April 2021 Caregiver Webinars and other Virtual Events

April 2021 Caregiver Webinars and other Virtual Events

Every month, Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach produces a list of caregiving-related webinars and virtual events (conferences, symposia, and teleconferences). Here’s our lengthy April 2021 list of caregiving webinars and virtual events.  Most of the webinars listed are for a general audience and are free.  Be sure to register in advance!  Some of the events have registration deadlines.

The list below is webinars and virtual events (such as a conference, symposium, or teleconference) we know about in April 2021 that are focused on Caregiving.  Note: the first webinar is on April 1st and some events have registration deadlines early in the month!

Here are the topics that jumped out to me in this month’s offerings:

April 8:  Providing Personal Hygiene for a Loved One with Dementia 

April 8:  Navigating a Changing Role in your Parent’s Wellbeing

April 20:  A Conversation with Michael J. Fox: Testing the Limits of Optimism

April 27:  The Trouble with Adult Siblings

April 30:  Integrated Care – Building a One-Stop Shop for all your Parkinson’s Needs

We encourage you to register for any of these events you are interested in.  That way, if you aren’t able to attend the live event, you will be alerted when the recording is available.

About the list below, unless indicated, all webinars and virtual events are:

  • Times listed as PT.  (We are based in California, after all.)
  • One-hour in duration.  (Commonly the speaker talks for 30-40 minutes and there’s a question-and-answer session for the remaining time.)
  • If there is no speaker indicated, the speaker is unknown at the time of this email.
  • For a general audience.
  • Not focused on a single medication.  (Those are excluded.)
  • Free.
  • Posted to the host website or YouTube channel in about a week.

Denise


Thursday, April 1, 10:30am

Who’s Who in Mental Health

Description:

Navigating the complex world of medical abbreviations, experience, and specialties can be overwhelming.  Learn the ins and outs of the mental health profession to gain knowledge and confidence the professional you choose is the right fit for you!

Speaker:  Chelsea Dooley

Host:  Neuro Challenge  

Register here.

The webinar recording will likely be posted to the Neuro Challenge YouTube channel.


Tuesday, April 6, 12pm

Health Disparities and Parkinson’s:  Understanding the Role of Trust

Description:

Racial differences in Parkinson’s treatment and mortality exist. When it comes to addressing these disparities, the concept of trust comes up in nearly every conversation. Panelists will examine the concept of trust, what we mean when we talk about trust, and how trust is necessary to address health disparities.

Moderator:  David Leventhal, Program Director, Dance for PD

Speakers: 

Altaf Saadi, MD, Neurologist 

Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, Geriatrician

Host:  Davis Phinney Foundation (DPF)

Register here.

The webinar recording will be posted to the DPF YouTube channel.


Wednesday, April 7, 10am

Understanding Thinking Changes in Parkinson’s

Description:

Learn key features of cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease, including what symptoms may occur and why they may develop.  Strategies for dealing with cognitive changes will be discussed, along with medications and potential research interventions in the field.  An interdisciplinary approach regarding cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease will be highlighted with the role of the movement disorders neurologist on the team.

Speaker: Jennifer G. Goldman, MD 

Host:  Parkinson’s Foundation (PF)

Register here.

The webinar recording will be posted to the PF Wellness Wednesdays webpage.


Thursday, April 8, 8am  (a teleconference, not a webinar)

Providing Personal Hygiene for a Loved One with Dementia 

Description:

An interactive discussion about the challenges that come up with providing personal hygiene care for a loved one with dementia.  The speaker will provide tips on how to best help your loved one in bathing, grooming, dressing and dental care.

Speaker: Lucy Barylak, MSA

Host:  WellMed Caregiver TeleConnection

Register here.

The teleconference recording will be posted to the WellMed Caregiver TeleConnection SoundCloud station.


Thursday, April 8, 1pm

Beyond Movement Changes: The Emotional Impact of Parkinson’s Disease

Description:

While changes in movement are a prominent feature in the progression of Parkinson’s disease, there are common emotional changes that may occur as well.  Learning to better understand emotional changes can help you increase your awareness and limit frustration.

Host:  Banner Health

Register here.

There is no indication this webinar will be recorded and posted to the web for later viewing.  Attendees should inquire about this during the webinar in the chat box, if they are interested.


Thursday, April 8, 2pm – 3:30pm

Hospice and Palliative Care 101: Everything You Should Know

Description:

What is the difference between Hospice and Palliative care?  What is the right choice for a situation?  When and how can you get a Palliative care consultation?

Speakers: 

Chris Ritzo, RN, Outreach Nurse, Mission Hospice & and Home Care

Gwen Harris, Geriatric Care Manager at Seniors At Home

Hosts:  Seniors At Home, and Mission Hospice & Home Care

Register here.

We find no indication that this event will be recorded.  We suggest registrants inquire during the event.  


Thursday, April 8, 3pm

Navigating a Changing Role in your Parent’s Wellbeing

Description:

This program is for adult children of people with Parkinson’s.  Participants will provide and receive guidance and advice, in a safe, supportive environment; while sharing ideas and discussing the challenges associated with being an adult child of a person with PD.

Facilitator:  Stacey Carlin

Host:  Neuro Challenge

Register here.

This event will not be recorded because of the personal nature of the information shared.


