meet with other people who share similar life experiences on their journey with Parkinson’s, to learn more about Parkinson’s and how to live your best life.

RECENTLY DIAGNOSED BOOT CAMP
3rd Tuesday of each month from 2:00 pm
Being recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s can be experienced in many different ways. For some, it can be a shock. For others, it’s a relief to find an answer. Ultimately, each person’s path with PD is distinctive, but support is available to help you deal with the uncertainties your diagnosis may bring you.

Join us for a monthly online bootcamp program that will guide people recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s (within the last 5 years) to engage in better health, knowledge, exercise and lifestyle choices.

STERLING PARKINSON FRIENDS GROUP
In-Person

4th Thursday of each month from 1:30 pm
Location: Insight Memory Care Center – Sterling
    45945 Center Oak Plaza, Suite 190, Sterling, VA 20166
Please contact Sonia Gow for details: sonia.gow@inova.org