Archives for January 2021

Speech, Voice, and Parkinson’s – Webinar Notes

Speech, Voice, and Parkinson’s – Webinar Notes

On January 19th the Davis Phinney Foundation hosted a webinar on Speech, Voice, and Parkinson's.  Mel Dizon, with the Davis Phinney Foundation, did a question & answer hour with speech-language pathologist (SLP), John Dean.  The focus was on the concrete ways a speech therapist or SLP can help those with PD and the kinds of exercises a good SLP will do with someone who has PD. 

“Let’s Keep Moving with APDA: Assessing Balance with a Physical Therapist” – Webinar Notes

“Let’s Keep Moving with APDA: Assessing Balance with a Physical Therapist” – Webinar Notes

In August 2020, the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) hosted Teresa Baker, PT, DPT for a webinar called “Let’s Keep Moving with APDA: Assessing Balance with a Physical Therapist.”  Teresa is a physical therapist from Boston University’s Center for Neurorehabilitation.  (This is the APDA’s National Rehab Resource Center.)  We at Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach listened to the webinar and are sharing our notes.

“Updates in Parkinson’s Disease” – Webinar Notes

“Updates in Parkinson’s Disease” – Webinar Notes

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Connecticut Chapter hosted a webinar in early January 2021 on new medications and therapies for Parkinson’s disease (PD). The speaker was Lean Meytin, MD, Movement Disorder Specialist at Hartford Healthcare in Hartford, CT. He discussed the current treatment landscape for PD, including newly approved medications, and answered audience questions.

“What is a biomarker?” (APDA)

“What is a biomarker?” (APDA)

A biomarker is a measurable characteristic in the body that indicates that a particular disease is present.  So, for Parkinson's Disease (PD), this would be proof that someone has PD.  Right now, the only way to confirm if someone has had PD is through brain donation.  The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) recently published a list of great resources on PD biomarkers. 

Register Now for “Meet The Researchers: APDA Research Roundtable,” Wednesday, February 4, 9am Webinar

Register Now for “Meet The Researchers: APDA Research Roundtable,” Wednesday, February 4, 9am Webinar

The American Parkinson Disease Assocation (APDA) funds research to help better understand Parkinson's disease (PD). During this virtual event (via Zoom), you will meet four APDA-funded researchers. One of the four researchers featured will discuss depression in people with PD and the use of telehealth psychotherapy. Register now for this free event. 

“Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease: Not What I Planned, For Me or My Family” – Webinar Notes

“Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease: Not What I Planned, For Me or My Family” – Webinar Notes

Parkinson’s Foundation hosted a webinar in mid-September 2020 on Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD) and how it affects people and their families. The speaker was Allison Allen, social worker with Parkinson’s Foundation. She discussed the difference between PD and Young Onset PD, interdisciplinary care, and steps to living well with YOPD. 

“Communication Strategies for Parkinson’s Care Partners” – Webinar Notes

“Communication Strategies for Parkinson’s Care Partners” – Webinar Notes

Parkinson Society of Southwestern Ontario hosted a webinar in mid-September 2020 on communication strategies for caregivers when speaking with people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The speaker was Kerry King, speech-language pathologist at Connect Speech Therapy Center in Ontario, Canada. She discussed common caregiver concerns around communicating and PD, provided strategies for improving communication, and answered questions from the audience.

Caregiving Strategies for Parkinson’s Dementia – Webinar Notes

Caregiving Strategies for Parkinson’s Dementia – Webinar Notes

On January 11th PMD Alliance hosted a webinar on the topic of Caregiving Strategies for Parkinson's Dementia.  The speaker, Angelo Domingo, Psy.D. spoke about the cognitive changes caregivers can expect in a person with Parkinson's and shared tips for accomplishing daily tasks as smoothly as possible despite those changes.  Before answering a couple questions, he shared some self-care strategies for preventing caregiver burnout.

COVID-19 and Parkinson’s Disease – the latest news (APDA)

COVID-19 and Parkinson’s Disease – the latest news (APDA)

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) published an update with the latest news about the COVID-19 and Parkinson's Disease (PD).  The update includes information about the COVID-19 vaccine and PD.

APDA Symposium: The What and Why of Parkinson’s Medications – Webinar Notes

APDA Symposium: The What and Why of Parkinson’s Medications – Webinar Notes

On November 19-20 the Upper Midwest Chapter of the APDA hosted a Parkinson's Symposium.  On the second day, movement disorders specialist Dr. Lynn Struck spoke about the What and Why of Parkinson's Medications.  She gave a quick summary of every medication related to treatment of Parkinson's symptoms, including the mechanism of operation, what it is best used for, side effects, and dosages.  If you have ever been confused about why you are taking one thing and another person with PD is taking something different, watch this webinar!