Monthly Archives: January 2018

April 12, 2018 – CDPSG Suport Group Meeting Notice

Join the CDPSG Support Group for the monthly meeting.

The Capital District Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 7 PM the second Thursday of most months at the Beverwyck Senior Center located at Krumkill Road, Slingerlands, New York.

Patients, spouses, siblings, medical professionals/students, friends, and caregivers are welcome to attend to learn more about Parkinson’s disease or obtain information.

Refreshments: Sandy F. and JoAnn K

Topic :
Caregivers will be given time to share questions and experience separate from people with Parkinson’s. People with Parkinson’s will learn about creativity and Parkinson’s and have the opportunity to create a work of art with provided materials.

in order to accommodate a split group
Our meeting room will be the Van Cortland room at Beverwyk. 40 Autumn Drive, Slingelands
From the Krumkill Road entrance to Beverwyck Lane. Follow Beverwyck Lane past our usual meeting location. Take a left on Autumn Drive and follow signs to “Main Entrance.”
Find parking. Enter the lobby through the main entrance and find the Van Cortland Room to the left
If the Main Entrance parking lot is full, there is more parking, and a back entrance to the building, in the “North Parking Lot”.  From the Main Entrance, turn right on Autumn Drive. Take the first right to the North Parking Lot, enter the building from the North Entrance, find the Van Cortland Room near the front of the building.

For those not familiar with our usual room, find complete directions here

Brain Training

Welcome to Brain Training
With Kathy Johnson
Monday through Friday
3:45 – 4:45; please come a little early
PNECC Nolan House (the older structure); buzz to get inside
Open to all! All ages, created to improve memory and attention
  • Come as often as you can; you cannot change the brain by only working on it once in a while; practice at home in between sessions
  • Easy activities do not change the brain; neither do activities that are frustrating. We work at a challenging level. Remember, hard is good!
  • The most important part of brain training is the two physical exercises, Starfish and Slow Angels. Read more about them on the next page
  • Bring a water bottle daily to training. When you yawn or start to do worse, drink
  • When you find an activity that is especially challenging, cross walk – march while touching opposite hand to opposite knee
  • Other things that improve memory and attention:
    • Aerobic exercise like walking and running
    •  Social activities
    • Reducing and eliminating sugar – it inflames the brain.
    • Stress reducing activities like yoga, meditation, walking in nature, etc.
  •  Do these daily
  •   Have Fun!! The brain finds engaging activities much more motivating than those that are boring or too difficult. Feel free to ask Kathy how to modify any activity to work for YOU
Starfish Exercise to integrate the Moro Reflex
May help with:
Visual problems, Light or auditory hypersensitivity, Anxiety, mood swings, Difficulty accepting criticism, Dislike of change, Emotionally sensitive
1.     Lie back on a chair, bean bag or sofa with pillow under back 
2.     Tilt head back, arms up and out, legs out wide
3.     While breathing out, to the count of 5:
a.     Bring arms in and crossed, right over left
b.     Bring legs in at the same time, right over left
4.     While breathing in, to the count of 5, bring arms and legs back out
5.     While breathing out, to the count of five
a.     Bring arms in and crossed, LEFT over Right
b.     Bring legs in at the same time, LEFT over Right
6.     Repeat step #4
7.     Repeat entire cycle, steps 3 – 6, 2 more times
Slow Angels to integrate the Spinal Galant Reflex
May help with:
Bladder control, Poor concentration, Poor short term memory, Auditory processing difficulties, Near focusing problems 
1.     Lie on back with legs closed and hands at the side.
2.     Very slowly do the movements of a snow angel, by bringing the arms up and opening the legs as wide as possible. Arms stay on the floor as much as possible. 
3.     Now, for 30 seconds, close the legs and bring the arms to the starting position.
4.     Every 15 seconds, take a second to readjust the arms and legs. This is a difficult exercise because the arms move over twice as fast as the legs.
5.     Repeat 2 more times.   

Ink Breath

Objective: Make a work of art using ink and paper. Have fun.

