Offering educational, social, and interactive programs and events that enhance daily life for people with Parkinson disease and other movement disorders and their care partners.      800.256.0966
  1. Learning and Living!
  2. Lunch With Docs
  3. The Cousins of Parkinson's
  4. Join the Fun February 23rd
  5. Exercise... It Matters!
  6. Learn. Live. Connect. Conference Prescott, AZ February 24
  7. Happiness Habits
  8. Connect With Parkinson's: Conference for Adult Children, Friends and Family
  9. Upcoming Conferences and Events
  10. Consider a Donation
  11. Amazon Smile: Donate With Every Purchase
  12. Deep Dives. Living Well with PD. Care Partner Corner
  13. Save The Date
  14. Donate to Support PMDAlliance
Learning and Living!

The verdict is in:  People with Parkinson's and their loved ones tend to be among the most engaged and educated patients and care partners.  

In conversations with hundreds of people impacted by Parkinson's,  physicians, therapists, and health care professionals, there is general agreement that people with PD and those who love them have an exceptional understanding of the disease process, treatment options, therapeutic interventions, and where to find resources. This level of education and advocacy in the Parkinson's community inspires us.

We believe that information is power, and acquiring that information can also be a source of enjoyment and fun. In that spirit, we design everything we offer - all our conferences, special events, social gathering, online programs -  to feed the total you, not just your mind.  We strive to make every one of our events and programs an enjoyable experience full of soul-satisfying connections and engaging activities that send you home feeling better about yourself and your life.

We also know that PD takes a team, so we design our programs to support your entire team - the person with Parkinson's or another movement disorder, care partners, adult children, friends, family, physicians, therapists, community providers, and more.

If you haven't attended a Learn. Live. Connect.™conference, logged on for a Lunch with Docs™, joined us for a Renew! Retreat™, shared information about the upcoming conference for Adult Children of People with PD, or visited our PMDAlliance YouTube! Channel, we wholeheartedly invite you to try us out!

PMDAlliance is offering 75+ programs and events this year so keep an eye on our newsletters and e-mails. Stay informed and ensure you don't miss out!  Get involved.  Be a part of the PMDAlliance community.  

We're on this journey with you.

Live fully!

Sarah Jones, MPA, MS Strategic Design
Executive Director
Lunch With Docs™  FEBRUARY 22, 2017
Every 4th Wednesday of the month, PMDAlliance hosts a FREE brown bag Lunch With Docs™ from Noon - 1:00 PM,  Arizona time (currently MST). With varied topics discussed by an array of physician experts, these informal conversations with movement disorder neurologists will provide a forum for you to learn, ask questions, interact and be part of a community, regardless of where you live.  

This month, join us February 22nd for a conversation with Johan Samanta, MD and, Movement Disorder Specialist in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Samanta will be discussing injections to assist with dystonia, drooling, and other symptoms tied to PD.

If you missed January's Lunch with Docs™, you can watch the discussion with Dr. Sprecher on our PMDAlliance YouTube! Channel Click here).  
To learn more and access live Lunch With Docs™  


By Maria Christina Ospina, MD 
Movement Disorder Physician
PMDAlliance Physician Advisor

Many of you have asked about the difference between Parkinson’s disease and Parkinsonism. There are many things that can ‘look like’ Parkinson’s disease but are not. Among these are things like normal pressure hydrocephalus, drug-induced Parkinson’s disease, and what I like to call "the cousins of Parkinson’s disease."

The cousins are a group of disorders that start out looking like PD but then veer off into their own distinct disorders.  The common thread among them is that they have a poor response to Sinemet (carbidopa/levodopa) and other anti-parkinsonian drugs and therefore tend to be rapidly evolving.

February 23, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm
Join us for a special social event with a full hosted reception at the office of two of our Physician Advisors - Dr. Maria Christina Ospina and Dr. Johan Samanta.  Stop by their office at 7500 N Dreamy Draw Dr, Suite 133, Phoenix and learn about new PMDAlliance programs. Mix, mingle, socialize, snack, and have a drink with friends - new and old.  Visit our calendar for more information.

