“Understanding Blood Pressure Fluctuations in PD” – Webinar Notes

“Understanding Blood Pressure Fluctuations in PD” – Webinar Notes

In early August, the APDA (American Parkinson Disease Association) Massachusetts hosted a webinar on how blood pressure changes can have an impact on Parkinson's disease (PD).  The speaker, movement disorder specialist Anindita Deb, MD, gave an overview of neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (nOH) and described medications and non-pharmacological treatments.  Here are our notes from the webinar. 

“Modifications to Help Make Your Home Safer”  – Webinar notes

“Modifications to Help Make Your Home Safer” – Webinar notes

In June, the Neuro Challenge Foundation hosted a webinar with gerontologist Arlene Grosso on home modifications. As Parkinson’s Disease (PD) progresses and more people are choosing to age in place (at home rather than an assisted living facility), home modifications may be needed to reduce fall risk and remove safety hazards. Arlene described modifications for the kitchen, entryway, stairway, bathroom, laundry and electrical outlets. 

“Using Speech Therapy for Cognitive Impairment” – Webinar Notes

“Using Speech Therapy for Cognitive Impairment” – Webinar Notes

In early August, the Parkinson’s Foundation hosted a webinar on how speech therapy can help with thinking changes. The speaker, Darla Freeman, discussed the reasons you may need to see a speech pathologist for cognitive impairment.  The impairments can include asking repeated questions (memory loss), taking an unusually long time to find the right words when speaking, and having difficulty maintaining a topic in a conversation. See our notes from this webinar.

“The Parkinson’s Journey: Understanding Progression” – Webinar Notes

In September, the Parkinson’s Foundation hosted a webinar on the Parkinson’s disease (PD) progression. In this webinar, neurologist Dr. Annie Killoran and social worker Lance Wilson spoke. Dr. Killoran focused on the clinical side of PD progression while Lance focused on the practical aspects of PD progression. 

Stanford Movement Disorders Specialist Kathleen Poston to speak at conference, October 23

Stanford Movement Disorders Specialist Kathleen Poston to speak at conference, October 23

Dr. Kathleen Poston, director of the Stanford Movement Disorders Center, will be speaking on "The Prodrome of PD" at the PANC Annual Conference on Saturday, October 23, 2021.  A "prodrome" is when we can see some symptoms of early Parkinson's disease (PD) but not enough to warrant a diagnosis.  Another term used is "preclinical."  Dr. Poston will address whether there are motor and non-motor signs that can help identify PD earlier.  Registration for the full-day conference -- in-person in Roseville and virtually -- is open now.  

“Better Balance and Fall Prevention” – Webinar notes

“Better Balance and Fall Prevention” – Webinar notes

In early June, the Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s hosted a webinar on balance and fall prevention. The speaker, Ellen Schaller, discussed how to create a safe home environment by adding grab bars, removing rugs, installing nightlights, and removing cords. She also stressed the importance of exercise, especially exercises with aerobic activity, strength training, balance, agility and multitasking, and stretching. 

Stanford Health Care Webinar on Fall Prevention, Scheduled for September 22

Stanford Health Care Webinar on Fall Prevention, Scheduled for September 22

On the first day of fall, we always see "fall prevention awareness" events.  This year is no different.  On September 22, 2021, 4pm, join Stanford's Farewell to Falls team for a 90-minute webinar on aging-in-place safely through home safety checks and assistive devices.  Register today. 

“Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD) Dementia” – Webinar notes

“Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD) Dementia” – Webinar notes

On April 15 the Davis Phinney Foundation YOPD Council Series hosted a webinar with Rodolfo Savica, MD, PhD, on the topic of Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD) Dementia.  Dr. Savica had some very interesting things to say.

Dr. Gilbert Hosts: Getting Involved in Parkinson’s Disease Research – APDA Webinar on September 17, 9am PT

Dr. Gilbert Hosts: Getting Involved in Parkinson’s Disease Research – APDA Webinar on September 17, 9am PT

On the next episode of "Dr. Gilbert Hosts," Dr. Lisa Shulman will discuss clinical trials and other research opportunities for people with PD and their care partners.  Register now for this American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) webinar, taking place on September 17, 9am PT.

September 2021 – Caregiver Webinars and other Virtual Events

September 2021 – Caregiver Webinars and other Virtual Events

Every month, Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach produces a list of Parkinson’s-related webinars and virtual meetings with speakers.  Here’s our September 2021 list.