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PSGSC December 2020 Newsletter
In This Issue
Monthly Meeting Information
Support Groups
Recruiting Board Members
Gift Suggestions
Book Review
Personal Essay
Donation Request

Holiday Greetings!
In a normal year we would be looking forward to gathering for our Holiday Party. The tables would be decorated. We would be greeting one another in our holiday “best”. We would be sharing savories and sweets around a decorated buffet table. Holiday music would be filling the room and later we would sing together, perhaps perform for the group. We would talk and laugh together.
This year is so different, in so many ways, because we are isolated, unable to meet and hug our family and friends and attend our favorite gatherings. We are at home, some alone, wondering how we can bring hope and joy into the holiday time and the long winter ahead. We have planned our Monthly Meeting to give us some ideas and confidence about the way forward. Join us—to hear, to see, to talk and laugh together.
Your PSGSC Board, 2020

PSGSC Monthly Meeting:
December 12, 2020
Monthly Meeting

Breakout Group
1-2 pm / 2-3 pm
PSGSC Caregivers Breakout Group
2-3 PM 
Password: 357912
Topic: “Tools for Resilience & Hope: Winter Coping Strategies”
This month’s talk is designed to give us an understanding of the mental and physical health impacts of the stresses we are living with today on top of the winter restrictions we normally face. It is our hope that you will come away with some coping strategies for the months ahead so that you can face the future with resilience and hope.

Speaker: Sue Alvey. LPCC
Sue Alvey is a California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with over 30 years of experience in geriatric social services with seniors from 60 to over 100 and family members of all ages. She has counseled older adults and their families dealing with chronic illness, caregiving, loss, grief, anxiety, guilt, depression, looking at the end of life and now COVID. Sue has worked with various settings including support groups with the Alzheimer’s Association, adult day care programs, retirement communities and her own private counseling practice. She is grateful for her wonderful husband of 35 years, 3 grown children and is proud to be a Florida Gator!

Wendell Berry
What we need is here
Geese appear high over us, pass, and the sky closes.
Abandon, as in love or sleep, holds 
them to their way,
clear in the ancient faith:
what we need is here.
And we pray, not for new earth or heaven,
but to be quiet in heart,
and in eye, clear.
What we need is here.


Dance for Parkinson’s with Torri & Brigid
This month: 2nd & 3rd Thursdays

December 10, 1-2 pm
Zoom Link:
Passcode: 106410
December 17,  1-2 pm
Zoom Link:
Passcode: 102010
Dance with Torri & Brigid — MDT

Every Tuesday, 1-2 pm
Zoom Link:
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting
Support Groups

Care Partners Support Groups

1. 2nd Wednesday of Month
December 9, 2020 at 9:30 am
Join Zoom Meeting:
Passcode: 021152
2. 4th Thursday of Month
December 24, 2020 at 11:30 am
Join Zoom Meeting:
Passcode: 598098

Women With Parkinson’s Support Group

3rd Wednesday of Month
December 16, 2020, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Join Zoom Meeting:
Password: 357912

Men With Parkinson’s Support Group — New!
In 2021 we would like to begin a Support Group for men with Parkinson’s. It would take place on Zoom once a month for about 1-1/2 hours at a time chosen by the group. If you are interested please contact Marc Alexander this month so we can set things up to begin in January. This is a way to share experiences, develop relationships, laugh and support one another.
Recruiting Board Members
PSGSC activities are stewarded by a group of our Support Group and community members who assist in planning and presenting programs and services to our group, as well as reaching out to our larger community. We are the Board of PSGSC. We would like to encourage you to consider joining the Board for two years to plan programs, welcome new members, write for the Newsletter, look for speakers, investigate exercise programs, involve the public through publicity and participate in developing a vision for our future. If you are a person with Parkinson’s, a care partner or know a community person whose skills and interest in working with our group would be valuable to PSGSC, please email Nancy Wilson to talk further about this opportunity. We need your help, and you will find this work manageable and very rewarding. Please consider helping

Gift Suggestions for Winter Days
Board games
Subscription to a TV streaming service
Special Teas or Cocoa
Dark Chocolate for your Brain
Warm socks
Wooly scarf
Cozy blanket
Binoculars to watch the birds
Virtual concert experience
Popcorn popper
Note: If you make purchases on-line with Amazon, please use Amazon Smile and find the PSGSC Donation tab. A percent of your purchase will be sent to us. Thank you.

