"Never let the things you cannot do prevent you from doing the things you can do"  Coach John Wooden
Our Next Meeting
Tuesday May 4th 7:00 PM
Care Partner Support with Jay Stratoudakis

Scheduled for upcoming meetings 

We have a great lineup of guest speakers for our upcoming meetings. The first 30 minutes of our meetings will involve a speaker and the second half will be for support and networking.
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM

May 11th Ezekiel Powdar/ Rachel Chasse (Program Manager) Healthmode Study/Retro-PD Study
Digital Medicine:Future for Healthcare,Research and Parkinson's Disease

May 18th Persons w/PD + care partners support group
May 25th Nancy Lombard, SW Ct Dept of Aging
June 1st Care Partner Support with Jay Stratoudakis
June 8th Nancy Lombard , SW CT Dept of Aging

July 13th Dr. Meytin is scheduled to speak to us. He has asked us to suggest topics that we would like him to discuss. Please email them to 
Are you interested in being a part of a "PD Journal Club" with Dr. Meytin to discuss recently published PD research articles. There are 2 members of Shaker's Anonymous who are interested in helping to lead the group along with Dr. Meytin. Planning to meet on a monthly basis. If interested in being a part of this group please email

Parkinson’s Body and Mind Program
Revised COVID Safe  Greenwich YMCA

Please note that given the current environment of people still receiving their vaccines, we continue to run all PD classes free of charge until  May 1st .
The new boxing track and padded mats are in place and we will share some exciting visuals of this new space along with the Parkinson’s team here at the YMCA.  
We can’t wait to welcome this group back into the Y!

All of these classes are offered both live @ YMCA (in studio AS1) and VIRTUAL.

All participants must register for the class via the YMCA of Greenwich App
click here for Apple or here for Android or you can call the Member Services Team at (203)869-1630 to reserve spot or if you have any questions about registration for classes.

Our goal is to deliver safe programs that re-engage and re-connect members of the Parkinson’s community as it works best for each individual.

Our current schedule is as follows:
Monday:  Rock Steady Boxing w/Toni  @ 10:00am
Wednesday:  Rock Steady Boxing w/Toni  @ 9:00am
NEW Tuesday: Tai Chi w/Ken in person and online @ 11 am

Friday: Yoga w/ Francesca  @ 10:00am
There will be a Parkinson's Body and Mind Program Open House coming soon at the Greenwich YMCA at the end of May. Details will be forwarded soon.
Tai Chi with Ken Dolan is back at Cos Cob Park
Sound Shore Dr, Cos Cob, CT 06807

Mondays, at 10 AM, $12 each class.
RSVP Debbie Silverthorn

 Ken began studying TaiChi/Qigong in 1996. He has been teaching regularly scheduled TaiChi/Qigong classes in the Stamford-Greenwich area for 13 years as well as private sessions. He also co-teaches a stress management class at the Bennett Cancer Center. His classes emphasize relaxing with focused breathing and coordinated movement.
Studies have shown that Tai Chi improves balance and motor control in Parkinson's disease. 
Ray Fructuoso online workout classes  
Mixed Movement Artist/Certified Personal Trainer
Aether Fitness
p: 4754446311  m: 2035702425

Wednesdays at 2:00 PM on Zoom.
Fridays at 2:00 PM on Zoom

Just go to the following link on your iPhone, laptop or desktop.

Classes are free/Donations are welcome

Francesca Conway's Yoga for Parkinson's 
Tuesday and Thursday at 10 AM  

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 390 140 5312
Passcode: 321096 (NEW )

Classes are free - Donations are welcome
Venmo: @Francesca-Conway-1 PayPal:
Let's all enjoy some fun and fresh air
At the Shakers Anonymous Spring Social Affair!
At Waveny Park in just 2 weeks we will be
So please bring a chair to sit under the trees.

