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Staying Connected at Home

We at PD Buzz want you to keep moving and stay connected to your Parkinson's community during Covid-19  while staying safe at home. Here are some ideas to get you through until things settle down and get back to normal. Check back here often as we will update this page with new information and ideas. We will be updating PD Buzz's  Facebook and Instagram pages often with new information and helpful hints and we would love to hear what you are doing at this time to stay connected and active.   Comment below to let us know how it's all going.

 

Online Parkinson's Exercise Programs

The Parkinson's exercise pros have really stepped up.  There are so many options available to you for working out at home.  You can really be working out with trainers from all over the world without leaving your home.

Tremble Clefs Online with Karen Skipper

Singing not only helps your voice, swallowing and breathing stay strong but it is a great mood lifter and we can all use that.  Music therapist, Karen Skipper, of the O.C. Tremble Clefs is holding online sessions.  For information, please contact Karen at kmsmusic@cox.net.

Claire McLean at Rogue PT Offers New Online Subscription Program: Rogue in Motion

Claire has been offering in person classes for people with Parkinson's for over five years. She is now offering online memberships.   There couldn't be a better time for this to happen since we are stuck at home right now.  Staying home is no excuse to skip your exercise.

South O.C. Support Group Online Meetings

The South O.C. Support Group is holding its meetings online using Zoom.  All are welcome to join.  Click the button to email for more info.

Rx Ballroom Dancing

Our favorite dance teacher, Erin Angelo, is offering line dancing classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:30-12:00.

Sunday Mornings with Twitchy Women

Sharon Krischer is bringing us together on Zoom every other Sunday morning at 10:00.  This fun group of women with PD is getting together for all different things, some Parkinson's related and some not.  Topics have included exercise, sketchbook journaling, drumming, and more.

PMD Alliance Live Online Support Groups

Anissa Mitchell LCSW, is running three online support groups each week.  Tuesdays at 2:30 Pacific Time is for anyone (register here).  Thursdays at 2:30 Pacific Time is for care partners (register here) and Fridays at 2:30 Pacific Time is for those with a loved one in a care facility (register here).  Chat with your peers, ask questions and stay connected.  No one should be alone during this time.

Online Webinars

There are many webinars happening daily.  Click here for a current list. Most webinars are using Zoom.  For help using Zoom click here.  The Parkinson and Movement Disorder Alliance is holding Tech Connect help sessions on a regular basis.  You can check their schedule here. 

Tips to Keep Things Normal at HOme

Ideas to Stay Active

Go for a walk outside.

Spring has sprung and the flowers are in bloom.  Take some time to work...or play, in your garden.

Music is good for the body, mind and soul.  Download some new music and listen to it while doing your chores. The rhythm may help you move better and if you sing along, it is great for your voice!

Call an old friend.  Now is a great time to catch up.

Find an online class to learn a new skill like painting or even a new language.

 

Fun Apps to Try

Do you have a favorite app?  Let us know!

Clock Yourself - This exercise app will challenge your body and brain. The app does cost $1.99 but well worth it.

Words With Friends - If brain games are your thing, this might be for you.

The Daily Mini - Challenge your friends to a daily mini crossword and see who can do it the fastest.

Lumosity - This app is sure to challenge your memory and attention and gives your brain a daily workout.

Online Parkinson's Forums/ Support Groups Can Keep You Connected from Home

We know it isn't the same as meeting in person but if your support group isn't meeting right now, you may want to consider joining a private Facebook Group for PWP.  There are many out there.  Below are just a few. You could also start your own private group just for your support group.

Parkinson's Disease Fighters United (PDFU)

Strongher Women Fighting Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Warriors

South OC Parkinson's Group

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