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PUSHUPS FOR PARKINSON'S: A Fun & Friendly Challenge to Flex Some Muscle for Parkinson's

Have you heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?  Now is your chance to participate in a similar challenge to benefit people with Parkinson's. Join  Michigan Parkinson Foundation and the other Alliance of Independent Regional Parkinson Organizations (AIRPO) members across the nation and take the Cardel Homes Push-ups 4 Parkinson's Challenge kicking off on May 1! Created by Cardel Homes in Colorado in partnership with the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, this challenge is designed to encourage creative and fun online videos to help raise awareness for Parkinson's, as well as generate crucial funding for the programs and services of each participating Parkinson's support organization.

 It's as easy as 1, 2, 3... Video | Donate | Nominate

  1. Video yourself doing any kind of push-ups including modified push-ups, air push-ups, or pushing up off a chair - anything is acceptable.  The more innovative the better!
  2. In your video, nominate specific friends to donate and take the Push-ups 4 Parkinson's Challenge.
  3. Upload your video to your Facebook page, tagging the friends you challenged and using the hashtag #pushups4parkinsons.
  4. Go to, click on the Michigan Parkinson Foundation  link, and make a donation.
  5. Encourage your community groups to get involved - schools, churches, fitness groups, companies, etc.

View Video           View Pushups 4 Parkinson's Instructional PDF


For more information about Pushups for Parkinson's, visit:


(Article credited to HAPS Happening, May 2015)

Join us in celebrating people with PD and families and raising money for programs and services thoughout Michigan!  Last day to register to guarantee a tee shirt is July 19, 2015.
Last day to register on line:  August 2
You can register on site for an additional $5

I Gave My Sole for Parkinson's Walk-a-thon and 5K Run - Lansing Area
Date:  Saturday, August 8, 2015    Event will start at 10:30 am
Okemos High School 2800 Jolly Road, Okemos MI 48864 - - see brochure for details



I Gave My Sole for Parkinson's Walk-a-thon - Kalamazoo Area
Date:  Sunday, August 9, 2015   NOTE:  TIME CHANGE  9:00 am start Celery Flats Historical Area
7335 Garden Lane, Portage MI 49002   --- see brochure for details

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.  Call for dates

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  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:  Call for dates
$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

Rochester: Dance for Parkinson's, hosted by Take Root 2015 schedule
All programs at 11:00 am - 12:15 pm   July 25,   August 8,   September 1, October 3, November 14, December 19.  2016:  January 16, February 6    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
Call for dates
$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 5/7/15:

                       NEW SUPPORT GROUPS
ANTRIM COUNTY - BELLAIRE - beginning in September
Contact Linda Cran, BS, MS  (231)633-1237.                            Meetings will be held at Bellaire   Family Health Center
                             4955 S M-88
                           Bellaire MI 49615

IRON MOUNTAIN - first meeting 7/15; 3rd Wednesday from 1:30-3 pm
Contact:   Pauline Hill  (906)774-0332
Location:  UP Rehab Service
                      505 Hooper Street, Kingsford MNI 49802

Central Michigan University Dept. of Counseler Education is sponsoring a new support group.  For summer programs, contact  Dr. Terry McGlasson 989-774-6527.

Location of meetings will be in the  Education & Human Services Building #322, 3rd floor Further sessions to be announced.

LEELENAU          3rd Thursdays at 2 pm
         Leelanau Government Center
         8527 E. Government Center Drive, Suttons Bay MI
         Contact:  April Missias, Director,  (231)256-8125

2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 pm
               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



Rochester Support Group moves to OPC (Older Persons Commission)
     New time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
     Address:  650 Letecia Drive, Rochester MI 48307
     Contacts:  Nancy Knitter (248)852-8464;  Pat Yarnold (248)759-4562

Lansing Dialog and Caregiver Support Groups move to Congregation Shaarey Zedek
     1st Wednesday, 1:00 pm
     1924 Coolidge, East Lansing MI 48823


     Barry County/Hastings Support Group: New day: 2nd Wednesday, 5:00 - 6:30 pm

     Battle Creek Young Onset Group:          New Time:  4:30 pm

     Jackson Support Group:                            New Time:  6:15 pm

     Muskegon Support Group:                       New Time:     10:00 AM




    Gratiot County:  Welcome to Scott Hicks, LPN (989)875-5269 as facilitator.  Thank you
           to Jen Cook for 13 fabulous years!

   Howell:  Stuart Blatt, RPT, PhD, will head the support group AND the weekly exercise           program (810) 923-8970

    Manistee:   Jeannie Lewis is back:  (231)510-4986

    Mason/Scottville:  Jerry Chancellor (231)462-3522

    Negaunee/Marquette County:  Krtisti Malmstein (906)475-6266

    Novi:  Rhonda Kotzen, RPT continues on with Leah Edwards, MSW  (248)863-3296


                 GROUPS IN PLANNING STAGE:

Antrium County/Bellaire:  Linda Cram (231) 633-1237

Cadillac:  Diane Patterson (231)779-9420




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.  New organizations in 2015 are Dallas Parkinsonism Society, Parkinson Association (Southern California) and Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana.


AIRPO formalized a collaboration that began in 2009 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 provides 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."


The Professional Advisory Board of the Michigan Parkinson Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2015 Raymond B. Bauer, M.D., Research Grant has been awarded to JoAnne McFarland O'Rourke, MSW, LMSW, Director of Research at Western Michigan University College of Health and Human Services for her study:  "Evaluation of Two Neurofeedback Protocols for Parkinson's Disease Patients." 

The chief aim of the project is to delineate treatment methods that address comorbin conditions that often accompany disease. For Parkinson's Disease, these issues involve physical health such as gait, balance, and fatigue; mental health, such as depression and anxiety; and cognition, such as memory, word finding and attention.  these issues combine to affect virtually every aspect of life for PD suffereres.  Moreover, it becomes difficult for patients and practitioners to sort out comorbidities, including which symptoms take priority and which may be contributing to others.


the Raymond B. Bauer, MD, Research Award is presented annually to support studies of principal researchers working in Michigan colleges, universities, and not-for-profit organizations who work with students and trainees. the aim of this program is to help support research and to foster the study of Parkinson's among individuals with career interests in neurological disorders.  The level of support is up to $20,000 for a period of two years.  It is intended that the funds will be applied to educational expenses and research expenses.

Applications will be accepted for the Raymond B. Bauer, MD, Research Award in 2016.   Application format is available on:

For questions, please contact Debby Orloff, CEO, at (248)433-1011.  The deadline for application is January 5, 2016.  The Award will be presented in early March, 2016.

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.