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Greetings Neuro Challenge Community,

As Winter turns to Spring, Neuro Challenge is busy getting ready for the 5th Annual Parkinson’s Expo on March 26th at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. This expo is all about Engaging, Empowering and Educating YOU about the latest information about Parkinson’s Disease. When you leave the expo, we want you to be re-energized to keep fighting the disease. You can attend either virtually from the comfort of your own home, or you can come in person and meet hundreds of people fighting the same battle as you. For more information go to Parkinsonsexpo.org.

Also, with Spring comes Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April. We have some exciting plans that month. On top of our regularly scheduled programs in YOUR community, we are going to be Painting the Town Orange. Orange signifies the Neuro Challenge brand. On this day we canvas the community and share information about Parkinson’s Disease to doctor’s offices, home health agencies and long-term care facilities. We believe the more people that know about Parkinson’s Disease the better care you will get. 

April also marks the launch of the Neuro Challenge Network, a training and education solution for Parkinson’s Disease. This education solution is aimed at helping physicians, nurses, and home health aides better understand the disease so that they can provide you with optimal care. Again, the goal is about ensuring you receive better care to treat the disease. 

And, lastly, in April we are hosting Cause for Hope, our annual gala where we celebrate the strength and tenacity of the Parkinson community. This year’s event is sure to please with our keynote speaker, former Major League Baseball player and Parkinson fighter, Kirk Gibson. 

Before I close, I want to share our continued commitment to delivering programs in YOUR community. As we return to in-person programs, we will continue to offer an array of virtual programs that anyone can access from any community. Please continue to use our website NeuroChallenge.org as your resource for the program schedule. 


Yours in the journey, 
 
Sara Grivetti, PhD, CRC
Chief Executive Officer
Click Here to Register for the 2022 Parkinson's Expo!
Register Now for the 2022 Parkinson's Expo on March 26th!
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New Programs in March!
 Neuro Challenge is grateful to continue to serve the Parkinson’s community by providing a caring and supportive space to assist along the Parkinson’s journey. 
Visit the
Program Calendar to stay up to date with ALL of the programs being offered. The calendar is the best place to find out if a program is postponed, cancelled or moved from in-person to virtual. 

We hope you will join us in March for virtual programs and new programs in YOUR community, created just for YOU, the
Parkinson's community! 
Click Here to view the Program Calendar!
In the March Virtual Program Series we will explore resources to help prepare you for the extended journey through Parkinson's. This series is open to all care partners and people with PD.

March 2nd | 1:00pm-2:00pm (ET)
"Duola Services and Preparing for the Journey" Presented by Beverly Gordon


Many people with degenerative diseases may be on a very long trajectory. Beverly will focus on accompanying people as they come to terms with the idea of death and dying and what it means; preparing for and experiencing as good and rich an end-of-life journey as possible; and thinking about "legacy" work--what will be left for loved ones. She will talk about anticipatory grief and what might be expected later as grieving goes on for both People with Parkinson’s and their Care Partners/loved ones.
 
March 16th | 1:00pm-2:00pm (ET)
"Understanding Care Options" Presented by Elli Baldwin, owner of Sunways Senior Living Concierge and Jennifer Neuman, Community Relations Representative with Tidewell Hospice Port Charlotte


In this presentation we will discuss scenarios for care options. Including aging at home, facility choices, and palliative care vs hospice.



 
March 23rd | 1:00pm-2:00pm (ET)
"Grief Experienced Along the Way" Presented by Christine Emens, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Grief is all around us and we all experience it throughout life at different stages and phases of life.  In Parkinson’s, grief can be experienced from the day of diagnosis through the journey and beyond. There are different types of grief so come listen to Christine walk us through how to deal with grief at the various stages of the disease from the viewpoint of both the person with PD and the care partner.

 
March 28th | 1:00pm-2:00pm (ET)
"Documentation Needed to be Prepared for Extended Journey" Presented by Jennifer Howell, Elder Law Attorney

Not mutually exclusive to Parkinson's disease, it is very important for everyone to prepare their documents and legacy. But with PD many times the conversations revolve around the illness, and legal documentations are left at the waist side until pressing need. Legal documentations and preservation of legacy’s in this manner should be taken care of early with the right guidance. join us to discuss what those steps are and documents that are needed. 


For Zoom Meeting registration links visit the Programs Calendar.
In- Person Parkinson's Wellness Series in partnership with Advent Health Sebring
Thursday, March 3rd | 1:30pm-2:30pm (ET)
Topic: "Nutrition for Optimum Brain Function with Cognitive Disorders" Presented by: Rob Warns, Diabetes Dietician and Amberhope Montero, CREATION Life Community Specialist with AdventHealth Sebring

This presentation will discuss how nutrition plays a vital role in the way your brain functions and how to it can help you on your PD journey. 

