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2015 MEETINGS & EVENTS CALENDAR


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CALENDARS OF MEETINGS & EVENTS
Note: All calendar information and events are subject to change.
Please visit often for the recent and newest updates.


2017 ---- 2016

2015 ---- 2014 ---- 2013 ---- 2012

2011 ---- 2010 ---- 2009 ---- 2008
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Tulip symbol indicates Columbia Parkinson's Support Group
Meeting and / or Event


"Older" calendar page links (listed above) are being provided to enable our visitors to view the types of activities and event information which our support group provides to our Parkinson's community.

Please note that any contact information and / or website links provided on any of the older calendars for speakers, presenters, or events remains the same as when
the activity occurred, and has "not" been updated.

Some of the events listed below may be PODCASTs - WEBCASTs - or - WEBINARs. For an explanation of what these different internet formats are for
delivering information Click here

January18, 2015
MEETING

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Topic: "Falls - How Do You Prevent Them?"

Speaker: Dr. Priyantha Herath, M.D., Ph.D., USC Specialty Clinics, Department of Neurology

Dr. Herath will discuss strategies and tips on Preventing falls, and answer as many of your questions as time permits.


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Dr. Herath

Dr. Priyantha Herath, MD, PhD
Photo provided by Dr. Herath
February 15, 2015
MEETING
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1st Topic & Speaker: "The Vial of Life" - Molly Burkett - A way to alert emergency personnel on how to find instructions for medication in case the caregiver is not available.

--and--

2nd Topic & Speaker: "Downsizing, Moving, and Setting-up In The New Home" - Candy Waites

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February 28 - March 1, 2015
TRAINING
Regional PWR (Parkinson's Wellness Recovery Training)
This two day regional training will be 14 hrs of CEU credit for PT's and will also include a special 1.5 hr CEU class entitled "Real World Rehab and Community Implications"

Date: February 28 - March 1, 2015 (2 days)
Where: Spartanburg, SC
Contact: Travis Dewyea or Lynne Brenner - Phone 864-560-5111 - Email tdewyea@srhs.com - 151 Ribault Street, Suite 200, Spartanburg, SC 29302
Register Online: www.pwr4life.org/ or Call 520-591-5346

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March 15, 2015
MEETING
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Topic: Open Forum

For our open forum meetings, we usually start with a theme or topic and go from there. Our members have an opportunity to share their own experiences; ask questions of each other; and help each other by proving solutions that they have for various issues, concerns, problems, etc.  At the open forum meetings, our members tell us they learn about things that they can't find in anywhere else, because they are learning directly from other Parkinson patients and their caregivers. These meetings are one of our most popular, and sometimes they get a little bit noisy because everyone wants to share!

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Open Forum Meeting September 2008

Open Forum Meeting
September 2008

To see a video/movie of one of our open forum meetings go to this link http://tinyurl.com/axofztj

March 26, 2015
EXPO
SC ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY EXPO 2015

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015


Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Location: Brookland Banquet and Conference Center 
1066 Sunset Boulevard
West Columbia, S.C. 29169
(803) 796-7525  

Information: You can learn more about the SC Assistive Technology Expo 2015 at: 
http://www.sc.edu/scatp/expo/expo15.html . Come see what's new in assistive technology and attend presentations about assistive technology and its use. It’s all free!

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
NO PRE-REGISTRATION NECESSARY
Mark your calendars! The South Carolina Assistive Technology Program Expo is returning for another exciting year! Come see what's new in assistive technology and listen to free presentations by great speakers.

Note from Dottie Gantt: "I have attended this Expo in past years and have found it very useful for anyone (old or young) with a disability or mobility problems. They also have vendors, exhibits, and speakers that are excellent. You do not have to spend the whole time there, you can come and go when you want to."

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April 2015
PARKINSON'S
AWARENESS
MONTH
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CELEBRATE THAT APRIL IS
SC STATE & NATIONAL
PARKINSON'S AWARENESS MONTH!

April 2014 Parkinson's Awareness Proclamation

To view the 2014 SC Governor's Proclamation
declaring April to be Parkinson's Awareness Month throughout the
state of SC click Here
April is an "excellent" time to show your support for your local Parkinson's support group. Making a donation or volunteering to help in any local / regional special events will help in celebrating Parkinson's Awareness Month.

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April 18, 2015
SYMPOSIUM
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

ON APRIL 18, 2015 THE COLUMBIA PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP IS HOSTING A VERY SPECIAL FREE PARKINSON'S DISEASE SYMPOSIUM -- "PARKINSON'S AND YOU!"


This symposium is FREE. Anyone who has an interest in learning more about Parkinson's disease is welcome to attend. Seating is very limited. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER. If you do register and find out that you cannot attend, we ask that you notify us so that we may call others on our waiting list who want to attend.

Attendees will have several opportunities to visit resource tables throughout the day.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM -
A FREE lunch will be provided.

