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Torrington Area Parkinsons Support Group

The Northwestern Connecticut Torrington Area Parkinson's Support Group welcomes people with Parkinson's disease and their care partners, their family and friends, and other interested parties to participate in monthly meetings at the Sullivan Senior Center at 88 East Albert Street in Torrington.

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Meetings run 10 AM to noon and include an educational component, business announcements, exercise for people with Parkison's (PWP) and a support group for care partners. ( check our calendar)

Meetings include speakers from health care professions and local support services organizations, as well as separate group sessions for both the caregiver and caretaker.

Zoom link for the meeting should you need to attend virtually.

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Meeting ID: 852 8932 2507BR> Passcode: 464372

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Dear TAPSG Members,

We are sad to report the passing of a dear and gracious lady, Joyce Zavatkay. Joyce and Fred were faithful meeting attendees from the early years of our group, but circumstances changed as new symptoms arose. There was a beautiful write-up in Wednesday's Republican American. You can access it at https://www.rep-am.com/obituaries/2023/08/22/joyce-p-zavatkay/

Saturday's meeting will be most informative, particularly if you need to plan for the future for yourself and others. Attorney Stephen Rubin is an elder law attorney who will speak about what you should consider as you plan for the future. We will meet at the Sulivan Senior Center in Torrington, 10AM to noon. Others are welcome to come to hear our speaker.

Tim Calder will not be with us, so we'll rely on someone else to lead our exercises for us. An exercise area can be set up prior to the meeting in the small dining room, which will expedite the transition after the full meeting.

Please bring to Saturday's meeting any gift certificates or gift cards you have garnered for the raffle. I'd like to know what the item is, its value, who donated it and who solicited it. I will bring some notes to use as thank yous for the people from whom you got prizes.

If you have any items for the raffle, I'd like you to let me know what they are, but I'll ask that you bring them to the walk yourself as my car is already full.

It's not too late to gather raffle prizes, just please keep me posted. I will probably print tickets for the items around Wednesday 9/13.

We'll also need baked goods for our bakery table. Items should be wrapped/bagged in $1.00 packages. More expensive items might sell, but remember, we're going to be out in the sun (we hope) all day.

We need muscle. Folks to help Don Moore and Pete Anderheggen on Friday to load the flatbed and on Monday to unload at Expert Rental. We also need muscle to move tents on Thursday/Friday at City Hall. Bill Tierney might bring a friend but it wouldn't hurt to have another pair of arms to hoist tents up the stairs. If I were to build a new CIty Hall, it would have an elevator at all levels!

Feel free to bring your registration forms and payments to the meeting on Saturday. Those who register by August 30 may get a free t-shirt.

As always, the snack table at our meeting is only as good as the food brought to it. Hint hint.

Hoping to see you all on Saturday,


Here is a zoom link fr the meeting should you need to attend virtually. But I hope all will attend in person to socialize with others in the group.

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Meeting ID: 852 8932 2507
Passcode: 464372

Have a great day. We'll see you tomorrow. 

The 12th Annual Walk in the Woods for Parkinson's
Sunday, September 17, 2023 @ White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield CT.

Registration is  (minimum)  $20.00 per person for those over the age of 12. Register by August 30th to receive a free tee shirt at the walk.

Register online or by mail. Send completed registrations with your donations to TAPSG, PO Box 521, Torrington, CT 06790.

Team leaders can collect from their members and submit the entire amount online, or each member can join the team on the Join a Team and pay online. CLICK HERE TO CREATE YOUR TEAM ONLINE



Here are links to the benefits of playing ping-pong and the research being done on the stimulation glove. We spoke of each at our January meeting.

Doctors say that playing ping-pong can be helpful to people with Parkinson's.
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Stimulation Glove
Click Here.

Save the Date - Sunday Sept 17th, 2023

An annual Walk in the Woods, held at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield is the group's main fundraiser, which supports the weekly exercise program. The group also contributes annually to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research in hope of ridding the world of Parkinson's disease. 

Championing Parkinson’s Research!

Thank you for your dedication to Fox Insight. With over 20,000 participants, you are part of the largest Parkinson’s disease (PD) research study in the world! Every time you log in to Fox Insight and fill out surveys, you are providing doctors, researchers, and drug developers with information to better understand Parkinson’s from the true PD experts—patients and their families. 

Join Our Monthly Meetings

Meetings run 10 AM to noon and include an educational component, business announcements, exercise for people with Parkinson's (PWP) and a support group for care partners.
Meetings include speakers from health care professions and local support services organizations, as well as separate group sessions for both the caregiver and caretaker..

Did You Know?

  • Every 9 minutes an individual is diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease
  • 1 in 10 people will have Parkinson's
  • There is no “definitive test” that can confirm Parkinson's disease, except after death
  • Parkinson's is not just your "grandparent's" disease or for "old" people
  • Currently there is "no cure" for Parkinson's
  • Medication can substitute for the missing dopamine, but it is only a temporary solution
  • There are 60,000 new cases of Parkinson's Disease a year
  • The total cost to the nation is estimated to exceed $6 Billion annually
  • Without more federal funding for research to find a cure for Parkinson's, the numbers of Parkinson patients will only increase each year

Free Exercise Program For Members

Exercise is the only thing known to slow disease progression. To that end, TAPSG offers an exercise program free of charge to members. A physician's referral and pre-screening by Hartford Health Care's PT staff is required before beginning the program.

Torrington Connecticut Area Parkinsons Support Group is sponsored by the Sullivan Senior Center, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and the Connecticut American Parkinsons Disease Association.


You are a caregiver if you Take care of someone who has a chronic illness or disease, Manage medications, talk to doctors and nurses on someone’s behalf. Bathe, dress, do household chores ...


is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. It results from the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra, a region of the midbrain; the cause of cell-death is unknown.


Is any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character, or physical ability of an individual so that person is able to perceive accurately, think clearly and act effectively to achieve self-selected goals ...


A group of people who provide each other with moral support, information, and advice on problems relating to some shared characteristic or experience: a support group for Parkinsons Disease.

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