Programs, Events, & Resources for December 2022
PAC's Virtual Programming
Virtual Support Group
Date: Wednesday, December 7th at 2:00 PM
Topic: "Coping Through The Holiday Season"
Speaker: Andrea Symes, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and CEO of My Positive Transformation
Click here to learn more about PAC's Virtual Support Group Webinars.
Save The Date for January's Wellness Wednesday
December's Wellness Wednesday session is canceled due to the holiday.
PAC's Wellness Wednesday sessions will recommence on January 18th at 2:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you all at the first session of the new year!
**More information will be made available at a later date. To learn more about PAC's Wellness Wednesday Webinars, click here.
If you need assistance registering for a program, you can call our office at 980-245-2786 or toll free at 1-866-903-PARK (7275), and a staff member will be happy to help you.
FUNdraising Events for PAC
Kendra Scott Fundraiser
December 11th from 2:30-4:30pm
Southpark Mall, 4400 Sharon Rd Charlotte, NC 28211
Come to Kendra Scott (jewelry store) located in the South Park Mall in Charlotte and help support PAC! This is the perfect time to do your Christmas shopping, and every purchase made in store from 2:30-4:30pm will result in 20% of your purchase donated back to PAC!
Can't make it in store? You can still make a difference by ordering online at www.kendrascott.com! 20% of your online purchase will also be donated back to PAC when you use the code GIVEBACK-DAHEW. This code is only valid 12AM on 12/11 until 11:59 PM on 12/12
Save the Dates for PAC's 2023 MoveIt! Walks!
Our annual MoveIt! Walk Charlotte will be Saturday, April 22, 2023 at Symphony Park. For those of you who have attended before you know what a great event it is with live music, yoga, many exhibitors, games, raffle and more. For those of you who haven’t attended, join us next year for a great day of awareness and fun.
We are excited to bring a new MoveIt! Walk to Wilmington, NC on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at Longleaf Park!! We have some great volunteers that will be helping us bring the best Walk to you. It will feature live music, yoga stretching, pharmaceutical and other exhibitors, kids activity area, prize raffle and so much more.
Bad Daddies Fundraising Concert at the Visulite Theater
February 25th, 2023
1615 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204
Save the date for this energetic event! PAC is having a concert to raise money for our mission. Our headliner band Bad Daddies will be playing!
"The Bad Daddies began to work the circuit of backyard birthday parties in South Charlotte. Those initial events evolved into galas, fundraisers, weddings and rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, and now, 15+ years later, 50th birthday parties. They have performed from Charlotte to Nashville and towns across the Southeast. Their musical style is like a massive Shuffle Playlist performed live with sweet harmonies!"
Keep an eye out for our email with more information soon.
Did you know about our Motivational Mondays and Fact Fridays?
Every Monday and Friday we post motivational quotes and facts about Parkinson's disease on our Instagram and Facebook Stories.
We also post about some of our exercise programs and support groups across North and South Carolina on Wednesdays for our Spotlight Wednesdays. Each story stays up for 24 hours before disappearing the next day!
Where can I view Instagram Stories?
To view PAC's stories, just tap on our profile photo - it's a red and green tulip! If you like our story, you can send us a "heart" in the bottom right-hand corner!
Where can I view Facebook Stories?
Similar to Instagram Stories, content shared to stories will appear at the top of the Facebook News Feed. To view a story, users simply tap the Parkinson Association Logo circle at the top of the app (if it has a blue circle around it). While viewing a story, users can also reply with a direct message to let us know if you liked our story!
Support for Individuals Living with PD & their Care Partners
We have numerous support groups across the Carolinas. If you would like to find out about one near you give us a call at 980-245-2786 and a trained staff member will assist you. Not ready for a support group? We can connect you one on one with a person with Parkinson’s through our Peer to Peer program.
Movement Therapy Exercise
To join one of our in person classes or our virtual Gentle Yoga class, click here to see all locations, dates and times. You’ll also find our recently updated list of regional exercise classes in this same section of our website.
**Effective January 2023, all of our Gentle Yoga classes will now be known as Yoga for Parkinson's.
* Disclaimers *
As a result of the pandemic, many meetings have been suspended until further notice, and others have pivoted to virtual meetings. Similarly, many classes or facilities still are closed out of an abundance of caution for public safety.
We ask that you practice caution when participating in all programs - particularly exercise programs. Talk to your doctor about what program would be best for you, stay hydrated, exercise in a safe environment, move at your own pace, and try to exercise with a partner or an accredited instructor.
Dance for Parkinson's Exercise Class
Thursdays 11:00 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.
- improves endurance and strength
- promotes better balance
- lessens gait disturbances and motor symptoms
Located at: Christ Lutheran Church (Rm. 6), 4519 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226
Contact Jennifer Youse at: jenniferyouse@gmail,com
Available National Programs
Dance and Sing for PD
Classes are now being held online.
To learn more,
Rock Steady Boxing Headquarters
Offers classes online via YouTube!
To learn more, click here.
Pedaling for Parkinson's
Live Class Schedule:
M/W/F with Tom: 11:30 AM CT via Zoom
T/TH/SA with John: 8:00 AM CT via Zoom
To join a class,
Poe for PD
Offers online Pilates classes!
