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The Van Andel Institute will host a special program on Friday, February 13, 2015 from 2:00 - 4:30 pm:  Facing Off Against Parkinson's Disease

Featuring Brent Peterson, former hockey player and coach, and author of "My Toughest Faceoff,"  the program will also feature a panel discussion with Patrik Brundin, MD, PhD, Van Andle Research Institute, Lesline Neuman, MD, MErcy Health, Hauenstein Neurosciences, and Ashok Kumar Sriram, MD, Spectrum Helaht Neurosciences.  Sponsored by Medtronic.

Location:  Van Andel Institute
                      333 Bostwick Ave., Grand Rapids Mi Complimentary valet parking is available

To register:  616-234-5684;



The Board, Staff and Volunteers at Michigan Parkinson Foundation wish you all a wonderful holiday season.  May we all experience health, happiness and peace in the coming year!

As you consider your year end gifts, please think of Michigan Parkinson Foundation.... we are an independent non-profit charitable organization incorporated in 1983.  For over 30 years, we have worked hard to serve the needs of people affected by Parkinson's in Michigan.  We are not affiliated with any national organization.  Our mission is to bring programs and services directly to you to impact your quality of life.

Michigan Parkinson Foundation currently has fostered the growth of more than 60 support groups in the state.  These groups, which meet monthly, have consistently been a major source of education, comfort and camaradarie to so many.  MPF helps to organize, train and expand these groups and their programs.  MPF also conducts educational programs for people affected by Parkinson's, care partners and health care professionals; has an information and referral program where you can call for questions, concerns and community referrals; and provides financial assistance to people with PD for medications and day care (check to see if you qualify); and more.  We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of staff, professional and lay volunteers who work to address your needs for living a quality life with PD!

Help us to continue our good work...   And may happy returns for the year to come!

You can donate on line or by mail:  Michigan Parkinson Foundation,  30400 Telegraph Road, Suite 150, Bingham Farms MI 48025.







Board and Professional Advisory Board Election Results

At the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and Professional Advisory Board on December 3, 2014, election results were announced.  We are pleased to inform you of the following:

                                     Board of Directors
Officers:  Chairman:  Edwin B. George, MD, PhD
             President:  Peter A. LeWitt, MD
             Vice Chairman:  William Suminski
             Treasurer:  Lawrence Millman, CPA
             Secretary:  Nanette Michaels

New Board Members:          Welcome to:
           Elizabeth Berlow, MPH, RN, of West Bloomfield, who currently works as a hospice nurse at Great Lakes Caring and Dr. Robert Richard, PhD, of Bay City, retired from NASA, Facilitator of the Flint and Bay County Support Groups.

Re-elected Board members:
    3 year terms:  David Bartczak, Todd Gardner, Dr. Edwin George, Maxine Meach
    2 year term:  Joseph Katulic
    1 year term:  Vincent Marino

Many thanks to Robert Berlow, Esq. and Richard McKnight, Esq. who have relinquished their seats on the Board of Directors. Both have been instrumental in fostering the mission of MPF through their participation in many activities.  The April 2015 Facilitator Training will be named in their honor.

                      Professional Advisory Board

New Members:   Welcome to:
      Dr. Elizabeth Pickut, MD, MPH, Movement Disorder Specialist, Hauenstein Center, St. Mary Hospital, Grand Rapids
       Dr. Danette Taylor, DO, Movement Disorder Specialist, William Beaumont Hospital

Re-elected Members:
      Dr. Stuart Blatt, PhD, RPT,
      Dr. Timothy Collier, PhD,  researcher, Michigan State University
     Dr. Doree-Ann Espiritu, MD, geropsychiatrist, Henry Ford Hospital
     Dr. Edwin B. George, MD, PhD, movement disorder specialist, WSU and John B. Dingell VA Hospital, Detroit
      Dr. Shana Krstevska, MD, movement disorder specialist, Henry Ford Detroit & Troy

Many thanks to Dr. Richard Berchou, PharmD.(WSU School of Medicine - Pharmacy) and Dr. Bradley Evans, MD, (Northern Michigan Neurology, Traverse City) who have stepped down from the PAB.  


Many of you may have heard about Dance for Parkinson's, which has been developed by the Mark Morris Dance Company in New York.  Several programs are being started in the southeast Michigan area by dance professionals who have been trained by this company.

New Classes:

Bloomfield Township:  Dance for Parkinson's
Weekly for 6 weeks, beginning Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 11:30 am
followed by an optional 1/2 hour of socializing in the Bloomfield Senior Center Cafe
6 classes for $30 for Bloomfield Township residents;  additional $2 per class for others.
No charge for caregivers, spouses.  Scholarships are available (call Cheryl McIlhon at 248-755-7431)
                              Bloomfield Township Senior Center
                              4315 Andover, Bloomfield Township MI 48302

Farmington Hills:  MovingThru - Parkinson's and Dance
Weekly for 6 weeks beginning Monday, March 2, 2015
2:00 - 3:00 pm, followed by an additional 30 minute social time.
$10 per person (no charge for caregivers, spouses).  Class limited.
Contact Terrye J. Mock (248)505-3951
                           Christina's Adult Ballet & More...Integrating Mood and Body Experiences
                           31531 W. 13 Mile Road, Farmington Hills MI 48334

Demonstration at the Northwest Oakland/Huron Valley Sinai Support Group meeting on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm.
               Huron Valley Sinai Hospital
               1 William Carls Drive, Ground Floor A Conference Room
                Commerce MI 48328 (enter at North Orchard Entrance)

