Last Saturday, my wife, Angela and I had the great privilege to address over 300 people with Parkinson’s and their carepartners/caregivers in beautiful and historic Williamsburg, VA at the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Virginia Education Day. This event was hosted by the APDA Hampton Roads Chapter and the APDA Richmond Metro Chapter.
Angela and I participated in a couples talk with Charlie and Cammy Bryan, who are well known for their state-wide work, writing and advocacy. We really enjoyed working with them! The moderator, Don Bradway, knows both couples and did a masterful job of getting us to talk about our lives, perspectives on Parkinson’s disease, and our philosophy on living well with Parkinson’s. We got to meet so many amazing people who are living well with Parkinson’s!
Neurologists from around Virginia did an informative panel on understanding, managing, and living with Parkinson’s disease. My friend and fellow advocate, Bob Pearson did a talk with a neurologist on the importance of clinical trials and his experiences in participating in these studies. A clinical dietitian, Ms. Ka Wong from Hunter Holmes McGuire Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Richmond did a very informative talk on inflammation and diet.
The final breakout, held concurrently with the caregiving session, was a panel introduction to the benefits of a variety of therapies including PWR!, Rock Steady Boxing, Yoga, LSVT/BIG and SPEAKOUT!, and Tai Chi! My wife attended the caregiver session which was a panel discussion with three family caregivers. This panel shared their experiences on a variety of caregiver issues, provided informational tips and offered resources.
What was unique about this conference was the variety of people sharing their knowledge with our Parkinson’s community – those living with Parkinson’s, the medical community, allied health professionals and more. This event happens every other year and brings Virginia’s Parkinson’s community together to review the developments in Parkinson’s disease, to inform, to inspire, and to educate.
Online registration is still open until 9/25 for the 2019 APDA Virginia Education Day being held next Saturday 9/28 (9am-4pm) at the DoubleTree Williamsburg.
Registration is only $25 for this day long event which includes speakers on a variety of important topics including:
-People who have Parkinson’s discussing how they live well with Parkinson’s
-Neurologists discussing how to people can live well with Parkinson’s
-Caregiver discussing tips and tricks
-Exercise panel discussing PWR!, Rock Steady Boxing, Tai Chi. Yoga and BIG
and much more!
On August 24th, in Philadelphia, PA, hundreds of people with Parkinson’s and those who care about them will be meeting together at the Davis Phinney Foundation Victory Summit.
I have attended four Victory Summits and find them to be informative, inspiring, uplifting, and empowering. Registration is free. If you are on the East Coast or within a few hours of Philly and are dealing with Parkinson’s disease, I encourage you to learn more about The Victory Summits and learn more about what the Davis Phinney Foundation does.
I recently had the opportunity to express my thoughts about the tragic death of Robin Williams for the good folks at The New Republic. I’m happy to say and thank you all for receiving it so well. If you missed it, and would like to take a look at it, here’s the link: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119108/robin-williams-death-was-great-loss-parkinsons-awareness
I have to hand it to the ALS Association on a brilliantly executed social and fundraising campaign in their “The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” campaign. I tip my hat to the viral fervor and momentum that has spread so fast. Raising $80 million dollars in just a matter of months sets an example and is a challenge, that few organizations can match or achieve.
In June, I was fortunate to have attended the Partners in Parkinson’s (PiP) event in NYC, put on by the Michael J Fox Foundation, Abbvie, and The Davis Phinney Foundation. It was a day of education and learning to live well with Parkinson’s. I’m honored to be the co-ambassador for the Partners in Parkinson’s event in Washington, DC on October 12th at the Washington Hilton. If you are dealing with Parkinson’s and can join us, I encourage you to learn more about this event. The event is free. To learn more and register online visit: https://www.partnersinparkinsons.org/attend-an-event
Please share this information with friends and your support group members.
There’s a whole host of Parkinson’s educational events coming up this fall. I encourage you to add these to your calendar. Here’s a listing of some of the ones I’m aware of:
September 10 – December 10
Hampton Roads APDA Chapter
Click this link to view the brochure for the series speakers and titles –http://hrparkinsons.com/events/fall-2014-therapy-matters/
A series focused on the diversity and impact of therapies for neurological conditions. To RSVP for one or the entire series of sessions, please call 757-495-4211 or visit http://ourladyperpetualhelp.com/happenings
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Caring for Parkinson’s, Caring for YOU – Parkinson’s Symposium
Parkinson Association of the Carolinas
9:30am – 1:00pm
Calvary Church, Crown Room, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC 28226
This is a FREE educational symposium with keynote speaker, Dr. Danielle Englert, a movement disorder specialist with Carolinas Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders.
