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August 2020 Newsletter


PSGSC Monthly Meeting / Break-out Groups
August 8, 2020
1-3 pm
Topic: “Cannabis Use for PD”
Speaker: Dr. Phillip Grob

Medical School: SUNY Brooklyn
Residency in Psychiatry: Johns Hopkins
Fellowship Geriatric Psychiatry: University of Maryland

Board Certified Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry
Practicing Psychiatry in Sonoma County since 2002

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Upcoming Events
All Online by Zoom
Dance Classes:
August 13
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Meeting ID: 813 8625 4896     Passcode: 400763
August 27
1-2 pm
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 Meeting ID: 844 5689 0918     Passcode: 632194
Every Tuesday in August
1-2 pm
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

 Women with Parkinson’s:
August 15
12:30-2:00 pm
Join Zoom Meeting;
Password: 357912

Caregiver Support Groups: 
                                       See website for days/times
Monthly Meeting:                 September Meeting 
Date: September 12
Speakers: Robert Leavitt &
Sarina Ferguson
Topic: “LSVT-BIG & Balance Issues”

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
Tess Lorraine prepared a List of Resources developed after her talk in July, 2020: The Gift: Talking About What Matters At The End of Life. Please check our website under “Resources” for that document and many other ideas for health, exercise, care giving, and managing PD             
Meditation for the Moment

by Meg Alexander

 Has someone recently suggested that you should meditate? I’ve been “meditating” for decades, but I have to remind myself every day that I “should meditate”. And luckily it can be very simple. I keep these words from a Zen teacher in my mind’s eye:

Caught in a self centered dream, only suffering;
 Holding to self centered thoughts, exactly the dream.
    Each moment, life as it is, the only teacher
 Being each moment, compassion’s Way.
How to return to “each moment”? With the breath. The breath is our constant companion, waking and sleeping. Just bringing our attention to the breath brings us into the moment. And if we add intention to that moment, we amplify and strengthen it. How about Syliva Boorstein’s suggestion: Inhale: “May I meet each moment fully”; Exhale: “May I meet it as a friend.” Ah!  I already feel better. And what is this “better”? I feel more centered. More present. I have made the shift from Thinking to Being. I have returned to a more spacious Presence. It is a skill, like riding a bicycle. Once you get the hang of it, your body knows how to do it. If that feels good to you, I suggest you expand it into three breaths, and use your Imagination. What do you need? I always need to relax so that is where I start. Three relaxing breaths. A full inhale, a deep exhale. Receiving and Releasing. Bring awareness, energy and oxygen into the body, releasing what is no longer needed through every pore of the body: tension, anxiety, and carbon dioxide! Releasing sadness and loss, anger and hurt. Releasing the story we keep telling ourselves, for just a moment.
There is a wonderful expression in our Zen tradition “Every day is a good day”. We are alive, there is beauty in the world, we have choices. AND we can enjoy our breath.

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

*Make a donation in Memory of a beloved family member or friend.
with Parkinson’s. 

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

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