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Parkinson Association of Northern California


Who We Are

The Parkinson Association of Northern California (PANC) is an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with Parkinson's, their families and carepartners  throughout our region. We live our motto, "Until there's a cure....hope and healing every day."

 

What is Parkinson's disease?

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive, neurological disease that destroys the cells in the mid brain which produce "dopamine," one of the chemicals that transmits movement control signals. When approximately 80% of these cells no longer produce dopamine, one or more of PD's primary movement symptoms begin to appear: resting tremor; slowness of movement; stiffness; and/or gait or balance problems. Other symptoms such as small cramped handwriting, lack of arm swing, and decreased facial expression may appear.

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From A Carepartner's Perch 

by Marianne Oliphant

Parkinson’s disease entered my life when my husband, Ron, was diagnosed in 2010.  Parkinson’s doesn’t just strike the person with the condition, in most cases it’s a family disease.  He and I embarked on this new adventure together.

At our first doctor’s visit, we were given a packet of information about Parkinson’s disease and about PANC.  We started visiting support groups close to where we lived – 3 to begin with – and found all of them wonderful places of welcome and encouragement.  No longer did we feel like we were traveling this path alone.  We also attended the PANC annual conferences and, again, found so much information and comradery.

Oliphant (continued)

Our Programs

With the assistance from a generous community of donors and volunteers, we are able to provide the following benefits for our region's Parkinson's community:

  • Connect with over 30 support groups for people with PD and their caregivers
  • Publish a quarterly newsletter, The Parkinson Path
  • Present an annual education conference and tradeshow
  • Provide respite opportunities for PD caregivers
  • Offer housing safety modification opportunities through Rebuilding Together of Sacramento
  • Present ParkinsonWISE® program for exercise and wellness professionals
  • Support research for prevention and cure
  • Actively promote community awareness

See all of our programs

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PANC President's Message

by Nancy Kretz

Why are PANC’s services important?

Just talk with someone who is involved with PANC programs or attends a Support Group - they tell the story much better than I could.  It’s about connecting with others who deal with Parkinson’s disease – learning, sharing, understanding and motivating!  Activity and socialization are key factors in reducing the intensity of PD symptoms and simply making the most of life!

Kretz (continued) 


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Support Groups

PANC is proud to facilitate a network of more than 30 area support groups. Please note that meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Contact the Support Group facilitator to verify meeting information. 

List of Support Groups

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Upcoming Events

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ParkinsonWISE®

What is ParkinsonWISE®?  The Parkinson Association of Northern California partnered with Kaiser Permanente Neuroscience on this unique opportunity from the the medical community to provide targeted wellness education for fitness and wellness professionals that have clients with Parkinson's disease (PD) or those who want to work with this spec  

Click here to learn more about our ParkinsonWISE®trainings and to find ParkinsonWISE® certified trainers. 


KVIE ViewFinder Program: Parkinson's Disease Special

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Scenery photos above by Larry Alver

Photo of Parkinson's Walk above by Antonio Santos. Visit his website Here

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About the association

The Parkinson Association of Northern California (PANC) is an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with Parkinson's their families, and care partners throughout our region. 

Contacts

panc@parkinsonsacramento.org

Parkinson Association of Northern California

Mailing Address: 1750 Prairie City Road, #130-220

Folsom, CA  95630

(916) 357-6641

Please call us if you'd like to schedule an appointment to meet with a PANC staff member as our office hours vary. 


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