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Michigan Parkinson Foundation's 13th Annual "I Gave My Sole for Parkinson's" Walk-a-thons and 5K Runs will be held Saturday, May 16 at Lakeview High School in St. Clair Shores, and Sunday, May 17 at Northville High School.  On line registration is now open.

Join us for these fabulous events - come to one or both!  Bring family and friends!  Help to raise funds for MPF's programs and services, and have fun doing it!

Click on -   Fundraising/Walkathons and select your options -  Eastside, Westside, individual or team! 

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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, March 12 - April 15 and April 23 - May 28 ,  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  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

Rochester: Dance for Parkinson's, hosted by Take Root 2015 schedule
Sunday, March 15:  2-3:15 pm           Saturday, April 25:  11-12:15 pm                                Saturday, May 16:  11-12:15 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
May 2 - June 13 , 2015  (No class May 23)
$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 3/20/15:

ROCHESTER SUPPORT GROUP WILL MOVE TO OPC (Older Persons Commission) on May 6

     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


     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


   Congregation Shaarey Zedek
   1924 Coolidge, East Lansing MI 48823

      Wednesday, April 8, 2015:      
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

NORTHWEST OAKLAND - has disbanded


    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:    Tootie Rowell (231)723-8854
           Note:  Jeannie Lewis is back, also!!!

    Novi:  Ruthann Lapham has moved.  Rhonda Kotzen, RPT continues on

    Warren:  Nora Palanjian, DPT, will only head the exercise group
            Stacey Turner, RPT, and Mrin Dear, OTR, are new support group Facilitators

NEW - Leelenau County Support Group
         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: new  exercise program with Dr. Stuart Blatt, RPT
        Beginning Thursday, October 23, 2014         Thursdays at 11:00 am - 12 noon
               Hechtman 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."


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.