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At PMDAlliance, we live daily with appreciation for the support of others as we go about our work to serve individuals impacted by Parkinson disease and other movement disorders. We're inspired by the many good people we talk to who face tremendous difficulties with strength, good will and grace.

We're grateful for the wonderful healthcare and scientific professionals who dedicate their work to helping others and doing research. Then there are the caregivers - so many family members and friends who help a loved one to live well despite a condition that makes life more complicated, more demanding, and more stressful.

We're also so very appreciative of the individuals, companies and groups that contribute to our success via their generous donations. 

At the end of the day, we never forget that as much as PMDAlliance is about providing a variety of programs that make it easier for you to LEARN. LIVE. CONNECT, we value that we also learn, live and connect with all of you. 
from the Board and Staff at PMDAlliance

We Connect. 
At the Partners in Parkinson's Conference 

PMDAlliance board members, volunteers and staff connected with most of the 1,100+ people who attended the Partners in Parkinson conference in Scottsdale and visited our exhibit table on Saturday, January 31st.

Wearing white logo shirts that made us easily visible, we introduced ourselves, talked with many wonderful people, and invited them all to attend our events throughout the state. Please help get the word out and invite your friends, family, fellow support group members, and others to join our e-news mailing list. It's simple to do by visiting our website.

You'll find a calendar of events on our website,
A New Get Out! in Prescott February 22nd
 In addition to monthly Get Out! events in east and west Phoenix and Tucson, the inaugural Prescott Get Out! is Wednesday, February 22nd, 4:00-6:00 PM.  If previous events are any indication, we'll take every seat at Streets of New York Pizza in Prescott Valley.  Thanks to our program sponsors, Get Out! events are free to people with PD, their family and friends.

Check your email for timely notices or look on our website calendar. Then join us for a couple hours of pizza and good conversation with friends new and old.
Prescott Learn. Live. Connect.
a Success
Despite the Snow and Cold
It was a cold day in Prescott on  January 9th after two days of snow, but it didn't deter over 100 people from attending the Live. Learn. Connect. Conference that day. Dr. David Shprecher, Director of the Movement Disorder Program at Banner Sun Health Research Institute, discussed new research, studies and findings about prevention, treatment and cure, as well as information important for newly diagnosed people who may be just beginning to know about PD. Click here to see a few short videos from his presentation.

Dr. Francisco Ponce, Phoenix neurosurgeon who has performed more deep brain stimulation (DBS) procedures than anyone else in the world, offered a comprehensive overview of DBS from patient evaluation to post surgery results. 
Marjorie Crenshaw, RN, offered valuable tips about how to be a proactive and involved patient when hospitalized, and Nita Marlette, Registered Dietitian, not only talked about good nutrition, but also brought tasty spice combinations for our lunchtime sandwiches.
The Yavapai Regional Medical Center therapy staff had everyone up and dancing, and Mick Beaman, host of the worldwide podcast, Shaken Not Stirred, kept music in the air during registration and at breaks.
 To see photos and video of all of us dancing to YMCA by the Village People,  click here. Then Like Us on Facebook.

PMDAlliance Named Organizational Partner
2016 World Parkinson Conference in Portland, Oregon
More than 3,500 people from 65 countries will attend the World Parkinson Congress 2016 in Portland, Oregon  to learn about cutting edge science, clinical research and comprehensive care from some of the most renowned health professionals, researchers, and advocates globally . . . and PMDAlliance will be there.

As an Organizational Partner with the presenting organization, the World Parkinson Coalition, we'll have one of only 20 Partner exhibit tables where we'll share how people throughout Arizona are learning, living life more fully and connecting with community wherever they reside.

The World Parkinson Coalition Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an international forum to learn about the latest scientific discoveries, medical practices, caregiver initiatives and advocacy work related to Parkinson's disease If you'd like to learn more about attending the World Parkinson Conference, visit their website:

Please join us for a very special conversation with a person who is currently
using a new treatment called Duopa. 
We believe information is power… come get informed!

Center for Neuroscience, 2450 E River Road, Tucson AZ
Tuesday, February 9, 20166-7:30pm
Pizza and soda provided
RSVP requested. Please send names to

A saliva gland test can spot early Parkinson’s disease.
Phoenix researchers at Mayo Clinic and Banner Sun Health Research Institute have determined that a saliva gland test can spot early Parkinson’s disease.  Arizona researchers Charles Adler, M.D., Ph.D., neurologist, professor of neurology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and Thomas Beach, M.D., Ph.D., aneuropathologist with Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City, Arizona . . . (more)
Learn how you can help prevent hospital medication errors
Dr.  David Shprecher, DO Msci, and Director of the Movement Disorder Program at Banner Sun Health Research Institute, writes: Patients with Parkinson disease (PD) who are hospitalized for surgical or medical conditions may be at increased risk for worsened PD symptoms. My fellow neurologists and I have encountered several cases in which hospitalized patients experienced worsened PD symptoms due to receiving inappropriate medications or from medications given at incorrect times. This is a common problem . . . (more)
Gratitude and Remembrance

PMDAlliance gratefully recognizes our donors.
Their contributions enable us to provide quality programming across our state.
  • Elizabeth Castle in memory of Jim James, Tucson AZ
  • Prescott Parkinson Support Group, Founding Donor
  • Sandi & Phil Larriva
  • Sandie & Erv Walhof
  • Ron & Jan Kline 
  • Rebecca Werner
  • Gillian & Peter Wettstein
  • Anonymous
  • Judy Talley
  • Sarah Jones & Pam Squires
  • Mark Evans
  • Anna Wilkinson
We are also grateful for the many movement disorder physicians who support the important work of PMDAlliance: Dr. Christina Ospina, Dr. Padma Mahant, Dr. Johan Samanta, Dr. Scott Sherman, Dr. Virgilio Evidente, Dr. David Shprecher, Dr. Tanya Lin and Dr. MJ Liu.  
Thank you for your support. Each and every penny of your donation goes directly to funding our local programs.  Your tax deductible donations help us provide more than 70 events this year and valuable online resources across Arizona.
Don't Let Parkinson's Define Your Life!
     You are more than your disease! Get Out! events demonstrate our firmly held belief that we all are full and robust individuals first, regardless of the disease. Happening monthly in Phoenix,Tucson and Prescott restaurants, Get Out! events create a time and place for people to gather and enjoy each other's company.
     Be sure to sign up for our E-News so we can send you information about upcoming events.  Want to learn more about Get Out! events and hear what people are saying? Click here.
     Parkinson's is a complex disease that extends well beyond the iconic tremor and rigidity. PDMAlliance offers workshops, retreats and conferences throughout Arizona to learn more about medications, medical procedures, therapies, physical activities and psychological approaches to easing symptoms while living fully.
     Join our  L
earn. Live. Connect! on Saturday, January 9th in Prescott. To learn more about  Learn! Live! Connect! click here
Connecting Groups Statewide
     Support groups leaders across the state don't receive the support they so richly deserve. Twice yearly, our InSync! program convenes leaders from across the state in a two-day consortium to learn from each other, share resources and hear from experts.  They return to their tremendously valuable volunteer work inspired and energized.
     If you lead a group, please let us know by emailing us at The first InSync! consortium is April 28-29th in Phoenix. To learn more about this program click here
     Our organization is designed for Arizona.  All funds raised in Arizona are used exclusively for services in Arizona. As a local non-profit we rely on donations to help us offer nearly all of our services at no cost.  
     To learn more about becoming an Alliance Champion and ensuring that our services thrive and grow, please visit the Donate page on our website,  
     PMDAlliance is an IRS 501c3 tax exempt non-profit organization.
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