Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events – Rhode Island Chapter

Please note there will be no meeting of the Portsmouth Support Group for May.


May 10th, 2019 – Cranston Support Group at Scandinavian Communities

Please join us for our next Cranston Parkinson’s Support Group on May 10th at 10:00 am to learn more about “Injury Prevention”.  Lucas Davis, OTR/L will be our guest speaker. Lucas is the Executive Director of Rehabilitation Services, Care New England. His presentation “Injury Prevention” is all-encompassing and engages the participants. The presentation is geared toward fall prevention, the difficulties patients with Parkinson’s often have and how to take immediate steps to reduce their risks of injuries. This meeting will take place at Scandinavian Communities, 1811 Broad Street, Cranston. They meet the 2nd Friday each month at 10:00 AM. Contact Suzanne 401-461-1444 ext 162 or Pat 401-241-8799  for more information about this group.

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

May 25, 2019- 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.



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

This event has sold out!

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!

**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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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