Parkinson Support Network of Cape Cod

APDA Parkinson Support Network of Cape Cod Branch

The Parkinson Support Network of Cape Cod (PSN), a Branch of the APDA MA Chapter, was founded in 2009 by Joyce Ginouves after her husband Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. She recognized the need for additional services for the over one thousand families living with Parkinson’s on Cape Cod. Over the years, she has assembled an alliance of consumers, health and human service providers, and organizations committed to supporting people living with Parkinson’s disease and their families/care partners on Cape Cod. Since its beginnings, the PSN/APDA has coordinated educational seminars, support services, and specialized exercise and wellness programs. The Cape Cod PSN became a Branch of the American Parkinson Disease Association Massachusetts Chapter in 2015.

For more information about any of our programs and services, please call the American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Referral Center at 800-651-8466.

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Upcoming Cape Events


An Update on Parkinson’s Research
Friday, July 26, 2019

Join the Parkinson Support Network of Cape Cod, a branch of the APDA Massachusetts Chapter, for this educational program about current research in Parkinson’s presented by Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCPC, Medical Director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Boston University Medical Campus.

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Educational Programming

Each year, the PSN/APDA Branch provides educational programming specifically for the Cape Parkinson’s community. These programs are designed to educate people with Parkinson’s, care partners, and interested community members about varying topics related to Parkinson’s. Past programming has included panels on wellness programming, seminars on non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s, support for care partners, and more. The Program Committee for the Parkinson Support Network/APDA Board determines annual programming at the beginning of each year. Click below to see the full schedule for the current year.

Educational Programs

Join the Parkinson Support Network of Cape Cod, APDA MA Branch, for the 2019 Educational Series

Educational programs will be added as preparations are completed. Please note that all of these programs are free, however space is limited and registration is required.

Parkinson’s Good Start

Presenters: Parkinson’s Specialists from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod and Boston University Medical Campus (See the Brochure for full information)

Registration is now closed. The program is full.

Date: Tuesdays, May 14 & 21, 2019
Time: 6 – 8 PM (Seating and Light Dinner Begins at 5:30 PM)
Location: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod, 311 Service Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537
Contact: 800-651-8466 or apdama@apdaparkinson.org

An Update on Parkinson’s Research

Presenter: Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCPC, Movement Disorder Specialist, Boston University Medical Campus

Registration is required for this free program.

Date: Friday, July 26, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Seating Begins at 10:30 AM)
Location: YMCA Cape Cod, 2245 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, MA 02668
Contact: 800-651-8466 or apdama@apdaparkinson.org

 

Psychosocial Support

Support groups are critical to people whose lives are affected by Parkinson’s disease, providing a forum to come together to seek information, voice concerns, and share experiences. The meetings provide an opportunity to express feelings and discussion common issues and what solutions others have discovered. Meeting with others who understand the unique needs of individuals with PD and family members can lessen feelings of isolation and validate one’s experience—you are not alone!

Support Groups

Bourne / Cape Cod

Bourne Council on Aging, 239 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
Contact: Ellen Weinlich, LICSW
Telephone: 508-280-2691

Chatham / Harwich / Brewster / Cape Cod

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 625 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633
Contact: Betty Magnusson
Telephone: 508-945-1106
Email: magnulbch@verizon.net

Martha’s Vineyard / West Tisbury / Vineyard Isle Parkinsonians (VIPs)

The Up-Island Council on Aging (Howes House), 1042A State Road, West Tisbury, MA 02575
Contact: Bethany Hammond
Telephone: (508) 693-2896
Email: coa-outreach@westtisbury-ma.gov
Contact: Lila Fischer, RN
Email: lfischer@gmail.com

Mashpee / Cape Cod

Mashpee Council on Aging, 26 Frank E. Hicks Drive, Mashpee, MA
Contact: Jeanne Jackson
Telephone: 508-428-7994
Email: jahjackson@comcast.net

Yarmouth

Yarmouth Senior Center, 528 Forest Road, West Yarmouth, MA 02673
Contact: Ellen Weinlich, LICSW
Telephone: 508-280-2691

 

 

Arts and Movement Programs on the Cape

Cape Cod is home to many programs specifically designed for the person with Parkinson’s and his or her family members. Being active improves and maintains strength, flexibility, mobility, and coordination. Several different modalities are currently offered throughout the country and researchers are actively studying the effects of structured exercise programs on functionality and quality of life indicators. As a service to the community and with permission of the sponsoring individual or agency, the PSN/ APDA Branch provides an updated list arts and movement programs. Click on the links below for more information on each program. Specific information on whether you or a loved one can safely participate should be obtained by your health care provider in collaboration with the sponsoring agency.

PSN/APDA Sponsored Programming

Hyannis – Sing for Joy

Location: Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis, MA 02601
Dates & Times: Tuesdays, 11 AM – 12 PM
Contact: 508-362-2772 or info@capeconservatory.org

 

Dance Classes

Barnstable – Dance Program at Barnstable Senior Center

Location: Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis, MA 02601
Dates: Fridays, 11 AM – 12 PM
Contact: Elaine at 774-722-5554

Orleans – Dance for Joy

Dates: 1st, 2nd, and 4th Wednesday of the Month; 1:30 PM
Location: Orleans Council on Aging, 150 Rock Harbor Road, Orleans, MA 02653
Contact: Dorothy 508-432-3062

 

Exercise Classes

 

Barnstable – Pedaling for Parkinsons

The YMCA Cape Cod hosts a Pedaling for Parkinson’s program. The program is free for YMCA members, $100 for non-members. The class meets 3 times a week.

