Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events – Rhode Island Chapter


March 8th, 2019- Cranston Support Group- Scandinavian Communities

Please join us for our next meeting of our new Cranston Support Group! This meeting will be held at 11:30 am and include lunch! They usually meet the second Friday each month at 10 am at the Scandinavian Communities Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Assisted Living: 1811 Broad St in Cranston.  This group is intended for people with Parkinson’s and their family or friends to learn more about PD and services available in RI!  For more information please call Suzanne 401-461-1433 ext 158 or Pat 401-241-8799.


March 9, 2019- 5th Annual Knock Out PD at Pancho O’Malley’s

Please join the fun on Saturday, March 9th for the 5th Annual Knock Out PD fundraiser. All net proceeds support RI APDA’s Rock Steady Boxing financial assistance program! Held at Pancho O’Malley’s, 140 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett from 6- 10pm the evening will include a cash bar and the famous Pancho O’Malley’s “Wing Buffett” sponsored by Seacoast Mortgage Inc.  Suggested donation $25pp.  You may buy tickets or donations online at https://www.apdaparkinson.org/community/rhode-island/events-ri-2/knockoutparkinsons/
For more information please contact Pat Clays at:  pclays@seacoastmortgage.com 401-391-9277.

March 13th, 2019 – Rhode Island Chapter Board Meeting

The next Chapter Board Meeting will take place on Wednesday, Marchy 13th at 6:30 pm at Kent Hospital in the Westmoreland Conference Room. Our board meets on the second Wednesday each month at 6:30 pm.  Our board meetings are open to the public and members are encouraged to attend. For additional information, please call Mary Ellen at 401-736-1046.


March 14th, 2019 – Friends & Family Support Group is on the move to Warwick!

Our Friends & Family  (Caregiver) Support Group is moving to a new day and a new location! Beginning on February 14th we will meet the second Thursday each month at 9:30 am at the All American Assisted Living at 55 Tollgate Hill Farm Rd in Warwick!  This group is intended for the family members, adult children and friends of someone with Parkinson’s disease. For more information please call Mary Ellen at 401-736-1046

March 14th, 2019 – Pawtucket Support Group at Leon Mathieu Senior Center

Please join us at our Pawtucket Parkinson’s Support Group on March 14th at 1:00PM to learn more about “Nutrition in Parkinson’s”.  Dara LoBuono will be our guest speaker. Dara is a Registered Dietitian and PhD student at the University of Rhode Island. Her research focuses on increasing access to nutrition information for those living with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders.  This meeting will take place at Leon Mathieu Senior Center, 420 Main St. Pawtucket. They meet the 2nd Thursday each month at 1:00 PM. For more information about this group or to RSVP to this lecture please call Mary Ellen at 401-736-1046


March 15th, 2019 – “Parkinson’s Disease for Veterans and Caregivers” Rockland, MA

St. Elizabeth Medical Center Department of Neurology, Anna Hohler MD, FAAN, Chair and 110 Fitness, Brett Miller, PT, Owner present their symposium for veterans and their caregivers. The event will take place on Friday March 15th, 2019 from 8am to 12 pm at 110 Fitness 200 Weymouth Street, Rockland MA. RSVP’s are required as seating is limited.  Please RSVP with your name, email, phone number and number attending to:  781-760-6860 or kimmoore8@comcast.net

March 16th, 2019 – Dance for PD at Brown

Come move with us

Artists and Scientists as Partners, Brown Arts Initiative, Brown University Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, American Dance Legacy Initiative, the Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) Brown University, the Swearer Center, and Mark Morris Dance Group are pleased to present a Dance for PD® community master class on Saturday, March 16 from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in the Granoff Center for Creative Arts at Brown University.  Granoff Center for Creative Arts – Studio One is located at 154 Angell St. Brown University Providence, RI 02906

This class, co-taught by Rachel Balaban and David Leventhal, is offered free of charge to people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and care partners. To Register :


March 23rd- DBS Support Group- Warwick

The  Deep Brain Stimulation Support Group in Warwick will meet on Saturday, March 23rd  at 10 am at Kent Hospital Doctor’s Auditorium 455 Tollgate Rd Warwick. The Doctor’s parking lot will be open for you to park. This will be a general discussion meeting with both those who have had DBS and those who would like to learn more about it. Representatives from Medtronic will be in attendance! For more information please call Mary Ellen at 736-1046.



