LIVING WITH & UNDERSTANDING PARKINSON’S DISEASE
A PROGRAM FOR PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON’S AND THEIR FAMILIES
This 5-week series at NEXT provides information and discussion on all aspects of living with PD. This program is of value to the newly diagnosed as well as patients and families dealing with PD for several years. These sessions will be presented by health care professionals who specialize in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The program is free of charge, however you must pre-register.
Tuesday, May 8 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Introduction: What is Parkinson’s Disease & Managing Medication
Learn what causes Parkinson’s, the motor and non-motor symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options. Review of Parkinson’s medications, how they are administered, effectiveness, and side effects.
Tuesday, May 15 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Role of Rehab Therapy & Exercise in Managing Parkinson’s
Presented by a physical therapist and occupational therapist.
Exercise is a critical component of living well with Parkinson’s. Learn how to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Occupational therapist will teach how to manage “freezing”, gait issues, and activities of daily living.
Tuesday, May 22 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Speech & Swallowing Issues
Parkinson’s can cause problems with speech and swallowing. A speech therapist will explain the mechanisms of speech and swallowing and provide exercises participants can do at home to address these problems.
Tuesday June 5, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Non Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s
Discuss non-motor symptoms associated with Parkinson’s Disease and how to manage them. Symptoms include constipation, urinary problems, sexual concerns, orthostatic hypotension, thermoregulation, sweating, skin problems, pain, fatigue, sleep disorders, pain, and fatigue.
Tuesday, June 12 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mental Health Issues: Coping with Depression & Anxiety
Review common feelings people with Parkinson’s and their family members experience with a diagnosis and the progression of a chronic condition. Discuss the common stages people go through in adapting to changes created by this condition, coping methods, and warning signs that additional support may be needed.