Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events – Rhode Island Chapter

Please note some support groups have a summer schedule.

There will be no meetings of the:

Barrington Support Group for July & August

Portsmouth Support Group for July.

Lincoln Support group for July and August.

Providence DBS for July & August

Cranston Support Group August & September



July begins a new Cycling Program in Newport!

Beginning in July, Renaissance Fitness and Cycle at 195 Broadway in Newport will have a  Parkinson’s Cycling Program.  This is an indoor cycling class where individuals with Parkinson;s disease work in a group with instructor Kristin Matteson, CMES. Kristin is a certified medical exercise specialist with 30 + years of working in the health care industry as an occupational therapist. Participants must be able to mount and dismount a stationary bike with minimal assistance and have trunk control sufficient to sit unsupported for 20 minutes.  Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursday from 3:00 – 3:45 pm. The monthly cost for 2 classes per week will be $75. For more information please contact Kristin at 401-743-6183 kmatri@hotmail.com

July 23, 2019- Davenport Dinner Lecture with Dr Peter Bellafiore

Dr. Peter Bellafiore  will be presenting a lecture, “Recognizing OFF Periods in Parkinson’s Disease”  on July 23,2019 at 6 pm. Hear from a Parkinson’s expert and learn about INBRIJA (levadopa inhalation powder) a Parkinson’s therapy for OFF periods for adults on carbidopa/lev0dopa. This free event is sponsored by Acorda Therapeutics and will be held at Davenports Restaurant 1925 Pawtucket Ave. East Providence, RI.  Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please register before Thursday July 18th by calling 1-833-INBRIJA or visit their website at  www.LivePDEvents.com


July 31, 2019 – Luigi’s Lunch & Learn with Dr Norman Gordon

Dr. Norman Gordon will be presenting a lecture, “Parkinson’s Disease and Management of Off Episodes”  on July 31,2019 at 12 pm. The lecture will feature an overview of Parkinson’s disease, Off times and the medication Apokyn. This free event is sponsored by US World Meds and will be held at Luigi’s Restaurant 1357 Hartford Ave Johnston, RI.  Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call Mary Ellen at 401-736-1046 to reserve your spot.


August 14, 2019 – RI APDA Chapter Board Meeting

The next Chapter Board Meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 14th 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.


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