January 2021 – Parkinson’s Webinars and Virtual Meetings with Speakers

January 2021 – Parkinson’s Webinars and Virtual Meetings with Speakers

Every month, Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach produces a list of Parkinson’s-related webinars and virtual meetings with speakers.  Here’s our January 2021 list.  Note that two webinars are in Spanish.  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 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.

A “webinar” has a handful of speakers at most, and attendees have both audio and video muted.  A “virtual meeting” might allow all attendees to be seen and heard.

Unless indicated, the webinar and virtual meetings listed below are:

  • 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 meetings in January 2021….

Robin
parkinsons.stanford.edu


Tuesday, January 5, 11am

DBS for Parkinson’s Disease:  What’s New

Description:

Learn the latest on Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) as a treatment for PD.

Speaker:

– Ludy Shih, MD, director, DBS program, Boston University

Host:  American Parkinson Disease Association Massachusetts (APDA MA)

Register with APDA for this webinar


Tuesday, January 5, 11am

(Waiting Room opens 5 minutes before the start-time.)

Up Close and Personal: Poetry & Prose with PD

Description:
Two authors, who have very different styles, share very personal, raw and real perspectives on living with PD and the power of bibliotherapy as a tool to explore those experiences.

Speakers:

  • Robert Silver, author
  • Catherine Strisik, author

Host:  Parkinson & Movement Disorder Alliance (PMD Alliance)

Register for this virtual meeting.

Within a few days, the meeting recording will be posted to the PMD Alliance YouTube channel.


Wednesday, January 6, 10am

Engaging Neuropsychology

Description:

Neuropsychologists can provide a specialized evaluation of cognitive and mood changes in PD to assist with diagnosis and strategies for management. Learn the role neuropsychologists can play in the PD care team.  Part of the “Thinking Changes in Parkinson’s” series.

Speaker:

  • Travis Turner, PhD, neuropsychologist, Medical University of South Carolina

Host:  Parkinson’s Foundation (PF)

Register for this webinar.


Thursday, January 7, 10am

(Waiting Room opens 5 minutes before the start-time.)

Setting Intention for a New Year

Description:

Discuss intention setting for the new year regarding health, wellness and connection. What do you need to do differently in this new year that can improve your life?

Speakers:

  • – Salima Brillman, MD- Mindy Bixby, DO
  • – Sherrie Gould, NP

Host: Parkinson & Movement Disorder Alliance (PMD Alliance)

Register for this virtual meeting.

Within a few days, the meeting recording will be posted to the PMD Alliance YouTube channel.


Friday, January 8, noon

(Waiting Room opens 5 minutes before the start-time.)

Designing the Brain Gym

Description:
Study after study has demonstrated how exercise is good for functional mobility but also to build your cerebral muscle and create neuroplasticity, which offers disease-modifying benefits. The speaker will discuss his research into designing the ultimate ‘Brain Gym’, and how you can replicate the concept in your own life.

Speaker:

  • Ben Stecher, author and advocate

Host:  Parkinson & Movement Disorder Alliance (PMD Alliance)

Register for this virtual meeting

Within a few days, the meeting recording will be posted to the PMD Alliance YouTube channel.


Saturday, January 9, 10:30am

The Nutrition and Neuroscience of PD

Speaker:

  • Laurie Mischley, PhD, Seattle Integrative Medicine

Host:  PD Active

Register for this webinar.


Sunday, January 10, 10am

Deep Brain Stimulation: Is it in your future?

Audience:  Just for women with PD

Description:

Three women will share their experiences with DBS.  Those who have had DBS are welcome to join the conversation after the initial presentation.

Speakers:

  • Darlene Santos, underwent DBS surgery in November 2020
  • Candace Mueller, underwent DBS surgery 10 months ago
  • Cidney Donahoo

Host:  Twitchy Women

Register for this virtual meeting.


Monday, January 11, noon

(Waiting Room opens 5 minutes before start time)

Caregiving Strategies for Parkinson’s Dementia

Audience:  Care partners

Description:

Knowing the best way to manage the changing cognition and behavior of a loved one with dementia is challenging and stressful. Discuss how to cope with the changes that come with dementia and manage care partner stress.

Speaker:

  • Angelo Domingo, PsyD, neuropsychologist

Host:  Parkinson & Movement Disorder Alliance (PMD Alliance)

Register for this virtual meeting.

Within a few days, the meeting recording will be posted to the PMD Alliance YouTube channel.


Wednesday, January 13, 9am

Dance for PD with David Leventhal

Description: 
In this continuation of the “Dr. Gilbert Hosts” series, the guest speaker discusses the intersection of dance and PD.

Speaker:  

  • David Leventhal, Dance for PD

Host:  American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)

Register with APDA for this webinar.

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


Wednesday, January 13, 10am

Poetry for Parkinson’s

Description:

For people with PD, reading poetry aloud may not only deepen your understanding and appreciation for a poem but also strengthen your voice and improve speech. Enjoy the magic of poetry and bring your favorite short poem to read aloud with peers to discuss!

Speaker:

  • Lynn Martin McHale, author of “Parkinson’s, Poetry, Art and Me”

Host:  Parkinson’s Foundation

Register for the webinar.