Location: The Lourie Center - 1650 Park Circle - Columbia, SC 29201

Please note that due to this symposium, there will be NO REGULAR SUPPORT GROUP MEETING ON SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015

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April 19, 2015
NO MEETING
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DUE TO OUR SYMPOSIUM THERE WILL BE NO MEETING ON SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015!

April 21, 2015
HEALTH FAIR
SCPM HEALTH FAIR
The Senior Care Professionals of the Midlands will be hosting a variety of senior care companies and organizations in addition to speakers, door prizes, health screenings, games and so much more!

Date: April 21, 2015 - Saturday
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: 311 West Main Street, Lexington, SC 29072

Contact: Chris Hornung
Email: scpmsc@gmail.com
Phone: (803-463-2709)

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April 25, 2015
PARKINSON'S AWARENESS FUND RAISER
Passion for Fashion & Parkinson's Awareness - Fashion, Food & Fun
(Portion of Proceeds Will Benefit Columbia Parkinson's Support Group)

Date: Saturday, April 25th
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Waterford - 9370 Windsor Lake Blvd - Columbia, SC 29223
Tickets: $20
Contact: Cassie Conrad 803-699-1121
Boutique will be open 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

To view the flyer for this event, please click on the following link
Passion for Fashion - Parkinson's Awareness Fund Raiser

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May 15, 2015
SEMINAR
Seminar --- HOPE IN PARKINSON'S --- Join us for a patient oriented, half-day seminar geared toward enabling you to find hope in your fight against PD. 

A special presentation by 
Dr. John Morgan and Dr. Julie Kurek from Georgia Regents University in conjunction with Augusta’s annual Parkinson’s Disease Patient Seminar. We invite everyone eager to hear the latest in PD research and treatments to join us as we listen to keynote speaker Dr. David Standaert from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Date: Friday, May 15, 2015

Time: 9:00 am to Noon


Location: Note the NEW location! --- Kroc Center Augusta - 1833 Broad Street - Augusta, GA  30904

Speakers: Georgia Regents Movement Disorder Specialists - John Morgan, MD, PhD and Julie Kurek, MD
Special Guest: David G. Standaert, MD, PhD
- University of Alabama at Birmingham

Cost: This seminar is free and open to the public.  

Breakfast: A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30am and speakers will begin at 9am.

Registration is not required, but encouraged. 

Please visit http://grhealth.org/parkinsons101

Questions?  Call Amanda Stefanakos 706-721-4895
May 17, 2015
MEETING
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Topic: To Be Determined

Speaker: Cindy Curtis, LMSW, Interim Director, Area Agency on Aging / Aging & Disability Resource Center Central Midlands Area Agency on Aging/ADRC

Cindy Curtis, is an award winning older adult wellness program manager and is the Interim Director of the Area Agency on Aging / Aging & Disability Resource Center at the Central Midlands Council of Governments.


Cindy Curtis
Email: ccurtis@centralmidlands.org
For more information, please call (803) 376-5390

Information and Referral:866-394-4166
Central Midlands Council of Governments
803-376-5390
Ombudsman 1-800-391-1185
I-Care 1-877-744-5130

A majority of aging services are federally funded through the 1965 Older Americans Act. This law requires that planning and service districts be designated to plan and implement aging services. The Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging has divided the state into ten planning and service districts. Central Midlands Council of Governments was designated as the midlands’ Area Agency on Aging in 1976. The mission of the Area Agency on Aging is to plan programs and services for the growing population of older people in Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry and Richland Counties. The agency subcontracts with local providers for delivery of services. The Regional Aging Advisory Committee, the majority of whom are older individuals or individuals who are eligible to participate in Older Americans Act programs, representatives of older persons and the general public, assists the Council of Governments in fulfilling the responsibilities of the Area Agency on Aging.

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June 2015
NO MEETING
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NO SUPPORT GROUP MEETING IN JUNE

WE ARE TAKING A SUMMER BREAK




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See you again in July!
July 19, 2015
MEETING
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Topic: OPEN FORUM

For our open forum meetings, we usually start with a theme or topic and go from there. Our members have an opportunity to share their own experiences; ask questions of each other; and help each other by proving solutions that they have for various issues, concerns, problems, etc.  At the open forum meetings, our members tell us they learn about things that they can't find in anywhere else, because they are learning directly from other Parkinson patients and their caregivers. These meetings are one of our most popular, and sometimes they get a little bit noisy because everyone wants to share!

