December 2020 Webinars and Virtual Events about Parkinson’s

December 2020 Webinars and Virtual Events about Parkinson’s

Every month, Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach produces a list of Parkinson’s-related webinars and virtual events.  Here’s our December 2020 list of PD webinars and virtual events.  Note that one webinar is in Spanish.  There seems to be a minor slow-down in the pandemic-time webinar parade, perhaps since the holidays are upon us.  Be sure to register in advance! 

Our staff will try to attend as many of these events as possible, and share our notes.  Our notes about PD webinars are often posted here to our blog.

We often email our notes to the “Stanford PD Info” and “PD Caregivers” email lists, depending on the relevance to those audiences.

We publish an additional caregiver-specific webinar and virtual event list, which is sent to those on our “PD Caregivers” list.  If you are a caregiver to someone with PD (or are concerned about a caregiver to someone with PD), we encourage you to be added to our “PD Caregivers” email list.

As for the webinar and virtual event list below, unless indicated:

  • Times listed as PT. (We are based in California, after all.)
  • One-hour in duration. (Usually the speaker talks for 30-40 minutes and there’s a question-and-answer session for the remaining time.)
  • For a general audience.
  • Not focused on a single medication. (Those are excluded.)
  • Free.

After that long preamble, here’s our list of PD-related webinars and virtual events in December 2020….

Robin
parkinsons.stanford.edu


Wednesday, December 2, 10am

Psychologist, Social Workers, and Counselors: How Can They Help?

Description:

Learn about the role a mental health practitioner plays in helping manage Parkinson’s, as well how psychology/counseling can benefit a family living with PD.

Speaker:
– Annie Wallis, MSW, associate education director, Parkinson’s Foundation

Host:  Parkinson’s Foundation (PF)

Register with PF

Within a few days, webinar recording will be posted to the PF website.


Wednesday, December 2, noon
(Waiting Room opens 5 minutes before the start-time.)

PD and Inflammation

Description:  

What is the role of inflammation and immune system responses in brain health and the development of diseases like PD, Alzheimer’s and related dementias?  The speakers studies the mechanisms underlying neuroinflammation with the goal of developing therapies that prevent or delay the disease.  

Speaker:  

– Malú Gámez Tansey, PhD, Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Florida

Host:  PMD Alliance

Register here.

Recording will likely be posted within a week to this PMD Alliance webpage.


Thursday, December 3, 9am
(Waiting Room opens 5 minutes before the start-time.)

Flying Solo: Alone with PD

Description: 
Living alone with PD presents some unique challenges and requires some intentional planning but many people can live alone for some time and cope well. Join us for a conversation on living alone with PD.  (See note on registration page about wearing a hat.)

Speakers: 
– Amy O’Rourke, Aging Life Care Specialist
– Anissa Mitchell, LCSW

Host:  PMD Alliance

Register here.

Recording will likely be posted within a week to this PMD Alliance webpage.


Monday, December 7, noon
(Waiting Room opens 5 minutes before start-time.)

Hospitalization and Parkinson’s:  What to Do, What to Know

Description: 
For those with PD and related disorders, going to the hospital can be problematic due the reduced likelihood of getting medications on time or the general lack of understanding of PD symptoms. If you do need to go to the hospital or ER, there are things you can do and info you  can arm yourself with to advocate for your care and make the experience better.   

Speaker:  

– Stephen Reich, MD 

Host:  PMD Alliance

Register here.

Recording will likely be posted within a week to this PMD Alliance webpage.


Miércoles, 9 de diciembre, 9am (tiempo del oeste)

Mitos y Realidades de la Enfermedad de Parkinson

Hospedador:  La Fundación de Michael J. Fox (MJFF)

Regístrese aqui.


Wednesday, December 9, 9am

Parkinson’s Disease and the African American Community

Description: 
In this continuation of the “Dr. Gilbert Hosts” series, the guest speaker answers questions about PD and the African American community.  She will discuss how health disparities can be improved.

Speaker:  

– Chantale Branson, MD, neurologist, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta

Host:  American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)

Register here.

Soon after the webinar, the recording will be posted to the APDA website here.


Wednesday, December 9, 10am

Vertigo and Dizziness in Parkinson’s

Description:

Learn about common causes and challenges of vertigo and dizziness in PD, and understand what treatment options are available through your interdisciplinary care team.

