San Diego Central County Parkinson's Support Group


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  • SSCCPSG support group meetings are currently being held using ZOOM® remote conferencing services (See Duopa, Pacific Beach and Point Loma flyers for the month of April. The SDCCPSG Board meetings are also being conducted via Zoom).
  • Further information will be posted here as it becomes available. Please click here to read the latest message from Board President Nancy D. Floodberg.

Updated COVID-19 Information

What to expect and How to Prepare for Coronavirus with Parkinson’s Disease

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Website last updated: April 01, 2020

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Take Action Now
Help Ban Paraquat!

You can help ban the toxic herbicide paraquat, which research shows greatly increases the risk of developing Parkinson's disease (for more information
click here).

Congress will soon consider legislation that would eliminate paraquat in the United States. More than 30 countries around the world have already banned paraquat (for more information
click here). It’s time for the U.S. to eliminate this hazardous chemical.

Paraquat is not only dangerous to Americans who work in food and agriculture, but to everyone who eats food treated with it, as there can be paraquat residue on fruits, vegetables and the soil (for more information
click here).

To learn more about this legislation and what you can do to help it become law,
click here.

To send an email to Congress via the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research,
click here.

California Parkinson's Disease Registry

CPDR, a program of the California Departmentof Public Health (CDPH), is collecting diagnostic information on individual Parkinson’s disease cases from physicians and facilities providing care to Parkinson’s patients. CPDR does not interview patients. This data will be used to:
  • Determine the incidence and prevalence of Parkinson’s disease in California
  • Examine disparities in Parkinson’s disease risk
  • Conduct demographic and epidemiological research and other studies of Parkinson’s disease
For more information click here.
Pill May Stop Parkinson's

A new therapy that appears to stop Parkinson’s disease “in its tracks” will begin phase-one clinical trials in humans in 2020.
The drug MCC950, developed by researchers at the University of Queensland and partly under-written by the Michael J Fox Foundation, is a world first because it appears to stop the death of brain cells in Parkinson’s sufferers rather than simply managing symptoms. For more information click here.
Just For Fun
Yale's Wildly Popular Happiness Course Is Now Open to Everyone Online for Free

The most requested class in the history of Yale University was inspired by a paradox: When most people succeed—get into a top college, make lots of money, or accumulate prestige and accolades—they are often left feeling unsatisfied. Psychology Professor Laurie Santos was intrigued by this contradiction and in the spring of 2018, armed with her findings, presented ‘The Science of Well-Being’ to the University community. It is now officially the most popular course in the university's 317-year history.

The first half of Professor Santos course reveals misconceptions we humans have about happiness and annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do.

The second half of the course focuses on activities that have been proven to increase happiness along with strategies to build better habits.

Lessons include “Misconceptions About Happiness,” “Why Our Expectations Are So Bad,” “How We Can Overcome Our Biases,” “Stuff That Really Makes Us Happy” and “Putting Strategies Into Practice.”

Each lesson is a combination of videos (anywhere from one hour to two and a half hours long) and readings. Course materials, including discussion forums, can be found on the class website.

Anyone can sign up for the class for free by creating a
Coursera account. However, if you want to receive a certificate validating your completion of the course, it will cost about $49.
Tremble Clefs San Diego welcomes back QUARTETTO LUMINOSO for a live classical music concert to benefit people living with Parkinson's. Also featured is guest vocalist MATTHEW IGNACIO. 

Tremble Clefs San Diego welcomes back 
QUARTETTO LUMINOSO for a live classical music concert to benefit people living with Parkinson's. Also featured is guest vocalist MATTHEW IGNACIO. 
QUARTETTO LUMINOSO is a virtuoso classical ensemble comprised of clarinetist Robert Zelickman, violinist Päivikki Nykter, violist Francesca Savage and cellist Cecilia Kim. Musical works are to include composers Stamitz, Sibelius, Piazzolla, Crussell and others. The music program will also feature invited guest vocalist Matthew Ignacio, performing music specially arranged for this performance with the quartet. Matthew is an active San Diego-area performer and well-known music director for area choruses and stage productions. 
Join us at this special spring fundraiser event of beautiful music and fine refreshments on Friday, March 13th at 7:00 pm, Palisades Presbyterian Church 6301 Birchwood St., San Diego, CA 92120. 
For tickets and information visit:
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Welcome! The San Diego Central County Parkinson's Support Group (SDCCPSG) is a recognized nonprofit foundation consisting of chapters in the San Diego metropolitan area, including the: Duopa, Pacific Beach, Point Loma and Veterans' Chapters as well as the monthly Speaker Series.
The SDCCPSG serves as a resource within the greater San Diego metropolitan area to facilitate education, assistance and support for persons with Parkinson’s and their families.

