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Website last updated: November 11, 2019
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
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.
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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:
National Family Caregivers Month (celebrated each November since November 2000) is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers. Caregiver's frequently face a tremendous amount of stress and in focusing on others’ needs often fail to take adequate care of themselves. Resources do exist to help the caregiver in number of ways. Click here for a Caregiver Resource List.. Click here to go to the SDCCPSG Caregivers Corner page.
Caregiving and Parkinson’s
Parkinson's doesn't just affect the person diagnosed with the disease; it can impact loved ones, family members and close friends, too. For some, that means caring for someone with Parkinson's disease. Being a care partner looks different depending on where a person is in their disease journey, your relationship, and how much help a person wants or needs. But no matter what, it means caring for your own well-being while caring for another's, which can be tough. To watch the attached video for tips on caring for yourself and someone with Parkinson’s, click here.
Navigating Caregiving for Veterans and Military Families November 5, 2019
This conference provides information, advice and support for those caring for loved ones. Conference attendees will
receive hands-on advice for their caregiving challenges. Attendees will learn how to:
Navigate the VA support services available in our county
Access caregiver support program
Use caregiving tools for invisible wounds: PTSD & TBI
Risk Factors, Biomarkers, and Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias. La Jolla Community Center November 14, 2019
Experts will describe the risk factors and biomarkers of Alzheimer’s and related dementias, review the benefits of early diagnosis, and will help those in the role of caregiving reduce their risk of developing dementia themselves. Click here for flyer.
Empowerment for Parkinson’s Day November 15, 2019
The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego presents a day of “learning, sharing and empowerment” (members of the SDCCPSG) will staff a table at this event). For more information and/or to register, click here (scroll down the page until you come to the Empowerment Day section). To review the Empowerment For Parkinson’s Day Agenda, click here.
The SDCCPSG November 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 email@example.com.
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
Speakers’ Series Meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm. Wednesday, November 13th 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Speakers: Multiple Mobile Medical Vendors Topic: Accessing Mobile Medical Services Did you know there are mobile medical vendors who can deliver their services to you in your home? Come join us to learn about these services including but not limited to: podiatry, denture cleaning, lab work and X-rays. Click here for flyer County of SD Health & Human Services Agency 3851 Rosecrans St, San Diego 92110 San Diego Room
SDCCPSG Board of Directors
SDCCPSG Board of Directors Normally meets on the second Monday of each month at 10:00 am. - Change this month due to Veteran’s Day observance. 9:45 am to 11:45 am Monday, November 18th Click here for flyer County of SD Health & Human Services Agency 3851 Rosecrans St, San Diego 92110 University Room Contact President Nancy Floodberg RSVP: (619) 857-6638 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pacific Beach Breakout
Pacific Beach Breakout Third Wednesday of the month 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Next meeting Wednesday, November 20th Click here for flyer Oakmont of Pacific Beach 955 Grand Ave, San Diego 92109 Fall Luncheon Private Dining Room People with Parkinson’s and care partners gather to share challenges, strategies and successes.
Point Loma Breakout
Point Loma Breakout Forth Monday of each month 9:45 am to 11:45 am Next meeting Monday, November 25th Click here to see flyer County of SD Health & Human Services Agency 3851 Rosecrans St, San Diego 92110 San Diego Room People with Parkinson’s and care partners meet to share challenges, strategies and successes.
Do You Duopa? Breakout
Do You Duopa? Breakout (Group meets on the fourth Saturday of odd months) 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Next meeting Saturday, November 30th Click here to see flyer Bayside,1325 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, 92101 3rd Floor Lounge Persons with Parkinson’s receiving or considering Duopa Therapy and their care partners. Participate from the comfort of your home via zoom video conferencing (download from https://zoom.us) RSVP: (619) 857-6638 or email email@example.com
Attend a meeting from your home via Zoom Video Communications
Participate from the comfort of your home via zoom video conferencing. For more information, click here. To participate, you must first sign up and create an account - but there is no fee (your Zoom account is free). After activating an account, contact Nancy at president@sdccpsg and request an invitation to the meeting in which you are interested.
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 .