VIDEO – Parkinson’s Annual Breakfast Presentation 2013

Take a quick look at this quick video about The Nelson Wellness Center in Alexandria, MN and all of the support and innovation that they use to treat Parkinson’s disease.

We are glad that a partnership with National Parkinson’s Foundation Minnesota has helped build these wonderful programs and provides support for people all over the state.

35W Bridge Lighting Video

In honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, the 35W bridge was lit up in Parkinson’s blue. Our Past President, Paul Blom interviewed Michael Molloy, who is living with Parkinson’s Disease, about his experiences and his advice for other individuals on the same journey. He also incorporated some information from various health professionals with extensive knowledge of PD research and care.

Combined with the beautiful visuals of the bridge, this short video is meant to increase awareness of Parkinson’s Disease and all that you can do to help. Be sure to check out the Moving Day® Twin Cities website, here.

 

Live Stream of 35W Bridge

Join us Friday night for the lighting of the 35W Bridge in honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month! If you weren’t able to spot the bridge on your way home, then you have come to the right place. Enjoy this beautiful structure dressed up in Parkinson’s Awareness blue and learn more about our programs by exploring our website!

#BuyDavesTies

It’s that time of year again!

NPFM is excited for its annual partnership with KARE 11’s Dave Schwartz for ‪#‎BuyDavesTies‬, a great way to support NPFM and look good doing it.

So how does it work? Visit our eBay page to bid on the ties that Dave models. Win and you can look stylish while helping out the Parkinson’s community!  Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on the ties, auction deadlines and much more.
Click here for the NPFM eBay page and start bidding!

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Happy Parkinson’s Awareness Month! The 35W bridge will be lit up in a beautiful blue on April 17th in support of Parkinson’s Awareness, so be sure to take a look on your commute home. If you won’t be able to stop by, find a high definition livestream right here on the NPFM website!
Here at NPFM we focus on spreading awareness all year long, but the month of April is a great time to get involved and learn more about Parkinson’s Disease. Whether you are looking to participate in upcoming events or simply interested in learning more about our community, be sure to check out all of the great info that we have to share.
Community 
Read stories from Minnesota Parkinson’s patients, family members, friends, and professionals.  Learn how NPFM is working to create Parkinson’s-friendly communities across Minnesota and find resources from friends of Parkinson’s across the state.
Get Support
No matter what stage you are at in your Parkinson’s journey, NPF Minnesota is here to support your family in your Parkinson’s journey. We offer dedicated support resource for patients and caregivers, including information on:
Medical Corner
Learn more from local Parkinson’s disease experts about Deep Brain stimulation and current research being conducted. Meet our team of Medical Advisors and ask the experts any questions you may be having.
Simply wondering about the basics? Be sure to take a look at our fact sheet for a more generalized overview of Parkinson’s disease.
How to Help 
NPFM is working to make sure all people with Parkinson’s and their families can live well. We work every day to improve the lives of Parkinson’s care through research, education and outreach. You can support our work by making a donationvolunteering, or by joining us a corporate sponsor. Together, we will improve care for Parkinson’s and enhance the lives of people affected by Parkinson’s disease in the Upper Midwest.
News & Events

Stay up-to-date on the latest Parkinson’s news from local sources and the national foundation. Moving Day® 2015 is approaching fast and we encourage you to learn more, here: www.movingdaytwincities.org

Moving Day® Kickoff Breakfast

breakfast-inviteGet ready for Moving Day® 2015 by attending our annual kickoff breakfast on Friday, February 27!

The event will be held at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Golden Valley from 7:30-9 a.m.

The event is free and will feature several guest speakers to help raise excitement for Moving Day® on May 2.

A continental breakfast will be served.

A RSVP is required for the event. Get your spot now by emailing info@parkinsonmn.org or calling 763.545.1272.

 

Paul Blom Named to NPF Board of Directors

MIAMIJan. 14, 2015 — The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced the election of two new members to its Board of Directors: Erin R. Borger and Paul R. Blom.