Book Review
No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality
By Michael J. Fox

A moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives, by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox. 
The entire world knows Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the teenage sidekick of Doc Brown in Back to the Future; as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties; as Mike Flaherty in Spin City; and through numerous other movie roles and guest appearances on shows such as The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Diagnosed at age 29, Michael is equally engaged in Parkinson’s advocacy work, raising global awareness of the disease and helping find a cure through The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the world’s leading non-profit funder of PD science. His two previous bestselling memoirs, Lucky Man and Always Looking Up, dealt with how he came to terms with the illness, all the while exhibiting his iconic optimism. His new memoir reassesses this outlook, as events in the past decade presented additional challenges.
In No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, Michael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Thoughtful and moving, but with Fox’s trademark sense of humor, his book provides a vehicle for reflection about our lives, our loves, and our losses. 
Running through the narrative is the drama of the medical madness Fox recently experienced, that included his daily negotiations with the Parkinson’s disease he’s had since 1991, and a spinal cord issue that necessitated immediate surgery. His challenge to learn how to walk again, only to suffer a devastating fall, nearly caused him to ditch his trademark optimism and “get out of the lemonade business altogether.” Does he make it all of the way back? Read the book.
Review by Amazon
Available at local bookstores and Amazon

Sailing the Sea of Life
by Nancy Wilson

The Parkinson’s Journey is like an explorer’s voyage into uncharted seas. For me the journey began in 1997 when my husband, Warren, was diagnosed with PD. He practiced Maritime Law in San Francisco for 30 years. From his office window he could see huge container ships, ferries, pleasure boats, tugs and tiny sailboats on the Bay. The image of a little sailboat keeling and tossing in the sea became a metaphor for our family life as we lived with a chronic progressive disease for more than 20 years.
We consulted with old salts and captains and set our course hoping for the sailer’s blessing of “fair winds and following seas”. Sunny days and calm seas allowed us to enjoy sailing happily or drop anchor when we found a protected cove with a sandy beach. There we could rest and enjoy ourselves. Just as often though, we could find ourselves becalmed, adrift in fog, or facing a tempest. The sea could turn treacherous with strong winds and high waves. In a storm we could be swamped by the swells and risk capsizing. We would batten the hatches and tack carefully to avoid the shoals. We often lost our bearings. Sometimes we needed repairs in dry-dock, returning later to the voyage. We would take up the challenge again, drawing on unknown or forgotten strengths. With patience, perseverance and the willingness to accept self and limitations, we would get out the maps, chart a new course, consult our compass and sail on. It is the journey, not the destination that is important. But you know this. This is the journey of life. Sail on.
As I leave this support group to return to San Francisco, to walk along the water’s edge watching the ships and boats in the Bay, I am thinking of all of you. How brave you are to step into your boats and begin sailing. If you are like us, you may never have liked the idea of sailing in the first place. But here you are, navigating the waters without a good map. You are resilient, resourceful, buoyant, curious and wise. You are good companions and good-humored. You are making the most of your journey. You can be proud of what you have learned, what you can do, and how you meet yourself and the world every day.
It has been my pleasure to be a part of PSGSC for 20 years and my honor to be your president for the past two years. I am indebted to you for what you have shown and taught me. I am so very grateful to have known you on this adventure.
I wish you calm seas, my fellow sailors.
Always with love,
Nancy Wilson
’Tis the Season of Giving
This is a perfect time to make a donation to PSGSC. End-of-year gifts this year are especially important since we have not had our usual gatherings in person. Our donation jars remain stored as we have stayed distanced. We have appreciated those of you who have made donations for classes taken or meetings attended. Our work will continue in the virtual realm through next year, and we want to be able to continue our offerings and outreach. Please remember PSGSC in this season of giving. Honor someone, remember someone, inspire someone with a gift for the future.
Please donate today by sending your check to:
            c/o Judy Deas, Treasurer
            456 Hidden Acres Road
            Healdsburg, CA 95448

With our thanks and good wishes for a safe and hopeful Holiday Season filled with light and love.
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