Dr. Howard Weiss Discusses “Freezing of Gait” in Parkinson Disease

Every patient with Parkinson’s disease does not experience the same problems.  For example, some people have prominent tremors that interfere with daily activities, whereas others shake very little or not at all.  One of the symptoms that might occur after many years after developing Parkinson’s disease is known as “freezing of gait”. What is “freezing […]

A Gift Like No Other

Having Parkinson ’s disease means being aware, indeed self-conscious, of one’s physical limitations and abnormalities. Some are subtle, some painfully obvious. If friends and relatives don’t realize something is amiss after their first encounter with you as a patient, they surely will in due course. Symptoms like overall slowness of motion, difficulty getting up from […]

Walk Off Parkinson’s Logo Created To Inspire

Since 2005, the tulip has been recognized worldwide as a symbol for Parkinson’s Disease.  Many organizations involved with the Parkinson’s community use a variation on the tulip.  PFNCA’s Walk Off Parkinson’s logo tells an important story.  While there is no cure for Parkinson’s, those with it can take steps to live well with the disease.  […]

The Important Meaning Behind Amp’s Attire — PFNCA’s Mascot Helps Raise Awareness

Did you know that lots of thought went into the creation of the uniform for PFNCA’s mascot Amp?  Read on to learn more about the important meaning behind Amp’s attire. Front of Amp’s Jersey Since 2005, the tulip has been recognized worldwide as a symbol for Parkinson’s Disease.  Many organizations involved with the Parkinson’s community […]

Meet PFNCA Yoga Instructor Carl Schuetz

Carl Schuetz has a long career in teaching. He changed his teaching focus to yoga following a diagnosis of PD when he found that his yoga practice brought an improvement to his attitude and outward appearance. The experience was so positive and encouraging that he started earning yoga certifications with an eye toward helping others. […]

Learn About Walk Off Parkinson’s in 30 Seconds

Learn about PFNCA’s Walk Off Parkinson’s program with this 30 second video primer.  You can learn more about Walk Off Parkinson’s, which will be held September 18th in Washington, D.C. and register by visiting or by calling (703) 734-1017.  Together, we will Walk Off Parkinson’s.  

Highlights from May 2nd PFNCA Parkinson’s Pointers Lecture

  Nearly 400 people attended the PFNCA Parkinson’s Pointers Lecture featuring Dr. Codrin Lungu of the National Institutes of Health on May 2, 2018.  The slides for Dr. Lungu’s lecture, which was titled “Therapeutic Pipeline for Parkinson’s.” are available by clicking here.     T Thank you to the following locations that hosted the lecture:   […]

Highlights from January 10th PFNCA Parkinson’s Pointers Lecture with Dr. Drew Falconer

More than 300 people attended the January 10, 2018 PFNCA Parkinson’s Pointers Lecture featuring Dr. Drew Falconer, Co-Director of the Movement Disorders Program at INOVA.  Dr. Falconer presented at a broadcast studio in McLean, Virginia and the lecture was live broadcast to locations in 13 different cities/towns.  Attendees were able to submit questions at each […]

PFNCA’s Mascot AMP marches in the Scottish Christmas Walk in Alexandria

    PFNCA’s mascot AMP marched in the Scottish Christmas Walk/Parade in Alexandria, Virginia on December 2, 2017.  More than 110 community organizations and groups participated in the walk/parade, which has been held for 47 years.  Thousands lined the streets of Old Town Alexandria to watch and cheer.  AMP was joined by several people living with […]

Highlights from Walk Off Parkinson’s 2017

    Walk Off Parkinson’s was held to benefit the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area on September 24, 2017 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.  More than 1,000 people attended the program, which included an inspirational community walk, educational lectures by Movement Disorder Specialists, exercise demonstrations and more. As of October 4, 2017, […]

Walk off Parkinson’s 2017 Sponsors

Many area businesses and national corporations sponsored Walk Off Parkinson’s in 2017.  Please take a moment to review this impressive list of sponsors.  Without their support, PFNCA would not be able to fulfill its mission.  We invite you to join us in thanking our sponsors.  These sponsors are committed to helping people live well with […]

Amp Marches in Labor Day Parade in Kensington, Maryland

PFNCA’s mascot Amp marched in the Kensington, Maryland Labor Day parade.  He was joined by several people facing Parkinson’s who attend PFNCA programs.  Amp travels around the region to help raise awareness of Parkinson’s Disease and how to live well with it.  He stresses the importance of exercise, speaking louder and learning.  To learn more […]