The Struthers Parkinson’s Center, a National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) Center of Excellence located in Golden Valley, was recognized with the HealthPartners President’s Team Award Thursday evening in downtown Minneapolis.
The award is presented to teams within the HealthPartners network that go above and beyond to improve the health of members, patients and the community.
Struthers innovative model of care using a team-based approach, has been servicing the area since 1978, and has resided at its current location in Golden Valley since 1995. Struthers serves the needs of Parkinson’s patients and their families through comprehensive assessment, interdisciplinary treatment, support, research and education for both patients and care partners. The ultimate goal is to improve quality of life at every stage and help people live well with Parkinson’s disease.
For more information about Struthers and what it offers visit its website.
As the calendar turns to November, we would like to take a moment to recognize and thank caregivers during National Caregivers Month.
Caregivers play an important role in the well-being of those living with Parkinson’s, and the wonderful work they do on a daily basis may often times be overlooked.
Which is why November is an important month to put aside some time to recognize caregivers you know and show them your appreciation. From providing a day of respite, to acting as a sounding board or just helping with small things around the house, there are many ways individuals can show their family caregiver appreciation.
Need some ideas? Here is a list of 30 Ways to Honor Caregivers from our national headquarters.
A new initiative launched by NPFM, CareMAP, is a great resource center for caregivers, especially those living with advanced Parkinson’s. The website has a local tie, with Struthers Parkinson’s Center’s Rose Wichmann and Joan Gardner helping bring the project to life.
Give to the Max day is rapidly approaching and we are gearing up with our “Like to the Max!” campaign!
Help us get to over 1,000 followers on Facebook! Visit www.facebook.com/parkinsonmn, like our page and get all of your friends and family to like our page by October 30. If we reach 1,000 likes we will have a special announcement regarding Give to the Max.
So get out there, share our page and help us spread our mission of helping those living with PD in the state of Minnesota!
When: Tuesday, September 30, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Where: VINE Adult Community Center, 421 E. Hickory Street, Mankato
Register: Call 763.545.1272 or email email@example.com
NPFM welcomes those living with Parkinson’s and the entire greater-Mankato area to learn more about the organization and its efforts to work with the community to make it more Parkinson-Friendly through outreach, education and events.
NPFM is the Minnesota chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation, operating as a local nonprofit working to raise awareness and funds for the upper Midwest Parkinson’s community. The organization works to better the lives of those living and impacted by PD through outreach and providing resources.
The creation of Parkinson-Friendly communities is possible through a generous grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. The effort works to ensure individuals and families touched by Parkinson’s remain vibrant, engaged members of our communities. NPFM has been working in several communities around the state including Alexandria, Willmar and Fargo, and are excited to expand into Mankato.
Over 25,000 people are living with Parkinson’s in the state of Minnesota, the third-highest per-capita total in the United States.
Working alongside the National Parkinson Foundation, NPF Minnesota decided to help raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s by participating in the #pieitforward campaign.
To kick off the campaign, executive director David Wheeler and past president Paul Blom accepted the challenge. Watch their video for inspiration and to see who they challenged, then join the effort by following the instructions below!
Want to do Whatever It Takes to Beat Parkinson’s?
To show your support for Parkinson’s? Here are the few easy steps.
1. All those challenged must take a whipped cream pie to the face.
2. When you complete your challenge, the person who challenged you must then donate to the cause. You may also challenge more individuals to participate and help spread awareness!
3. Be sure to share your videos on your favorite social media networks using #PieItForward – then send us the link to your video!
Donations can be made directly to NPFM to help our mission to raise awareness and provide outreach opportunities in the state of Minnesota. Please specify your donation as #pieitforward challenge when submitting.
Donations can also be made to our national office.
We look forward to seeing your best videos for a great cause, Minnesota!
The National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota has been active across greater Minnesota, helping to create Parkinson Friendly Communities in Fargo, N.D., Alexandria and Willmar, and this year expanded its efforts in St. Cloud and Mankato.
Through a generous grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation, NPFM has been working towards creating awareness about PD in a state that ranks third in the nation in Parkinson’s patients per capita.
Here’s a look at what NPFM has been up to in each community, in addition to a look forward.
Fargo: NPFM hosted guest speaker Liz Ogren, founder of Pedal and Roll, for a community biking and informational session. Training events for medical staff were also hosted.
Alexandria: TULIPS training for caregiving staff was provided; hosted a Nordic walking event, including training for staff; provided Nordic walking poles for the community to use indoors and outdoors to help stay active.
Willmar: Training for physical and speech therapists in the LSVT BIG and LOUD programs; an adaptive walking path was constructed to help people learn to navigate different walking surfaces and complete household tasks; NPFM paired with Liz Ogren for a two-day event, highlighted by a “Prospering with Parkinson’s” discussion on day one followed by a Pedal and Roll event on day two, allowing individuals to utilize adaptive bikes and Nordic walking poles.
St. Cloud: NPFM has been received well in the community. Several guest speakers have been lined up, and individuals in the community are currently working with NPFM to have PD-specific exercise training brought to the area.
Mankato: NPFM has made its first steps in the community, including providing guest speaker Susan Gangsei for National Caregivers Month in November.
The National Parkinson Foundation, through a generous grant from the Otto Bremmer Foundation, spent Thursday and Friday in Willmar encouraging the community to get active while learning about PD as a part of the Parkinson Friendly Community initiative.
A Thursday evening presentation about the benefits of exercise preceded a two-hour pedaling and Nordic walking event at Robbins Island. More than 20 individuals from the greater Willmar community turned out to get active and enjoy a beautiful Friday.
Thanks to Club Bethesda, Liz Ogren and Pedal and Roll and the Otto Bremmer Foundation for making the two-day event possible.
NPFM was thrilled to connect Star Tribune reporter Jeremy Olson to local experts for today’s story about Parkinson’s and depression. Jackie Christensen, Liz Ogren, Dr. Martha Nance and Dr. Steven Stein are generous NPFM volunteers, helping people with PD live well.
While many people likely recognize tremors and difficulty walking as part of the illness, depression is one of many non-motor symptoms. Don’t wait to access the many education and support resources available locally. More than 25,000 Minnesotans live with Parkinson’s disease (PD), the third highest incidence per capita in the country. If you don’t find what you need on our website, please contact our office. We are here to help.
A message from Dr. Martha Nance, chair of the Clinical Advisory Board for the National Parkinson Foundation of Minnesota:
The Minnesota Parkinson’s disease medical community, like the rest if the country, is grieving the recent death of Robin Williams. Even more, we are saddened by the tragic manner if his death. Depression is common in people with Parkinson’s disease, but like many symptoms of the disease, it is often quite treatable.
Many people lead a rewarding and active life for many years after a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. If you think you might have Parkinson’s disease, make an appointment with a Parkinson’s specialist to get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment: Parkinson Disease Specialists.
And if you are depressed, uncertain, lost, or panicky after a diagnosis of Parkinson’s, or if the recent revelation about Robin Williams has sent you into a tailspin, call your primary care physician, your neurologist, or a mental health specialist for help. Let us hope that Mr. Williams’ tragic death will help others to live better.
Dr. Martha Nance, chair of the NPFM Clinical Advisory Board and medical director of the Struthers Parkinson’s Center in Golden Valley, a NPF Center of Excellence.