Rotary Supports Tampa PD Training

Incoming Rotary District Governor Joyce Ann Gunter supports the scheduled Tampa self-efficacy training for newly diagnosed Parkinson patients.

“This sounds like a terrific opportunity to really provide much needed assistance to PD patients,” Gunter wrote in an email message. “I support you and this effort and will do what I can to help make this happen.”

Gunter went on to say she will seek to cover the $2,000 startup costs of the program.

With Gunter’s pledge, Rotary District 6890 becomes the Tampa PD program’s lead sponsor. The Rotary district comprises Hillsborough, Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties.

Joyce’s Rotary club and mine, New Tampa, counts four PD cases in recent years. The nearby Temple Terrace club has three among 30 members, a membership half the size of the New Tampa club. Experience shows PD touches many households directly–or along the branches of the family tree.

I will speak about Parkinson’s and the self-efficacy program at as many District 6890 clubs as will have me in the coming Rotary year. Self-efficacy is the belief that people can positively influence the conditions that affect their lives.

Tampa is one of eight sites for the national training that equips People With Parkinson’s to (1) build their personal support team of professionals (2) take command of their PD (3) bend the trajectory of their condition in the desired direction. The national program is directed and sponsored by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

My training partner is Sherry H. Harlan of the USF Byrd Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center. We aim to begin the group with between 26 and 36 Parkies and care partners in September. Location is The Portico in downtown Tampa.

The Portico is the downtown initiative of Hyde Park United Methodist Church. Our thanks go to Justin LaRosa, Portico’s directing minister, for his enthusiastic backing.

The self-efficacy training will be for 21/2 hours once a month for nine months. The modules include Building Your Healthcare Network, Medications and Treatments, Exercise and Neuroplasticity (growing new neurons), Cognitive and Nonmotor Symptoms, The Care Partnership, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Formal application forms are not yet available. For additional information and informal expressions of interest (awaiting application form) contact me at gthelen1@icloud.com (telephone 813-787-3886) or Sherry Harlan at sharlan@usfhealth.edu (telephone 813-396-0768).


1 thought on “Rotary Supports Tampa PD Training”

  1. Gil, This is great news. I’m interested. I would attend as possible. Valerie is going in for rotator cuff surgery on June 2nd and she takes precedence on my time for the 12 weeks she will be healing. Keep me posted! Best regards, Doug


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