Welcome! Parkinson disease is a neurodegenerative disease resulting in the loss of dopamine production. Dopamine is the neuro-transmitter responsible for aiding in body movements. Symptoms include slowness of movement, tremor, muscle stiffness and postural instability. To date, there is no cure. The mission of the Wisconsin Chapter of the APDA is to “Ease the Burden, to Find the Cure.” We do this by providing support and empowering people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, and caregivers through education, fundraising for research, sponsoring support groups, and networking with resource and referral agencies involved in the care of people with Parkinson’s disease throughout Wisconsin.
Learn the fundamentals of rowing from a safe, land-based environment. Most of class time will be spent on ergometers, or rowing machines, and the focus will be on balance, technique and aerobic exercise. It’s a new way to stretch your muscles. Participants will also learn about rowing equipment including boats, oars, and seats. There will be an on-the-water session the last week of class. The dates are Tuesday, July 7 through Thursday, August 13 from 4-5:30pm. If interested, please contact Jordan Mooney at (608) 229-7628.
This year, the Optimism Walk will be Sunday August 30th at Warner Park from 11am-3pm. Please check out all of the information including registration by clicking here!
Here are some of the next presentations for the support groups that have decided to have speakers at each month’s meeting. There is no need to RSVP, just show up the day of the event. Please note that the Asbury Support Group will start meeting the 3rd Wednesday of the month in July from 2:45pm-4pm in hopes of increasing attendance.
Sun Prairie Support Group: 301 Blankenheim Ln, Sun Prairie WI, 1-2pm
Monday May 18: Curt Campbell, Parkinson’s & Physical Therapy
Monday June 22th: Bridget Gracner, Meriter Driving Safety Program
Monday July 27th: Brienne Ruel- Speech and Parkinson’s
Monday August 24th: Dr. Mangin- Cognition Changes in Parkinson patients
Asbury Support Group: 6101 University Ave
Thursday May 21 4-5:30pm: Jane Busch, How to get the most out of your neurology appointment
Thursday June 18 4-5:30pm: Katherine McConville- Speech & Parkinson’s, Let’s Talk about it
TIME CHANGE- Wednesday July 15th 2:45pm-4pm: Janet Bolling, Coping Skills and Approaches to Caregiving
By Jamie Roman
The “My Father’s Clowns” calendar is dedicated to the memory of Robert J. Roman. My Dad made these clowns for over 20 years from rocks collected near where my family vacationed. Dad passed away from Parkinson’s in 2004 and I finally adopted all the “clownies” ten years later. The calendar features the clownies on backgrounds of original photographs that I have taken.
Coincidentally, after the calendars were made and I had arranged to donate the proceeds to APDA-Wisconsin Chapter, my son learned Grandpa (Dad) had raised substantial money for APDA in Utah as a member of their Board of Directors. My son and I feel this is now a three generation project continuing what Dad started by raising money for those with Parkinson’s Disease for years to come.
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Purchase a Parkinson’s bracelet today as a gift! The bracelets feature: -Sterling Silver is strong and long-lasting; similar to the strength it takes to fight Parkinson disease -Hand-stamped charms create a personalized bracelet for people involved with Parkinson’s community -Charms: two flat circular sterling silver hand-stamped discs say: “WI” and “CURE” -Swarovski Crystals are beautiful; just like the families supporting people with Parkinson disease -Red and blue Swarovski crystals are the APDA’s colors -Sterling Silver magnetic clasps make putting it on easy -Sterling Silver flex bead wire is comfortable to wear The bracelet is lovingly designed by an artist and the granddaughter of a person with Parkinson’s and is keenly tied to our Chapter’s purpose. Purchase one today at http://wdaviesdesigns.storenvy.com.