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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.

2018 ---- 2017 ---- 2016

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

2011 ---- 2010 ---- 2009 ---- 2008
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Current and older calendar page links (listed above) are 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 may have changed after
the activity has occurred, and "not" been updated.

Some of the events listed on our calendar pages may be PODCASTs - WEBCASTs - or - WEBINARs. For an explanation of what these different internet formats are for
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Cat walking WE ARE FOCUSING ON 2018 AS THE YEAR OF THE "CAT"

"CAT" = "COMPLEMENTARY ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS"
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What is CAT? = " Complementary Alternative Treatments" is what we are calling the series of topics being presented at some of our meetings during 2018. There has been many recent articles and on-going research for the popular " Complementary Alternative Treatments" (also referred to as "Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)") of health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of Conventional Western Medical Treatment.

Conventional Western Medical Treatment is accepted by medical experts as a proper treatment for certain types of disease and that is widely used by healthcare professionals. Conventional Western medical treatment is also called "best practice, standard of care, and standard therapy".

"Complementary" refers to treatments that are used along with conventional medicine. "Alternative" refers to treatments used in place of conventional medicine. We are introducing some CAT (Complementary Alternative Treatments) topics to help PD patients focus on the whole person, and to include physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. We will NOT be covering the use of natural products (such as herbs and dietary supplements) because PD patients are prescribed many medications that may have serious side effects when used in combination with any natural products. We encourage PD patients to discuss any use of natural products (including any over-the-counter vitamins, etc.) with their physicians.

Our year of the CAT includes a sampling of - MIND - HEALTHY BODY - and - SPIRIT topics.

MIND - Alternative topics that focus on creative ways to exercise the mind -- reading, taking classes, puzzles, meditation, etc.

HEALTHY BODY - Alternative topics that focus on helping to exercise the body -- nutrition boxing, Tai Chi, yoga, dance, etc.

SPIRIT - Alternative topics that focus on ones appreciation of self - art, music, hobbies, gardening, etc.

We recommend that you do your own research on "Complementary and Alternative Medicine" -and- to discuss this topic with your physician.

January 21, 2018
MEETING

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HEALTHY BODY TOPIC​: Nutrition and Parkinson’s Disease

Speaker: Ellen Wright, MS, RD, LD.

Ellen Wright’s presentation will focus on nutrition in Parkinson's patients. There is concern in the PD community surrounding protein and medication uptake. The presentation will address what to eat/not eat when taking PD medications. Ellen will also speak about food suggestions for boosting energy levels, muscle maintenance and memory, and nutrition if weight loss is a concern. Attendees will be able to immediately apply the new nutritional knowledge to their benefit.

Ellen has extensive work experience of over 30 years in a variety of settings, including hospital, public health, and long-term care, with a variety of age groups and health conditions. She has provided education for patients, their families, and staff members.

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February 18, 2018
MEETING
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HEALTHY BODY Topic: Taoist Tai Chi arts

Speaker: Bob Maddox

The Taoist Tai Chi arts grew out of the Chinese belief that true health comes when the body, mind and spirit work together. The movements of Tai Chi involve deep stretching with a full range of motion and continuous turning of the spine. They gently exercise the entire body including muscular, skeletal and circulatory systems, as well as everything connected to those systems. The Tai Chi arts develop a body that is relaxed and strong at a deep level.

Bob says "My personal experience is that the practice of Taoist Tai Chi has improved my overall well being with particular focus on flexibility, range of motion and balance."

"The group practice sessions I also find to be a very enjoyable and sociable way to work on my fitness. The ordered movements of Tai Chi are an important aspect of coping with my Parkinson's movement disorder."

Bob Maddox

Bob Maddox
Phone: 803-413-5962
Email: maddoxsc@gmail.com

More information is available at   https://www.taoist.org 
HEALTHY BODY Topic: Meditation - Mindfulness - and Yoga

Speaker: Diane Barnes, M. Ed.

Mindfulness and Yoga training is about awareness and self-compassion. Probably most important is understanding that the mind is not all mental activity or emotions. We will show you how to make time to cultivate spaciousness, patience, relaxing, befriending the body, etc.

