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American Parkinson Disease Association Wisconsin Chapter

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1313 John Q. Hammons Drive, Middleton, Wisconsin53562

May 7, 2019

press release: APDA Wisconsin is excited to bring back this much appreciated education and support program to the Madison area. The 2019 event will feature informational sessions for people living with PD and their families, caregivers and health professionals. In addition to uplifting keynote speaker there will be at least two session tracks and interactive presentations offering options for everyone including veterans, early onset and women.

A featured speaker will be Dr. Rebecca Gilbert, chief scientific officer, American Parkinson Disease Association. She will address the advances in research and treatment of PD that are providing strength in optimism and hope in progress.

There will be more than 20 vendor booths showcasing a variety of products and services.

9am-4pm, November 1, 2019, Marriott West, 1313 John Q Hammons Drive, Middleton, WI 53562

Free Registration required by 10/25: We cannot accept at-door, same-day registrations, so please plan ahead.

Surgery For Parkinsons Disease

Some people with Parkinsons disease benefit from surgery. At UW Health, we offer deep brain stimulation for Parkinsons disease.

During DBS, surgeons place an electrode in your brain. The electrode is connected to a device implanted in your chest. The device in your chest sends electrical stimulation to areas of your brain affected by movement disorders.

About American Parkinson Disease Association

The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association is the only affiliate of the national organization in the state. As such the only statewide Parkinsons association that supports the needs of Wisconsins Parkinsons community, and also is actively working to support medical advances to reduce the progression of and hopefully find a cure for Parkinsons. We are committed to raising public awareness of Parkinsons disease and making a difference in the lives of those living with Parkinsons and their family, friends, and neighbors. Our Mission The American Parkinson Disease Associations mission is to provide the support, education, and research that will help everyone impacted by Parkinsons disease live life to the fullest every day. APDA Wisconsin embraces that mission, empowering the Wisconsin Parkinsons community through diverse programs and resources. Since our founding in 2005, the chapter has:

  • Held successful walk-a-thons to raise money for national research
  • Helped establish new support groups across the state
  • Developed an exercise program for people with Parkinsons disease
  • Implemented a caregiver respite program Resource and Support Center

APDA Wisconsin is committed to assisting people with Parkinsons disease and their families. The center offers a wide range of information and resources to help people better understand the disease and manage their lives. Information and services include:

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Parkinson’s Half Marathon 5k & More Race Description

The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Parkinsons Disease Association is honored to continue the legacy of the Parkinsons Half Marathon, 5K & 1 Mile Walk. The Nasett family and friends have poured their time and talents into this event in the past. It has been the #1 fundraiser for the Wisconsin Chapter of APDA, with donations totaling over $400,000. An incredible achievement thats possible because of YOU!

The proceeds of this race support educational programs and exercise classes for people with Parkinsons disease and help provide financial support to Wisconsin families struggling to afford all of the additional costs of life with Parkinsons. Simply put, your generosity helps to provide education and support to everyone in Wisconsin affected by Parkinsons disease, helping them live life to the fullest.

About The Apda Wisconsin Chapter

Wisconsin Chapter

The APDA Wisconsin Chapter works tirelessly every day to support and empower those in our community who are impacted by Parkinsons disease . We promote hope and optimism through innovative services, programs, education, and support, while also funding vital research. We are here to help you and your loved ones every step of the way.

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Treatments To Put You In Control

People with Parkinsons disease have fewer dopamine-producing cells within their brains. Dopamine is a chemical that helps your brain to control movement.

Your Parkinsons disease treatment will be designed to reduce symptoms and improve function.

Replacing dopamine with medication is one way to treat Parkinsons disease.

Physical therapy is another essential part of your treatment plan. Exercises can improve your balance and walking.

American Parkinson Disease Association Wisconsin Chapter

UW Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences and Disorders and President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association . Michelle Ciucci works in collaboration with APDA to help those with Parkinsons disease find support and local resources. The chapter provides free educational symposia, support groups, a quarterly newsletter and a detailed resource guide/informational manual. The chapter supports low-cost/free exercise classes designed specifically for those with PD and also supports the APDA Information and Referral Center located at St. Marys Hospital.

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About The National Apda

The APDA was founded in 1961 to ease the burden find the cure. Headquartered in New York, the organization focuses its energies on research, patient support, education and raising public awareness of the disease. The APDA national office coordinates 58 Information & Referral Centers, 60 chapters and more than 250 affiliated supported groups across the nation.

A special thank you to St. Marys Hospital for donating the space for this event and supporting the APDA Information & Referral Center in Wisconsin.

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1313 John Q. Hammons Drive, Middleton, Wisconsin53562

May 7, 2019

press release: APDA Wisconsin is excited to bring back this much appreciated education and support program to the Madison area. The 2019 event will feature informational sessions for people living with PD and their families, caregivers and health professionals. In addition to uplifting keynote speaker there will be at least two session tracks and interactive presentations offering options for everyone including veterans, early onset and women.

A featured speaker will be Dr. Rebecca Gilbert, chief scientific officer, American Parkinson Disease Association. She will address the advances in research and treatment of PD that are providing strength in optimism and hope in progress.

There will be more than 20 vendor booths showcasing a variety of products and services.

