Parkinson Association Santa Barbara, 8/19/21, Vol. 35

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Our Mission: To offer education, motivation, friendship to help people with Parkinson’s, their caregivers, family members and friends maintain a positive quality of life. Our programs empower people to be proactive in managing their day-to-day lives and in working to delay the disease progression.

The Parkinson Association of Santa Barbara is a non-profit that is: • Dedicated to serving the local community • Not affiliated with any national organization. • Open to all who want to come. We charge no dues. • A ctively supported by community volunteers • Reliant on generous donations from participants and the general public.

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organization has been a real life saver for me. I can’t imagine life without “This Kitty and all the kind and generous people whom Donna and I have met. ” —Lawrence Mason

EXERCISE PROGRAMS Exercise is proven to delay progression of Parkinson’s Disease. PASB offers fun, chair-based movement-to-music exercise classes: Move to Music Chair-based exercise program in English ➤E very Tuesday and Thursday at 1 pm

¡Latino Exercise Program! Programa de Ejercicios con Música en Español ➤T odos los Viernes de 1 pm

“When my husband Craig realized how much our dance lessons helped his Parkinson symptoms, we enlisted our dance teacher, Leslie Sack, to design a program for PASB. The resulting program has brought joy to hundreds of participants.” —Marjorie Palonen

SUPPORT GROUPS Support groups allow people dealing with Parkinson’s to share information and make personal connections. The facilitators are volunteers trained by the Center for Successful Aging and the groups respect confidentiality. ➤ Care Partners’ Support Group Tuesdays at 1 pm ➤ Early Stage Parkinson’s Support Group 3rd Sunday of the month at 3 pm ➤ Grief Support Group Tuesdays at 11 am

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“In the group you meet people with a heart to care, an ear to listen, a brain to pick and a nudge in the right direction. We have all said, at one time or another, ‘I don’t know what I’d do without this group.’” —D. C. Collier

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS Programs sponsored by PASB help people gain knowledge and feel empowered. ➤ Monthly Speaker Meetings on the

second Tuesday of the month at 2:15 pm ➤ Annual all-day Symposium featuring

exhibitors and prominent speakers Topics include the causes and symptoms of the disease, latest treatments and medications, impact of diet, exercise and lifestyle, and helpful resources.

“Whether you are newly diagnosed or have had Parkinson’s Disease for a long time, PASB is a good place for resources and webinars on relevant topics.” —Bill Pierce

SOCIAL EVENTS Through its activities PASB has built a community of people who support one another in their common journey. ➤ Annual July picnic ➤ Annual Holiday Party ➤ Refreshment time before speakers

“Connection with others dealing with the differing facets of Parkinson’s, whether the person is afflicted or in a caregiver role, is crucial to maintaining a hopeful outlook on life.” —Linda Perlin

ABOUT PARKINSON’S DISEASE Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive disorder of the brain caused by the lack of brain cells that make dopamine, the chemical that controls movement. Parkinson’s Disease

Symptoms vary from person to person but can include:

➤ Strikes people of all ages and ethnicities ➤ Is not contagious ➤ Afflicts over one million Americans ➤ Has no known single cause although genetics, environmental exposures and aging may all play a role.

➤ Tremors of limbs at rest ➤ Fatigue ➤ Rigidity of body ➤ Loss of facial expression ➤ Difficulty with motor skills ➤ Speech, swallowing difficulties ➤ Depression, anxiety

Contact the Parkinson Association of Santa Barbara To Participate

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P. O. Box 6254, Santa Barbara, CA 93160-6254 805 683-1326 | | All programs except the Latino Exercise, Early Stage ParkinsonSupport Group and annual Symposium, are held at: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 45745, Auhay Drive, Santa Barbara. Activities are online as long as it remains unsafe to gather in person. To get the latest information about Parkinson’s and about our programs, ask to be put on our email list.

I can’t say enough about PASB. When my husband was diagnosed about “ four years ago, we were happy to discover the local association. Even though we have not been able to attend many of the events, we feel well connected through the inspiring newsletter and are comforted just to know there is a Parkinson’s community out there. —Karen Krulevitch and Michael Friedman