Diane serves corporate wellness, community groups, and academia along with private lifestyle coaching services and as director of her private mindful living studio.  She completed mindfulness training with the UMass Medical Center in 1998 and has offered mindfulness programs since then.  In addition to formal education (M.S. in Education and B.A. in Psychology), Diane has many credentials in holistic education including yoga, yoga therapy, stress management specialist and others.

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March 6, 2018
SPECIAL EVENT
2018 SC ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY EXPO

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln Street Columbia, SC 29201

Imagine everything you need, all under one roof! For 25 years, the SC Assistive Technology Program has hosted the SC Assistive Technology Expo and has been the go-to source for people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals. Attendees experience cutting- edge products and services for people with a wide range of disabilities. A series of compelling workshops which address pressing disability issues are offered free-of-charge to all attendees.

For Expo Information http://scatp.med.sc.edu/2018-expo/
  • 8:30 am to 9:30 am – Registration
  • 9:30 am to 4:00 pm – Classes
FREE ADMISSION - Open to the Public
FREE PARKINSON in convention center parking lot and in 1007 Park Street parking garage

University of SC Medical School


SPECIAL NOTE - The Columbia Parkinson's Support Group encourages everyone to attend this technology expo. An amazing amount of information for those with disabilities and mobility issues.

For information or assistance
Contact Lydia Durham at (800) 915-4522 or (803) 935-5263
Email lydia.durham@uscmed.sc.edu
March 18, 2018
MEETING
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SPIRIT TOPIC: DANCE

Speaker: Angie Cirnigliaro is an enthusiastic, impassioned, and masterful dance instructor bringing over two decades of experience teaching non-traditional classes for those with movement and memory challenges, specially-abled dancers, and developmental youth programs.

Angie works actively with the Dept. of Neurology at MUSC to hone and develop her classes for maximum physical, mental, and emotional benefit for her wide variety of students.

"Angie's approach to dance is very gentle and accepting. I have problems moving, but I felt free when I worked with her." – Susan McKenna, a Charleston PD dancer


Angie Cirnigliaro


Angie Cirnigliaro, Director
Email -- angie@feelanthropi.com
Website -- www.FEELanthropi.com
Facebook & Instagram -- @feelanthropi
843-276-9858
Member of Dance with Parkinson's
Featured Presenter at the
PD Support Groups of
Columbia & Charleston
Owner of FEELanthropi Integrative Arts
SPIRIT TOPIC: ART

Speaker: Katherine Fix

Katherine is the owner of Art Smart Academy, a Fine Art Pottery Painting Studio in Irmo, SC. She has a BFA while minoring in Psychology. She started a Fine Art Studio and begin working with children and adults of all skill levels and learning abilities. Art's healing aspect is why she is passionate about sharing it with others. Whether one's physical, emotional, mental disabilities or limitations, art has the unique ability to connect us together using 1 common language...love. 

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Katherine Fix

Katherine Fix
katherine@artsmartacademy.com
www.artsmartacademy.com
After-School & Community Art Center
Art Smart Academy
1021 Kinley Road
Irmo, SC 29063
803-667-9912
March 31, 2018
SPECIAL EVENT
Bunny Hop 5K
March 31, 2018
Downtown YMCA
Length5K
Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run

100% of proceeds from the Bunny Hop 5K Run/Walk will support the YMCA’s Annual Campaign to ensure a brighter future for the Midlands.

This campaign is used to fund programs such as PARKINSON'S LIVESTRONG at our YMCA.

The YMCA of Columbia Annual Campaign allows the Y to live by its mission to never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. Last year, through generous donations, the YMCA of Columbia helped 9,400 participants including youth, families, adults and seniors in our community.

Everyone knows the Y as four letters: YMCA. But there’s also community volunteerism to improve our neighborhoods. We teach Pilates, but also teach prevention with our wellness initiatives. We give swim lessons, but we also give scholarships and financial assistance to those who need it most. With your generous support, we can continue to make a lasting impact in our community. The Y is so much more than a gym. It’s a cause.

