Exercise as Medicine for Parkinson’s Patients

The event we co-sponsored on April 25th got a nice write-up on Kaiser's website: When Ramon Queseda, MD, told his patient Linda Teichman that exercise could help her Parkinson’s symptoms, she was skeptical. But she followed his advice anyway.  Today, the Los Altos, Calif. woman is a model patient: She exercises five days a week, at least two more times than before her diagnosis a year ago. She says she’s stronger now.

Register Now for the Parkinson’s Disease & Parkinsonism (LBD, PSP, MSA, CBD) Caregiver Symposium

Saturday, July 12, 2014, 8am to 4:15pm Crowne Plaza Foster City JOIN US! Join us Saturday, July 12, 2014 for an all-day Parkinson's Disease and Parkinsonism Caregiver Symposium, to be held at the Crowne Plaza Foster City. We are confident the symposium will be both informative and personally enriching. Our 2012 caregiver symposium got great reviews and we aim for even better reviews of our 2014 symposium. All of the 2014 symposium speakers and nearly all of the topics will be different from 2012. Check-in and continental breakfast (including fresh fruit) begin at 8am.  This is a good time to visit exhibitor and sponsor tables. The program begins at 9am. A delicious lunch will be served at noon. During the hour-long lunch break, you'll also have time to visit exhibitor tables. We

June 2014 – Guest Speakers/Programs at PD Support Grps in Northern and Central California

Many Northern and Central California Parkinson's support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for June 2014.  Thanks to our summer intern Lauren Stroshane, RN, for doing a lot of the legwork this month to collect the info.  (It's good to have help, regardless of what you do in life!) Plus I snuck in one documentary film about PD in SF on 6/7, and the 6/12 early-bird registration deadline for our PD and parkinsonism caregiver symposium (to be held on July 12th at Crowne Plaza Foster City).

WSJ: Specialized Care Urged for Treating Parkinson’s Disease

This recent Wall Street Journal article notes that only 40-60% of Parkinson's patients ever seek care from a movement disorders specialist. We are very lucky in Northern and Central California to have a large number of terrific PD specialists. If you need a referral to one, please contact the Stanford Information & Referral Center! Though we are located at Stanford, we don't only offer Stanford physicians' names. Also, we are aware of the hoops (or lack of hoops) people have to jump through to get a new patient appointment. And we know who is open to new patients, and who isn't. The value of seeing a movement disorders specialist is spelled out in the 5.5-minute audio clip that can be found online, next to the Wall Street Journal article. In short, you might be missing out if you

May 2014- Guest Speakers at Parkinson’s Support Group Meetings, Northern and Central California

Many Northern and Central California Parkinson's support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for May 2014.  Here's what happening at a support group near you. Please see the Stanford APDA website for the meeting location, day/time, contact info, and RSVP details (if an RSVP is required or preferred) for all Northern and Central California support groups: http://parkinsons.stanford.edu/support_groups.html ********************** Orangevale Thursday, 5/1, 10-11:15am Guest Speaker #1:  Senior Care Solutions representative (30 minutes) Guest Speaker #2:  Paula Farmer, Eskaton, will share her experience from a recent Dance for Parkinson's workshop RSVP?:  No. San Lorenzo (San Leandro) Thursday, 5/1, 10-11:30am Guest Speaker:  Carol Evans, NP, Neurology

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month!

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month!

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You have about a week left to raise awareness of PD by speaking with your family, friends, and neighbors about it. Contact a local newspaper, radio station, or TV station about how you are coping with Parkinson's Disease. Start a blog about positive and negative aspects of Parkinson's -- if you are living with it or caring for someone with PD.

April Guest Speakers/Programs at Parkinson’s Support Group Meetings in Northern and Central California

Many Northern and Central California Parkinson's support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for April 2014. Here's what happening at a support group near you.

Exercise as Medicine – Apr 25, 1-3pm, RWC

Exercise as Medicine – Apr 25, 1-3pm, RWC

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Becky Farley, PhD, neurorehab specialist and physiologist discusses the benefits of exercise and Parkinson Disease.  Dr. Farley is the founder of Arizona-based Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!).  She developed the LSVT BIG program, a physical therapy program designed for those with PD.  Her talk will address the basic science as she advocates for exercise as a first line of defense in PD. Stanford APDA, in cooperation with Kaiser Permanente (Dr. Ramon Quesdada and PT John Berdoulay) and other community organizations, is hosting Dr. Farley for four days of intensive instruction for PTs, OTs, and fitness instructors.  Our goal is to have more physical therapists, occupational therapists, and fitness professionals trained on exercise for the PD community.

March 2014 – PD Support Groups Guest Speakers

Many Northern and Central California Parkinson's support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for March 2014.  Here's what happening at a support group near you. Please see the Stanford APDA's list of PD support groups for the meeting location, day/time, contact info, and RSVP details (if an RSVP is required or preferred). What does it mean if a support group you sometimes attend isn't listed below?  It might mean that the group doesn't have its regular meeting this month, or the group is having a social event.  Or it might mean that this month's meeting doesn't have a guest speaker.  Or it might mean that the guest speaker info didn't arrive from the group in time to be added here.