"Never let the things you cannot do prevent you from doing the things you can do"  Coach John Wooden
Our Next Meeting 
Tuesday August 17th. at 7:00 PM

We will be discussing ways we can come together as a community while dealing with the Delta Variant.
Marion Fioretti is a Shaker's Anonymous member and also very active with MJFF Team Fox events. She has agreed to help us put together a Shaker's Anonymous Team for the MJFF Virtual Run/Walk Event for Parkinson's Research. Marion will be speaking about the details and how to sign up for the upcoming virtual 5K/10K/Half Marathon scheduled for Saturday October 2nd. 

We are going to put together a virtual training program to help us reach our personal goals to do our very best at the event besides helping to raise money for Parkinson's research.

Marion Fioretti
Keep Moving For A Cure
Tuesday August 24th
Dr. Caroline Tanner, MD PhD is recruiting for a new clinical trial led by a team of Parkinson’s experts at UCSF in partnership with researchers from across the country. The goal of the study is to help people with Parkinson’s disease or parkinsonism maintain their independence by reducing the risk of hip fractures. 

There will be no meeting on Tuesday 8/31 

Due to the report from the CDC and the advice from Roy Alcalay MD at Columbia Neurology we will not be meeting in person for our Shaker's Anonymous meeting on Tuesday, September 21st. We will be meeting via zoom!
The next Journal Club meeting with Leon Meytin MD is going to be on Friday 8/20 at 12 noon. The following is going to be discussed:
There is a new trial that Hartford Healthcare is actively recruiting for that is very exciting. It is a “patch-pump” levodopa system that delivers a small amount of levodopa/sinemet throughout the day via a small insulin-like pump, as opposed to taking sinemet multiple times throughout the day. Dr Meytin has been waiting for this trial to open up recruitment for a while now and we are fortunate that Hartford Healthcare is offering it. He will be discussing this particular clinical trial for anyone who is interested in hearing more about this study.
This is the company:
Leon Meytin, MD 
Movement Disorders
Hartford Healthcare 
CLASSES BEGIN Monday, August 9th, 2021
Parkinson's Body and Mind Program
PD Boxing & Conditioning  mini-session.
Starting Monday, August 9th 
Every Monday and Thursday 
 12:30-1:30 in the Zone 
Mon: Aug 9, 16, 23, 30
Thu: Aug 12, 19, 26 and Sep 2

Members: FREE  |  Non-Members: $60 
Daily Drop-In (Based on availability): $10 Seniors  | $20 Adult
To register click on the link below
The number of spots per boxing class has been increased from 10 to 15. Starting in September we are planning to add an option to participate in the classes via zoom.

Call  203-226-8981
Information regarding the fall schedule: 

Also, if you choose to participate in the Parkinson's Body and Mind Program classes we strongly encourage you to wear a mask.
From Brenda Waldron for Boxing Classes:
A 16oz boxing glove will offer more protection for the Parkinson boxer's hands.  The hit will be less powerful than with a 14oz glove, which would be better for the mitt holder.  
16 oz. gloves:
"If you hit hard, have big hands or weigh over 175 lbs, 16 oz. gloves are essential in protecting your partner’s safety. They are bigger and safer, because they have a wider area with more padding. You should definitely use these gloves when you are sparring, but they will also work great for pads."
(Over 175 lbs / 80 kg)
14 oz. gloves:
"Used mostly for sparring, 14 oz. gloves are a very good “all-rounder” glove. This size is suitable to use in free-sparring and hitting pads. They are slightly lighter than the large 16oz’s and as such don’t tire your arms as much when you’re hitting pads."
(151 lbs – 175 lbs / 68 kg – 79 kg)
Boxer care partners may want to conside Title Zero Impact focus mitts.  They hurt less when punching & also protect the mitt holder very well.  
(Title Boxing Zero-Impact Rare Air Punch Mitts 2.0, Black--Amazon)
Coming soon!!
Dance for PD Classes will be included in our PD Body and Mind Program
The YMCA of Greenwich is a Rock Steady Boxing Affiliate and has created a new boxing studio with padded flooring for safety.  Pat Francois, Interim CEO said, “As a Rock Steady Affiliate and with our new boxing studio, the YMCA is in a great position to support members of the PD community”.
There is a temporary hold for
Thursday boxing with Heather.

Parkinson’s Program pass that allows for unlimited classes in house and virtual Greenwich YMCA (
Class Schedule
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