Events


October 10, 2019 – 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. .

Our speaker will be Dr. Eric Molho

Dr. Eric Molho is Director of one of the only comprehensive Movement Disorders and Parkinson’s Disease Centers in New York State. His practice is almost exclusively devoted to treating Parkinson’s disease, tremor, and dystonia, as well as other movement disorders. Dr. Molho has served as the principal investigator on numerous clinical trials for Parkinson’s disease, enabling him to offer the most advanced treatments and knowledge to his patients. He is also uniquely skilled and experienced in botulinium injections for dystonia, providing patients with optimum results. Patients value his comprehensive and compassionate approach: “The best that I can offer is my time and expertise,” explains Dr. Molho. “These are complex cases and I feel it’s important to take the time to distinguish each individual patient’s needs, tolerance for medication and lifestyle in order to ensure the best treatment outcomes.”
Dr. Molho is a graduate of Albany Medical College where he currently serves as a professor of neurology and the Riley Family Chair in Parkinson’s Disease. At Albany Medical Center, he completed his residency in neurology and a fellowship in movement disorders with Dr. Stewart Factor. He has served as the co-director of the Tardive Dyskinesia Clinic and Huntington’s Disease Comprehensive Care Center, as well as the course director of the 2nd year clinical neurosciences course at Albany Medical College. As an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and Movement Disorders Society, Parkinson Study Group, Huntington Study Group and Dystonia Study Group, Dr. Molho is undoubtedly a leader in his field uncovering medical breakthroughs and providing exceptional patient care.


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


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 0.6 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


June 4, 2019 Kyoto Japan – World Parkinson’s Congress

The World Parkinson’s Congress is held every three years. The last one was in 2016 in Portland Oregon The next one in Japan.

http://www.wpc2019.org/?page=AboutCongress

There has been strong interest in our support group in attending the next World Parkinson’s Congress in Kyoto, Japan.

Letter from Ian Wing

I should emphasize that I am happy to play a coordinating and advisory role but cannot be a travel agent or “guide” in the traditional sense. Attendees will need to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. I will be happy to make suggestions and, depending on the level of interest, organize some sight seeing in Tokyo prior to the Congress.

THE CONGRESS  – www.wpc2019.org

This is held every three years and brings together doctors, researchers, clinicians, people living with PD, caregivers and others. Participants are from all over the world and there is a great deal of interaction between participants. There were more than 4000 participants in Portland.

Sharon and I have attended the past two congresses in Montreal and Portland, OR and a stand out feature was the vigorous debate between medical professionals and also between people living with PD, their caregivers and clinicians. In the summing up session in Portland, several medical professionals said that the Congress was unique in that they received much valuable feedback – and push back – from people living with PD. As it is a world congress, participants are able to share knowledge and experience from many countries.

The web site is up and contains a lot of general information.

According to the organisers, attendance is going to be limited and registration will open on September 10. The cost is $300 for people with PD and also for caregivers. The cost increases to $350 after Feb 28 2019.

ACCOMMODATION AT THE CONGRESS

The organisers make arrangements with specific hotels near the venue and represent the full range from high end to moderate. In both Montreal and Portland the moderately priced accommodation booked out very quickly. The website is suggesting $150/night as the average for Kyoto.

There are other options such as Airbnb and “business hotels”  – but you need to keep in mind that Japan is a very densely populated country and space is always at a premium. The cheaper end will have very small rooms and bathrooms. Also, Kyoto is a hilly city and roads are very narrow with narrow sidewalks if at all.

For that reason and because trains and buses are often crowded and not designed for large pieces of luggage I cannot emphasise strongly enough that you need to minimize the amount of baggage you bring with you.

TRAVEL

Expedia is showing economy fares from JFK and Boston to Tokyo (Narita (90km from central Tokyo) – or Haneda (20km)  ranging from about $850 on Chinese airlines via Beijing or Shanghai to nearly $2000 on US or Japan Airlines.

The nearest international airport to Kyoto is Osaka – Kansai International (KIX). Flights are more expensive than to Tokyo – particularly n US airlines.

Japan Airlines is offering a fare of $2600 JFK – Tokyo in their premium economy cabin – which I have found to be very good. Some people have also expressed interest in travelling to Australia after the congress and the fare JFK – Tokyo – Sydney return is $2700 in premium economy.

I have found the expedia “bundled” deals of travel and accommodation to be very good value in Japan – but again, you get what you pay for – rooms at the APA chain of hotels contain a double bed and approximately one foot of space around it – about 9 sq ft at the entrance and a bathroom about 12 sq feet. The very confined space can be challenge to those of us who have balance or movement issues.

TOKYO

While Kyoto is a fascinating city and, as the capital of Japan from 794 AD until 1868, contains a great deal of history, first time visitors should definitely spend a few days in Tokyo, one of the world’s great cities. Sharon and I lived there for 8 years and are familiar with its layout and points of interest. It has an extensive and extremely efficient subway system but does involve a lot of walking and stairs – and must be avoided in rush hour (the Japanese have an expression – “sushizume” – which means jammed into the train like grains of sushi rice in a mold. )

Taxis are plentiful but are expensive and very few drivers speak English.

I am looking into hiring a mini bus and driver which we could use to do our own tour. Cost is about Yen90000 – $800 – or $50 per person for a 16 seater.

If participants would like to spend say 3 days in Tokyo – I suggest we plan on arriving in Tokyo on May 31 – leaving the USA on 29/30 May.

The conference begins on Tues June 4 in the afternoon and we could depart for Kyoto on the Shinkansen (Bullet train –  200 mph) on Tues morning – travel time is 2 hours 15 mins. Cost is about $200 one way for a reserved seat (recommended)

KYOTO

Organisers at past congresses have arranged group tours to places of interest and I expect the Japanese organisers will also do this. Apart from the Imperial Palace, there are a number of famous temples and shrines in Kyoto – Kinkakuji (Golden pavilion) and Ryoan-ji (famous rock garden) – and many others. Kyoto was not damaged in WW2 and so the older parts of Kyoto date back many centuries. This includes the Gion district, home to geisha traditions. The city of Nara is nearby and was the capital prior to Kyoto.

Osaka was totally destroyed during WW2 and so does not feature much on the tourist trail.

Please monitor the web site and let me know if you have questions or need advice on making arrangements.

Commencing in November I propose that people intending to go to Kyoto meet for ½ hour prior to the regular meeting so we can continue the planning.

I’m looking forward to having a capital district group in Kyoto!

Ian Wing