March 27th, 2019 – DBS Lunch & Learn at 1149 in East Greenwich

On Wednesday, March 27th Drs Wael Asaad and Umer Akbar from Rhode Island Hospital’s Deep Brain Stimulation Program in conjunction with Medtronic will provide a free lunch and learn for our members at the 1149 Restaurant located at 1149 Division St in East Greenwich. Lunch will begin at 12:00pm. Reservations are required as seating is limited and these events sell out fast! Please RSVP to Mary Ellen at 401-736-1046


April 7th, 2019 – Atria Lincoln hosts Pancake Breakfast to benefit RI APDA!

Please join us on Sunday, April 7th from 8:30am-10:30am for a pancake breakfast benefiting the RI American Parkinson Disease Association. Help us create awareness in research and education. A suggested donation of $10 per person is kindly recommended.   This event will take place at Atria Lincoln Place, 612 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI.For more information please call Maria 401-334-1686 ext 18


April 11th, 2019 – Atria Lincoln hosts Dinner and Painting Event

Join us on April 11th from 3:00pm – 5:00pm for an early evening of food, friends, laughter and painting.  Art Therapy can improve mood and improve mood and self-confidence, improve creativity and motor skills and general quality of life. This event is sponsored by Atria and your RI Chapter APDA.  Attendance is free but seating is limited so rsvp’s are required.  Please rsvp to Maria at 401-334-1686 ext 18.

April 12th, 2019 – Cranston Support Group at Scandinavian Communities

Please join us for our next Cranston Parkinson’s Support Group on April 12th at 10:00 am to learn more about “Nutrition in Parkinson’s”.  Dara LoBuono will be our guest speaker. Dara is a Registered Dietitian and PhD student at the University of Rhode Island. Her research focuses on increasing access to nutrition information for those living with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders.  This meeting will take place at Scandinavian Communities, 811 Broad Street, Cranston. They meet the 2nd Friday each month at 10:00 AM. Contact Suzanne 401-461-1433 ext 158 or Pat 401-241-8799  for more information about this group.

May 3rd, 2019- 2nd Annual “Run for the Roses” Gala in Honor of Bruce & Elaine Belvin

Please join us on Friday evening, May 3rd for a fun filled Kentucky Derby themed gala as we raise funds to support APDA Parkinson’s research for the CURE!! All net proceed support Parkinso’s research! Our “Run for the Roses” Gala in honor of our dear friends Bruce & Elaine Belvin will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick on May 3rd beginning at 6:00pm with cocktails. Dinner and dancing will follow with music provided by Luke Renchan Entertainment.  Breakout your biggest and best hats for the ladies or bow ties and bowlers for our gentlemen. We will have a best costume and best hat contests along with a silent auction and raffle.  Special thank you to our Gala Chairs: Jeff & Bonnie Sullivan!
To register: https://www.apdaparkinson.org/community/rhode-island/events-ri-2/run-for-roses-gala/

May 20th, 2019 – 12th Annual Parkinson’s Golf Tournament At Quidnessett Country Club in Honor of Coach Tom Drennan

Join us on Monday, May 20th at Quidnessett Country Club for another wonderful golf tournament!  Check in & Pro Clinics are being held from 10 am to 12 Noon with top RI pros. Buffet lunch begins at  11:30 am followed by a Shot Gun Start at 1:30 pm (scramble format).  After fun on the course return to the club house for cocktails at 5:30 pm and a Prime Rib dinner beginning at 6:30 pm.  The evening includes prizes for our golfers, silent auction and raffle.