9am-4pm, November 1, 2019, Marriott West, 1313 John Q Hammons Drive, Middleton, WI 53562

Free Registration required by 10/25: We cannot accept at-door, same-day registrations, so please plan ahead.

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Wisconsin Exercise And Support Groups By Region

Fitness classes

Exercise is not just recommended, its critical for people with Parkinsons disease. As gyms, workshops and trainers make options available we post them here. These classes range from dance and yoga to rowing and boxing. There is something for everyone. APDA Wisconsin offers financial assistance to cover class fees via the Patient Aid scholarship program.

Support groups

These support groups are for people with Parkinsons, their family and caregivers. It is a facilitated group, who meet regularly to discuss how to handle their disease and treatment, and provide networking and community.

Caregiver support groups

Caring for a loved one with Parkinsons disease can be very challenging, but also very rewarding. There are several resources that can help you along your journey. APDA Wisconsin sponsors many local support groups for caregivers throughout the state.

About The Wisconsin Chapter Apda

The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association was founded in September 2005. The chapter is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization committed to raising public awareness of Parkinsons disease. Our mission is to empower the Wisconsin Parkinsons community through education, support and mind/body programs. Since 2005, the chapter has held seven successful walk-a-thons to raise money for national research, helped establish thirteen new support groups in the Madison area, developed an exercise program for people with Parkinsons disease and implemented a caregiver respite program.

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Recognizing Signs Of Parkinsons Disease

Parkinsons disease causes several specific movement-related symptoms. These are called motor symptoms. Motor symptoms affect everyday tasks like buttoning clothing or writing. Motor symptoms can also affect the way you walk.

  • Progression of symptoms over time

  • Response to treatment

Your doctor may order brain scans or blood tests to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms.

Treatments

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Online Toast To Support People Living With Parkinson’s

About Our Chapter

A personal campaign sponsored by Greg Chesmore

Dear Friends and Family,

Many of you know firsthand how challenging Parkinson’s can be—but after a diagnosis you have two choices: You can roll up in a ball and let the disease win or YOU CAN FIGHT BACK. Each day living with this disease, Chad chooses to fight back!

We’re asking you to join us.

For the past few years, we’ve co-chaired the APDA-Wisconsin Chapter’s wine fundraiser–“A Night of Hops & Vines”. It’s a great evening featuring a fun VIP tasting event, multiple wine and beer vendors, good food, a huge silent auction and live music. The funds raised support a variety of programs—such as exercise programs, educational symposia and caregiver support–throughout Wisconsin.

As much as we’d love to have each of you join us at Blackhawk Country Club in Madison on April 22, we know that it’s simply not possible for some of you. If you can’t join the event, please join us in this ONLINE TOAST by making a donation to help FIGHT BACK against this disease and stand with those battling PD.

Thank you for your time, consideration, love and support. – Greg and Chad

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Interested In Getting Involved

APDA Wisconsin is in a growth mode and looking for individuals interested in making a difference right here in Wisconsin. There are a variety of ways you can volunteer everything from a committee that meets regularly to a one time, small commitment project. Right now to meet the needs in Wisconsin we are actively seeking dedicated people who would like to learn more about APDA Wisconsin and become involved.

About The Information & Referral Center

The APDA Information & Referral Center of Wisconsin is committed to assisting people with Parkinsons disease and their families. The center offers a wide range of information and resources to help people better understand the disease and manage their lives. Information and services include up-to-date information on current medical and surgical treatment for Parkinsons disease, educational booklets and articles on various aspects of Parkinsons disease, referrals to neurologists and other Parkinsons disease experts, referrals to support groups for people with Parkinsons and caregivers and information about community resources and events dealing with Parkinsons disease.

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Wisconsin Staff And Board Of Directors

Megan Ramstack, Chapter Coordinator

Megan Ramstack is a Marketing and Communications professional. After working with nonprofit preschools and school age programs for over ten years, she returned to school graduating from Madison College in 2019. She then interned at the Alzheimers and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin and Health Care Education and Training, where she later worked as a Graphic Design Consultant. She is excited to continue her work with the APDA WI, helping people access resources to improve their lives. She will serve as a communication touchstone between our local Wisconsin chapter and our national organization. She is making connections within the Parkinsons community so she can better support them. She is engaged, loves to laugh, and has two cats, Ozzy and Harriet.

Tom, Board President

As CEO of T.A. Engels Consulting,Tom Engels has 35+ years of experience in marketing, public relations, media, and fundraising. Engels has provided business development, marketing, and grant writing services to many nonprofits, including Tellurian Inc. Experienced in securing new business relationships and expanding existing business partnerships, Engels has facilitated strategic planning workshops with a focus on increasing revenue, brand awareness, and community support.

Jessica Wagner, Vice President

Susan Armstrong, Treasurer

Moses Milchberg

Bill Ryan

Stan Livingston

Kristi Papez

Chuck Geurink

Jessica Han

Who We Are

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The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association was founded in September 2005. The chapter is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization committed to raising public awareness of Parkinsons disease, support for the Parkinson’s community and funds to support our mission.

Every day, we provide the support, education, and research that will help everyone impacted by Parkinson’s disease live life to the fullest.

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