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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. […]

Welcome to PFNCA’s New Website

Recently, PFNCA launched its new website.  The new site has many improvements including Program listings feature options to search by city and state allowing you to easily find the programs that are closest to you. Registration and Schedule Updates sections are more easily accessible. A Get Help system has been added allowing you to chat […]


Walk Off Parkinson’s Takes Over Nationals Park on Sunday; Register Today

Walk Off Parkinson’s, PFNCA’s annual awareness and fundraising program, takes place Sunday September 24, 2017 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.  Join us for this family-friendly tradition.  In addition to a walk that concludes with a victory lap on the field at Nationals park, there a lectures by Movement Disorder Specialists, activities for kids and […]

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 […]

PFNCA Launches New Webcast Lecture Series: Join Us September 19th at a Host Site Near Your for a Presentation by Dr. Pritha Ghosh

PFNCA is proud to announce a new educational program named Parkinson’s Pointers. Parkinson’s Pointers is a lecture series where people gather in various locations for a presentation, and question and session by a physician or other person that specializes in Parkinson’s.  Powerful practical information is shared in a positive setting.  Lectures are live streamed to the locations […]

Kids can join our cause and receive a Walk Off Parkinson’s Piggy Bank

Walk Off Parkinson’s Kids Corps is a program for children 12 and under to help raise awareness of Parkinson’s Disease.  It is also an opportunity to help raise money to support the work of the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA).  PFNCA provides exercise, communication and education programs to help people with Parkinson’s […]

PFNCA Program Participant Russ Dawson Talks Walk Off Parkinson’s

Russ Dawson, who is relatively new to PFNCA, recently sat down and shared some information about himself and PFNCA. Tell us about yourself. I’m a fifth generation Washingtonian. I enjoyed a 40-year career in media communications, first as a journalist (ten years), public affairs director of a small professional organization (two years), press secretary and […]

Highlights from the 2017 PFNCA Defiance Luncheon

Fox Hill Residences hosted the 2017 PFNCA Defiance Luncheon on May 2nd.  More than 70 people who attended 50 or more PFNCA program sessions last year were honored during the event.  Special thanks to Fox Hill for their support of the PFNCA Defiance Luncheon.