<![CDATA[Parkinson's Association of SWFL - Blog]]>Fri, 11 Jun 2021 23:49:58 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[Announcing Mary C. Schoeffel Executive Director]]>Fri, 22 Jan 2021 18:35:58 GMThttp://parkinsonassociationswfl.org/blog/announcing-mary-c-schoeffel-executive-director
Please join me in welcoming our new Executive Director Mary C. Schoeffel
On behalf of the board of directors, I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Mary C, Schoeffel as the new Executive Director of the Parkinson’s Association of SWFL.

Mary brings with her a remarkably strong background as a Certified Professional Fundraising Executive, in addition to a wealth of knowledge and experience in successfully leading non-profit human services and arts organizations. We believe Mary will provide the leadership and direction to build on the enormous growth our organization has experienced over the past few years.
We are confident Mary is the right leader to work alongside our dedicated staff, board, volunteers, and our entire community as we enter a new phase of growth and opportunity.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Mary to our organization, and take the opportunity to join us at our 22nd Annual Step-Up for Parkinson's Walk on February 13, 2021, where you will have the opportunity to meet Mary in person.


Bill Morgan
Board Chair
Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida
2575 Northbrooke Plaza Dr. #300
Naples, FL 34119
Office: 239-417-3465
Cell: 513-484-9356

From Mary C. Schoeffel

Dear Members and friends,

I am thrilled for the opportunity to build on the tremendous work the staff, board, and volunteers have done to serve our members and the thousands of people here in Southwest Florida diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and other neurodegenerative disorders. I look forward to the opportunity to meet and work with all of our members, volunteers, and the greater Southwest Florida Community. Please reach out to me if you have any questions, or if I can be of any assistance to you.

I look forward to meeting everyone at our 22nd Annual Step-Up for Parkinson's walk.


Mary C. Schoeffel
Executive Director
Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida
2575 Northbrooke Plaza Dr. #300
Naples, FL 34119
Office: 239-417-3465
<![CDATA[Be prepared for the next storm]]>Wed, 22 Jul 2020 18:36:38 GMThttp://parkinsonassociationswfl.org/blog/be-prepared-for-the-next-storm
Be prepared for the next storm by attending the Hurricane Safety Drive Thru offered on Friday, July 31, 2020 from 10:00am-Noon at Lely Palms Retirement Community, 1000 Lely Palms Drive, Naples, FL 34113.

RSVP by July 28 to:
<![CDATA[Support us while you shop on Amazon]]>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:58:20 GMThttp://parkinsonassociationswfl.org/blog/support-us-while-you-shop-on-amazon

​Did you know that you can donate to The Parkinson's Association of SouthWest Florida every time you shop on Amazon?

It's easy to sign up and easy to use. It is the same as shopping through Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features, the difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

Click here to sign up and start supporting us every time you shop on Amazon.
<![CDATA[Support the Parkinson's Association when you purchase a mask]]>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:49:14 GMThttp://parkinsonassociationswfl.org/blog/support-the-parkinson-association-when-you-purchase-a-mask

The Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida is participating with Face Forward to raise money by offering high Performance Face masks to our community.

This high- tech Face mask has a three layer construction that repels liquids, has an activated carbon filter to capture particulate, and a breathable liner to increase comfort.

Go to WWW.FACEFORWARD.SHOP and use discount code Parkinson for $2 or more off per mask and a contribution of $5 to Parkinson’s Society of SWFL

Upgrade the Performance of your mask Click for more
<![CDATA[Free Robotic Pet or MP3 Player]]>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:41:05 GMThttp://parkinsonassociationswfl.org/blog/free-robotic-pet-or-mp3-player
Are you feeling isolated at home during social distancing? We want to share a great opportunity for you to receive a source of comfort and companionship free of charge from The Florida Department of Elder Affairs. You can choose either:
  • MP3 player loaded with music from different genres or
  • The JoyForAll robotic therapy pets.
If you are interested, please call the office at 239-417-3465 as there are only a limited number of these items available. We will be happy to assist you with the application process.
<![CDATA[Members Living Well with PD]]>Fri, 19 Jun 2020 13:26:42 GMThttp://parkinsonassociationswfl.org/blog/members-living-well-with-pd
Jack Andrews Member of the Parkinson Association of SWFL since 2014
"I have met people who relocated to the Naples area just to participate in programs offered by the Parkinson Association of SWFL."
 Member Jack Andrews
Q: How did you become involved with the Parkinson's Association of SWFL?
Jack: I was first diagnosed with PD in February 2014. Two weeks later I read something about the Parkinson's Association of SWFL in the Naples Daily News and made an appointment for my wife and me to meet in their office.
The volunteer on duty spent a lot of time with us, explaining the various effects PD has on people, sharing brochures on PD, and also about the many activities the organization makes available.

Q: What activities did you get involved in and do you believe attending has affected your PD progression?
 Click below to read more.
Jack: Soon after my first visit, I started going to the exercise classes where I met many other people with PD. I also started going to speech classes and support group meetings. To this day I attend all three of these meetings as often as possible, all of which have impacted my life very favorably, both physically and mentally. I believe this has slowed the PD progression.

Q: Do you have any advice to offer someone with PD who is not involved?
Jack: Become involved. This organization offers a large variety of activities and seminars which help the social and daily lives of those with PD and their care partners The leadership and membership are an extremely helpful and congenial group. 
They have made a huge difference in my life.

Would you like to learn about becoming a member?  Click here to learn more