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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.

Coach Me Strong

Coach Me Strong is a new one on one online exercise program that matches you up with a coach for a personalized program and an accountability partner.

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. 

Orange County Calendar of Events

Stay up to date on the support groups and other events that are now happening virtually.

Fun Things to Try from Home

AARP Games Online - puzzles, cards and brain games

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

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

Join a Virtual Book Club - 9 online clubs to choose from

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

Online Nightly Opera from the Met - a different opera every night

National Parks Virtual Tour - take in the scenery from home

Online Parkinson's Exercise Classes - classes of all levels

PMD Alliance Club Hub Photography Group- all skill levels welcome

Qigong-Tai Chi - online or in the park - San Clemente

Take a Virtual Tour of the Louvre   - next best thing to being there

Virtual Classes offered by The Susi Q Senior Center - from Bingo to Music Appreciation, there are lots of classes to choose from

Virtual Travel Talk - missing travel?  Experience the world from home.

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

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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