For more information, visit: http://www.parkinsonassociation.org/events/symposium/
Saturday, September 13, 2014
The Heights Baptist Church, 201 W. Renner Road, Richardson, Texas 75080
Join us for a family-fun performance by The LOUD Crowd from the Parkinson Voice Project. Enjoy 1960s music, along with the endearing antics of Lamb Chop and Mallory Lewis, the daughter of Shari Lewis, who first introduced the charming sock puppet.
FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 469-375-6500
Wednesday, October 1
Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner
Parkinson’s Action Network
Join the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) and the Parkinson’s community for the Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner in Washington, DC on Wednesday, October 1.
PAN will present Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) with the Morris K. Udall Award for Public Service and Israel Robledo, Texas State Director, with the Milly Kondracke Award for Outstanding Advocacy. In addition to the award presentations, there will be a red carpet reception with on-camera interviews and entertainment. The highlight of the event will be a special guest in a
one-on-one interview with good friend of PAN and recent National Humanities Medal Awardee Diane Rehm.
To learn more or purchase tickets, contact Christopher Vance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-4101 x108 or
visit the PAN website for more information.
Saturday October 11, 2014
2014 Richmond Parkinson’s Disease Community Education Day
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 11220 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059
Sponsored by: Virginia Commonwealth University Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, University of Virginia Parkinson’s Disease Center, APDA Richmond Metro, and Richmond PADRECC
People with Parkinson’s disease (PD), their family and friends, or anyone interested in learning more about PD are invited to the annual Parkinson’s Community Education Day.
Registration is $25 per person and includes continental breakfast, lunch & afternoon refreshments.
General sessions include:
Integrative Medicine – Dr. Monique Giroux, DBS & Quality of Life – Dr. Kathryn Holloway, Nutrition – Dr. Marian Evatt
Break out session offerings:
Exercise – Dr. Jeff Hoder, Video Game Research – Dr. Ben Herz,, Caregiver/Care Partner Challenges, PD 101
Visit the conference website for a full agenda, hotel accommodation rates and location information. http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9en180b79579468&llr=6gtnvbkab
Sunday, October 12, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Partners in Parkinson’s – Washington DC
Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Partners in Parkinson’s (PiP) is a free educational event for people with Parkinson’s and their families by the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The program features presentations and panel discussions with local Parkinson’s specialists, research experts and patient panelists. It also includes a resource fair to connect attendees with local support groups, clinical sites, allied healthcare providers, and more. For more information or to register, visit www.partnersinparkinsons.org .
There are also PiP events in Atlanta 9/13, Boston 9/20, Philadelphia 10/18, Chicago 11/1, Denver 11/8, and Los Angeles 12/6.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Johns Hopkins Movement Disorders Symposium
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
BWI Airport Marriott
1743 W. Nursery Rd
Linthicum, MD 21090
Register today to learn more about the latest in the management of movement disorders from experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine and other health organizations in Maryland.
Contact: Bailey Vernon, 410-616-2811to learn more or to register. Or visit this website for an agenda and brochure for the event.
November 13 – 16, 2014
The Victory Summit® Symposium and Parkinson’s Community Weekend
Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina
It’s been a long, cold winter and I’m coming out of hibernation. I promise to start posting more as the days grow warmer. I want to share with you this picture of the first tulip to arrive in my garden.
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month so, I urge you to learn about Parkinson’s disease (if you don’t know about Parkinson’s), teach (educate others about Parkinson’s), or help (if you can volunteer or donate) to any of your favorite Parkinson’s charities!
Here are a few of my upcoming events happening this month:
Please join me Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 5pm EDT/2pm PDT on Sunday Connections. My wife, Angela, and I will be taking questions about living with and improving your Parkinson’s. Below is the call in (by phone) or web link:
Sunday, April 20th at 5:00pm EDT /2:00pm PDT
Guest pin code: 200414#
Primary dial in number: (425) 440-5100
Secondary dial in number: (323) 476-3997
Attend by Web:
If you are unable to be live on the call, you can submit your questions ahead of time by visiting the weblink and then listen to the recording for your question.
I will be speaking and signing books at the Parkinson’s Disease Education & Support group at the PADRECC in Richmond, VA on April 24 1-3pm EDT.
Click here to see the flyer for the event.
On April 26, I will be speaking at the Spring Education Forum of the Parkinson’s Wellness Chapter in Mason, OH. I will be speaking in the morning and afternoon. I will also have books for sale and will be signing books. If you would like more information on this event and to register, visit this website to register.
On May 3rd, I will be an exhibitor and Reiki practitioner at The Victory Summit hosted by the Davis Phinney Foundation in Dallas TX. This is a free event for the Parkinson’s community. To find out more and register, visit the foundation’s website: http://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/victory-summit/upcoming-victory-summits/victory-summit-dallas-tx/