A Busy October for the APDA


APDA MA collaborated with the Orleans Parkinson Support Group for the fourth annual patient/family educational program on October 12th. This year’s “key note speaker” was Terry Ellis, PT, PhD, NCS. Eighty-five participants heard the latest evidence on the role physical therapy and exercise play in Parkinson’s. Dr. Ellis described strategies to both get started and continue to keep active. Common barriers to exercise were discussed. Participants were encouraged to choose activities that they like increasing the likelihood of compliance.

Support Group Co-facilitator Gail Glanville introduced the program. Co-facilitator Jane McDonald led the group in a stretching exercise during the break. APDA Nurse Coordinator Cathi Thomas, provided information on education and program support services. Special thanks to the staff at the Orleans Council on Aging for providing a wonderful venue.


On October 18th, over one-hundred individuals had the opportunity to listen to the latest Parkinson’s Disease Update in Marshfield, Massachusetts. This presentation was given by Dr. Anna Hohler, a Movement Disorder Specialist at Boston University Medical Center. The audience was able to enjoy a marvelous meal and hear about new research and medical advancements in Parkinson’s disease. The lecture was followed by a question and answer session.

This event was collaboration between the APDA Massachusetts, Braintree Rehabilitation, and host, the Village at Proprietors Green. Thank you to all that attended and to the staff who helped make this large event a success.


On October 19th, members of the Parkinson’s community gathered at Arturo’s Ristorante in Westborough, Massachusetts to take part in a presentation by David Sommer, MD, MPH. Dr. Sommer is a Neurologist and Movement Disorder Specialist at Reliant Medical Group (formerly Fallon Clinic) in Worcester and Westborough.  The presentation on Living with Parkinson’s Disease provided listeners with information on exercise, nutrition, and medication. The question-and-answer session that followed allowed audience participants to learn more about their particular interests. Everyone was very attentive and involved, making for a very positive and informative program.

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