Wednesday, January 13, 11am

Updates in Parkinson’s Disease

Speaker:

  • Leon Meytin, MD, movement disorder specialist, Hartford Healthcare, Stamford, CT

Host:  American Parkinson Disease Association Connecticut Chapter (APDA CT)

Register with APDA for this webinar.


Friday, January 15, noon

(Waiting Room opens 5 minutes before start time)

A Deep Dive into Dopamine Agonists

Description:

There are multiple drugs available to treat symptoms of PD and different drug classes, but how do they work? This event is geared toward anyone who would like a better understanding of dopamine agonists.

Speaker:

  • Maria Christina Ospina, MD

Host:  Parkinson & Movement Disorder Alliance (PMD Alliance)

Register here for this virtual meeting.

Within a few days, the meeting recording will be posted on the PMD Alliance YouTube channel.


Tuesday, January 19, 11am

Speech, Voice, and Parkinson’s

Description:

Learn about the various speech challenges related to PD, such as hypophonia, less intelligible speech, or a more monotone, raspy voice.  And learn about what you can do every day to train your voice, improve your speech, and communicate more fluidly and clearly.

Speaker:

– John Dean, speech language pathologist, based in Cincinnati

Register with DPF for the webinar.


Wednesday, January 20, 10am

Living with Parkinson’s: What You and Your Family Should Know

Description:

This program will provide a basic overview of Parkinson’s disease.  Learn what Parkinson’s is, what causes it, common symptoms, treatments, and strategies for managing symptoms.

Speaker:

  • Jori Fleisher, MD, movement disorder specialist, Rush University

Host: Parkinson’s Foundation (PF)

Register for the webinar.


Thursday, January 21, 9am

Night Fight with Parkinson’s: Acting Out Dreams, Insomnia and Other Sleep Issues

Description:
Learn about the many sleep issues that can come with PD, sometimes even before motor symptoms begin. We’ll cover how to manage these problems today and new treatments in testing for tomorrow.

Host:  Michael J. Fox Foundation

Register with MJFF for the webinar.

Soon after the webinar, the recording will be available online but you must first register.


Thursday, January 21, 10am

Deep Brain Stimulation: Putting the person with Parkinson’s at the center of the decision

Description: 
The first speaker will discuss when to consider DBS and what questions you should be asking.  The second speaker will address making an informed decision about DBS and who should be involved.

Speakers:

  • Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora, MD
  • Adriana Strutt, PhD

Host:  World Parkinson Coalition (WPC)

Register for the webinar.

Soon after the webinar, the recording will be posted to the WPC site.


Jueves, 21 de enero, 11:30am  (Thursday, January 21, 11:30am)

Estimulación cerebral profunda: poner a la persona con Parkinson en el centro de la decisión

Descripcion: 
El primero ponente:  cuándo considerar la estimulación cerebral profunda y qué preguntas debería hacerse.  El segundo ponente:  Tomando una decisión informada sobre la ECP: ¿quién debería participar?  

Ponentes:

  • Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora, MD
  • Adriana Strutt, PhD

Hospedador:  World Parkinson’s Coalition

Regístrese aqui.

El video de esta charla se publicara aqui despues de que se lleve a cabo el seminario web en vivo.


Thursday, January 21, noon

How to Change Careers and/or Find More Meaning on Your Current Path

Description:

Speakers will discuss:  how to evaluate your career with the PD lens; how to evaluate new ideas; how to use your PD community to network and learn about second, third, or even fourth act careers; and how to bring more meaning to your current role.

Speakers:

  • YOPD Council leaders

Host:  Davis Phinney Foundation YOPD Council

Register on DPF for the webinar.


Friday, January 22, noon

Avoiding Apathy During COVID Times

Description:

The speaker describes how apathy and fatigue can create obstacles to exercise with PD.  He offers four tips to keep moving and exercising to slow the progression of PD symptoms during the pandemic.   

Speaker:

  • Nate Coomer, PhD, physical therapist, Parkinson’s Fitness Project, WA

Host:  APDA Northwest Chapter

Register with APDA for the webinar.

Usually within a few weeks of the webinar, the recording will be posted to the APDA Northwest’s YouTube channel here.


Wednesday, January 27, 10am

¿Que comer? Proteinas y Levodopa

Descripcion:

Desde su cocina donde hablará sobre la importancia de ingerir el medicamento levodopa y alimentos ricos en proteína, haciendo énfasis en la proteína de origen animal y vegetal, compartiendo investigaciones, recetas y planeación de comidas.

Presentadora:

  • Debbie Polisky, MS, educadora de nutricion, Nutrition Tango

Hospedador:  Parkinson’s Foundation (PF)

Regístrese aqui.


Wednesday, January 27, noon

Practitioner Assisted Stretching for Parkinson’s

Description:

Learn more about how practitioner assisted stretching can help with movement patterns, tremor, rigidity, gait, and many other PD symptoms.  The speakers will demonstrate the Stretch Zone Method.

Speakers:

  • Amy Nehrke, physical therapist, Stretch Zone Arvada and Broomfield
  • Jesse Rosso, Stretch Zone Arvada

Host:  Parkinson Association of the Rockies, Denver, CO

Register here.