The Capital District Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 7 PM the second Thursday of every month 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.
Heintje Calara MA, RN – Has 25 years of nursing experience. He earned his nursing masters degrees from New York University. Heintje is currently a candidate of doctoral degree in nursing practice with research project in the nursing care of Parkinson’s disease.
His work has been presented at the 2016 World Parkinson’s Congress (WPC) in Portland, OR, and also at the 2017 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) in Boston, MA.
He served as the Parkinson’s disease nurse specialist at the NYU Langone Medical Center movement disorders center for many years and is now the nurse educator for the intestinal levodopa treatment for the northeast region of the US.
At our meeting,
Heintje will speak briefly about the treatment then a patient volunteer partner, who is currently on the intestinal levodopa treatment for Parkinson’s disease, will be sharing his/her own unique account on being on this treatment, what helped him/her decide, barriers overcome, questions asked, and how he/she is living with this treatment. There will be time for questions and answers.
We also will have group planning, refreshments, networking and social time.