For more information, click here.
Davis Phinney Foundation
Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials
To access the video content,
Stanford Neurosciences Supportive Care Program Virtual Exercise Classes
To access the exercise class schedule, click here.
Facebook Live Parkinson's Speech Exercises
Monday - Friday, 11:00 AM
To learn more,
Parkinson's Disease Community
In partnership with
American Parkinson Disease Association (ADPA)
For more information,
Parkinson's Community News
Parkinson’s Q&A: How do I manage my time and mental health?
Navigating Parkinson’s disease (PD) can feel like a never-ending learning curve. PD Conversations is a place to ask your Parkinson’s questions and connect with others living with the disease. In this blog series, we highlight a high-interest question answered by the Parkinson’s Foundation Helpline on PD Conversations.
Question: With Parkinson’s, how do you find enough time in the day to get everything done and not feel completely overwhelmed? I'm trying to find enough hours in the day to get in the exercise, the cognitive activity, my daily household chores, eating right and taking meds. Any tips?
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The Swallowing Assessment - What Are We Looking For?
Air Pollution Due to Climate Change May Raise Parkinson’s Risk
Exposure to airborne pollutants, which is rising as a result of climate change, appears to increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease, according to a review study into how a changing environment can affect human health.
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Regional and National Programming
The American Parkinson’s Disease Association has a variety of educational webinars scheduled throughout the month of December.
For more information and to register for any of these upcoming sessions, click here.
MUSC Health presents: "Red Wine and Dark Chocolate: The Impact of Diet on PD Progression"
Thursday, December 1st at 12:15 P.M.
To register, click here.
Pacific Neuroscience Institute presents:
"Everything Parkinson’s Webinar"
Monday, December 5th at 12:00 P.M.
To join, click here. Use the following meeting credentials if prompted:
Webinar ID: 821 8048 1494
Topic: What Comes Next? Living with Parkinson’s Years after Diagnosis
Thursday, December 15th at 12:00 P.M.
Click here to learn more.
Additional ongoing programs are listed below. Note that some of these programs are not facilitated by Parkinson Association of the Carolinas (PAC) and are subject to change. Click the links for more details.
Effects of Restrictions from COVID-19 on Physical Activity Levels among individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD)
The goal of the study is to understand how restrictions from COVID-19 effected physical activity levels in those with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Physical activity has been known to improve many symptoms in patients with PD. In this study, you will participate in one (1) virtual meeting. In total, this study will require around 30-45 minutes of your time.
You will be asked to answer surveys about your current physical activity level, cognitive abilities, and balance confidence. Following the questionnaires, you will be asked questions about how COVID 19 has affected your ability to participate in physical activity.
If you have any concerns about the study, you can contact:
PI: Jared W. Skinner at 828-262-2512 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acute Effects of Exercise on Autonomic Function
in Parkinson's Disease (PD)
- Lizzie Gamwell, email@example.com
- Dr. Jared Skinner, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participation and/or volunteering.
LSVT Global and CurePSP are partnering with Google for new study called Project Euphonia. Project Euphonia is looking for volunteers with moderate to severe speech disorders associated with Parkinson’s (or other Parkinsonism-related diagnoses) to participate in this new study involving recording spoken phrases to help improve automatic speech recognition software (e.g. phones, computers, devices).
If you are interested in learning more about Project Euphonia, click here.
Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
The Social Communication and Neuroscience Lab at East Carolina University is looking for individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to participate in a online research survey. Participation involves completion of a survey that consists of five short questionnaires about mental health, demographic variables, and coping during the COVID-19 pandemic and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete.
To access the survey, click here.
For questions, contact Kathrin Rothermich at 252-744-2329 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MUSC Movement Disorders Program is conducting a clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of an experimental drug (TAK-071) in Parkinson's Disease or Lewy Body patients with MCI and an elevated risk of falls.
For more information, contact either of the following individuals:
If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial please email the MUSC Movement Disorders Program at email@example.com.
Russell Sage is conducting a study regarding dance and movement for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. We aim to gather information regarding the use of rhythmic movement/dance and better understand perceived benefits, barriers, and facilitators to initiation and adherence to a dance program.
You do not need to be a dancer to participate. All individuals with PD are welcome to participate in this survey!
PAC's Toll-Free Resource Line is here to Help!
Staff Answered Toll-Free Resource Line
- Available Monday - Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
- You can call for PD related questions, resources, & referrals.
- You can learn about PAC's cost-free programs.
Call 1-866-903-PARK (7275) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, click on the green "LEARN MORE" button.
Support PAC's Cost-Free Programs!
PAC offers free educational programs to the PD communities in the Carolinas! Consider making a donation so we can keep our programs cost-free to you!
Volunteer with PAC
There are a variety of opportunities for individuals to volunteer with PAC in both an ongoing and/or one-time manner. Below is a list of available opportunities.
- Board Member
- Committee Member
- Program Volunteer
- Event Volunteer
For more information about PAC's volunteer program and ways to get involved with the organization, click on the green "VOLUNTEER" button.
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