Virtual events have been a great source of information and activity as we all work to adhere to various health regulations and social distancing guidelines. For APDA, keeping people with PD and their families connected, motivated, and informed has been a top priority. As a result, APDA has created many virtual programs and resources, including two special series: Dr. Gilbert Hosts, a live Q&A series featuring expert guests, as well as Let’s Keep Moving with APDA, a series of fitness-focused webinars to help people exercise safely at home.

Stay Informed with Dr. Gilbert

Early on in the pandemic, we saw that our PD community was very concerned about COVID-19 and had a lot of questions about their personal risk. Dr. Gilbert Hosts began as an online series of expert interviews and Q&A sessions to educate people weekly on specific issues related to COVID-19 and PD. Due to the popularity of the program, it is continuing monthly through the end of 2020. You can register for upcoming programs or watch previous sessions online here.

Each episode features Dr. Gilbert and an expert in the field of PD to discuss timely topics and answer questions from the audience.

Coming up next on October 19, Dr. Gilbert will speak with a care partner about the challenges and blessings of caring for someone with PD. We hope you’ll join us. All sessions are recorded and archived in the Educational Video Library on our website, in case you miss an episode.

Keeping Active with APDA

In partnership with the APDA National Rehabilitation Resource Center for Parkinson’s Disease at Boston University, Let’s Keep Moving with APDA was created to help people with PD and their families stay motivated and learn how to exercise properly at home. These short (approximately 30 minutes long) sessions are led by licensed physical therapists and include lots of great Q&A’s from the audience.

Available through APDA’s Educational Video Library, you can view any of the Let’s Keep Moving with APDA sessions, including topics like Be Active at Home: Exercise tips for people with PD; How to Stay Motivated for Physical Activity with Social Distancing; Setting up for Success at Home: Creating an Exercise-Friendly Area; a three-part series on balance and PD; and so much more. New live episodes are coming in November and December — stay tuned for details!