PSGSC Newsletter and Information 

September 2020

PSGSC Monthly Meeting/Break-out Groups

Join Zoom Meeting

 September 12, 2020
1-3 pm

 Speaker: Robert Leavitt

Fall Risk and Parkinson’s Disease & What you can do about it!
Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that effects many things including balance. We will review Prevention strategies that have been shown to reduce fall risk by 31%. We will cover Targeted PD Specific Exercise (balance, flexibility, & strength training) that can decrease fall risk by and additional 17%. Fall risk management needs to be a team effort with Therapists, MDs, family members, caregivers, and you as the team leader!
Robert B. Leavitt PT, MPT, OCS, JSCC, LSVT cert. graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Physical Education in 1993 and completed his Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s College in 1995. In 2006 Robert became an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, identified by the American Physical Therapy Association as having developed a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to the area of Orthopedic Physical Therapy. In 2011 Robert became certified in the use of LSVT BIG therapy for those suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Robert’s treatment strategy combines the benefits of focused manual therapy and exercise with a whole body functional approach to rehabilitation, improving performance and promoting general health and vitality for patients of all ages.

Upcoming Events
All Online by Zoom


Dance Classes

September 10: 1-2 pm
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting
September 24: 1-2 pm
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting
Every Tuesday in September
1-2 pm
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Women with Parkinson’s


September 16:
12:30-2 pm

Join Zoom Meeting:
Password: 357912


Caregiver Support Groups


See website for days/times

October Monthly Meeting


Date: October 18
Speaker: Steve Blake
Topic:  “Nutrition”


PSGSC would like to offer a Zoom Book Discussion this fall


Please email Nancy Wilson: if you are interested in reading and talking about:
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End 
by Atul Gawande 
Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.
In his bestselling books, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures-in his own practices as well as others'-as life draws to a close. Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life-all the way to the very end.
Named a best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, NPR, Chicago Tribune


Please check our website under “Resources” for many documents with ideas for health, exercise, care-giving, and managing PD.

Voice & Communication Class
For people with Parkinson’s Disease - Join us on Zoom
10 sessions beginning October, 2020
Wednesdays at 10 am
Please call to sign up
Instructor: Barbara Corinblit, M.S., CCC


Busy as Bees
By Mary Radu
Let’s begin at the beginning! The day I received Nancy’s invitation to write an article I turned to my husband, Rich Auger, to ask if he would be willing to work with me on this project. His response was “I’m too busy”. That has been his theme song for the 25 years that I’ve known him. His Parkinson’s diagnosis ten years ago didn’t change that. The same week we took ownership of our new 7-acre farm project in West Sonoma County Rich received his Parkinson’s diagnosis. As with many patients, the diagnosis threw him.  He didn’t want anyone to know. I was left with my own emotions to deal with in painful silence. After some months he gradually was willing for us to share with friends and we  connected with other families through the Sonoma Parkinson’s community. And he went on with his life, focusing on what he loves. When he was called for court duty he said he was NOT going to say he was retired. He left his prior work and now he calls himself a farmer! Over the past ten years his gait has slowed, his tremor has increased along with stiffness and back pain. Nevertheless, every day he is outdoors on the farm is a happy day for Rich. Positive attitude and purpose have made his life fulfilling, despite being a person with Parkinson’s!
We grow Albarino wine grapes, peaches and have a lush year round vegetable garden. The newest guests to visit our farm is 70 boxes of honeybees enjoying an off-season diverse habitat until they return to their spring pollinating duties in the almond orchards near Woodland.
 * If you would like to know more of Mary and Rich’s story visit:   


Virtual Donation Jar


We hope you will continue to support PSGSC and its programs during this time of separation. 

*Make a donation as you would at Monthly Meetings, or Classes.

*Make a donation in honor of a person you know who is living
with Parkinson’s. 

*Make a donation in Memory of a beloved family member or friend.

Please send your check to:
PSGSC c/o Judy Deas, Treasurer
456 Hidden Acres Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Thank you.


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