Parkinson's Meetings and Events 2023


In our November 2022 meeting the Support Group selected the topics for the new year. We intend to address these topics as closely as possible. The topics are:                         1)Diet -  2)Traveling with PD-   3) Sleep  –   4) Loss of Motivation-                                       5) Cognitive Issues-     6) Mental Health-  7) Reducing Stress-                                            8) Alternative therapy-   9) Neuropathy-    10) Orthopedist Issues

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.                2023 Monthly Speakers and Topics



6 January 2023  Sandra Jones         Topic- "STRESS"

Sandra is an  Adjunct Professor from the Psychology Department MTSU.  She spoke about the much requested topic of "Stress". She answered numerous questions and filled our meeting time with excellant ideas about how to address stress. She also distributed a handout that is filled with great suggestions.


3 February 2023   Davis Phinney "SLEEP"


Prior to our sleep class Blake Farmer from the Parkinson's Foundation invited us all to the  4 March Education Symposium to be held for the first time in Murfreesboro.


SLEEP CLASS Due to the cold weather we elected to have our meeting by Zoom.

Sources for the powerpoint presentation were from Davis Phinney podcast, Mayo Clinic article on Sleep and After the presentation we conducted a 15 question exercise on Sleep Hygiene.




4 March 2023  Saturday Parkinson's Foundation Symposium   

The Parkinson's Foundation sponsored the Education Symposium in Murfreesboro for the first time on Saturday 4 March from  9am to 12:30. We want to thank the Fellowship United Methodist Church on Highway 99 for being such a great host venue. Guests to the event were treated to breakfast and vendor displays from 9am to 9:45 followed by our speakers. There were about 120 registered for in-person and 150 registered for the online streaming of the program. We want to thank the Parkinson's Foundation and their moderator Jessica Bartsch and her team for conducting a complicated simultaneous in-person, streaming program.  We want to especially thank the vendors that pick up the tab and they include: ACADIA Pharmaceuticals.

We also want to thank Tennessee State Senator Shane Reeves for stopping by to encourage us and to lend his support for the Murfreesboro Support Group and the Parkinson's Foundation in our effort to reach Persons with Parkinson's in our region.  

Colleen Bridges from Music City "Rock Steady Boxing" treated us to some  half -time exercises and got our blood pumping and our focus sharpened.

We enjoyed having several members attend from the “Trembling Troubadours” a Parkinson's choir from Chattanooga. Mount Juliet, Franklin, Cookville and several of the surrounding communities were represented as well.


Justin T. Phillips, MD Movement Disorders Neurology Norton Healthcare                                  Dr. Phillips addressed nutrition and dietary issues with Parkinson's.                  

Kayla Johnson, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP Clinical Pharmacist Vanderbilt University                       Dr Johnson addressed issues with medications and Parkinson's 




14 April 2023  time 10:30  Kelly Arney will speak on:                              "Mind, Mood and Memory"

 Kelly is from the  Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence Vanderbilt Medical Center. Kelly talked about               " Mind Mood and Memory" as these topics relate to Parkinson's. She also distributed a handout on "Mood".

Kelly is shown below making her presentation of this meeting but also during a Holiday Party with long time Support Group advocate and supporter who is expressing great  joy at being recognized for his beautiful sweater. Also shown is Judy Heim ( center image) giving a short talk about a recent drawn out medical stay her and her husband Bill experienced. Her point, you must be a vigilant advocate during any medical stay.




5 May 2023  Dr Britt Stone  Neurology Vanderbilt

Dr Stone will spoke on Integrative Medicine and Parkinson's Disease. She really gave us a wider view of a variety of things to improve general health along with Parkinson's.

She listed several different natural supplements and herbs as well as treatments including unconventional and holistic care.






                      FROM THE TENNESSEE RESPITE COALITION  THE NEED TO TAKE A DAY                         "OFF" AND HOW WE CAN DO THAT .  

                       TRAVELING WITH PD  RECOMMENDATION FROM THE PARKINSON'S                                FOUNDATION

7 July 2023  Patriotic Party

 4 AUG 2023  Neuropathy and Holistic Therapy

   Dr Jae Hitson from Blue Umbrella Medical discussed this important complicated topic that effects millions of Americans. She also covered other topics related to treating the whole body for optimum health and well being. 



 8 September 2023   Cognitive Issues

TOPICS Our Topic of Cognitive Issues was moved to January to give us time to address some Group business.  We distributed a list of possible topics for 2024 and let the Group vote for or write in Topics we would like to hear about at our meetings in 2024.  

SHARE GROUPS We also discussed Activities we will be adding to our mid month Share Groups on a Quarterly schedule. In March we plan to have a Breakfast followed by a spring project like planting flowers or a tree. June will be the popular Sonic Drive-in Cruise. September is Bowling  and December will be Hot Chocolate Christmas Caroling.

 MOVING DAY VISIBILITY We also discussed the upcoming 4 November "Moving Day" Parkinson's Foundation fund raiser in Nashville Centennial Park. We would like to be more visible this year as a Group and asked everyone to consider purchasing a colored vest or scarf that we presented at the meeting. ( shown below) The response was very positive.





22 September Share Group Activity  -BOWLING





             6 October 10am Monthly Support Group

Remaining Positive While Experiencing Loss of Motivation.

               Guest Speaker Dr. Deborah Lee, the NHC Chair of Excellence in                             Nursing at Middle Tennessee State University and Chair for the                             Positive Aging Consortium.



3 November  2023  Laura and  Moving Day Prep

Ms. Laura Grissom gave a great presentation about many activities and programs  available at the Senior Center. The rest of the meeting was preparing for The Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day Saturday 4 Nov at Centennial Park Nashville.






                    MOVING DAY



1 December 2023  10 am Holiday Party





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