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Newsletter | October 2020
The PAA's 2020 Webinar Series Continues
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Gut Microbiome and Parkinson's Disease

December 8, 2020
1:00 p.m. CT
Dr. Haydeh Payami, PhD, Strain Endowed Chair & Professor Neurology & Genetics
PD often involves gastrointestinal problems, such as constipation, which may precede motor symptoms by several years. One of the current thoughts is that PD may start in the gut and then spread to the brain. Gut health is, therefore, a focal point in research on the origin of PD as well as its progression and treatment. Critical to gut health is the gut microbiome, that is, the bacteria and other microorganisms that live in the human gut in a symbiotic relationship with their human host. A balanced gut microbiome is essential to keeping us healthy - they help with digestion, keep the lining of the gut intact and pathogens out, help with proper development and functioning of the immune system and even the nervous system. Imbalances in the gut microbiome can interfere with the checks and balances and cause problems for its human host. In this webinar, Dr. Payami will review the current knowledge on the connection between the gut microbiome and PD.

Recaps of our previous webinars are available at

Webinar Sponsored by Acadia Pharmaceuticals


Helpful Health Care Resources

PAA Care Navigator

Our Care Navigator 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.  Our Care Navigator may be reached at 833.473.5465 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.  

 Clinical Trials

The Michael J. Fox Foundation provides an online clinical study matching tool for Parkinson's Disease.  Additional information is available at the following url

 PD HelpMates

A virtual support group for wives and companions of a PD loved one will begin meeting via Zoom the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. This is an open group to talk about things happening and to provide information, ideas, and support to each other.

To Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 205 835 4074 Passcode: 2058354074
Should you have questions, feel free to email Vevelyn Peterson Wilson at

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)

November 4
Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia

November 18
How to Deal with Resistant Behaviors 

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
  • Clinical Trials
  • PD HelpMates
  • M4A
  • Giving Tuesday
* Shaking & Baking
* Tanner Symposium
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The University of Alabama
Men & Women With Parkinson's Disease Needed for Virtual Research Study
  • Ages 60 and Older
  • Interviews about food-related activities
Must have access to Zoom software
  • Survey about food and beverage consumption

Contact: Christine Ferguson




Jami "Shugah" Davis

Jami "Shugah" Davis recently launched a new YouTube Channel called "Shaking and Baking with Parkinson's."  Jami is baking something new each week and posting his videos on YouTube.  

Please subscribe and join Jami on his journey of baking with Parkinson's at

Feel free to place recipe suggestions in the "Shaking and Baking with Parkinson's"  YouTube comments section for Jami. 





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.

Bibby S. Bailey
Executive Director
Parkinson Association of Alabama

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