Reason: Making art is therapy see


  • Card stock paper
  • India ink
  • Acrylic Ink
  • Alcohol Ink
  • Paint
  • Chopstick or shish-kabob skewer


  • Cover the table with plastic table cloth.  This can be messy.
  • Choose a piece of card stock paper to use as your canvas
  • Place a drop of ink on the paper
  • Inhale slowly through your nose.
  • Purse your lips as if you are whistling.
  • Exhale sharply with your lips close to the drop of ink. Imagine that you are blowing a fly off the paper. Try to get the drip to move. Look for wet spots of ink and try to blow there.
  • Use the skewer to make ink lines if you wish.
  • Use the thicker paint to make larger colorful blobs if you wish
  • A drop of alcohol ink makes a perfect circle on the paper. Drop a single drop of alcohol ink onto the paper if you wish.
  • Look at what you made. Add more ink if you think that would make the design better.
  • Try again with a new piece of paper if you wish.
  • Sign your work(s) of art.
  • Keep your art for yourself OR Give your work of art to someone else OR throw it away. Whatever you chose to do with it, you learned from the experience.



Clifford Raymond – 1934 – January 11, 2018

Clifford Raymond TROY – Clifford Raymond, 84, passed away on January 11, 2018 surrounded by his family in spirit and with love, after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson Disease. Cliff is survived by the love of his life and wife of 58 wonderful years, Marie Deschaine Raymond. He is also survived by 3 sons and 1 daughter, Don, Carl (Lisa), Tom (Leann) and Penny (Rex); 8 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 4 brothers and 1 sister; and many brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, 1 infant sister and 2 brothers. Cliff grew up in Northern Maine and started working as a lumberjack at age 12, he was also a truck driver hauling pulp wood. After Cliff and Marie got married, they moved to Troy and Cliff started a new career as a drywall installer, where he worked for 35 years for Daigle Drywall, Colonie. Cliff was an officer for South Troy Little League and Babe Ruth League, where he also managed and coached many young boys, including his own 3 boys.He was also a great old time fiddler, a member of Fiddler Tour, Champlain Valley Fiddler and Adirondack Fiddler and also a member of the Country Round and Square Dance Association. He was a member of the Troy YMCA, where he met many people with Parkinson Disease and where he peddled for Parkinson 3 days a week. Relatives and friends may call at the St. Michael the Archangel Church 175 Williams Road Troy on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 4 – 7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 9:30 AM at the CHURCH. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery Troy.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made
in memory of Clifford Raymond
to the American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc.
Parkinson Plaza, 135 Parkinson Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10305.
To sign the guest book, light a candle or for service directions, visit

Published in The Record on Jan. 13, 2018

Saratoga Dance Through Parkinson’s

Dance Through Parkinson’s

Thursdays, beginning January 11th 1:30 am – 2:30 pm

Classes will be held in the Swyer Studios located directly behind the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga. (directions)

We are thrilled to announce this innovative weekly class for people living with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners. Inspired by the internationally-acclaimed program Dance for PD®, founded in 2001 by the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group, this class will explore movement through different types of rhythmic music in ways that are joyful, safe, and stimulating. Dance Through Parkinson’s has been proven to enhance strength, balance, flexibility, awareness, and confidence in its participants.Dance Through Parkinson’s will be taught by Rachelle Smith-Stallman, a Board-Certified Dance Movement Therapist and New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist.

Classes are free of charge and no experience is necessary for participation. For more information please contact the Museum at 518-584-2225 ext. 3001.

2018 Group Elections

Capital District Parkinson’s Support Group – Elections 2018

Positions up for election

Please let Jud Eson (eson.jud at know if you would like to help with any of these group organizational functions. Positions may be held individually or two or more people could share a position.


  • Presides at meetings,
  • Appoints committees when necessary
  • Fills any vacancies.
  • Works with vice president and committee members to arrange for speakers and/or meeting agendas.

Vice President

  • Act in absence of President
  • Perform tasks requested by President as required.
  • Works with president and committee members to arrange for speakers and/or meeting agendas.

Correspondence / publicity –

  • Maintains website.
  • Maintains e-mail mailing list,
  • Notifies members of meetings and events.
  • Writes thank you notes to presenters and for donations.


  • Arranges for refreshments to be available at regular meetings.
  • Coordinates special events such as holiday party and summer picnic.
  • Reserves meeting room and coordinates necessary room set up.
  • He/she sees that everyone signs the attendance sheet at each meeting.


  • Responsible for all income, pays all bills and keeps all fiscal records.
  • Maintains paid membership list.
  • Reports to the President prior to each meeting the current state of the treasury.

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