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Upcoming Events – Rhode Island Chapter

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2018 Save the Dates for our Major Events

September 8th- Optimism Walk Goddard Park

October 14 & 15- New England Regional Conference 

See details for these major events below!

September 8th, 2018 20th Annual Optimism Walk & 5K

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Each year, the Rhode Island Chapter of the APDA holds this event to help raise money to support scientific research into the cause and cure of Parkinson’s disease and to support families living with this disease. Whether you are able to join us, sponsor us, or support a beautiful event, we thank you for your participation. The event is an official 5K Race and 1.5 Mile Walk, however walkers can walk any part of this or choose to enjoy the beautiful day and the many other activities.

Please join us on Saturday, September 8th at Goddard State Park, Ives Road in Warwick, RI. Come out for a fun-filled, family day and make a difference in the lives of those with Parkinson’s disease! There will be indoor and outdoor entertainment throughout the day provided by Luke Renchan Entertainment, Full Picnic, Children’s Games, Raffles, Prizes and so much more!  Hop over to our registration page to learn more about our walk and 5k.



Interested in sponsoring our walk? Please contact our RI APDA Chapter at Mthibodeau@kentri.org

The Parkinson’s disease community is greatly appreciative of the continuous help and support you have offered these many years. For more information, please contact the Rhode Island Chapter at (401) 736-1046 or Mthibodeau@kentri.orgWe hope you can join us!


 September 18th, 2018- Deep Brain Stimulation  Lunch & Learn -Fay’s Restaurant in South Dartmouth


Please join us on Tuesday, September 18th at 12:00pm at Fay’s Restaurant 613 Dartmouth Street, South Dartmouth, MA for a lecture on Deep Brain Stimulation sponsored by Medtronic.  Dr Wael Asaad, MD, PhD; Director of Functional Neurosurgery & Epilepsy Program, Co-Director, Deep Brain Stimulation Program; Laboratory Director, Cognitive Neurophysiology & Neuromodulation at Rhode Island Hospital will be joined by Dr Umer Akbar, MD Co-Director Movement Disorders and Deep Brain Stimulation Programs at Rhode Island Hospital.

RSVP’s are required as seating is limited. Please call Mary Ellen at 401-736-1046 and leave your name, phone number and number attending.

September 22nd- DBS Support Group- Warwick

The  Deep Brain Stimulation Support Group in Warwick will meet on Saturday, September 22nd  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.

September 23rd- Walter H. Langford Memorial Ride

The Langford family and friends welcome you to join them in their annual Walter H. Langford Memorial Ride to benefit our RI Chapter APDA! In Sunday, September 23rd they will meet at Veterans Memorial Ice Rink, 900 Phenix Ave in Cranston at 10:00 AM. Kickstands up at 11:00 AM.  The ride ends at the Cornerstone Pub 273 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Exeter, RI. Donation is $20 per person. Rain date is September 29th. For more information please call Mary Ellen ay 401-736-1046.  RI APDA thanks the Langford family and friends for all they have done over many, many years. Almost every single piece of equipment given out free to our members has been financed by this event.

October 6th- Rock Steady Boxing  OPEN HOUSE at Westerly Fitness

Westerly Fitness, located at 231 High Street, will be offering Rock Steady boxing for Parkinson’s sufferers beginning on October 8th, 2018. The gym will be the first in the area to provide this unique program, designed to directly combat the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Program Director, Geoff Visgilio, has been working with Parkinson’s patients since his father was diagnosed in 2015 and is thrilled to bring the program to the area.  To celebrate the start of classes, Westerly Fitness will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, October 6th from 10:30am – 12:30pm. Prospective members and their families are encouraged to tour the facility, meet the owner and the coach, and ask questions about the program. A sample class will also be held to introduce visitors to the Rock Steady method. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. For more information please contact Dan Murray 401-315-0115  contact@westerlyfitness.com

October 10th- Lunch & Learn with Dr Moro de Casillas at 1149

Please join US World Meds on Wednesday, October 10th at 12:00 pm at 1149 Restaurant- 1149 Division St. East Greenwich, RI for a lecture on Parkinson’s Disease and the Management of Off Episodes. This event is sponsored by US World Meds.  Dr Moro de Casillas will be their speaker and she will provide and overview of Parkinson’s, discussing ON and Off episodes and the treatment of Off episodes.

RSVP’s are required as seating is limited. Please call Mary Ellen at 401-736-1046 and leave your name, phone number and number attending.

October 12th, 2018 Cranston Support Group- Scandinavian Communities

Please join us for our next meeting of our new Cranston Support Group! We will 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 Mary Ellen at 401-736-1046.

October 14th, 2018  Rhode Island Chapter Board Meeting

The next Chapter Board Meeting will take place on Sunday, October 14th at 5:00PM at our NE Regional Conference. (see location details below)   Our board usually meets on the second Thursday each month at 6:30pm.  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.

October 14-15th-New England Regional Conference

Join the New England Chapters of the American Parkinson Disease Association for this special biannual event!  The Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont Chapters and Information & Referral Centers of the APDA will bring this very special two-day educational event to Mansfield, MA. See familiar faces and meet new friends as you learn more about a spectrum of Parkinson’s topics. The first night will be topped off by a Sunday Social where you can meet and greet, dance, and have fun!

This year topics will include an update on research as well as information on Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), new therapies for motor fluctuations, medical management of low blood pressure, and much more. Exhibitors will be available to inform you on resources available to you throughout New England.

Click here to see a brochure with more information.

Pre-Registration is required. We hope to see you there!

To register click here:

October 27th- DBS Support Group- Providence

The  Deep Brain Stimulation Support Group in Providence will meet on Saturday, October 27th at 10 am at Rhode Island Hospital’s Outpatient Rehab Building 765 Allens Ave, Suite 200 (2nd floor). Take the elevator to the 2nd floor Pediatric Conference room. There is free parking right next to this building. 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.

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