Speaker:
– Daniel Claassen, MD, neurologist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Host:  Parkinson’s Foundation (PF)

Register with PF.

Within a few days, webinar recording will be posted to the PF website.


Wednesday, December 9, noon

Wellness: Approaches Beyond Medication

Description:

The panelists will discuss:  creative ways to support wellness in a person with Parkinson’s; how the topic of wellness impacts the care partner; and what role the care partner plays in the wellness of the person with PD.  This is the 4th in the WPC 2020 Care Partner Virtual Panel webinar series.

Moderator:

– Julie Carter, ANP, Oregon Health Science University, Portland

Panelists:

– Silke Cresswell, MD, FRCPC

– Leslie Peters

– Steve Peters

Host:  World Parkinson’s Coalition (WPC)

Register with WPC here.

The recording will be posted to this WPC webpage.


Thursday, December 10, 9am
(Log-in opens 30 minutes before the start-time.)

Keeping Your Mind and Body Healthy

Description: 
This is a continuation of the “Spotlight on Parkinson’s Disease” series.

Speakers:  

– David Kreitzman, MD, movement disorder specialist, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center of Long Island

– Cristina Colón-Semenza, MPT, PhD, physical therapist, University of Connecticut

Host:  American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)

Register here.

Soon after the webinar, the recording will be posted to the APDA website here.


Friday, December 11, noon
(Waiting Room opens 5 minutes before the start-time.)

Parkinson’s and Speech

Description:  

Speech changes are a common secondary motor symptom in PD and Parkinsonisms and can be a significant source of frustration and impact socialization. Changes such as softer voice, slurred speech, monotone, and delayed response are just some of the issues that can occur.  (See note on registration page about wearing a hat.)

Speaker:  

– Nicole Herndon, CCC-SLP

Host:  PMD Alliance

Register here.

Recording will likely be posted within a week to this PMD Alliance webpage.


Wednesday, December 16, 10am

Supportive & Palliative Care: The Best Kept Secret in Medicine

Description:

If you only equate supportive/palliative care with hospice care, you are not alone.  Supportive/ palliative care is focused on helping people live as well as possible, for as long as possible and is highly relevant for people living with PD and their families. 

Speaker:
– Benzi Kluger, MD, movement disorder specialist, University of Rochester Medical Center

Host:  Parkinson’s Foundation (PF)

Register with PF.

Within a few days, webinar recording will be posted to the PF website.


Wednesday, December 16, noon
(Waiting Room opens 5 minutes before the start-time.)

Laughter Yoga

Description:  

The benefits of laughter are more needed than ever.  Laughter yoga does not require a joke or comedy routine, this is an exercise program that promotes health and wellbeing stimulating endorphins and reducing stress. The focus in laughter yoga is on yoga breathing techniques and laughing.  (See note on registration page about wearing a ugly holiday sweater.)

Speaker:  

– Alexa Drubay

Register here.

Recording will likely be posted within a week to this PMD Alliance webpage.


Thursday, December 17, 9am

Calling All Care Partners: Managing Disease and Burnout in 2020

Description:  

Panelists, including a spouse and an adult child, will discuss caregiving in Parkinson’s. They offer practical tips and resources for managing care and burnout in an unprecedented year.  

Host:  Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF)

Register on this MJFF webpage.


Thursday, December 17, noon 

Medications, Side Effects, and Parkinson’s (Young Onset PD)

Description:  

Panelists will discuss a variety of topics including:  how to determine the best medication; how to manage side effects and when to know when a medication is doing more harm than good; the role medication plays in desire, drive, intimacy, and relationships; and how to live well with PD even when it feels like you spend your days taking pills.

Speakers:  

– Eight members of the DPF YOPD Council

Host:  Davis Phinney Foundation’s (DPF’s) Young Onset PD Council 

Register on this DPF webpage.

In about a week, the webinar recording will be posted to the DPF website.


Friday, December 18, noon
(Waiting Room opens 5 minutes before the start-time.)

Public Health and Parkinson’s

Description:  

Parkinson’s is now considered a global pandemic that requires a broad public health approach including increasing awareness of the disease and its prevalence, research into treatments, educating and equipping healthcare providers, addressing the direct and indirect cost of care and access to interdisciplinary care for treatment and support.  

Speaker:  

– Mark Stacy, MD

Host:  PMD Alliance

Register here.

Recording will likely be posted within a week to this PMD Alliance webpage.