Monthly Archives: February 2019


Michael E. Neaton of Green Island, New York | 1940 – 2019 | Obituary

Michael Edward Neaton passed into eternal life, at the home he was born in, on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. At his side was his life partner and caregiver Geri de Seve. Michael’s grace, enthusiasm for life and incredibly positive attitude never faded during his long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Born on May 20, 1940 in Green Island NY, Michael was the youngest of six children of Jane and William Neaton. He graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1958 and was ordained into the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1966.

During his time at St Mary’s parish from 1969 to 1972, he earned a Master’s Degree in counseling and was the Director of the CYO in Troy, NY. In 1973, after serving as a monk at Weston Priory, he co-founded The Priory of St. Benedict in Chestertown, NY.  Known for his work throughout the Adirondack community, he was a beloved, vibrant presence there.

Michael lived humbly and spread messages of love, respect and inclusion. He continued his progressive commitment to social issues as he returned to civilian life in 1986. He worked for 16 years as an education counselor at Coxsackie and Green Correctional Facilities.

He met the love of his life, Geri de Seve, in 1990, and quickly captured her heart with his radiant smile. For over 28 years they shared family, travel, opera, skiing and hiking. In the 1990s, Michael became a “46er,” having climbed all 46 Adirondack high peaks.  He served on the Board of Governors of the ADK Mountain Club, and also served his Green Island community as a Town Councilman.

Michael was predeceased by his brothers Bernard (Terry) and James, and his sister Mary Jane (late Paul) Zimmer. He is survived by his siblings, William (Marlin) and John (late Lupe) Neaton, and several nieces and nephews, as well as Geri and her family, Steve (Sabine Aronowsky), Mike (Daniela Kostova), Jim (Kian Tjong) and Karen (John Fairbairn) de Seve. He was “Grandpa Michael” to Delphine, Vega, Ellery and Cyane.

Many thanks to the wonderful friends who visited Michael at home over the years, to his service coordinator, to the staffs at Eddy Daybreak in Cohoes, and at Albany VNA, to his nurses and therapists, and especially to his dedicated caregivers, Patty, Allene, Ugonda, Shameika, Rashida, Philip, Kasanna, Seanyel and Brenda.  Without their help Michael could not have stayed in his home. Thanks also to Patty, Bob and Rick for their special help, to Dr. Eric Molho and to Doctor Kevin Costello for his amazing care.

Funeral from the McNulty Funeral Home, 147 Hudson Avenue, Green Island on Saturday, January 26 at 8:45 a.m. and at Our Lady of Victory Church, 55 North Lake Avenue in Troy at 9:30 a.m. where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Randall Patterson.   Interment will be beside his parents in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Troy.  If desired, donations may be made to Joseph’s House or to Unity House’s Deuteronomy fund.


Poster and cards added to Albany Med movement disorder office

Part of the mission of the Capital District Parkinson’s Support Group is to increase awareness.  To that end, having accessible information about our group in the doctor’s office should increase attendance and diversity.

We now have a poster hanging in the waiting room of the Albany Medical Center movement disorder clinic.  There are also matching business cards to take.

Thank you to Jud Eson, Nancy Eson and Rachel Eson, for help on the poster and card  design.


Researchers developing new therapy to treat Parkinson’s disease

Recent strides in stem cell technology mean that quality, consistency, activity, and safety can be assured and that it is possible to grow essentially unlimited amounts of dopamine-producing nerve cells in the laboratory for transplantation, said a study, published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease. Read more….

https://www.timesnownews.com/health/article/researchers-developing-new-therapy-to-treat-parkinsons-disease/367794


July 11, 2019 meeting notice

Join the CDPSG Support Group for the monthly meeting.

July 11, 2019 7:00 PM at Beverwyck

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. (Directions)

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

Topic :

Topic: Reflections from the World Parkinson’s Congress in Kyoto Japan as told by Albany members that went to the conference.


June 13, 2019 meeting notice

Join the CDPSG Support Group for the monthly meeting.

