Thank You!


A HUGE thank you to all who contributed to the success of the “Knock-Out” Parkinson’s gala on Saturday, October 6 at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla. The event was an overwhelming success. Keynote speaker Rasheda Ali gave an inspiring presentation to the overflow crowd of over 330 attendees.

CBS Channel 8 News Anchor Carlo Cecchetto, emceed the evening that included tributes to Dr. Dee Silver for a Lifetime Achievement and several other San Diego Parkinson’s Community leaders. The live and silent auctions added to the excitement of the evening.

A special note of thanks to the many sponsors and donors who supported the event.

CBS Channel 8 News Anchor Carlo Cecchetto, Emcee of the “Knock-Out” Parkinson’s Gala interviews Rasheda Ali, Keynote Speaker before the event. (Watch the Video: CBS8 San Diego)

CBS Channel 8 News Coverage on October 6, the evening of the “Knock-Out” Parkinson’s Gala

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Rasheda is helping support the 60,000 San Diegans impacted by the devastating neurocognitive disease. “I am just trying to help from a family member’s perspective and try and shed light on my personal situation. It is very challenging. Parkinson’s tries to rob people of so many things. My dad was robbed of his speech. Everyone is not going to have slurred speech, but my dad had that symptom,” she said.

The disease is also brutal on care takers. Care takers, Rasheda said, “they give too much of themselves and sometimes they don’t take care of themselves. I talk a little about how a car partner has to take care of themselves.”

Rasheda said she will be in the fight until the final bell. “One person can’t do everything, but we all can do something – even if it is $10 or whatever. It’s a big difference in the lives of those living with Parkinson’s and other neuro cognitive diseases.”

PASD “Good Start Program” (10/22/2018)


Educational Seminars for Newly Diagnosed
Parkinson’s Patients & Care Partners

The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego is hosting its next “Good Start Program” seminar on October 22 at the Tri-City Medical Center. Designed for newly diagnosed Parkinson’s patients and their care partners, the seminar is a 2-hour session including a 90-minute presentation followed by Q&A. There is no cost to the participants. It will feature Dr. Abigail Lawler, Movement Disorders Neurologist, Neurology Center of Southern California as well as speakers who address Parkinson’s patient and care partner perspectives, and legal issues.

Specific topics will include maintaining a positive attitude; understanding Parkinson’s; choosing a physician; common medications; care partners; importance of exercise & nutrition; benefits of physical; occupational, speech and music therapy; legal issues; research; and support services.

Seminar Details:
Date: Monday, October 22
Time: Registration & Refreshments 9:30 a.m
Program 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Wellness Center, Tri-City Medical Center
6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Directions & Parking Information: Will be provided to attendees.
Registration is required by October 17. Space is limited.

(The Presentation can be Downloaded Here: Powerpoint Presentation )

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Registration by phone: 858-999-5671

2018 Step by Step Walk

Thank You For All Your Support!

A huge THANK YOU to all who contributed to the success of the ‘Step by Step’ 5k Walk on Sunday, April 8th . The event was a huge success, raising over $80,000.

Your support of Step by Step enables PASD to offer critical resources to an estimated 60,000 individuals who are affected by Parkinson’s disease right here in San Diego County. Your help is critical to sustain our outreach and our ability to serve the community.

All contributions remain in the County and also help local caregivers and families of those in need. Put on your walking shoes to give people with Parkinson’s disease a great resource and a steadfast ally!

Empowerment for Parkinson’s (11/30/2018)

Date: November 30, 2018
Location: Marina Village Conference Center
1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109

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Agenda Subject to Change

7:30-8:45 – Registration/light breakfast
8:45-8:55 – Introduction/7 Tenets. Wayne Label, PhD and Charlie Abdi /PASD
8:55-9:10 – Exercise and Attitude. Sherrie Gould, NP
9:10-9:25 – Intro to Parkinson’s disease. Nelson Hwynn, D.O.
9:25-9:45 – Parkinson’s disease Research. Irene Litvan, M.D.
9:45-10:05 – Deep Brain Stimulation. Adam Burdick M.D.
10:05-10:25 – LSVT LOUD – Erin Walsh SLP
10:25-10:50 – Break and exhibits
10:50- 11:10 – Legal. Yvonne Amrine, Esq.
11:10-11:30 – Sleep Disorder’s, non-motor in Parkinson’s disease. Melissa Houser, M.D.
11:30-11:50 – Medication in Parkinson’s disease. Brenton Wright, M.D.
11:50-12:00 – Support group leaders

12:00-1:05 – Lunch

1:10-1:25 – Rock Steady Boxing
1:25-1:45 – Intimacy and Parkinson’s. Joanne Hamilton, PhD
1:45-2:00 – Get out and go. Linda Olsen M.D.
2:00-2:20 – Break and exhibits
2:20-3:10 – Caregiver breakout. Susan Miller, Author, Joanne Hamilton, PhD and Southern Caregiver Resource Organization
2:20-2:35 – LSVT BIG. Judy Mak PT
2:35-2:55 – Audibility with Lindsay Zehren, MT-BC
2:55-3:10 – Stretch for those not in Caregiver Session
3:10-3:30 – Yoga/stretching. Danica Edelbrock, MS

3:30 – Closing and surveys

Current Announcements

Muhammad Ali Annual Parkinson’s Conference in Spanish

Information, participation and motivation for Spanish speaking Parkinson’s community. Saturday, March 10, 2018  –  8:00am – 1:30 pm Holiday Inn Express 632 E. Street, Chula Vista, CA (619) 426-2500 Register in Advance with Lisbeth Garces...

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Empowerment Resources You Attendees, Sponsors, and Presenters On December 1st, the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego, in conjunction with its partners and sponsors, held a full day of presentations, education, and exhibits about Parkinson’s...

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AudAbility Music Therapy

AudAbility Music Therapy MusicWorx provides multiple opportunities for patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s, their families, and Care … Click here to learn more

Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing is spreading throughout San Diego County! Programs in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Escondido,  Poway, Rancho … Click here to learn more

The Michael J. Fox Foundation

We encourage all of the Parkinson’s community to use the resources at the Michael J. Fox Foundation!

The American Parkinson’s Disease Association

In January 2016, the APDA launched its “Spotlight on Parkinson’s Disease” webcast series to highlight topics important to people with PD, care partners, and healthcare professionals.

To date, there have been 10 programs in the Spotlight Series. If you have missed any of these programs, or if you want to go back to view them again, we encourage you to access them by clicking on the button below:

Alzheimer’s San Diego

The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego maintains a partnership with Alzheimer’s San Diego

Challenge Center

Challenge Center provides skilled physical therapy, specialized fitness, and wellness programs to rehabilitate, increase independence, and improve the quality of life for individuals with severe physical disabilities, their families, and caregivers. With its licensed staff, physical therapy and assisted fitness programs, and state-of-the-art equipment; Challenge Center surpasses every goal by providing the continuum of care often missed by other limited resources.

Click the following link to watch a video testimony from a real patient and caregiver regarding their experience with Duopa, an FDA approved treatment option for advanced Parkinson’s disease.

Thanks To Our Sponsors and Partners

Parkinson’s Association of San Diego | P.O. Box #1633, Solana Beach, California 92075
858-999-5671 |