Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center News & Monthly Updates: August 2020
Clinic Update:   We are continuing to offer both tele-visits and in-person visits, and strongly encourage you to keep your upcoming medical appointment if you have one scheduled. If you are scheduled for a tele-visit and prefer an in-person visit, or vice-versa, please reach out to your provider to discuss the most appropriate care setting. Please also reach out to your provider to address any concerns prior to canceling any upcoming appointments. 

Questions: If you have public questions you would like to pose to our collaborative care team (including physicians, social workers, physical and speech therapists or our research team) for our Fall newsletter FAQ section—please email . Please make sure all questions are general and not related to your personal care; for medication and appointment-related questions, please contact your care team.
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Virtual Support Group Schedule

General Parkinson's Disease Support Group 
Date: Wednesday, August 5th and August 19th (1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month)
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Parkinson’s & Women Online Support Group 
Date: Tuesday, August 11th (2nd Tuesday of each month) 
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Care Partner Virtual Support Group 
Date: Tuesday, August 11th (2nd Tuesday of each month) 
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Young Onset Virtual Parkinson’s Group 
Date: Wednesday, August 26th (4th Wednesday of each month) 
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Live Chair Yoga for Parkinson's  
Date:  August 11th, 18th and 25th (2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesday)
Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Please go to and enter Meeting ID: 827 7971 3113 or click on this link on the dates and time listed above. 

All groups are held via Webex unless otherwise noted. After completing the online consent form, an e-mail will be sent with information for how to join the group(s). If you have any questions about group offerings or how to register, please e-mail Erin Cecchi.
PD Health @ Home   offers weekly Parkinson’s wellness and education online events for the following programs:

Mindfulness Mondays: Start your week with guided relaxation techniques to help boost brain power and reduce stress every Monday at 1 p.m. ET.

Wellness Wednesdays: Join experts at 1 p.m. ET as they discuss PD topics that matter most to you.

Fitness Fridays: A NEW 10-part fitness series will go live every Friday, highlighting a different PD fitness focus you can complete at home.

Visit   for a full list of events and to  register.

As a reminder,   the Foundation has a variety of resources available to support you and the PD community, including: 
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab continues to offer in-person and tele-heath visits. If you are interested in tele-health visits for our interdisciplinary clinic or for therapy services, you need to have access to an internet enabled device with a camera and a microphone. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to call Shari at 312-238-5018.

SRAlab Fitness Center has tele-fitness service! They offer 1-on-1, 45 minute virtual appointments to members. Membership information can be found here or you can call 312-238-5001.
Featured Webinar
Please join the team at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, as they discuss Interdisciplinary Care & Telehealth Rehab.

About: A look into a robust and holistic model to address the needs of people with movement disorders in a tele-health format. With a deep dive into the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab tele-health model, participants will understand what can be done when people are able to access not only their movement disorder provider but also a full therapy network on a tele-health platform.

Date: Friday, July 31st
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 PM CT

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab ONLINE Parkinson’s Educational Series 

Free online educa tional series for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their care partners. 

The next session will be held August 1st at 10AM CT, and will cover the topic of Sleep and Parkinson’s.

To register please contact Doug by phone 312-238-5911, via email at , or fill out the online registration form here .
NEW Upcoming Program at SRALab!!!

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is excited to announce a new education and support program for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners entitled, “ I nteractive D emonstrations , E ducation , A ctivities , and S upport for Mental Health in Parkinson’s Disease (IDEAS for Mental Health in PD) .” 

This program, directed by Dr. Jennifer G. Goldman and supported by a Parkinson’s Foundation 2020 Community Grant, will focus on increasing awareness of and knowledge about mental health issues in Parkinson’s. It will include two education and support tracks: 1) for people who have been newly diagnosed and their care partners and 2) for people who have had Parkinson’s for longer durations and their care partners. We will focus on four specific themes and how they relate to mental health and can be used in help people in their well-being. These themes include: 1) Nutrition, 2) Fitness, 3) Music and speech, and 4) Mindfulness. We will help attendees develop personal strategies for being proactive about their mental health and provide tools and resources to help empower them. 

Sessions will be virtual and will start in early fall 2020. 

Dates and times are TBD, but please email for more information.
Featured Exercise Program
Nice Guy Training

Date: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 
Time: 1-2 PM CT 
Cost: Contact directly to discuss
Location: Zoom

To sign up, discuss cost, or get more information please call 847-502-0630, e-mail or visit .