To make a donation to the San Diego Central County Parkinson's Support Group, click on the button above. Donations are tax exempt in accordance with US Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3).
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As of September 2018, the officers of the SDCCPSG are:
  • Nancy Floodberg, President (
  • Jim Paterniti, Vice-President (,
  • Tony Jeske, Treasurer (
  • Dolores Cohenour, Secretary (
  • See the bylaws of the foundation
We value your feedback! Please share your comments with us here.
Donations to the foundation are tax exempt in accordance with US Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). The SDCCPSG relies upon the financial support of charitable donations to meet our mission to serve as a resource for education, assistance and support for persons with Parkinson’s and their families.
SDCCPSG’S now has it’s very own “Little Free Library”. Click on the book below for more information.
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What's Happening in April
SDCCPSG April Newsletter
can be found by clicking here. To see other editions of the SDCCPSG Newsletter, click here. If you would like to subscribe to the monthly newsletter, contact Nancy Floodberg at
SDCCPSG Welcome Pamphlet
The SDCCPSG Welcome Pamphlet can be found by clicking here. The pamphlet is a PDF file and is formatted to be printed if you so desire . If you cannot open the file, you may need to download the free Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader to open the pamphlet.
Upcoming SDCCPSG Activities
SDCCPSG Board of Directors Virtual Meeeting
Second Monday of each month (Unless otherwise noted)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Monday, April 13, 2020
Click here for flyer
Click here for instructions one how to use Zoom
Contact President Nancy Floodberg
RSVP: (619) 857-6638 or email
Speakers’ Series on hold until further notice
Meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm.
The SDCCPSG Speakers’ Series are temporarily on hold until further notice
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

County of SD Health & Human Services Agency
3851 Rosecrans St, San Diego 92110
San Diego Room
Pacific Beach Virtual Lunch and Learn
Third Wednesday of the month
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Next meeting Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Click here for flyer
Click here for instructions one how to use Zoom
People with Parkinson’s and care partners gather to share challenges, strategies and successes.
Point Loma Virtual Breakout
Forth Monday of each month
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Next meeting Monday, April 27, 2020
Click here to see flyer
Click here for instructions one how to use Zoom
People with Parkinson’s
and care partners meet to share challenges, strategies and successes.
Do You Duopa? Virtual Breakout
Fourth Saturday of odd months
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Next meeting Saturday, March 28, 2020
Click here to see flyer
Click here for instructions one how to use Zoom
Persons with
Parkinson’s receiving or considering Duopa Therapy and their care partners.
RSVP: (619) 857-6638 or email
Zoom Video Conferencing
SD Crisis Line 888 724 7240
The purpose of this website is to provide an easily accessible and reliable place for members of those Parkinson's support groups located in and around the San Diego metropolitan area to come for information, to communicate with one another and to assist them in remaining vital members of the Parkinson's community. Just what this means will evolve over time. Thus this site will always be a work in progress. Comments, ideas and suggestions are welcome, please contact the webmaster.

If you would like your name and email added to any of the Chapter Meeting Notification Lists, please contact the webmaster by clicking here and typing ‘Add my name to the (appropriate chapter) list”. If you would like your name removed, please type ‘Remove my name from the list’.

A word (or two) about this website: This site was created, owned, operated and paid for by a person with Parkinson's (diagnosed 12 years ago) in collaboration with the SDCCPSG. We continue to do our best to provide a website with modern features so that you may view it on your smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop and find the layout familiar and useful.

As you browse the pages of this site, you can return to the 'Home/Index' page by double-clicking on the 'Welcome or Home' links on the drop-down navigation menu. Clicking on any link in the Site Map will take you directly to that page as will clicking on the 'Return to Previous Page' arrow found on the upper left corner of most browsers. You will also see an arrow on the right side of each page on this website as you scroll down the page. Clicking on that arrow will quickly send you back to the top of the page.

Many links in this website will take you to offsite locations. You can usually return to this site by way of the aforementioned 'Return to Previous Page' arrow .

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