It is difficult enough to prepare for a disaster. Such challenges are compounded when facing Parkinson’s. PFNCA’s Community Lecture Series in February will focus on disaster preparedness. Melissa Long, who a certified recreational therapist, certified in Dementia Practice Guidelines and Frail Elder Exercise will present a lecture highlighting practical tips to prepare to be outside of your routine due to a disaster. More than remembering medication if forced to leave home on short notice, this lecture will include suggestions to engage people whose medical condition may cause them to become agitated by being in unfamiliar surroundings, especially on short notice. You’ll leave this program with a check list and action plan to be prepared for disasters such as flooding, fire, etc. This program will take place on February 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at the Virginian Retirement Community, 9229 Arlington Boulevard in Fairfax, Virginia and on February 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.) at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road in North Bethesda, Maryland.
Melissa Long is Vice President of Engagement Programs at LarMax Homes, Inc. Her work on Disaster Preparedness has been used by the American Red Cross.