August 2021 Caregiver Webinars and other Virtual Events

August 2021 Caregiver Webinars and other Virtual Events

Every month, Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach produces a list of caregiving-related webinars and virtual events. Most of the webinars listed are for a general audience and are free.  

Again, this month there are less than ten caregiver webinars on our list, even in the age of Zoom.  So, take a quick look!  There’s one more opportunity to view the Robin Williams documentary, SPARK, at the end of the month and one webinar is focused on the issues of working younger people in a ‘sandwich’ situation caring for both children in school and parents. 

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.  

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.
  • Usually posted to the host website or YouTube channel in about a week.

Have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day!

– Denise

Monday, August 2, 12pm

Understanding the Emotionality of Parkinson’s

Description:Significant changes in emotions and behavior often accompany diseases like Parkinson’s and they can be hard to navigate. Not just big shifts like depression and anxiety, but changes such as regulation of emotions, ability to read and respond to facial expressions, detect and respond to tone of voice, loudness, timbre and other cues.

Speaker:  Mindy Bixby, DO

Host:  PMD Alliance


The webinar recording will be posted to the PMD Alliance YouTube channel

Wednesday, August 4, 11am

Younger Adult Family Caregivers

Description:Managing careers, maintaining friendships and relationships, and planning for their own futures and families add to the stresses and difficulties of caregiving.  Discussion and conversation with Millennial caregivers who will share their experiences as current and former caregivers, discuss the obstacles they face, and explain how they cope during their caregiving journey.

Speakers:  Aisha Adkins, Co-Executive Director of Love Labor ProjectJenn Chan, founder and CEO of Senior Shower Project      

Host:  Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)


A recording may be posted to the FCA website or FCA YouTube channel

Tuesday, August 10, 7am

The Benefits of Therapy in Dementia Care

Description:This free online event will explore common forms of dementia and ways therapy can be applied to specific symptoms promoting independence and safety as well as decreasing caregiver burden.  It will look at the benefits of therapist-led home assessments and how these may help lessen dementia-related behaviors while providing individualized training for caregivers.  And answers to your questions – submitted when you register.

Speaker:  Latoya Galberth, MS, OTR/L, CDP

Host:  Dementia Alliance of North Carolina (DANC)


The recording may be posted to the DANC YouTube channel

Wednesday, August 18, 10am

Care Partner Town Hall: Surgical Options (PD Care Partner Perspective)

Description:This town hall will focus on care partners of a loved one who has had Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery, or is considering it.  We will discuss things to consider in the decision process, and tips for supporting your loved one through their DBS experience and beyond.  Also hear from three care partners sharing their own tips and takeaways.   

Moderator:Clarisse Goas, MS, APRN-CNP

DBS Care Partner Panelists: Jackie WilsonKay RussellSue Bellassai

Host:  Parkinson’s Foundation


The recording will be posted to the PF Wellness Wednesdays webpage

Thursday, August 19, 9am

Do You Love Someone Who Has Parkinson’s?

Description:Panelists will discuss life with Parkinson’s from a loved one’s perspective. They’ll share their experiences and tips and answer your questions. Panelists also will talk about what being a “care partner” can look like, from early days to decades into the Parkinson’s journey, and whether there’s a more preferred description for those who care for a loved one with PD.

Host:  Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF)


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

Friday, August 20, 3pm

Online Dementia Q&A Seminar

Description:Take this opportunity to discuss approaches to creating a meaningful day with activities for a person living with dementia.  Submit your questions when you register to have them answered during the seminar.
Speaker:  Melanie Bunn, Nurse Practitioner

Host:  Dementia Alliance of North Carolina (DANC)


The recording may be posted to the DANC YouTube channel

Saturday, August 21, 12pm


Description:At her weekly “High Noon” talk on Facebook Live, the speaker will focus on incontinence in the elderly – NOT specific to Parkinson’s Disease.   

Speaker:  Elizabeth Landsverk, MD, geriatrician
Host:  Dr. Liz Geriatrics

Tune in live

The recording may be posted to the video section of Dr. Liz’s website or YouTube channel

Thursday, August 26, 2:30pm-4:30pm

SPARK – Robin Williams and His Battle with Lewy Body Dementia

Description:A virtual viewing of the recently released feature film, SPARK, which reveals the true story about Robin Williams and his battle with undiagnosed Lewy body dementia (LBD). The viewing of the film will be followed by a guided panel discussion about Lewy Body Dementia. The panel will include a woman diagnosed with Lewy Body, her spouse care-partner, and two neurology experts.

Speakers: Anwar Ahmed, MDMelissa Armstrong, MD

Hosts:  Central Florida Lewy Body and AdventHealth

To receive a registration link for the event or to ask questions, please email.

To our knowledge, this event will not be recorded.