Alphabet Soup: What is the Parkinson’s Foundation?

We hear about so many great local and national Parkinson’s organizations that at times it can become confusing! We call it “Alphabet Soup” when you hear people talk about PF, NPF, PDF, MJFF, APDA, PAN, PMD and the list goes on… Each organization offers something in service to the community, but who’s on first and what’s on second??

The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is pleased to host the Parkinson’s Foundation on August 8 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at The Lexington Assisted Living, 5440 Ralston St in Ventura. The Parkinson’s Foundation has been around since 1957 with the singular mission to improve the lives of people living with Parkinson’s Disease.

Sarah Osborne will talk about what this means and how the Parkinson’s Foundation achieves their mission through resources, education and advocacy for you and your care-partner. She will also give a presentation on the Parkinson’s Foundation “Aware in Care” patient safety kit that prepares and empowers people with Parkinson’s before, during and after a hospital visit, and details on how you can obtain one. The kit contains tools and information to share with hospital staff during a planned or emergency hospital visit (at home or abroad!).

Sarah Osborne is the Parkinson’s Foundation Community Program Manager for California. She came to the foundation after her younger brother was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 32. Prior to joining the foundation, Sarah earned her B.S. in Journalism and worked in medical and healthcare marketing. She’s also been teaching Pilates, Yoga and Indoor Cycling with the YMCA since 2007 and believes in the power of movement for Parkinson’s Disease and for us all!

The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group welcomes the public, our members and their care-partners, and new friends who find themselves navigating the challenges of ageing, Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological conditions. Please feel free to join us on Wednesday, August 8th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at The Lexington Assisted Living, 5440 Ralston St. They are an independent and volunteer-organized group, not affiliated with or a part of any other organization or group. For more information, call Patty at 805-766-6070.

Thanks to the generosity of the Lexington Assisted Living, meetings are held every second Wednesday of the month from 1 to 3PM. There is a drop-off/loading and unloading driveway in the front of the Lexington Assisted entrance. Extra parking is graciously available across the street in the Baptist Church parking lot. Reservations are not required. Attendees are invited to check in at the front desk for directions to the 3rd floor and sign-in at the meeting.

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