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Parkinson Association of Alabama, Inc.       
Newsletter | July 2020
The PAA's 2020 Webinar Series Continues
Next Up ...

The Influence of HOPE on Parkinson's Disease
Thursday, August 13, 2020, 1:00 p.m. CT

You don’t want to miss this inspirational and empowering webinar for patients and caregivers focusing on coping with chronic illness, managing day-to-day with PD, “street smarts” benefits, and the evidence behind movement/exercise and PD.  

This webinar is hosted by Amanda Elliott, PT, DPT, BenchMark Physical Therapy.  

Please make plans to join our other webinars scheduled this year.

How Sound Financial Planning Can Guide Families Through the Complexity of a Long-Term Care Event
Thursday, September 24, 2020, 2:00 p.m. CT

Long-term care events can be complex to navigate and take a significant emotional and financial toll on families and their loved ones needing care.  Sound financial planning can help reduce stress and anxiety by equipping everyone involved with the knowledge and confidence to handle the challenges they encounter with such an event.  This webinar will present the elements of a sound financial plan, including longevity planning, and several common pitfalls to avoid.
Michael Ford is a financial advisor with Raymond James & Associates in Tuscaloosa, AL and has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. 
Any opinions are those of the author and not necessarily those of Raymond James.  Investing involves risk, and you may incur a profit or loss regardless of strategy selected.
Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member of New York Stock Exchange/SIPC
200 Marina Drive Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
T: 205.464.2000

Webinar Recaps ...

If you were unable to attend UAB's Update of Parkinson Disease Research hosted by Dr. David Standaert, MD, PhD, Dr. Amy Amara, MD, PhD, and Dr. Talene Yacoubian, MD, PhD, we hope you will take the opportunity to review the recap at

The recap for the Men and Parkinson's Disease webinar hosted by John Bennett and our panelists will be available at our website soon.

Helpful Health Care Resources

PAA Care Navigator

Our Care Navigator, Cindy McMinn is responsible for providing a comprehensive approach to managing PD.  Working directly with the healthcare community, our Care Navigator coordinates programs and provides information for new diagnoses and those with PD and their caregivers.  Cindy may be reached at 833.473.5465, Option 1 or via email at

Our statewide Parkinson's Disease Resource Center called PDLink serves to educate and support those with PD and their families.  Please visit our website at to obtain information on our resource center offerings. is helping to bridge the educational gap on topics that can have a profound effect on many people’s lives. Their goal is to help individuals realize that they have both the power and responsibility to take control of their health and well being. has created guides to lessen worries and make it easier to understand when to get tested for coronavirus. You can learn more about it here: 

Take A Stand For Caregivers
                              Initiative 2020

Free Virtual Education Classes
First and Third Wednesday of Each Month
10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.
An education series by the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A)

Register in advance at:

August 5
Resources & Help for Medicare Beneficiaries

August 19
Managing your Medication/SenioRx: Alabama's Prescription Assistance Program

September 2
Medicare Coverage and Social Security
Topics:  Overview of Medicare, SS/SSI Disability vs. SS/SSI Retirement, Medicaid

September 16
Documents and Property Arrangements to Prepare for Death & Disability
Topics:  Financial and Health Care Advance Directives, Guardianships, Conservatorships, Wills, Living Trusts and Special Needs Trusts.

Additional information is available on the AAA's statewide brochure that is available at
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NEW in this Issue:

* Webinar Series

* Helpful Health Care
  • PAA Care Navigator
  • M4A
* PD Helpmates

* Survey

* AmazonSmile

* Birdies for Charity


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***  NEW  SUPPORT  GROUP   ***

As the wife of a husband with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), I know the daily challenges we face. When everything is normal, it is difficult to maneuver through all the tasks required to live as regular a life as possible. Now that we are isolated due to the Covid-19 virus, it is even more demanding to have limited to no support while we face this “new normal” of staying safe.

This led me to start a virtual support group for wives and companions of a PD loved one. This group will meet on Zoom the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. The first Zoom group will be on September 8, 2020. It is an open group for us to talk about things happening with us and to provide information, ideas, and support to each other.

To join on Zoom just type in the ID: 205-835-4074; the password: 205-835-4074 and you are in the group. Should you have questions, feel free to email Vevelyn Peterson Wilson at


Do You Know?
The Parkinson Association of Alabama Inc. is registered with AmazonSmile.  Amazon donates 0.5% of the price eligible purchases to the PAA.  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Parkinson Association of Alabama every time you shop, at no cost to you.





Personalized car tag for Parkinson's
The PAA submitted the application for a Parkinson's Disease license plate through the Alabama Department of Revenue's Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).  Once the application is approved, the PAA will have one year to obtain a pre-commitment of 250 tag purchases to move forward.

Are you aware that as much as $45 of your $50 tag fee will directly support the PAA?  We hope you will consider purchasing the PAA Specialty License Plate when it is available.

Please assist the PAA by completing our survey pertaining to the PAA's Vehicle License Plate project at

We will keep you updated on this project through our monthly newsletters!



The Tanner Foundation is having "Tee Off Fore Tanner -- Silly Swings Edition" on Thursday, August 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  This will be a virtual, LIVE event where Tanner hosts a "TV Show" as an America's funniest videos parody.  Individuals are asked to send in funny golf videos, golf tik toks and entries for best, craziest golf outfit. 

If you would like to be a part of the event by sending in a video, please email for more information.

Bibby S. Bailey
Executive Director
Parkinson Association of Alabama

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