Parkinson’s Seminar

The annual Parkinson’s Seminar will take place Thursday, September 9, 2021 at Baymont Inn & Suites, 2611 Old Red Trail NW, Mandan, ND (I-94 off Exit 52). The seminar sponsored by the Bismarck Parkinson’s Support Group, will feature speakers, brochures, books and information on Parkinson’s Disease as well as many exhibitors.

Guest speakers include:

Bryan Hochhalter -Starting and Staying in the Fight Against Parkinson’s

Karmen Steffan-Big and Loud: The Who, What, Why, and How
Sarah Matcha-Gastrointestinal and Communication Effects of Parkinson’s

Holly Hoffman-Never Give Up – The Survivor Way

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for:

  • Nursing: 4 CEUs
  • Social Workers: 4 CEUs
  • Occupational Therapists: 4 CEUs
  • Psychical Therapists: 1.5 CEUs
  • Audio/Speech/Language Pathologists: 4 CEUs
  • Psychologists: 4 CEUs

Registration starts at 8:30am, with the program beginning at 9:25am and ending at 3pm. Cost to attend is $15 per person which includes lunch ($30 for those requesting continuing education credits). Submit your registration form by August 20, 2021.

Download the registration form here.

Speaker on Dementia

On May 13th, from 3-4 PM the Alzheimer’s Association will be joining the Parkinson’s Support Group for a Zoom presentation at Benedictine Living Community regarding Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia. 

The presenter, Jenna Pogorels is a Senior Program Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota chapter. Jenna received her Master in Social Work from the University of Washington, Tacoma and is licensed as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with the Minnesota Board of Social Work.  She is certified by the Alzheimer’s Association to offer educational programs. Jenna is also certified as a caregiver consultant through the REACH program. Jenna’s career in senior services has been focused in the areas of program services, caregiver support through care consultations, early stage programming for individuals in the early stage of dementia and their care partners and education and outreach for family, professionals and community members.If you are joining from home – For the best experience, please join by computer or tablet as there will be a slideshow and videos that you will want to see. See attached for a copy of the handouts. Feel free to print and follow along with us during the webinar.  

To join the meeting:

Meeting ID: 994 9240 9406
Passcode: 399021
New to Zoom? Follow one of these links for some information and tips: 

More Quick Tips for Using Zoom

  • If you are using an external camera and/or microphone be sure to plug them in before opening the Zoom application. We recommend using a headset if possible.
  • Only 1 microphone and speaker system should be active per physical location. Otherwise the 2 systems may cause a loud screeching sound.
  • Be sure to mute yourself when you are not speaking.
  • Use the Chat feature to ask questions.

Note: If you have joined via computer, but cannot hear the presenter, and you have turned up your volume on your device, you can also call in using the phone number below for the audio.      
833-548-0282 US Toll-free Meeting ID: 994 9240 9406

Thank you race sponsors!

Thank you to our wonderful 2021 sponsors:

Benedictine Health System
Bismarck Marathon
Pelican Health
Ralph Dunnigan, MD

Cottingham Insurance
Eastgate Funeral & Cremation Services
Silver Ranch Development

MDU Resources Foundation
Sanford Health
Edgewood Healthcare
Vue Community Credit Union
Dakota Promotions
A Prairie Breeze RV Park
Lignite Energy Council
Schindler & Stewart Family Dentistry

News Release


Bismarck, ND –   The 11th Annual Race for Parkinson’s is scheduled for Saturday, April 24 at Sertoma Park. The walk/run features five races so people of all physical skill levels can participate. Registration for the competitive 5K and 10K runs begins at 9:00 am; 5K walk, 9:20 am; adult/family 1 mile walk, 9:30 am;  and the 1 mile Kids Fun Run begins at 9:45 am.

Parkinson’s Disease is a brain disorder. Its symptoms include: shaking, difficulty walking, muscle rigidity, impaired balance, loss of automatic movements and cognitive impairment. While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, medications, specialized exercise programs and therapy may improve symptoms.

“Funds for this event stay local. They provide therapeutic treatment for those facing the debilitating disease of Parkinson’s and support for their families as well. The Bismarck Parkinson’s support group offers assistance, companionship and resources to all those in our area navigating this incredible challenge. We host educational events, speakers, and provide emotional support, ” says race event co-coordinator, Bill Willis. “Programs involving exercise, nutrition, and various forms of therapy are critical to the wellness of those with Parkinson’s.”

David Hagler, 10k race participant says, “I run this race every year in honor of my father-in-law. Every spring I look forward to getting together with my running friends to show support for the amazing Parkinson’s families. They inspire us to seize the moment!”

Register online at Early registration is $30; day of race, $35; and Kids Fun Run, $15. Registration confirmations received by April 9 receive a race day shirt. Check-in/Bib pick-up is 8-9:15 am at the Sertoma Community Shelter.

Volunteer opportunities for race day assistance are still available (i.e, direct traffic, water stations, check in, handing out t-shirts, etc.). This is a perfect opportunity for youth or groups looking for service to community hours. Those interested should contact race co-chair, Bill Willis at 

Managing the Return of Parkinson’s Symptoms

SUBJECT LINE: An Educational Program for People with Parkinson’s

NAME: Managing the Return of Parkinson’s Symptoms With a Unique Treatment

DATE: Thursday, February 11, 2021

TIME: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST



Experiencing a return of your Parkinson’s symptoms? You’re not alone. Hear from a healthcare professional at a FREE educational program sponsored by Acorda Therapeutics.


Sarah Matcha, NP
Family Nurse Practitioner, Sanford Health


Please register by February 8, 2021
Call 1-833-462-7452 or visit
Private event code: 6237

Race for Parkinson’s goes VIRTUAL

Race for Parkinson’s is going VIRTUAL
Participate in a 10K Run, 5K Run, 5K Walk, 1 Mile Walk or Kid’s Fun Run
Registration $25 / Kids Run $10

Due to everything going on in the world right now, we are changing our annual race at Sertoma that was scheduled for Saturday, April 25 to a virtual race this year. Run/walk your race anytime and anywhere between April 25 – May 10 and you will receive a participation t-shirt! You must be pre-registered by April 24 to receive a shirt. You can register online at
or you can download a “paper” registration form from our website:

Thanks in advance for your support – the money stays local and benefits the many people in our area living with Parkinson’s Disease.


2020 Race for Parkinson’s

10th Annual Race for Parkinson’s

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Sertoma Park Community Shelter
300 Riverside Park Road
Bismarck ND

To guarantee a shirt, you must be registered by April 10, 2020.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Barr Engineering
Cottingham Insurance

Schindler & Stewart Family Dentistry
Sanford Health
Pelican Health
Dr. Ralph Dunnigan

Bismarck Marathon
MOJO/Big Rig
Missouri Valley Family YMCA
St. Gabriel’s Community
Touchmark on West Century
A Prairie Breeze RV Park
Flash Printing
Bismarck Tour Company
Lignite Energy Council