March Monthly Meeting has been Changed to Monday, March 20

The meeting for the Bismarck Parkinson’s Support Group has been changed from the regular meeting day (2nd Thursday of the month) to Monday, March 20 at 3:00 at St. Gabriel’s Community, 4580 Coleman St in Bismarck.

The change in date is due to special guest speakers Rose Wichmann and Joan Gardner from the Struther’s Parkinson’s Center in Minneapolis.  You won’t want to miss this great presentation!  See you there!


Annual Race Event to benefit Parkinson’s group scheduled for April 29


BISMARCK – People who can will run and walk for people who cannot in the Dakota River Runners Race for Parkinson’s on Saturday, April 29.

The four-race event will benefit the Bismarck Parkinson’s Support Group. Member Garry Wagner says that the group is excited about the seventh annual event.

“This is a great opportunity to inform and educate the community about Parkinson’s disease and the assistance the support group can offer,” Wagner said. “The money raised from the race will be used to sponsor speakers and events regarding the disease and potential new treatments.”

Last year the group held the sixth annual Dakota River Runners Race for Parkinson’s and had over 400 participants.  The group hopes to build on their success from last year.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Sertoma Park community shelter near the amusement park.  The “family fun” 1-mile walk/run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the competitive 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer run starts at 9:00 a.m. and the kids 1 mile fun run will begin at 9:45.

Early registration is $25 and the registration form can be found under the Race for Parkinson’s tab or online registration is possible at . Registration for the kids run is $10. Registration forms are also available  by calling Sara at (701) 400-8167 or emailing Registration the day of the race is $30.

The Bismarck Parkinson’s Support Group is a group of people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, friends and caregivers, who share an interest in educating themselves about the disease and developing a greater public awareness of Parkinson’s.

The group meets at 3 p.m., the second Thursday of each month at St. Gabriel’s Community. For more information, contact Garry or Linda Wagner at 701-663-2177.

A brain disorder that leads to shaking and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination, Parkinson’s disease most often develops after age 50. It is one of the most common nervous system disorders of the elderly, although it can occur in younger people. It affects both men and women. There is no known cure.

For more information on this event, please contact Sara Kelsch at 701-400-8167 or email




Christmas Party Rescheduled for January 2017

We have canceled the Christmas Party that was scheduled for December 8, 2016.  It has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 12, 2017.

Time:  3pm

Location:  St. Gabriel’s Community
4580 Coleman Street
Bismarck ND  58503
just west of the North Ace Hardware store

There will be bingo, door prizes, Christmas treats, & entertainment.
Hope to see you there next year!


Annual Fall Parkinson’s Seminar – September 7, 2016



9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Baymont Inn & Suites

(former Seven Seas, I-94 off Exit 52)

Mandan, ND


Reserve your spot by contacting Linda and Garry Wagner 663-2177 or email

Cost is $10.00 per person 

Which includes a catered lunch
(make checks payable to Bismarck Parkinson’s Support Group)

Speakers from:

Struthers Parkinson’s Center—Rose Wichmann, Joan Gardner
and Sandi Holten

Sanford Health—Karmen Steffan

Browse exhibits from various businesses in our community with helpful brochures, books, and information on Parkinson’s Disease.

Download the Agenda here:   PD ANNUAL FALL SEMINAR AGENDA-2016-Full Page.


Guest Speaker on Duopa Therapy – June 9 at 3pm

The Bismarck Parkinson’s Support Group will have a guest speaker at our next monthly support group meeting on Thursday, June 9 at 3 p.m. in Boniface Hall, CHI St. Alexius Health, 900 East Broadway, Bismarck ND. The presentation is free and open to the public, registration is not required.

Chris Sheridan, BSN, RN is a Duopa RN Specialist with AbbVie Biopharmaceutical Company in Chicago IL. He has been an RN for over 20 years (ICU, Pediatrics, and Research) and has spent the last 16 years working with people with Parkinson’s disease, to educate patients and their caregivers.  His work with PD started at Boston University Medical Center where, from 2000 to 2005, he ran the Parkinson’s Day Program and Deep Brain Stimulation (DPS) Program. In 2005, he moved back to Milwaukee, WI and for the next 10 years managed and coordinated the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Program at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin. This included the DBS Program and Duopa therapy, both treatments for more advanced Parkinson’s disease.  Following his passion for working with people with PD, he made the move to Abbvie at the end of 2015, to educate patients and their caregivers about Duopa.

Duopa therapy is a prescription medicine used for treatment of motor fluctuations in advanced Parkinson’s disease. Duopa is not a pill. It’s a gel form, called a suspension, of carbidopa and levodopa. Duopa is delivered continuously by a pump into the intestines for up to 16 hours daily.

Chris’ job as a Duopa RN Specialist with Abbvie, involves talking to Parkinson’s support groups and presenting a program call the “Patient Partner Program: Getting to know Duopa.” The presentation includes an introduction to Duopa therapy, how Duopa is used, safety information (possible side effects) and what a “day in the life” might look like for a person using Duopa. Chris will be accompanied by a patient who is on Duopa therapy. The Patient Partner, an unpaid volunteer, is a person with Parkinson’s disease and he/she shares a story of his/her journey with PD and experience with Duopa.

June 2016 Support Group Meeting

June 9, 2016
3:00 p.m.

Bismarck Parkinson’s Supprt Group Meeting in Boniface Hall
– East Side Entrance of Hospital
St. Alexius Hospital
900 East Broadway
Bismarck ND 58501

Special guest will be Chris Sheridan, BSN, RN from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Chris has been working with Parkinson’s Disease for 16 years and is currently working to educate people with PD about Duopa, which is a treatment program now available in Bismarck.  He will have a patient with him who is on Duopa therapy and explain how this therapy works.

A question and answer time will follow his presentation.

Refreshments will be served.