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Open Forum Meeting September 2008

Open Forum Meeting
September 2008

To see a video/movie of one of our open forum meetings go to this link http://tinyurl.com/axofztj
August 16, 2015
MEETING
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Topic: A Doctor's Philosophy of Treating Patients With Parkinson's Disease

Speakers: Dr. Priyantha Herath, MD, PhD -and- Dr. John C. Morgan, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Herath
Dr. Priyantha Herath, MD, PhD
Photo provided by Dr. Herath



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Dr. John C. Morgan
Dr. John C. Morgan, M.D., Ph.D.
Photo provided by GRU/MCG

Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology 
Georgia Regents Health System
Department of Neurology
Georgia Health and Sciences

Movement Disorders / Parkinson's Center
Department of Neurology (HF-1121B)
1120 15th Street
Augusta, GA 30912
Office Phone: (706) 721-2798
Email: jmorgan@georgiahealth.edu
September 20, 2015
MEETING
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Topic: Medicare Questions and the South Carolina State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

Speaker: Shelia Bell-Ford, CIRS-A, HS-BCP, I-CARE/SMP Coordinator,
(CIRS-A) Central Midlands Area Agency on Aging/ADRC

Sheila Bell-Ford holds an Associate of Arts degree in Paralegal Services from Midlands Technical College and has twelve years of administrative experience at Central Midlands Council of Governments and three years experience in I-CARE. She is a graduate of Midlands Technical College in the Human Services degree program. She is a Certified I-CARE Worker and has been DTV Coordinator for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration grant. She is a Certified Information and Referral Specialist in Aging (CIRS-A).
Shelia Bell-Ford
Shelia Bell-Ford 
Email: sbellford@centralmidlands.org
Phone: 803-376-5390 or (800) 391-1185
Serving: Region 4 - Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, and Richland
The South Carolina State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) has people throughout the state who can help with Medicare questions. Medicare is insurance for the elderly and disabled.  There are several parts to Medicare and many choices to be made by the consumer.  To assist in these decisions, the state of South Carolina and the Federal government have put together a program call the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) or alternately known as the Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referrals for Elders program (I-CARE).  What it means to consumers is there are people throughout the state who can provide health insurance counseling for Medicare, Medicare Supplement, Medicare Savings program, Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare Advantage Plans and Senior Medicare Fraud programs.

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October 18, 2015
MEETING
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Topic: To Be Determined



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November 15, 2015
MEETING
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Aware In Care Logo

Topic: "Aware In Care Kit - What you should always have!"

Speaker: Heather Hammond, MA, Program Manager of the Parkinson's Association of the Carolinas

Heather says "I'm interested in geriatric care management, movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, dementia, advocacy, elder law, ombudsman programs, aging in place, fall prevention, senior living, and hospice."

Heather graduated from the University of South Florida with a M.A. in
Gerontology, Aging, Case Management, End-of-Life issues, Research, and Medicare.
Heather Hammond
Heather Hammond
Contact: hhammond@parkinsonassociation.org

Parkinson Association of the Carolinas
5970 Fairview Road, Suite 217
Charlotte, NC 28210
Phone: 704-248-3722
Toll-free:  866-903-PARK (7275)
Email: pac@parkinsonassociation.org

Parkinson Association of the Carolinas -- The overarching goal for the non-profit Parkinson Association of the Carolinas (PAC) is to help support people with Parkinson’s disease throughout North and South Carolina, so that they can remain independent and stay active in the community, until a cure is found.  The organization uses their resources and    expertise to support, educate and empower those impacted by the Disease.  They give patients the tools needed to better manage the Disease and to allow them to maintain the highest quality of life, for as long as possible.
AWARE IN CARE KIT - The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) launched the Aware in Care campaign in 2011 to help people with Parkinson’s disease get the best care possible during a hospital stay. According to a recent study, three out of four people with Parkinson’s do not receive their medications on time when staying in the hospital. With more frequent hospital visits and a high sensitivity to the timing and dosing of Parkinson’s medications, people with Parkinson’s face great risks in the hospital.

To protect, prepare and empower people with Parkinson’s before, during and after a hospital visit, NPF (National Parkinson's Foundation) developed the FREE Aware in Care kit with tools and information to share with hospital staff during a planned or emergency hospital visit.

For information about the National Parkinson's Foundation Aware In Care Kit please visit this link http://www.parkinson.org/Improving-Care/Education/Education--For-Patients/Aware-in-Care

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December 20, 2015
MEETING
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Join Us For Our Annual Christmas & Holiday Party

Entertainment and Refreshments will be provided - Just bring yourself and your guests!


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Cartoon of Frosty the Snowman
Happy Holidays!


What is a PODCAST? A podcast is a series of digital media files, either audio or video, that are released and downloaded through web syndication. The mode of delivery is what differentiates podcasts from other methods of accessing media files over the Internet. New files can thus be downloaded automatically by a podcatcher and stored locally on the user's computer or other device for offline use, thus giving simpler access to content. Like the term "broadcast", podcast can refer either to an ongoing series or episodes of a particular program.

What is a WEBCAST? A webcast is a media file distributed over the Internet using streaming media technology. A webcast may either be distributed live or on demand. Essentially, webcasting is another type of “broadcasting” over the Internet.

What is a WEBINAR? A webinar is a specific type of web "conference". It is typically one-way, from the speaker to the audience with limited audience interaction, such as in a "webcast". A webinar can be collaborative, and include polling and question & answer sessions to allow full participation between the audience and the presenter.

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