Saturday, April 10, noon

Ask Dr. Liz: A Geriatrician Can Help

Description:

Dr. Liz discusses how bringing a geriatrician onto your medical team can be helpful, during her weekly Facebook Live event.

Speaker: Elizabeth Landsverk, MD

Host:  ElderConsult Geriatric Medicine

Tune in here.

A recording of the webinar will be posted to Dr. Liz Geriatrics facebook videos page.


Wednesday, April 14, 10am

Social Engagement: [The Benefit of] Brain Games

Description:

Not just fun and games, studies suggest there are also many cognitive benefits for people with Parkinson’s who participate in puzzles, trivia, and brain teasers. Boost your wits and your mood by joining with peers for SCATTERGORIES!  Scattergories is a creative-thinking and category-based game where teams will be given an initial letter and name objects starting with that letter within a time limit. It’s easy and fun…but not too easy!

Host:  Parkinson’s Foundation (PF)

Register here.

This event will not be recorded to protect the privacy of participants.


Wednesday, April 14, 11am

Our Journey: Living with Parkinson’s

Description:

To raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and its profound effect on the lives of those living with the disease, Parkinson’s BC has assembled a panel of four presenters who have lived with PD to share their stories.

Panelists: 

Mike Scales, newly diagnosed

Gina Lupino, living with Young Onset Parkinson’s

Debbie Hartley, living well with Parkinson’s for 8 years

Mark Hutchinson, speaking from a carepartner perspective

Host:  Parkinson Society British Columbia

Registration closes April 7.  Register here.

The webinar recording may be posted to the PS BC YouTube channel.


Tuesday, April 20, 10am

Mental Well-being and Memory [in Parkinson’s]

Description:

This presentation will review how normal aging affects cognitive performance and the best-evidence practices to support cognition.  Also addressed will be how PD affects cognition as the disease progresses, including the evidence-based treatments for cognitive impairment and dementia in PD.  Finally, listeners will learn how medications can adversely affect cognition in PD and which ones to avoid.

Speaker: Gregory Pontone, MD 

Host:  Parkinson’s Foundation (PF)

Register here.

In about a week, a recording of the webinar will be posted to the Past Expert Briefings Webinars page on the PF website.


Tuesday, April 20, noon

Real Talk for Care Partners:  How to Help Your Loved One with Movement

Description:

As a care partner of someone living with PD or Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), helping your loved one with movement can be challenging. It can be difficult to determine when someone can’t move, such as being frozen, versus when they won’t.  Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, nationally recognized educator about dementia caregiving, will discuss the differences between someone not being able to move and not being willing to do so, and what the next steps may be.

Speaker: Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L

Host:  PMD Alliance 

Register here.

A recording of the webinar may be posted to the PMD Alliance YouTube channel.


Tuesday, April 20, 2pm

A Conversation with Michael J. Fox: On Testing the Limits of Optimism

Description:

Michael J. Fox discusses his latest memoir, “No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality.”  Join us for this special conversation during Parkinson’s Awareness Month as Michael answers the question: Are there limits to optimism?

Speakers:  

Michael J. Fox, Actor, Author, Co-founder of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, person with Parkinson’s

Debi Brooks, Co-founder of the Michael J. Fox Foundation

Host:  Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF)

Register here on the MJFF website.

A recording of this webinar will be posted to the MJFF webinars page.


Saturday, April 24, 12pm

Families with Dr. Liz

Description:

What should you look for in assisted-living for elders with dementia especially when they have challenging behaviors? Some of them look like a fancy hotel but is that the best? How do you know? What do you do when things don’t work? 

Speaker:  Elizabeth Landsverk, MD

Host:  ElderConsult Geriatric Medicine

Tune in here.

A recording of the webinar will be posted to Dr. Liz Geriatrics Facebook videos page.


Tuesday, April 27, 9am (a teleconference, not a webinar)

The Trouble with Adult Siblings

Description:

Caregiving for an aging parent is difficult enough, but when adult siblings

argue over the extent of a parent’s condition and needs, the caregiving

plan, and who should be in charge, it makes caregiving harder and more

frustrating.  Those sibling bonds may become so frayed during caregiving

that those relationships are weakened forever afterwards.  In this teleconference, learn how siblings can pull together, not apart, to better serve their parents and themselves.

Speaker: Barry Jacobs, PsyD

Host:  Wellmed Caregiver TeleConnection

Register here.

The teleconference recording will be posted to the WellMed Caregiver TeleConnection SoundCloud station.


Friday, April 30, 10am

Integrated Care – Building a One-Stop Shop for all your Parkinson’s Needs

Description:

The team at the Integrated Movement Disorders Program in Toronto, Canada are working to develop new and innovative models of care for individuals using a patient-centered approach with a focus on the integration of mental health and physical therapy. Tune in to learn about their pursuit of a one-stop shop for Parkinson’s care, and what this model could mean one day for the care of everyone with Parkinson’s.

Hosts: 

Indu Subramanian, MD

Ben Stecher, author and PD advocate

Speaker:  Sarah Lidstone, MD, PhD, director and research lead of the Integrated Movement Disorders Program in Toronto, Canada

Host:  PMD Alliance

Register here.

A recording of the webinar may be posted to the PMD Alliance YouTube channel.