The YMCA of Columbia is hosts a series of races each year, from 5K run/walks and kids’ fun runs to more intense 12Ks and triathlons, there is a race for everyone!


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YMCA Bunny Hop

Registration Fees: Now- March 10: $25 March 11 – March 30: $30 Race Day: $35

Looking for motivation, guidance, and training to help you complete the Bunny Hop? Check out our Couch to 5K program!

YMCA Website


CLICK HERE for Bunny Hop registration & more information


CLICK HERE if you want to sponsor a race team?
April 2018
PARKINSON'S
AWARENESS
MONTH
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CELEBRATE WITH US THAT APRIL IS
SC STATE & NATIONAL & WORLD
PARKINSON'S AWARENESS MONTH!

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April 2014 Parkinson's Awareness Proclamation
Governor's Proclamation of
Parkinson's Awareness Month In
South Carolina
April 14, 2018
SYMPOSIUM

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SPECIAL EVENT FOR PARKINSON'S AWARENESS MONTH
SAVE THIS DATE!!!
2018 PARKINSON'S AWARENESS SPECIAL
SYMPOSIUM EVENT!

Once again we will celebrate Parkinson's Awareness Month with a Symposium in place of our usual monthly meeting on the 3rd Sunday.

Our "Columbia Parkinson's Suport Group" and the "Parkinson's Association of the Carolinas" are partnering to present you with a FREE educational event for anyone with an interest in Parkinson's.

For more information and/or to register click here www.parkinsonassociation.org/events-columbia

Please note that we WILL NOT be having our monthly on April 15, 2018.

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April 15, 2018
MEETING

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NOTE: OUR REGULAR MEETING, WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN HELD ON SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2017 WILL NOT BE HELD.

INSTEAD THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL PARKINSON'S AWARENESS SYMPOSIUM EVENT ON SATURDAY, APRIL 14th, 2017

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May 20, 2018
MEETING
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Topic: Clinical Trials & Research

Speaker: Dr. John C. Morgan, M.D. & PhD

Dr. Morgan will be presenting information on Clinical Trials & Research being conducted at the Augusta (GA) University Movement Disorders Clinic & Department of Neurology.

He will be explaining the clinical trial process and answer any questions you may have about participating in a clinical trail.

Dr. Morgan is board certified in Neurology, and received his M.D. and a PhD. in neuroscience from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG), Augusta, GA. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. He also did a fellowship with Dr. Kapil Sethi at MCG. His clinical interests are in Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's disease, and dementia.

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Dr. John C. Morgan

Dr. John C. Morgan, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excllence
Movement and Memory Disorder Programs
Medical College of Georgia
Department of Neurology (HF-1121B)
1120 15th Street
Augusta, GA 30912
Office Phone: (706) 721-2798
jmorgan@augusta.edu
June 2018
NO MEETING
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NO SUPPORT GROUP MEETING IN JUNE

WE ARE TAKING A SUMMER BREAK


SEE YOU AGAIN ON JULY 15, 2018



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SEE YOU AGAIN IN JULY!
June 2, 2018
SPECIAL EVENT
Moving Day® Charleston, SC

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Location: James Island – Edisto Hall
Registration Opens: 9:00 a.m.
Walk Start time: 10:00 a.m.

Contact: Kristin Trulock
ph: 501-590-8948
ktrulock@parkinson.org

CLICK HERE for Event Information
https://movingdaywalk.org/event/moving-day-charleston-sc/

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Parkinson's Foundation


Moving Day is your chance to speak up about Parkinson’s disease and move others to take action. It is a movement for change—towards more awareness, more funding, and more understanding of a disease that affects so many of our family and friends.
July 15, 2018
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
August 19, 2018
MEETING
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Topic:  To Be Determined

Speaker:

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September 16, 2018
MEETING
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Topic:  To Be Determined

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October 21, 2018
MEETING
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Topic: To Be Determined

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November 18, 2018
MEETING
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Topic: To Be Determined

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December 16, 2018
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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Happy Holidays!

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