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No Meeting on Tuesday, August 30th.
Tuesday, September 6th.
There will be 2 Separate Zoom Meetings
Shaker's Anonymous Meeting
Lynn Hagerbrant 
& Jeff Butchen
Support and Networking Discussion for people with PD
Care Partners Meeting
Jay Stratoudakis
All Care Partners are invited to
join the September Meeting
Please email suggested topics to
Tuesday, September 13th 7 PM via Zoom
Sarah Mulukutla MD MPH is a board-certified neurologist with a passion for mind-body medicine. She has been a pioneer at the American Academy of Neurology promoting Integrative Health and is the founder of their Integrative Neurology Section. 

Hacking the Parkinson’s Brain with Meditation

Meditation has many health benefits, but for people with Parkinson’s disease, learning to control one’s inner dialogue can have profound impact on motor symptoms. This talk will give an overview of current research looking at the impact of meditation on the brain networks involved in Parkinson’s disease and provide tips for adopting a meditation practice.  

Maybe your live purpose isn‘t supposed to be a thrill-seeking narrative. What if you are meant to be the sunshine to someone‘s stormy day? The voice of clarity to a frantic mind? You don‘t have to be a superhero to save the world. 
Do you remember when you were first diagnosed with Parkinson’s? The fear you had and all the questions about PD and what will tomorrow bring? Why not help someone newly diagnosed and remove the fear from the questions. Become a Parkinson's Body and Mind PD Mentor. If you’re interested or if you know someone that needs a mentor, call us at 203 742 1440 or email by clicking on the following link Parkinson's Body and mind PD Mentor.
The Underrated Therapy for Anxiety and Stress: Water
It gives our brain a break from the intense, focused attention that much of daily life requires.

On a dusty August day two years ago, Wallace J. Nichols hiked into the California valley where he had lived for more than 20 years to find his family’s home and all their possessions destroyed by a wildfire.
He went down to the nearby creek, stripped off his clothes, and submerged himself.
Dr. Nichols, who is a marine scientist, was seeking the healing power of water.

A reminder that our next Columbia Parkinson’s Disease Patient Support Group will be meeting TuesdayAugust 303:30-4:30PMThis meeting will be held virtually.


At this meeting we will be having elder law attorney, Britt Burner, join us to discuss the upcoming changes to Medicaid which will be helpful if you are thinking about long term care planning. If you would like to attend, please be sure to register with me. 

Click here to join the Zoom meeting

The APDA Connecticut Chapter is pleased to offer a Financial Support Program that provides financial assistance to people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their families. Approved applicants will be granted up to $300 once per calendar year (January-December). Funds may be used for programs, services and/or activities designed to improve quality of life. 
Download Application

What's Next for the National
Plan to End Parkinson's?

Join this webinar to hear directly from the Michael J. Fox Foundation policy team about next steps for the National Plan to End Parkinson's. The National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act (H.R.8585) will, for the first time, unite the federal government in a mission to cure and prevent Parkinson’s, alleviate financial and health burdens on American families, and reduce government spending over time. Learn what the legislation does and how you can engage with us. Read more...

Drug repurposing for PD - does it work?
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 11AM - 12PM EDT
Dr. Stott is the Director of Research at Cure Parkinson's. The organization is an international supporter of both lab- and clinic-based research on disease modification in Parkinson's. Originally from New Zealand, Simon has over 15 years of experience in the field of Parkinson's research - in both the academic and biotech industry sector. He has been involved in lab-based research as well as clinical studies, with a number of scientific publications. He also maintains the 'Science of Parkinson's' website, which attempts to explain in plain English the research currently being conducted on Parkinson's.

Clinical trials in Parkinson’s disease
and lack of participation

Improving our treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is dependent on conducting clinical trials to collect information about PD patients and to test potential new medications and procedures. However, lack of participants in clinical trials is the number one obstacle to success of a clinical trial, despite the fact that participating in clinical trials can be a very positive and beneficial experience for patients in a number of ways:
  • It offers the chance to feel more in control of a disease that is usually characterized by lack of control
  • It allows participants to contribute to the scientific understanding of PD, and potentially help not only themselves but others in their situation
  • It offers the possibility of access to a new therapy.

To increase your awareness and connect you with ongoing research and clinical trials visit:

Engage PD
This intervention is a physical activity coaching program designed for people with early/mid stage PD to improve physical activity engagement. It includes 1-3 one-to-one coaching sessions with a licensed physical or occupational therapist over a 3-month period. Read more...
A randomized control trial pilot study to improve self-management of physical activity routines in adults with early-stage Parkinson’s Disease Read more...
Open House Events
Greenwich YMCA 
Saturday, September 17th
Time TBD
Bridgeport YMCA
Saturday, September 24th 11 AM

Download the flyer
Free of charge and open to all
Reduce symptoms, sharpen your mind, and stay connected
Interested in joining the PD Body & Mind Program, but not sure if it’s for you? Meet our Parkinson’s specialty certified instructors and try our classes for free.
Rock Steady Boxing, Yoga and Tai Chi
Personalized results for the individual assessments that were done at the Westport/Weston YMCA will be coming soon..
Westport/Weston YMCA
14 Allen Raymond Ln. Westport, CT 203-226-8981 
Information regarding the PDBM program & schedule: 
Greenwich YMCA 
The Greenwich YMCA will be closed till  Monday August 29.
50 E. Putnam Ave. Greenwich, CT 203 869 1630
Information regarding the PDBM program & schedule:
Fairfield YMCA 841 Old Post Rd., Fairfield CT 06824 
For more information, please call 203-255-3824 and ask for Karen Inman
New Canaan YMCA To learn more about classes please contact Bridget Philipp at 203-920-1626. Click here for more information.
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The Engage PD info   PD Speak Out    WaterWheel Tai Chi 

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