The Monterey Parkinson’s Disease Support Group (MPSG) was started in the mid-1990s by Pacific Grovian Helen Garrett whose husband was a Parkinson’s patient for several years. At that time, many local residents had been car-pooling up to Mountain View to attend programs about PD issues. They gladly supported the idea of a local group which would meet on a regular basis to learn and to share.
MPSG operates under the auspices of Parkinson’s Patients Support Groups of Northern and Central California, Inc. whose mission is to provide support and information to the Parkinson's community, including those who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease or parkinsonism, and their caregivers, families and friends. (www.ppsg.org)
An all-volunteer group, MPSG meets from 3:00 – 4:30 PM on the second Tuesday afternoon of every month except December. Location is the Sally Griffin Active Living Center, 700 Jewell Avenue in Pacific Grove. Our many members come from all over the Monterey Peninsula, North Monterey County, and Salinas. Donations are accepted but not required. Attendance at meetings varies between 30-40.
Informative programs are presented by local professionals with expertise in a variety of subjects related to living with Parkinson’s, such as medication, speech and physical therapy, exercise programs, neurological issues, diet. There is always time for Q&A. Some programs are devoted to small group discussions so that members may learn from each other and share ideas.
Members are involved in various ways, such as program development, recruiting speakers, helping with refreshments, name tags, web-site or other IT issues. A small group also plans enrichment activities such as Museum visits and exercise opportunities. Our vision for the future is to be a supportive group where many members share leadership and participation for the benefit of all.
Parkinson’s patients who live in the area are welcome to visit and participate along with their “support person” if they wish.
Questions? Email Barbara Rosenthal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizational Update, 2020
At our January 14th, 2020 meeting, it was agreed that Jay Hudson and Jon Lockhart will act as meeting co-chairs for future meetings.
Henry Marquez, Treasurer, will continue to maintain attendance records, and present a yearly Treasurer’s Report at our January meeting. He has also volunteered to print name tags as needed. By unanimous consent, Larry Parrish will serve as an account signatory along with Henry Marquez and Barbara Rosenthal.
Barbara Rosenthal, Secretary, will maintain and update member database and website, and email meeting notices, other announcements, and news bulletins. Additionally, she will interface with and refer online enquiries to appropriate persons.
Jay & Kip Hudson will recruit, schedule, send reminders to, and thank our guest speakers.
Mary Lou Vossen will welcome new attendees, organize refreshments and along with Enid Day, reach out to members .
Enid Day will do member and community outreach, making phone calls to members as needed, reminding members of meetings, distributing printed information about MPSG to relevant individuals such as neurologists, agencies, and organizations. (note: this could expand to an outreach committee if that is desired in future.)
Still needed is a volunteer in charge of Name Tags: Brings name tags to each meeting, arranges them, helps members find their tags. Also picks up and brings home name tags at conclusion of meeting.
Walks : Enid Day and Larry Parrish
Art Museum Tours: Lou Baczuk and Kip Hudson
The Tech/AV Committee will be available to assist SGC personnel in setting up and operating equipment used for presentations. Committee members are Henry Marquez, Jon Lockhart, Larry Parrish, Bob Potter, Barbara Rosenthal
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