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Parkinson's Body and Mind &
Shakers Anonymous are now one.

 
Parkinson's Body and Mind & Shakers Anonymous are now one. Parkinson's Body and Mind will be launching at the Bridgeport YMCA the end of September. Your donation will help certify instructors, support the weekly newsletters, assessments, speakers, our new mentorship program and much more.
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Check out our new Parkinson's Body and Mind brochure Consider helping us "Spread the Word" by leaving brochures with your Movement Disorder doctor/ physical therapist, senior center or anywhere else you feel will help reach others with PD. 
Click here to download. 
Parkinson's Body and Mind is a Section 501(c)(3) Organization
Tuesday, August 16th 7 PM
 
Jeff and Heather are leading the in-person meeting at 7pm. 
Speaker TBD at the New Canaan YMCA 564 South Ave, New Canaan, CT 06840
No Meeting on Tuesday, August 23rd or 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 lynnhagerbrant@parkinsonsbodyandmind.org
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 life purpose
isn‘t supposed to be a thrill-
seeking narrative.

What if you‘re 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 Shakers Anonymous 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 Shakers Anonymous PD Mentor.

Meditation and Relaxation
Techniques for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the death of dopamine-producing nerve cells in the brain. Dopamine is a cell signaling molecule that relays information between nerve cells and between the brain and the rest of the body. Lower dopamine levels can cause many motor issues including bradykinesia, akinesia, tremors, rigidity, and balance issues.
 
Parkinson’s disease can also lead to non-motor symptoms such as anxiety and depression, psychosis, sleep problems, and cognitive changes. Some studies have shown that meditation or relaxation techniques can relieve these symptoms.
 Read more...

Aerobic Exercise Positively
Alters Parkinson’s Brain

Getting regular exercise is essential to managing Parkinson's disease (PD). It is well established that exercise promotes aerobic conditioning, strength, balance, flexibility and mobility, which can substantially improve overall quality of life.
Public Policy and You:
How to Become a Parkinson’s Advocate

Thursday, August 18th 12 to 1 PM
In this webinar, our expert panelists will discuss Parkinson’s policy priorities to advance research toward a cure and support people and families with Parkinson’s. We’ll talk about how you can reach out to your state and federal elected officials to help influence change on behalf of our community. We’ll also highlight The National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act (H.R.8585) which was recently introduced into Congress. Bring your questions for our experts!
Register
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: AUGUST 21, 2022
 
Improv for Parkinson's with The Tightrope Theatre
This is your chance to be in the spotlight!
Join us for a lot of fun in this class designed for people with Parkinson's
 
Tightrope Theatre is proud to be partnered with the Parkinson Society of British Columbia, PD Avengers, Parkinson's Foundation and Mount Sinai Hospital to offer a variety of improv courses geared towards students with Parkinson's Disease.  
Register
The other day, when I was shopping for sandals, I thought about my sister Bev, who has stage 3 Parkinson’s disease. I pondered how Parkinson’s might affect her footwear options. For example, I thought about how sandals and flip-flops may be trendy, but they typically aren’t good for people with Parkinson’s who experience balance, walking, and gait problems. Read More...
Open House Events
Greenwich YMCA 
Saturday, September 17th
Time TBD
Bridgeport YMCA
Saturday, September 24th
Time TBD
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
Make sure to check the YMCA's websites! New classes have or will be added to the schedule.
Westport/Weston YMCA
14 Allen Raymond Ln. Westport, CT 203-226-8981 
Information regarding the PDBM program & schedule:
https://westporty.org/programs-services/health-wellness/parkinsons/ 
Greenwich YMCA 
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 https://cccymca.org/locations/fairfield/schedules/
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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