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Please Join Us!
Sunday, May 16th from 1:30 to 4 PM at Waveny Park, New Canaan
Agenda includes:
Lynn Hagerbrant updates on exciting new developments
Optional short nature walk
Exterior tour of the Waveny Castle
Optional participation in Tai Chi demonstration led by Ken Dolan
Water and snacks will be provided
Any questions?  Call Debbie Silverthorn  (203) 524-4993
There’s Still Time to Make Your Miles Count
  May 7–9, 2021
As Parkinson’s Awareness Month ends, our efforts to speed new and improved treatments for people with Parkinson’s continue. Now more than ever, we need to maintain this momentum. Sign up for The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Virtual 5K/10K/Half Marathon and commit to a 5K, 10K or half marathon to help us stay on pace toward our goal.
Michael J. Fox Foundation coverage
1 Good Thing: Tik Tokers Unite to Solve Heartbreaking Problem for Man with Parkinson’s [Doctor Oz – April 29, 2021]
Parkinson’s disease coverage
A Single Protein Might Be Key to Slowing the Aging Process [The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – April 29, 2021 – By Nancy Clanton]
Motor Deficits Linked With Cognitive Impairments, Study Suggests [Parkinson’s News Today – April 30, 2021 – By Patricia Inacio PhD]
New Model May Explain Differences in Parkinson’s Symptoms, Progression [Parkinson’s News Today – April 30, 2021 – By Steve Bryson PhD]
30 Days of Parkinson’s: Finding My Purpose [Parkinson’s News Today – April 30, 2021]
International Task Force Determines Current Parkinson's Disease Subtyping May Not Fit All Patients [Medical Xpress – April 29, 2021 – BY IOS Press]
COVID19 Smell Test: Researchers Develop Novel Test For Coronavirus, Parkinson’s And Alzheimer’s [ – April 30, 2021]
Results from an early study examining Parkinson’s disease (PD) and the COVID-19 vaccine are in. According to this new study, the COVID-19 vaccination is not known to interfere with the current PD therapies and is recommended for people with Parkinson’s unless there is a specific contraindication. 
The study took place at the Nijmegen Parkinson Center in the Netherlands, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. These experts closely studied the entire development and approval process of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. Keep reading to find out what the study means for the PD community.
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The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) by improving care and advancing research towards a cure. This spring, we invite you to move with the Parkinson’s community at Moving Day Westchester County, NY on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

Moving Day Westchester County, NY is an opportunity to safely join together as a community to move, honor loved ones, raise awareness and support the Parkinson’s Foundation’s life-changing work. Although our signature walk event will look different this year, nothing will stop us from showing the one million people living with Parkinson’s that We Care. We Fight. We Move.

PD Avengers, please welcome PwP and former NBA star Brian Grant to our growing community of more than 3,200 advocates from 62 different countries. We also are now in partnership with 54 organizations and events including the Brian Grant Foundation
As a final push for Parkinson's Awareness month, please share this video of Brian on all social media, e-newsletters, websites, or wherever you see best to share it. 
YouTube link is 
Additionally, send us your own video of why YOU became a PD Avenger and we'll feature it on our YouTube channel along with Brian's. Send links or videos to 
01 Mental Health & Parkinson's 
04 Next PD Avengers Action Alert E-Blast
10 Lunch w/ Docs: Update on Disease Modifiers
17 WPC Virtual Conference - Day 1
18 WPC Virtual Conference - Day 2
19 WPC Virtual Conference - Day 3
20 WPC Virtual Conference - Day 4
21 WPC Virtual Conference - Day 5
25 PD AVENGERS Assemble! 
WHO Workshop on Parkinson's Recap
Women with Parkinson's 1 - UK
Women with Parkinson's 2- US
Tell Congress to Make Prescription Medicines Affordable and Accessible
If you live in the U.S. or know someone who does, please take action or share this with your American friends. TAKE ACTION
April brought warmer weather, several events, and numerous new resources for the Parkinson’s community. Find out what's coming up in May and catch up on all the highlights from April. From how Tai Chi can help manage symptoms to building your Parkinson’s care team plus seven personal stories of inspiration from our Ambassadors, and much more, our blog has the most relevant information you need to keep living well.

2016 Tai Chi Study Funded by the Davis Phinney Foundation Continues to Help People Live Well with Parkinson’s
How to Communicate What Parkinson’s Is to Friends and Family
Building Your Parkinson’s Care Team
2018 Davis Phinney Foundation-funded Research Pushes the Pedals on Living Well with Parkinson’s Today
An Interview with Joohi Jimenez-Shahed on Parkinson’s Quality of Life Research
An Interview with Michelle Fullard on Removing Barriers to DBS for Women with Parkinson’s
How Laughter Yoga Can Help You Live Well with Parkinson’s
Healthy Parkinson’s CommunitiesTM Resource Roundup: How to Set Goals Based on Community Need 



The Every Victory Counts Challenge returns this July. Join us for a month of community, activity, and helping people with Parkinson’s live well today.

Clinical trials that might be of interest to you.
Click on the study title to learn more


PPMI: A New Horizon for Parkinson's Research


Study in Parkinson Disease of Exercise


A Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Intravenous Prasinezumab in Participants With Early Parkinson's Disease


FoxBioNet: ECV (Extracellular Vesicle) 004


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