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Torrington Area Parkinsons Support Group

The Northwestern Connecticut Torrington Area Parkinson's Support Group welcomes people with Parkinson's disease and their care partners, their family and friends, and other interested parties to participate in monthly meetings at the Sullivan Senior Center at 88 East Albert Street in Torrington.

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Meetings run 10 AM to noon and include an educational component, business announcements, exercise for people with Parkison's (PWP) and a support group for care partners. ( check our calendar)

Meetings include speakers from health care professions and local support services organizations, as well as separate group sessions for both the caregiver and caretaker.

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A reminder of this Saturday's meeting... We hope to see you in person on Saturday morning for the program on gait and biomarker breakthroughs from Melanie Barrett of the MJFox Foundation.
Here is the zoom link if you need it. https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84553208159?pwd=byIMmrNcMoG3odGBcNqDYNkLVYSEDx.1 Meeting ID: 845 5320 8159 Passcode: 057939
I have signs, which I'll bring to the meeting. Also, I'll have a batch of thank you notes for those who solicit raffle prizes. We should thank everyone who helps to make our walk great. I'll start now. Thank you for your participation and help in making this year's walk a great success.

I'm writing early in the week to remind you of our meeting on Saturday, July 20. The person who usually mails our notices from CHH is out on FMLA for the next month and isn't able to mail the reminders this month. So, I am letting you know now to save the date on your calendars.  

We will meet at 10 AM Saturday, July 20.  Our speaker will be Melanie Barrett from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. She will speak on gait (walking) issues as well as provide an update on Fox activities.

This week, I will work with some young adults to update our walk signs, and I will bring those to the meeting.  We will post signs on August 1 at major intersections and key locations in the Northwest corner.  If you still have signs from past years, please bring them on Saturday so we can update them.

Raffle prizes are being sought for the walk.  If you are able, please solicit gift cards or items from area businesses, and let me know what those items are so I can add them to our database.  So far, the throne belongs to Nancy Moore, crowned Queen of Raffle Soliciitation.

I look forward to seeing everyone next Saturday, July 20th at 10 am.


January 27 - Dr. de Marcaida HHC
February 24 - Dr. Dagostine HHC
March 23 - Dr. Conner UCONN and clinical trial presenters
April 27 - Colin Grabowski, Kyowa Kirin
May 18 (3rd Saturday)
June 22
July 20 (3rd Saturday; I'll be at a conference the fourth weekend)
August 24
SEPTEMBER 15 - Walk in the Woods for Parkinson's at White Memorial
October 26
November 23 (We'll go on the 4th Saturday this year because it's a long month, and Thanksgiving is not till the 28th.)
December 21 (3rd Saturday) 

How do you know, and what do you want to hear? If you have ideas for programs, or if you know of a good speaker, let me know. As you can see, I have to start early to line up our meeting programs. The center needs info about two months in advance to print it in the newsletter.

Save the Date - Sunday Sept 15th, 2024

An annual Walk in the Woods, held at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield is the group's main fundraiser, which supports the weekly exercise program. The group also contributes annually to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research in hope of ridding the world of Parkinson's disease. 

Championing Parkinson’s Research!

Thank you for your dedication to Fox Insight. With over 20,000 participants, you are part of the largest Parkinson’s disease (PD) research study in the world! Every time you log in to Fox Insight and fill out surveys, you are providing doctors, researchers, and drug developers with information to better understand Parkinson’s from the true PD experts—patients and their families. 

Join Our Monthly Meetings

Meetings run 10 AM to noon and include an educational component, business announcements, exercise for people with Parkinson's (PWP) and a support group for care partners.
Meetings include speakers from health care professions and local support services organizations, as well as separate group sessions for both the caregiver and caretaker..

Did You Know?

  • Every 9 minutes an individual is diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease
  • 1 in 10 people will have Parkinson's
  • There is no “definitive test” that can confirm Parkinson's disease, except after death
  • Parkinson's is not just your "grandparent's" disease or for "old" people
  • Currently there is "no cure" for Parkinson's
  • Medication can substitute for the missing dopamine, but it is only a temporary solution
  • There are 60,000 new cases of Parkinson's Disease a year
  • The total cost to the nation is estimated to exceed $6 Billion annually
  • Without more federal funding for research to find a cure for Parkinson's, the numbers of Parkinson patients will only increase each year

Free Exercise Program For Members

Exercise is the only thing known to slow disease progression. To that end, TAPSG offers an exercise program free of charge to members. A physician's referral and pre-screening by Hartford Health Care's PT staff is required before beginning the program.

Torrington Connecticut Area Parkinsons Support Group is sponsored by the Sullivan Senior Center, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and the Connecticut American Parkinsons Disease Association.


You are a caregiver if you Take care of someone who has a chronic illness or disease, Manage medications, talk to doctors and nurses on someone’s behalf. Bathe, dress, do household chores ...


is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. It results from the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra, a region of the midbrain; the cause of cell-death is unknown.


Is any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character, or physical ability of an individual so that person is able to perceive accurately, think clearly and act effectively to achieve self-selected goals ...


A group of people who provide each other with moral support, information, and advice on problems relating to some shared characteristic or experience: a support group for Parkinsons Disease.

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