Amberhope Montero earned her Bachelor of Science in Corporate and Community Wellness Management from Southern Adventist University in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer with specialized certifications in fitness nutrition, weight management and behavior change.
 

Robert Warns is the lead dietitian at the Advent Health Sebring Diabetes Center, where he provides patient focused nutritional guidance.  “Rob’s” focus is plant-based nutrition, as he is a Diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (DipACLM) as well as a Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator.

For Zoom Meeting registration link visit our Programs Calendar.


This program is supported by a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation.
In Person Movers and Shakers Education and Support Group 
March 21st | 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Location: Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Public Library
4143 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice, FL 34293

Topic: "Notes from Movers and Shakers with Parkinson's"
Presented by Chris Ludwig, Author


In this presentation Chris will discuss her book which contains examples of the joy, frustration, confusion and determination and innermost thoughts of people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson Disease. It is the result of collaborations and reflects a deep commitment to help others through the ordeal of living with Parkinson Disease.  
 
Virtual Parkinson's Wellness Club in partnership with Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System
March 23rd | 11:30am-12:30pm (ET)

Topic: Depression and Building Resiliency in our Lives with Wanda Jackson, CHAM

In this presentation we will discuss treatments for depression, what we can do and how to build resilience. Resilience is the ability to become strong after a difficulty because life can be difficult and we need to find ways to pick ourselves up and move forward. 

For Zoom Meeting registration link visit our Programs Calendar.
SUPPORT A BETTER APPROACH TO PARKINSON’S WITH YOUR DONATION TODAY!

Your gift can still be matched through the Flanzer Contribution Matching Program. Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson's is one of many organizations participating in this program. To ensure your gift is designated to our organization, select "Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson's" from the dropdown menu on the donation form.
All Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson's programs and services are provided to the Parkinson's community at no charge. Please consider making a donation today!
Click Here to Donate!
For information on all of the Virtual Programs offered visit the Program Calendar here!
The Neuro Challenge Care Advisors are here for YOU!


Neuro Challenge Care Advisors have helped thousands of people with Parkinson’s, their Care Partners and families on the journey with Parkinson's.

Join a Neuro Challenge Support Group in your county to meet your Care Advisor and find out how they can help you too! 

 
Call Neuro Challenge at 941-926-6413 to schedule an appointment with a Care Advisor or send us an email at info@neurochallenge.org.
All Neuro Challenge programs and services are provided at no charge.

Para obtener más información en español, comuníquese con Yazmil Soriano en yazmil@neurochallenge.org o
941-926-6413 ext. 200

Todos los programas y servicios de Neuro Challenge son gratuitos.
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Host a fundraiser to benefit Neuro Challenge!


You can celebrate by hosting a fundraiser to honor those you love, and help support Neuro Challenge and the local Parkinson's Community. 100% of all donations go directly to Neuro Challenge - Facebook does not keep one penny.
 
It is FUN, FREE and EASY!  
To create a Facebook fundraiser for a Neuro Challenge, click here or follow these steps:
       Go to your Facebook Account
  1. Click  Fundraisers in the left menu of your News Feed.
  2. Click Raise Money.
  3. Select Nonprofit or Charity.
  4. Select a charitable organization, choose a cover photo and fill in the fundraiser details.
  5. Click Create.
  6. Then INVITE your friends!
That's it!  You are fundraising!  And Celebrating!  

 
You Shop Amazon Gives

Want to help make a difference while you shop on Amazon?

Simply follow the instructions below to select "Neuro Challenge Foundation Inc" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app or go to smile.amazon.com on your computer to shop. They'll donate a portion of your eligible purchases to us!

How it works on the Amazon App:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Neuro Challenge Foundation Inc" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

How it works on your computer:
1. Click on this link to shop online:
 smile.amazon.com
2. Click Start Shopping to sign in
3. Make your purchases and AmazonSmile will donate


Make sure that Neuro Challenge Foundation Inc. is selected as your charitable organization of choice when you checkout!
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
 
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How to participate in our Virtual Programs and Webinars:
  • click on the link to our  Program Calendar  
  • find the program you wish to join
  • click on the program for more details- click on the link to register\join the program 
  • or click on the Online Event Location to register\join for the program

We ask you to sign in a few minutes early so you can be placed into the “waiting room” and know you are connected before we let everyone into the meeting at the scheduled time.

The sponsored webinars are live events only, recording and screenshots are prohibited.

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