Lake Oswego Adult Community Center will host speakers from Parkinson's Resources of Oregon to share information about staying social with Parkinson's disease March 8. Call 503-635-3758 to register for the free presentation.

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Heather Balducci, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Parkinsons Resources of Oregon, will present information on building a meaningful support system for those with Parkinsons disease.

The staff of the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center likes to keep abreast of the latest health research, so when we came across information published Feb.19 in the journal Nature Communications regarding Parkinson's disease, we took notice.

This new study suggests an excess of calcium in brain cells may increase the risk of Parkinson's disease.

This is huge news, because there are currently FDA-approved drugs that can block calcium in patients with heart disease; according to the study, these drugs may work for Parkinson's, too.

For the 10 million people living with Parkinson's worldwide and their caregivers, any news of possible relief is a triumph.

Those touched by Parkinson's know that it is not just the physical changes — such as tremors, rigidity, slow movement, masked face, soft speech and drooling — that are an issue. Social isolation is also a concern. To be social with the disease can be very difficult. Managing the symptoms is already a challenge, but then add possible anxiety and depression.

That is why the ACC is so excited to host speakers Heather Balducci, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Parkinson's Resources of Oregon, and Karen Anderson, a support group volunteer facilitator with PRO, who will speak about the meaningful ways people with Parkinson's can stay engaged in the community.

Balducci and Anderson will speak at the ACC from 10-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 8. Refreshments will be served. Call 503-635-3758 to register.

Lunch plans

Remember that lunch service is being held at the Municipal Golf Course, 17525 S.W. Stafford Road in Lake Oswego, while our kitchen floor is being replaced. The menu this week features chicken ranch wrap on Friday, March 2; smoked salmon salad on Monday, March 5; and beef chili on Wednesday, March 7. Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave. in Lake Oswego. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website,, under the Calendar banner. Click on "View the Adult Community Center Calendar" and then the activity for more details.

Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes or events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

Maria Bigelow is a program supervisor for the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

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