Rochester: Dance for Parkinson's, hosted by Take Root 2015 schedule
Saturday,  January 17:  11-12:15 pm            Saturday, April 25:  11-12:15 pm
Sunday, February 15:  2-3:15 pm                  Saturday, May 16:  11-12:15 pm
Sunday, March 15:  2-3:15 pm                        Sunday, June 2:  2-3:15 pm
No fee, but donations are accepted.
Contact:   or Nancy Knitter (248)852-8464 to register.
                         Oakland University - Varner Hall, Dance Studio 132
                         2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester MI 483009

Ann Arbor:  Parkinson's Movement & Dance Class
Coming in the Spring, 2015
$30 per person/$50 per couple (scholarships available)
Pre-registration required:  (734)998-9850
                         Turner Senior Resource Center
                          2401 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor MI 48105



The following changes and additions to Support Groups as of 10/28/14:

      Beginning Wednesday, March 11, 2015:      
The 2nd Wednesday of each month, the Dearborn Support Group will meet:
               Dearborn Senior Center at the Ford Community and Performing Arts
                   15801 Michigan Ave  - Club Room 3
                   Dearborn MI 48126
        Contact Alysha Goodwin at (313)806-4296

NORTHWEST OAKLAND - at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Commerce - welcomes new support group Facilitators, Don and Alice DuVal (phone number:  248-328-0106.  Meetings are held:
                                               3rd Tuesday, 7:00 pm
                                              1 William Carls Drive, Ground Floor A Conference Room
                                            Commerce MI 48382

Manistee New Facilitator - Tootie Rowell (231)723-8854

NEW - Leelenau County Support Group starting on Thursday, October 16:
         3rd Thursdays at 2 pm
         Leelanau Government Center
         8527 E. Government Center Drive, Leelanau MI
         Contact:  April Missias, Director,  (231)256-8125

NEW - West Bloomfield:  Starting an exercise program with Dr. Stuart Blatt, RPT
        Beginning Thursday, October 23, 2014         Thursdays at 11:00 am - 12 noon
               Hectman II Apartments, 3rd Floor Game Room
    6690 W. Maple, West Bloomfield MI 48322
        Contact:  Linda Klein  (248)592-2318

NEW - Barry County Support Group
          1st Wednesdays, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
          Barry County Commission on Aging
          320 West Woodlawn Avenue, Hastings MI 49058
          Contact:  Tammy Pennington (269)948-4856

Alliance leverages independent nonprofit strengths to enrich programs for Parkinson's community.

For further information, contact Debby Orloff, CEO, MPF at 248-433-1011

The Michigan Parkinson Foundation is pleased to be a founding member of the Alliance of Independent Regional Parkinson Organizations (AIRPO), a consortium recently formed with the shared goals of finding a cure for Parkinson's and supporting those who live with the disease.  AIRPO encourages collaboration, leverages organizational strengths and maximizes efficiency amongst its founding member organizations, which include the Houston Area Parkinson Society, Michigan Parkinson Foundation, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation, Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, and Parkinson Association of the Rockies.


AIRPO formalizes a collaboration that began five years ago between Parkinson Disease Foundation (PDF) and several independent regional nonprofit organizations.  AIRPO, by leveraging each member's unique expertise, will enrich programs available to the Parkinson's disease community and build a support network for the member organizational leaders.  PDF will offer AIRPO administrative guidance and support.


Michigan Parkinson Foundation Board Chairman, Edwin B. George, MD, PhD, notes that "the Michigan Parkinson Foundation has 30 years of experience providing programs supporting persons with Parkinson's disease to share with the other members of AIRPO, and will benefit from the opportunity to collaborate in the Alliance's national and international education and advocacy efforts.  AIRPO will support the MPF's continued ability to use Michigan dollars to provide the programs needed for Parkinsons in Michigan, while giving us a stronger voice in the issues of importance to persons with Parkinson's disease throughout the country."


"Each AIRPO member organization seeks to address the diverse challenges facing the Parkinson's disease community.  AIRPO allows us to develop solutions to these challenges together.  Having the opportunity to learn from each other, and in some cases to work together, will enhance our collective ability to serve people with Parkinson's disease," noted Anne Thobae, Chair of AIRPO and Executive Director of HAPS in Houston Texas.


Robin Elliott, President of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation noted, "PDF is proud to collaborate with these outstanding organizations, all of which work tirelessly to meet the needs of people who live with Parkinson's disease and their families.  Together, we will ensure we are doing our best for those to whom we are held accountable - people with Parkinson's disease and their families."


Tips provided by Board Member, Anne Hansen

To find the Michigan Parkinson Foundation of Facebook, simply type "Michigan Parkinson Foundation" into the search bar. The MPF fan page should be the first result. There is a link to the right that says "Become a Fan." Just click on that and you're there! Or you can click on the MPF logo and become a fan from there.

Michigan Parkinson Foundation's Facebook page can be used to spread the word to family and friends about the May 22 and May 23 I Gave My Sole for Parkinson's Walk-a-thon and 5K Runs. Here are directions:

  1. Go to the MPF Facebook fan page through your Facebook account.

  2. Click on the link on the upper left of the page "Suggest to Friends." It's right under the MPF logo.

  3. Click on which friends you'd like to invite.

  4. Click on "Send Invitations.

A message will be sent to your selected friends asking them to become a fan.