CLICK HERE to view the event & register 

Learn. Live. Connect. Conference for Parkinson disease.
February 24, 2017.  Join us for this FREE conference. Hear Sara Dhanani, MD from Banner Sun Health Research Institute, talk about various issues related to cognition and mood in PD, treatments, and living well.
Click Here to Register & Learn More
Exercise is one of the best ways to potentially reduce Parkinson disease symptoms and slow the progression.    Click on the green button below to read an article about exercise in Parkinson disease, then visit our website to view Parkinson disease-specific exercise programs near you!
These daily habits will make your brain happier — according to neuroscience
Happiness isn't out there. It's in you . . . in your thoughts, in your expectations, in your awareness. It isn't something that's given; it's something we each must create for ourselves.  Based on research completed by Alex Korb, a postdoctoral researcher in neuroscience at UCLA, this video will give you some handy tips you can start using right away to find more happiness in your life. Click on the image above to play the video.
Parkinson disease impacts the whole family, not only the person with PD and their care partner. Over the years, family members, relatives and friends want to know more so they can be more supportive and helpful. They want access to information, resources, and programs that support them in their concern and caring.

This conference is for them - the people in your life who care about you as a person with PD or care partner - but who may not yet know how they can support and help you while addressing their own feelings and concerns.

Please be sure to tell your adult children, friends, siblings, and relatives about this conference. It's specially designed just for them!  Early bird registration is open now.
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This section includes conferences and events occurring during the next three months, as well as special events.  Every conference includes a presentation by a neurologist who is a movement disorder specialist or an expert medical provider. To see events beyond three months, visit our website,

February 17 - Live It Up! Green Valley, AZ, 3-6pm
David Shprecher, DO, Banner Sun Health Research Institute
Arroyo Gardens.  Click here to learn more.

February 22 - Lunch with Docs - Treatments for Parkinson's Dystonia, Drooling. Online, Noon-1pm Arizona time
David Shprecher, DO Banner Sun Health Research Institute
Online.  Click here to register.

Febriaru 24 - Learn. Live. Connect. Prescott, AZ 
Sara Dhanani, MD, Banner Sun Health Research Institute
The Heights Church.  Click here to learn more.

March 22 - Lunch with Docs, Research. Online, Noon-1pm Arizona time
Holly Shill, MD Barrow Neurological Institute
David Shprecher, Sun City Research Institute
Shyamal Mehta, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic
Online  Click here to register.

March 25-26 - Renew! Retreat. Irvine, CA
A special retreat for Care Partners and people with Parkinson's
Echo Tan, MD, Cedars Sinai 
Mindy Bixby, MD
Rita Gandhy, MD
Marriott Irvine.  Click here to learn more.

May 19-20 - Adult Children of People with PD Conference, Phoenix, AZ
Early Bird Registration now open.
David Shprecher, DO, Banner Sun Health Research Institute
Paarth Shah, MD Barrow Neurological Institute Fellow
Doubletree Suites Phoenix.  Click here to learn more.

Visit our website and friend us on Facebook to learn about conferences near you. Some events require registration; many do not. Tell your friends and family to join our e-news and invite them to attend with you.  

PMDAlliance is a nonprofit organization focused on providing services that help you learn, live life beyond what you can imagine, and connect with community and resources. Your donation helps support our 75+ Learn. Live. Connect.™conferences & Get Out!™events each year, this monthly e-newsletter, our information line, Renew! Retreat™, and more.
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Periodically, PMDAlliance offers free special events in various locales that explore and inform about specific topics of interest, including opportunities to hear in-depth discussions of medications and procedures, and talks by patients who share their experiences. These events are publicized and always listed on our calendar (click here to view our calendar).


PMDAlliance's mantra is you first, then the disease. Knowing that you are more than your disease, our monthly Get Out! casual dinners in Phoenix, Tucson and Prescott include a time to connect with new and old friends.  Get Out! events are more than fun; they're based in science demonstrating how important socializing is for aging brains. And they're free!

About one in 10 caregivers looks after a spouse, according to a 2015 joint report by the AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving. Tough Love, by Paul Wynn, recognizes that succeeding as a spousal caregiver means knowing when to ask for help, finding time for yourself, and making peace with your partner Click here to read the article.
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PMDAlliance serves as a hub of information about activities occurring in your community. We offer direct support services, programs and events that enhance the daily lives of people with Parkinson disease and other movement disorders, and their care partners. Our services assist others in building local community programs and offer opportunities to socialize and have fun!
PMDAlliance relies on the generosity of its program sponsors and individual donors to provide its many events and programs to the thousands of people across Arizona who benefit from them.

We direct 100% of donated funds to services for people in Arizona.  If you like what we're doing, please consider a donation today.

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P.O. Box 36233, Tucson, AZ 85704
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