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Parkinson’s Disease Support Group


St. Augustine Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

The St. Augustine Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is committed to giving patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their care partners access to researchers, health care practitioners, and each other.

The group meets monthly, hosting social gatherings and educational guest speakers.

All meetings are hosted at STARS Rehab (south location) at 105 Mariner Health Way, St. Augustine, Florida from 1-2pm (unless otherwise noted).  Details and Dates are below.

The events are free and open to the public.  No registration is required.

In addition to our support group we offer physical and occupational therapy services in both individualized and group therapy environments.  Our group therapy is limited to 4 people and we utilize aerobic, large amplitude whole body training, boxing, and agility exercises to challenge cardiovascular fitness, balance,  posture, slowness and functional mobility.

For more information and to be added to our support group email list, please contact the support group coordinator Dr Melanie Lomaglio at 904/501-8779 or email (preferred method of contact) melanie@starsrehab.org

UPCOMING EVENTS 2019-2020

Friday September 20th  Exploring Treatment Options for Speech and Swallowing in People with Parkinson’s Disease with speech therapist Debra Mullin.

Location:  STARS Rehab.  105 Mariner Health Way, St Augustine, FL

Time: 1-2pm

Information:  Debra Mullin has over 20 years of experience as a Speech and Language therapist and has worked in all settings from outpatient to hospital to home care.  She specializes in disorders of swallowing, a common impairment that can occur in Parkinson’s and related diseases.  She utilizes both LSVT Loud (for low volume speech) and VitalStim (external electrical stimulation therapy for swallowing) therapies, two evidenced based treatment approaches, for people with PD.

No RSVP required.

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Friday October 18th – Parkinson’s and Puppies Social!

Location:  STARS Rehab.  105 Mariner Health Way, St Augustine, FL

Time: 1-2pm

Information:  That’s right – puppies!  Four or five Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) service “pups in training” will visit our social and informally discuss what the organization’s mission is.  Since 1975 CCI has been providing assistance dogs to receipts free of charge. While visiting us they will also do some puppy training with you, to help acclimate the dogs to people in a rehab setting.   STARS facility dog, Harley, is a CCI dog that works with STARS Physical Therapist Melanie Lomaglio.  Harley makes physical therapy sessions more fun and engaging.  In addition, Dr Anne Boddy, DPT, PhD, will join us to discuss her research results, which many of you participated in.  Both people with PD and their partners are welcome.  Light snacks and drinks will be provided by STARS rehab.   To learn more about CCI follow the link:  https://www.cci.org/

No RSVP required.

Saturday Oct 19th   Special EventParkinson’s Foundation Educational Event at University of Florida  – Living with Parkinson’s – Mind, Mood and Motion

Location: University of North Florida –  John A. Delaney Student Union, 1UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32224

Time: 9am – 1pm

Information:  This free session will focus on changes in thinking and memory and it will teach people on how to reduce the effects these symptoms have on daily life.   A free breakfast will be served at 9am; program starts at 10am.   Advanced registration is required.   Contact Crista Ellis at 305-537-9960 or email: floridainfo@parkinson.org

Updates on the event and speakers can be found here:  www.parkinson.org/JAX

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Saturday November 16th– Special Event – Moving Day Jacksonville hosted by the Parkinson’s Foundation

Location: University of North Florida – Coxwell Amphitheater.  University of North FL Dr, Jacksonville, FL, 32224.

Time: Registration opens at 830am and the walk starts at 10am.

Information: Moving Day Jacksonville is a Parkinson’s Foundation annual fundraising fun walk event.  It’s a family friendly day featuring a walk course, kids tent, caregivers relaxation tent, and a special Movement Pavilion featuring yoga, Tai Chi, dance, boxing etc, all forms of exercise shown to help manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.  STARS Physical Therapist Melanie Lomaglio and her PD Pup Harley will be doing an exercise demonstration.  There is no cost to register but it is a fund raising event.  Follow the link to learn more and to join STARS Rehab in their goal to raise $2000 for the foundation.  The money raised will assist the Foundation in improving care for people with PD and advancing research towards a cure.  http://www3.parkinson.org/goto/STARSRehab

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Friday December 13thHoliday Social

Location:  STARS Rehab.  105 Mariner Health Way, St Augustine, FL

Time: 1-2pm

Information:  This will be an informal pot luck lunch social event for people with PD and their partners.  All are welcome to come mingle and make a new friend.

