Practicing Wellness to Build Resilience – Webinar Notes

Practicing Wellness to Build Resilience – Webinar Notes

On June 18th, PMD Alliance presented a webinar called “Intimacy in PD.” Intimacy encompasses deep emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical closeness in a relationship. Both the motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s can have an impact on all aspects of intimacy. In addition, care partners face their own challenges, exacerbated by stress and current sheltering in place. This webinar features Dr. Sheila Silver, a clinical sexologist. This webinar may be of benefit to both caregivers and those with PD alike.

“Caring for Someone with Parkinson’s Disease” – Speaker Notes

“Caring for Someone with Parkinson’s Disease” – Speaker Notes

WellMed Charitable Foundation today hosted a teleconference on "Caring for Someone with Parkinson's Disease (PD)."  The speaker was Elaine Book, MSW, clinic social worker for the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  She addressed some of the challenges unique to PD caregiving, by stage of PD.  She also talked about management of caregiving responsibilities and self-care.  Plus there were good tips about communication.  We listened to the teleconference and are sharing our notes. 

Let’s Keep Moving With APDA: The Impact of PD on Balance

Let’s Keep Moving With APDA: The Impact of PD on Balance

Join a free national webinar hosted by the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) on Wednesday, for an expert perspective on what to expect, and how to make the most of, your Physical Therapy appointment to assess your balance. 

Dr. Gilbert Hosts: Intentional Optimism-A Conversation with Bill Rasmussen

Dr. Gilbert Hosts: Intentional Optimism-A Conversation with Bill Rasmussen

Join a free national webinar hosted by the Medical Director of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), Rebecca Gilbert, MD, PhD. Dr. Gilbert will host a conversation with Bill Rasmussen, founder of ESPN, who will speak about how he retains his optimism while living with the challenges of Parkinson’s disease. This is a program designed to help people with PD, their family members, and care partners. 

August 2020 Webinars about Caregiving

August 2020 Webinars about Caregiving

Many caregivers cannot leave home due to caregiving responsibilities. You can participate in a web-based seminar — or webinar — from the privacy of your home. Join either live or view the archived version within a few day of the live webinar (in most cases). All webinars listed are free. All times shown are Pacific Time. Here are webinars that may be of interest to caregivers in August 2020…

August 2020 Webinars about Parkinson’s

August 2020 Webinars about Parkinson’s

You can participate in a web-based seminar — or webinar — from the privacy of your home.  Join either live or view the archived version within a few days of the live webinar (in most cases).  All webinars listed are free. All times listed are Pacific Time. Here are webinars that may be of interest to those living with Parkinson’s in August 2020…

“The Neuroplastic Effects of Exercise” – Webinar Notes

“The Neuroplastic Effects of Exercise” – Webinar Notes

In July, PMD Alliance presented a talk by Dr. Giselle Petzinger, titled “The Neuroplastic Effects of Exercise.” Dr. Petzinger focuses on the role exercise plays in promoting neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to form new connections and pathways, and how this strengthens cognitive and automatic components of motor control. We at Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach listened to the webinar and are sharing our notes. 

Current List of Parkinson’s and Atypical Parkinsonism Virtual Caregiver-Only Support Group Meetings, San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California, and Central California (as of July 2020)

Current List of Parkinson’s and Atypical Parkinsonism Virtual Caregiver-Only Support Group Meetings, San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California, and Central California (as of July 2020)

Caregivers need to have their own support group meetings or gatherings because they need to vent, share, learn tips and resources, and receive support from others walking the same path. Ideally, a caregiver to someone with Parkinson's Disease can attend a PD-specific caregiver support group. Or someone dealing with Lewy Body Dementia can attend an LBD-specific caregiver support group. And so on. With the pandemic, many support groups have moved to meet virtually while others have gone on hiatus until in-person meetings can occur once again.  Here's our list of the status of PD and atypical parkinsonism caregiver-only support group meetings in the SF Bay Area, other parts of Northern California, and Central California. 

New Frontiers in Neuroprotection – Webinar Notes

New Frontiers in Neuroprotection – Webinar Notes

In early July, PMD Alliance presented a talk by Dr. Anthony Lang titled “New Frontiers in Neuroprotection.” His analysis explores the many ways researchers are attempting to slow or modify the progression of Parkinson’s and, more importantly, how promising each one seems to him.  We at Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach listened to the webinar and are sharing our notes. 

Social Connection and Parkinson’s – Webinar Notes

Social Connection and Parkinson’s – Webinar Notes

On April 15th, Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s presented a webinar entitled, “Social Connection and Parkinson’s.”  We are currently living in a time of enforced social isolation because of COVID-19. For a variety of reasons, many people living with Parkinson’s may have chosen to isolate themselves before this time. This webinar explores the difference between social isolation and loneliness, the biology of loneliness, and the value and health benefits relationships bring.