June 13, 2019 7:00 PM at Beverwyck

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. (Directions)

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

Topic :

To be determined


March 5, 2019 – Expert Briefing – Seeing Clearly with PD: Vision Changes

Expert Briefing – Seeing Clearly with PD: Vision Changes

Visual changes can impact daily fuction and quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s. In this webinar, Dr. Daniel R. Gold will share the most common visual changes, explain why these conditions exist and address ways to treat them.

Learn more about vision changes with PD, such as ocular surface irritation, hallucinations and blurry vision, by registering for our free Expert Briefing webinar taking place on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET.

Who: Dan Gold, DO, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Opthalmology, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

How to Watch: Register here to watch online or listen by phone.


April 6th, 2019 – Tools for Caregivers

Resources You Can Use When a Senior Relies on You.

When: April 6th, 2019

Where: at the Bulmer Communications Center at HVCC .

A free event for you – the caregiver – to learn, share and explore the many different services and options available to the seniors of the Capital Region. Attend educational workshops and meet with local professionals at the vendor fair. Registration is required. Please email crccreg@gmail.com or call Angela at 518- 279-5502 to register. Click here for more info: Tools for Caregivers 2019


Can we repair the brain? The promise of stem cell technologies for treating Parkinson’s disease

Cell replacement may play an increasing role in alleviating the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) in future. Writing in a special supplement to the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, experts describe how newly developed stem cell technologies could be used to treat the disease and discuss the great promise, as well as the significant challenges, of stem cell treatment.

Read more https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190214153141.htm


May 9, 2019 Meeting notice

Join the CDPSG Support Group for the monthly meeting.

May 9, 2019 7:00 PM at Beverwyck

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. (Directions)

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

Topic :

To be determined


August 11, 2019 – Summer Picnic

Join the Capital District Parkinson’s Support Group for our Summer Picnic.

Date: Sunday, August 11
Time: 12 noon until 3:00 pm
Place: The Crossings Park, Colonie


There will be no “regular” Thursday meeting in August. There is no charge to enter the park. The facility has ample parking nearby and  a covered,,wheelchair accessible, pavilion with picnic tables There are wheelchair accessible bathrooms on level ground a short distance from the parking lot and pavilion. Friends, relatives, children, grandchildren and leashed dogs are also welcome.

A number of fun activities are also being planned.


Directions:

Enter the park from the Albany Shaker Road entrance. Follow the park road 0.6 mile to the end. You will be able to park there and you will see the pavilion.

GPS to the entry to the Crossings Park on Albany Shaker Road:

580 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY 12211

Map

Directions to the picnic:
Starting from the corner of Wolf Road and Albany Shaker Road (exit 4 on Northway)​
Go east on Albany Shaker (towards Albany).

In .5 mile take first exit of traffic circle to stay on Albany Shaker

In .4 mile turn right into the Crossings Park

Follow park road for .6 mile to end of road at parking circle.

You can see pavilion from there.
For more information about our group and about Parkinson’s visit our website at www.cdparkinsons.org


Young Blood Plasma Parkinson’s Disease Study One-Month Results introduced at the Texas Neurological Society

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Neurology Center, a medical group practice of top doctors devoted to excellence in care, located in Houston, Texas, working in conjunction with two leading neurology and anti-aging specialists from Houston, will introduce on Friday initial, one-month results of their randomized controlled study of intravenously administering NuPlasma® young blood plasma into the first fourteen of twenty Parkinson’s disease patients.

In a landmark investigation that addresses a well-known neurological disorder that affects more than 10 million people worldwide, for which there has been previously no known treatment that can slow the progression of the disease, the randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study, designed to evaluate the efficacy of 25 ml/kg intravenous NuPlasma® young Fresh Frozen Plasma (yFFP) administered in two doses over three days, realized dramatic improvements in critical disease-conditions such as pain, facial expression, speech, handwriting, tremors, rigidity and falling.  yFFP recipients achieved improvements in 30/43 assessment categories, with yFFP outperforming the placebo in every assessment subset.

Full and continuing study disease assessment and blood laboratory data is accessible online at:  www.youngplasmastudy.com.