Location: YMCA Cape Cod, 2245 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, MA 02668
Contact: Meredith Lasko, 508-362-6500 x 130

Chatham – High-Intensity Training for PD (HIT-PD)

HIT-PD offers those in the early stages of PD an intensive training program to reduce the impact of symptoms and possibly slow the progression of disease. HIT-PD is based on emerging research on the importance of early exercise and physical therapy in preventing secondary complications of PD. Exercises focus on aerobic fitness, quality of gait, muscle strength, mood, fatigue and cognition. This program is supported by a grant from the American Parkinson Disease Association Massachusetts Chapter. Contact Heather Merrill for current dates and times.

Location: Body Strong Fitness, 11 Chicks Way, South Chatham, MA 02659
Contact: Heather Merrill, MSPT; 508-240-7203

Hyannis – Rock Steady Boxing with Forte Fitness

Dates & Time: Rock Steady Boxing classes are offered Monday through Friday, multiple times each day. Contact the gym for more information.
Location: 350 Kidd’s Hill Road, Hyannis, MA 02601
Contact: Meredith Ruff, (508) 776-7349 or fortefitness@rsbaffiliate.com

Rock Steady Boxing with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod

Free screening required prior to joining this program.
Contact: 508-833-4078

Wareham – Parkinson Recovery Exercise Program

The Gleason Family YMCA offers a Parkinson Recovery exercise program with Instructor John on Mondays from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. The class costs $8 per session. For more information, please call 508-295-9622.

Dates & Time: Mondays, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Location: Gleason Family YMCA, 33 Charge Pond Road, Wareham, MA 02571

 

 

Community Wellness Programs, Speech Therapy, & Physical Therapy

Community Wellness Physical Therapy Programs for individuals with Parkinson’s disease are now offered in several Cape communities.

The Wellness Program is designed to help individuals with Parkinson’s disease living in the community learn to manage their health more effectively in order to improve day-to-day functioning and quality of life. Under the guidance of licensed physical, occupational, and speech therapists, participants will learn exercises and a problem solving approaches to managing daily mobility, self-care, and communication issues which often interfere with function and quality of life.

These programs have been developed from a model established at Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Healthcare professionals from interested agencies collaborate and receive intensive training by staff from Boston University’s Sargent College and the BU Department of Neurology. These initiatives are supported in part by the American Parkinson Disease Association.

LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD® are intensive therapy programs administered to an individual with Parkinson’s by a rehabilitation specialist ( PT, OT, Speech). To learn more about these programs, visit http://www.lsvtglobal.com/.

 

Wellness Programs, Speech Therapy and Physical Therapy

 

Dennis – Community Wellness Program at Dennis Council on Aging

Location: Dennis Council on Aging, 1045 MA 134, South Dennis, MA 02660
Contact: 508-771-1300

Duxbury – Community Wellness Program

Location: Duxbury, St. Paul’s of the Nazarene, 136 Summer Street, Duxbury, MA 02332
Contact: 508-927-7424

Harwich – Community Wellness Program at Harwich Community Center

Dates & Times: Call the number below for current dates and times.
Location: Harwich Community Center, 29 Oak Street, Harwich, MA 02645
Contact: 508-240-7203

Hyannis, MA – LSVT® BIG and LOUD at Pavilion Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

Location: 876 Falmouth Road, Hyannis, MA 02601
Contact: Cindy Parker-Marney, 508-775-6663

Orleans, MA- Spaulding Outpatient Center Orleans

LSVT LOUD® program
LSVT BIG® program
Vibrant Voices – For individuals who have completed LSVT®
Please call 508-240-7203 for more information.

Plymouth, MA- Spaulding Outpatient Center Plymouth

LSVT BIG® program
Please call 508-927-7424 for more information.

Sandwich, MA – Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Outpatient Center Sandwich

LSVT LOUD® program
Please call 508-833-4141 for more information.

Raise Your Voice
Raise Your Voice is a speech and voice training program that focuses on breathing, volume and articulation for those with PD who are experiencing changes in speech and voice. Classes include education, daily exercises and strategies for self-management.
Prior experience with LSVT® is not necessary.
Please call 508-833-4078 to register

Sandwich – Community Wellness Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod

Dates: For a list of program dates, please contact Spaulding.
Location: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod, 311 Service Road, Sandwich, MA 02537
Contact: 508-833-4078

Yarmouth, MA – Spaulding Outpatient Center Yarmouth

LSVT BIG® program
Please call 508-771-1300 for more information.

 

 

Learn More About the Parkinson Support Network/APDA Leadership

 

PSN/APDA Branch Leadership

Leadership Council

RoseDiGregorio
Gail Glanville
Laura Herbst
Stacie Peugh
Leslie Scheer
Marleen Spengler, MBA, RN-BC,CMC
Seth Stadfeld
Carole Stasiowski
Cathi A. Thomas MS, RN, CNRN- Advisor
Jay Zavala

Joyce Ginouves, Founding Member

Advisory Council

John S. Allen, PhD
Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCPC