September 16 – “Walk In the Woods” Parkinson’s Fundraiser

The Torrington Area Parkinson’s Support Group will be hosting “A Walk in the Woods” at White Memorial Foundation, Route 202 in Litchfield, CT on Sunday, September 16, 2012. Registration begins at noon, and the 0.6 to 1.7-mile walk steps off at 1:00 PM. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation to fund research to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. To register for the walk, or to pledge a donation, visit

http://www.walkforpd.org.

The purposes of the walk are to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease, to raise funds forresearch to find a cure, and to provide an opportunity for people to enjoy some refreshingexercise on a Sunday afternoon in the fall at White’s Woods. Families may picnic on the grounds prior to registering. The Forbes Flyers Precision Jumprope Team will be on hand to demonstrate their skills. Educational materials will be available as well as fun activities for the children. For more information on local Parkinson’s involvement, contact Rosellen Waiveris at 860-491-2366 or e-mail joey@waiveris.com.

The Northwest corner’s first Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is celebrating a year of support and seeking new members to join them at their monthly meetings. The support group meets on the fourth Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sullivan Senior Center, 88 East Albert Street, Torrington. It is open to all interested people and is presented in conjunction with The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association.

Over the past year, the group has averaged 35 attendees monthly and presented discussions and presentations from area physicians, elected officials, and advocates. Topics have included medications, nutrition, research, resources, caregivers support, health policy, and driving assessments. The support group was conceived by two individuals living with Parkinson ’s disease in the Torrington Area who expressed an interest in starting a support group for Litchfield County.  The two had recently participated in programming offered by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (CTAPDA) and learned that the nearest support group for Litchfield County families was Cheshire or Southbury.

For more information on the support group, contact Marion Muschell at 860-489-4378 or Carol Pathe at 860-482-4610.

 

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