“We are pleased to add individuals with diverse backgrounds and geographies to NPF’s Board—our goal is to have NPF be truly representative of the Parkinson’s community,” stated John W. Kozyak, Esq., NPF Chairman of the Board. “Erin and Paul’s combined experience will help move the mission of NPF forward to make life better for people with Parkinson’s and their families.”

Erin R. Borger was elected to the board in December 2014. Mr. Borger is in charge of Wealth Management in Northern California for UBS Financial Services. He serves as the Complex Director, overseeing $15 billion in assets in eight offices. He has served with UBS Financial since 2008, including his previous roles as Director, Branch Manager based inFlorida and Management Training Advisor based in New York and New Jersey. Mr. Borger began his career with Morgan Stanley in 2003 as a Financial Advisor. Mr. Borger has long held an interest in neurological conditions and has supported various philanthropies personally and through his family foundation. He serves on the Board of Trustees: Visiting Committee and Neurology Committee for the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He is also currently on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Advisory Board and F.I.N. Sea Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Paul R. Blom was elected to the board in November 2014, as an ex officio member. Mr. Blom recently served as the president of the NPF Minnesota Board of Directors for the past ten years and is the current Chair of NPF’s Chapter Advisory Council, working to strengthen the NPF Chapter network. A strong advocate for the Parkinson’s community, he has served as a member of the Community Advisory Board for Struthers Parkinson’s Center, an NPF Center of Excellence. Mr. Blom and his husband, Bob White, are the owners of the Right at Home franchise in Bloomington, MN, and were instrumental in helping to secure the Right at Home franchise’s national sponsorship of Moving Day®, NPF’s signature fundraising walk.  Additionally, Mr. Blom serves as Vice-Chair of Training to Serve, a Minnesota non-profit that provides training for senior service providers regarding the unique needs and barriers of the aging LGBT community.  He also serves on the boards of Avenues for Homeless Youth and the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, and he is Treasurer of the Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association.

Alan M. Slewett, who has been on the NPF board since 2001, became a member of the NPF Emeritus board as of January 2015. Mr. Slewett is the former President of Valentine Liquors, Inc., a Miami area chain of retail liquor and grocery stores.  He is the son of Nathan Slewett, the longtime, former President and Chairman Emeritus of the National Parkinson Foundation.

Alan Slewett has been a dedicated Board member and valued supporter in his own right,” stated John W. Kozyak, Esq.“We are honored to have his continued involvement as an Emeritus member of the Board.”

View a complete list of the NPF Board of Directors.

About the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF)
Founded in 1957, the National Parkinson Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson’s disease through research, education and outreach. NPF has funded more than $182 million in care, research and support services. For more information about NPF, visit www.parkinson.org, or call the NPF Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636).

About Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
Affecting an estimated one million Americans and four to six million worldwide, PD is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression) as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for PD and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

Media Contact:
Leilani Pearl
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
lpearl@parkinson.org
305-322-3828

SOURCE National Parkinson Foundation

Moving Day® 2015 Final Tally

Twin Cities Moving Day® was a huge success!

This exciting day filled with movement, education and camaraderie for those living with and impacted by Parkinson’s was the most successful yet. All proceeds benefit the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota’s mission to improve the lives of those living with PD through education, outreach and grant work. In 2014 we raised over $231,000 and we set the bar even higher for 2015 with a goal of $250,000.

Although the website will not be updated until the fundraiser closes, our current total is $266,341! 

Donations will be taken until May 31st, and then the official final tally will be announced. Stay up to date, here: www.movingdaytwincities.org

VIDEO – Symptoms and Diagnosis

Continuing to explore the topic of symptoms and diagnosis, watch this short video which was part of our partnership with TPT in 2014.

All through the month of January we will continue to explore symptoms and diagnosis of PD, so keep checking back!

http://www.mnvideovault.org/index.php?id=26520&select_index=3&popup=yes#3

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