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Saturday January 18 (this is a tentative date)  –Music Therapy Interactive Session with Danielle Porter, a Certified Fellowship trained Neurologic Music Therapist from Brooks Rehab Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Time: 1-2pm

Information:  Music therapy is grounded in neuroscience research and utilizes rhythm, dynamics, pitch, and harmony to elicit movement, improve verbal expression, cognition and attention.   For example, walking to live rhythmic music can increase step length and speed of walking, playing exercises on a harmonica can improve respiratory support for voice, playing two instruments at once can improve attention, and remembering sequences and mnemonics can improve cognition.  Danielle will lead our group through an interactive session to expose us to the wonders of music therapy.  No prior musical talent needed!  To learn more about Danielle and music therapy follow the link:  https://brooksrehab.org/services/music-therapy/

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February – date to be determined. Painting for Parkinson’s Social with Patrick Moser, professor of Art, from Flagler College.

Location:  STARS Rehab.  105 Mariner Health Way, St Augustine, FL

Time: 1-2pm

Information:  Patrick is an interdisciplinary artist with a foundation in painting and drawing. When he isn’t working with art students at Flagler College he is making videos, paintings, drawings, animations and puppets.

Painting has been shown to help reduce tremor and anxiety in people with PD.  No prior art experience needed!  You will be guided to paint from within in a relaxing, supportive environment.  To learn more about painting with Parkinson’s please follow this link:  https://paintingwithparkinsons.org.au/

This will be an RSVP event so we can plan for supplies.   Please RSVP to Melanie at Melanie@starsrehab.org

A small fee may be collected to cover the supplies.  More information will be provided as the date approaches.

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Saturday March 28 (tentative date) –  Dr Huang, MD, PhD, movement disorder specialist question and answer session.

Location:  STARS Rehab.  105 Mariner Health Way, St Augustine, FL

Time: 1-2pm

Information:  Dr Huang practices neurology as a movement disorder specialist at Baptist Health in Jacksonville Florida.  He specializes in the assessment and treatment of individuals with PD and has advanced knowledge in the areas of dystonia, dyskinesia, tremors, and dementia.  We invite you to come and ask you’re your questions about the latest treatments for persons living with PD.

 No RSVP required.

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Friday April 3rd –  Dr Ramon Rodriguez MD (representing Acordia Therapeutics), movement disorder specialist, will come to educate the group on the new FDA approved inhaled levodopa powder.

Location:  STARS Rehab.  105 Mariner Health Way, St Augustine, FL

Time: 1-2pm

Information:  Inhaled levodopa (Inbrija) is delivered on-demand with an inhaler for “off” periods in people with PD who already take oral carbidopa-levodap.  “Off” periods occur when dopamine levels are low between carbidopa-levodopa doses, resulting in a return of motor symptoms like slowness, tremor, and stiffness. For faster action, the levodopa powder bypasses liver metabolism as it moves from the lungs to the bloodstream.

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May – date to be determined.  Amanda Adams RN, BSN with Abbott Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy for People with Parkinson’s Disease.

Location:  STARS Rehab.  105 Mariner Health Way, St Augustine, FL

Time: 1-2pm

Information:  Amanda is a nurse and movement disorder clinical specialist.  She works for Abbott– a medical device company that is advancing DBS technology.  Amanda will share how DBS has changed over the years and how it can help improve the lives of people living with PD.

 No RSVP required.

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June – to be determinedSocial

Location:  STARS Rehab.  105 Mariner Health Way, St Augustine, FL

Time: 1-2pm

Information:  This social will center around a topic of discussion such as medication, non-motor symptoms, resource sharing and most importantly – socialization. Both people with PD and their partners are welcome.   More information will be provided as the date approaches.

No RSVP required.

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July and August – no meetings, enjoy your summer but keep moving, grooving and socializing!

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