Golfers Cost:  $175
Includes, golf, cart, clinics, lunch & dinner
Dinner Guest Only:  $60
All net proceeds are restricted to support our RI APDA Patient Care Services Programs
Registration is now open:


We also have many sponsor levels for local businesses. For more information about the golf tournament and potential sponsor opportunities please call Mary Ellen at 401-580-2412

Saturday, June 8, 2019 – Parkinson’s Spring Conference -Crowne Plaza (Plaza Ballroom) Warwick, Rhode Island

Schedule of Events

8:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
Joseph H. Friedman, MD
Medical Director
Movement Disorder Program
Butler Hospital

10:00 Are you speaking up?  Speech therapy for people with Parkinson’s Disease
Leslie Mahler, PhD, CCC-SLP
University of Rhode Island

11:00 What is the Current Evidence on Exercise for people with PD and How Can it Help Me?

Cristina Colón-Semenza, PT, MPT, PhD©
Board Certified Specialist in Neurology

12:00 Lunch & Chapter Annual Business Meeting

1:00 Medical Marijuana for Parkinson’s disease. Is there Science Behind the Politics?

J. Antonella de Marcaida, MD
Medical Director Chase Family Movement Disorder Center
Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute


$15.00 registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and presentations.

Meal choices include: Roasted Turkey Dinner or Vegetarian Pasta Premavara

Register early as all RI APDA events sell out quickly!

Registration is now open: https://www.apdaparkinson.org/community/rhode-island/events-ri-2/spring-symposium/

**This symposium is intended solely to provide you with information on Parkinson’s Disease. It should not be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s doctor.

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Bronze Sponsor

September 7, 2019 -21st Annual APDA Rhode Island Optimism Walk & 5K!

Join us! Register Online Today!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Goddard State Park
1095 Ives Road
East Greenwich, RI  02818

Check-in: 9:00 am
5k Race: 9:30 am
Walk: 11:00 am

(Online registration is strongly encouraged)

If you are participating in the 5k Race, you MUST also register with LightBoxReg:



What it is:

  • An important (and fun-filled) fundraising event that offers a short non-competitive walk with a 5k race and other family-friendly activities, prizes and more!
  • Walking the full distance is not mandatory! Participants can walk as much or as little as they choose.
  • Each Optimism Walk is part of a nationwide movement to mobilize and inspire people to set up and help put an end to Parkinson’s disease.  Be a part of it!

Why Walk?

  • Because every nine minutes someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
  • The more funds we raise, the more people we can help.
  • Raise $100 or more and get a free Optimism Walk t-shirt!
  • Raise $1,000+ and become a Circle of Optimism Member! Receive a special medal during Opening Ceremony and additional recognition on our website and social media!
  • Funds raised enable APDA to continue providing local education and support to those touched by PD in your community and fund scientific research into the causes, prevention, treatments and ultimately the cure.
  • And, because it’s going to be a GREAT day!

Other Details:

  • Fundraising is highly encouraged.  We have tips and templates to help make fundraising easy to do!
  • Full picnic, children’s games, raffles, prizes, walker awards for both family and support group teams who raise the most funds and so much more!
  • All participants are invited to enjoy indoor and outdoor entertainment throughout the day provided by Luke Renchen Entertainment.
  • Rain or shine!
  • Download an Optimism Walk Brochure and/or Flyer to share with friends and coworkers! (COMING SOON)
  • IMPORTANT:  If you are participating in the 5k Race, you MUST also register with LightBoxReg. (COMING SOON)
  • 5k Race Entrance Fee: $20 prior to September 7th and $25 day of the race.
    • Race awards include $100 gift cards for the first male and female overall!   Top three finishers in the following categories:  Junior Division (18 and under), Open Division (19-35), Masters (40-49), Seniors (50-59), Veterans (60+) and Parkinson Division also win awards and/or medals.

For more information:

  • Call APDA Rhode Island Chapter at 401-736-1046 or email apdari@apdaparkinson.org

About APDA – Every day we provide the support, education, and research that will help everyone impacted by Parkinson’s disease live life to the fullest.   APDA is the largest grassroots network serving people with Parkinson’s disease and their families.

The American Parkinson Disease Association is a 501(c)3 organization.  Tax ID # 13-1962771.www.apdaparkinson.org