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Hear Me – Engage in the Visit Without Breaking Trust | Oct. 27, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

Join Salima Brillman, MD, Mindy Bixby, MD and Nurse Practitioner Sherrie Gould as we launch our HEAR ME series with the topic: "Engage in the visit without breaking trust". This program will explore the importance of building a trust-based rapport with your doctor and the importance of feeling empowered to discuss the tougher issues regarding symptoms and concerns that are impacting your life. HEAR ME is a program that speaks from your perspective and the need for your doctors to really hear what you are saying.

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emPowered!® Livestream – A Different Path to Treat Off in Parkinson’s | Oct. 28, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

This program will feature a Parkinson’s disease expert who will educate patients with PD and their care partners about the disease and a prescription medication to treat adults with PD who are having OFF episodes. This is a promotional program brought to you by Kyowa Kirin, Inc. Dr. Kremens is a paid speaker on behalf of Kyowa Kirin, Inc.

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How the Brain Progresses with PD | Oct. 29, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Cognitive changes are common and vary widely in Parkinson’s. Tracking these changes is important for physicians to manage the complexities of symptoms and to understand how they may interrelate with other neuropsychological symptoms. Understanding the decline and how to effectively track what are often subtle changes can be challenging. Join us for a spotlight on understanding how the brain progresses with PD and how to effectively communicate these changes with your doctor.

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wHolistic™: Music and the PD Brain | Oct. 30, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Music activates nearly every region of the brain, including the areas most impacted by Parkinson's. Research has documented the effect listening to music has on the release of dopamine. The response has even been used as a model for the mechanism of Parkinson's medications. Join us for a conversation with Matt Brodsky, MD to learn more about what happens in our brains when we listen to music, make music, or feel pleasure in response to music, and what that can teach us about how to live well with Parkinson's.

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Basic Zoom Training for Support Group Leaders | Nov. 2, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM PST

This training is for support group leaders who wish to learn about the basic functions of Zoom and how to set up online group meetings through PMD Alliance’s Pro Zoom Account program. Leaders are welcome to invite others from their groups who’d like to help co-facilitate their online meetings to participate in this live training and Q&A!

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What’s in Your Pill Box? | Nov. 5, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Have you heard the term “polypharmacy”? This is the use of multiple medications by a single person for one or more conditions. While confusing, frequently multiple medications are necessary and important in maximizing symptom management for this complex disease, but must be balanced by risk of adverse events. Join us for a spotlight as we discuss what is in your pillbox and the reason polypharmacy is used, as well as how it can maximize quality of life.

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Driving and Road Safety for People with PD | Nov. 6, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Driving equates to independence as well as providing the means to do necessary things such as going to the grocery, seeing your doctor, or getting out to socialize. We can’t deny that Parkinson’s can impact driving in a variety of ways and safety should be a priority, but how do you know for sure when it’s time to give up the keys and are there things you can do to maintain your ability to drive longer? Join us for a conversation with Ergun Uc, MD as he discusses his research regarding prediction of driver safety in Parkinson’s and the effects of exercise in driver rehabilitation. 

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Facilitating Breakout Rooms in Zoom | Nov. 9, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM PST

Take your group meetings to the next level and use breakout rooms for your online group meetings. Join this training designed to build on the basic Zoom skills where you will learn how to facilitate breakout rooms and encourage deeper sharing and connection. This training will teach you how to create randomly selected groups with the help of the Zoom platform, or select specific groups according to the members' needs and interests.

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Therapy Break™ – Mindfulness | Nov. 10, 2020 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM PST

We hear the term mindfulness a lot, but what does that really mean? And how do you cultivate mindfulness and meditation practices when you are busy helping to care for a loved one? Between appointments, pills, chores, and other responsibilities, taking time for yourself seems like a luxury there isn’t time for. But what if you could implement these practices daily in the midst of your duties? Mindfulness means focusing on the present moment and being aware of and accepting one’s feelings and thoughts. Rarely do we give ourselves permission for this type of indulgence. Caring for your mental wellbeing isn’t something you do when you have time, it is something you do so you will continue to have time. Join us for a special therapy break for care partners and adult children where you will learn how to practice meditation and mindfulness in everyday activities.

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Defining a Multidisciplinary Approach to PD | Nov. 11, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Seeing a movement disorder specialist is important in managing a movement disorder, however, it should not stop there. The complexity of symptoms warrants a more holistic, team approach utilizing the expertise of other practitioners. Join us for a discussion with Suketu Khandhar, MD as we define what a multidisciplinary approach encompasses and how this can improve care and quality of life.

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