Parkinson's Support Group
Saint Clair Street Senior Center Murfreesboro TN
7 JANUARY 2022 COFFEE AND CAKE KICKOFF
We want to start the year off right so join us for some warm coffee and baked treats. We will reflect on the things we did in 2021 then have a discussion about 2022 Goals for our group.
The images above tell the story. We wanted everyone to join us for coffee and cake at our New Year kickoff meeting. But mother nature dumps 5 inches of snow and freezing temperatures which results in a Zoom meeting. No matter, we adapted.
We had a great time looking back at 2021. We did our usual things "Aware-in-Care" check, update on sick, discussion time and get-to-know you. Watson and In were our get-to-know you members this meeting. They were both interesting and left us all wanting to know them better. We thanked Joe for his work at the Christmas party setting up the photo booth and creating memory pictures for us. Our chat session resulted in some good ideas about future speakers and outreach to find more Persons with Parkinson's and Care Partners.
4 FEBRUARY 2022 KELLY ARNEY
Kelly Arney, MSSW, Outreach Coordinator for the Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence at Vanderbilt was our guest speaker.
Ms. Kelly planned to be our guest speaker in Murfreesboro BUT for the second month in a row the weather forced us to a zoom meeting. Kelly made a great presentation via zoom about "preparing for your Doctor's appointment."
We had heard that some people avoid Zoom meeting because their hair looks bad on Zoom. So to take away that excuse we had a "HAT DAY" and it was worth the price of admission. George wore a hat he picked up in Germany at Octoberfest, horns and all. George recieved the most votes and will get a prize. Lots of GREAT hats.
We enjoyed learning about Komiko and Ann in our "get-to-know-you" segment. We are so blessed with our talented and accomplished members.
It was good to see Karen again and nice to have Martha with us. She gave us an update on Wally and thanked everyone for the kind gestures of food, cards, calls and texts while Wally has been 11 weeks in the VA home and hospital fighting infection and covid.
4 MARCH 2022 Laura Grissom
The Maple Street Biscuit Company provided goodies for this meeting.
GUEST SPEAKER was Laura Grissom wellness director at Saint Clair. She covered the many programs and options that are available at the Senior Center that could be helpful to people with Parkinson's and Care Givers. We also had a line dance presentation by Phyllis Petty an instructor in dance. Ron introduced a cognitive self evaluation tool with a handout. We also enjoyed getting to know Jim Upton and Dianne Phillips in our getting to know you segment. Our discussion groups focused on Senior Center programs and the cognitive self evaluation exercise handout.
1 APRIL 2022 Byron Coleman
Byron spoke about the Inbrija the levodopa inhaler, as a short term solution to "off times". Sharon led us in some exercises and we had our "get-to-know-you" segment. We learned about John Cain and we learned a little about Carol Ellis. In our discussion groups we talked about "Share Groups" and asked if it would be better to gather by gender rather than by patient and care giver. We also remembered Wally Sudduth and Jerry Jensen before closing. Ron asked everyone to visit our website and let others know how you are doing in this " Parkinson's Awareness" month of April.
6 MAY 2022 CLAIRE CARRICO
Thanks for those who were able to be at our First Friday May meeting. We had a few new people.
It was good to see Martha Sudduth again. She always brings her kind smile.
Thanks again to David and Carol Ellis for bringing the goodies again. And thanks to David for arranging
for our Guest speaker Claire Carrico who gave a great presentation about the Loud program that is
part of the BIG and LOUD exercise program for Parkinson's patients. We all learned something about
voice projection and how to recover a shrinking voice effected by PD.
In our get-to-know-you segment we learned more about Jon MacBeth and David Ellis.
In the picture below we have Carol Ellis and David Ellis and our speaker Claire Carrico.
3 JUNE 2022 SPEAKER Jay Berryman from ABBVIE Neuroscience talked about the automatic medication delivery system called Duopa. Sharon led our exercise segment and we had our Aware in Care check as usual. In our get-to-know you segment we learned a little more about Martha Sudduth and Karen Alexander. Our discussion groups talked about the Duopa and made suggestion for the July 8 Patriotic party.
8 JULY 2022 PATRIOTIC SUMMER PICNIC
AUGUST 5 MEETING - Bunny Donnelly , PT, MOMP
Bunny is a Physical Therapist who instructs the BIG part of the BIG and LOUD method of therapy. Learn about how this program can benefit a person with Parkinson's.
In addition to her two degrees in PT, Bunny holds numerous other certifications making her one of the highest trained physical therapists in Rutherford County.
SEPTEMBER 2 MEETING - Mark Schwab
Our Speaker will be from Boston Scientific and will discuss Deep Brain Stimulation
Mark Schwab has worked with the Parkinson’s Community in Middle Tennessee since 2010 in both the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Mark has almost 10 years experience in Deep Brain Stimulation, and has covered surgeries all over the United States and parts of Europe. Mark is the Therapy Consultant for Boston Scientific.
OCTOBER 7 MEETING - Speaker TBA
NOVEMBER 4 MEETING - Speaker TBA
DECEMBER 2 Holiday Party - Speaker TBA