Meetings are typically held on the third Saturday of the month at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT. We occasionally have a ‘Meeting on the Move’ where the meeting is held in a different part of Connecticut, with the purpose of introducing people from that area to our group and its mission. Our travels have taken us to New London, Farmington, New Haven, Danbury, Newtown, New Britain and Guilford. We acknowledge that transportation is often a hindrance to attendance, and so we offer rides to all of our meetings.
The meetings generally have a topic and a guest speaker to guide the discussions. Our 2009 calendar included presentations on the psychological effects of a chronic illness, gadgets that make our lives easier (our version of ‘show and tell’), the management and treatment of PD, care giving from the perspective of a daughter/psychologist, the owner of a Connecticut on-line health and wellness products company, dance /movement as a non-pharmaceutical therapy, the ‘Connect-ability’ program, care partner (CP) burnout, legal issues facing the chronically ill, and our ever-popular ‘Open Microphone’ meetings. We also plan several just-for-fun events such as our Summer Fun picnics, neighborhood breakfasts, men’s lunches and ladies lunches, and a golf outing or two.
An integral component of our meetings is the care partner breakout session. Those attending are invited to separate into two groups -- PWPs who stay in one room, and CPs who move to a different room. Discussion flows as the needs of the group dictate. At times some venting occurs, but always there is support and understanding.
Our meetings are publicized via the website and the USPS mail. We send out meeting reminder postcards three weeks prior to the meeting that includes the topic, guest speaker (if any), directions, and contact information.
Our meetings are open to anyone with an interest in or a connection to PD. There is no charge to attend, no r.s.v.p. to return, no future commitment to be tied to. If you have never been to one of our meetings it is recommended that you contact one of the people below prior to the meeting. Things change, and we don’t want you to be inconvenienced.For more information, click on the Contact Us link above left.
Open Microphone Meeting History
During the first few years of its existence, CPWG did not meet in the summer months. The feeling was that everyone would be too busy with family and vacations. We left things that way for several years but at one September meeting there was the overwhelming feeling that we had gone too long between meetings. We needed to be with each other more frequently. With that in mind we started our Summer Fun gatherings, held randomly in July and August. Just social. No agenda. No reports. Location, date and time at the convenience of the host.
This worked, but some felt a need to have regular support group meetings during the summer. Not feeling very confident about how many would come, we tried it and were pleasantly surprised, and we utilized our infamous 'Open Microphone' format.
May 18 - Massage Therapy & and T'ai Chi
10:00 - Noon at the Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, Ct
Join us in welcoming massage therapist Katie Peterson and T'ai Chi instructor Tom Cushing for an engaging discussion on what it is they do and how these alternative therapies can help us all, care partners and PWP alike, live well with Parkinson's! Whether you struggle with joint pain, stiffness, balance, or just need some stress relief, find out how these guys can help with hands-on demonstrations.
Middlesex Hospital Meeting Information
Refreshments Our meetings are catered! Refreshments will be provided by Neon Deli.
Time and Location Begins at 10:00 am at the North One Conference Room, Middlesex Hospital. See the Middlesex Hospital directions, below.
Directions to Middlesex Hospital
Location: 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457
Click on ---> Middlesex hospital map
GPS Location: N41.55518, W72.64690
From Hartford: Take route 91 South to route 9 South to Exit 15 (Washington Street). Go up Washington to Main Street intersection. Turn left onto Main. Go down Main Street to Crescent. Turn right onto Crescent.
From Old Saybrook: Take route 9 North to Exit 15 (Washington Street, left exit). Continue as above.
From Norwich: Take route 2 North to route 66 toward Middletown. Cross Portland Bridge and go down Main Street to Crescent Street. Turn right.
From Meriden: Take route 691 East to route 66 to Main Street, Middletown. Turn right, go down Main Street to Crescent Street. Turn right.
January 19 - Open Microphone
February 16 - In-Home Senior Care
March 16 -Tips, Tricks and Gimmicks
April 20 - Illness and Depression
May 18 - Massage Therapy & and T'ai Chi
January 21 - cancelled
February 25 - Open Microphone
March 17 - Tips, Tricks and Gadgets for Living Well With PD
April 21 - Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, and T'ai Chi
May 19 - Open Microphone Forum & Book Reviews
June 16 - All About Reiki
July 21 - Dancing for Joy!
September 15 - Open Microphone
October 20, 2012 - Genetic Research
November 17 2012 - Spirituality and Illness
January 15 - Open Microphone
February 19 - Mind Over Matter
March 19 - Open Microphone
April 19 - Annual Meeting & Solving Everyday Problems
May 21 - Tai Chi
June 18 - PD and the Military
July 16 - Open Microphone
August 20 - Open Microphone
September 17 - Stem Cell Research and Advocacy
October 15 - Planing for CPG's future
November 19 - A Celebration of Care Partners
January 16 - Open Microphone
February 20 - Board Games
March 20 - Reiki
April 17 - Massage
May 15 - Yoga
June 19 - Chiropractic
July 17 - Open Microphone
August 21 - Open Microphone
September 18 - canceled
September 19 - Movin' and Groovin' to Stop the Shakin’ Benefit
October 16 - Positive Attitude, Stress
November 20 - Police & Older Citizens
December - no meeting due to the holidays