Parkinson’s Conferences

APDA Iowa Conferences

Burlington Parkinson Conference

Strategies for Living Well

Join us on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm for an informative afternoon and learn about strategies to help you with daily living. Click here for more information and to register.

Annual APDA Iowa Parkinson Conference

Typically held in June each year in West Des Moines, this annual conference provides education and referral to resources to Iowans impacted by Parkinson’s disease. People living with PD and their care partners, family and friends come together to learn and connect for support. See archived Conferences below for videos and slides from wonderful presentations at past conferences.

APDA Partner’s Conferences

On with Life’s Parkinson’s Disease Conference (Eastern Iowa) – Thursday, October 12, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church or virtually, 140 Gathering Place, Iowa City, IA 52246. Features APDA’s own, Dr. Rebecca Gilbert, as the Keynote Speaker. Visit here for more information and to register.

2nd Annual NW Iowa Parkinson’s ConferenceThursday, October 26, 12:00 to 5:00 pm, Lakeshore Center at Okoboji, 1864 Highway 86, Milford, IA 51351. Check back for more information.

Archived Conferences

2023 Annual APDA Iowa Parkinson’s Conference

Morning Sessions – Get Out and Go – Linda K. Olson, MD, FACR, Motivational Speaker, Author, Triple Amputee, 5-minute Move Break – LSVT Big demo – Gail McGaughy, PT (starts at 1:15:52), and Moving Along to New Horizons in Parkinson Research– exercise, balance, and vision – Aasef Shaikh, MD, PhD, Penni and Stephen Weinberg Chair in Brain Health and Vice Chair for Research, Dept. of Neurology, Cleveland Medical Center (starts at 1:31:01) Linda Olson Slides

Breakout Sessions 1:

Motor and Nonmotor Symptoms and Treatment Strategies of Each – Alex Eischeid, MD,
Movement Specialist, MercyOne Neurology

Medicare and You, Making the Most of your Benefits – Ann Goodman, Shiip Counselor. Slides

Staying Motivated on your Fitness Journey – Javier Tuel, BS, ISSA Certified Personal Trainer,
Tuelshed Training. Slides

The Nuts, Bolts and History of Focused Ultrasound for Parkinson’s Disease Tremor – Travis
Tierney, MD, PhD, Staff Neurosurgeon, St. Mary’s Hospital, Nebraska City, Nebraska. Slides

Building your Healthcare Team – Gail McGaughy, MPT, C/NDT, CLT, CBIS, Physical therapist and
Tammy Miller, COTA/L, MHS, CBIST, CCM, Dir. Outpatient Services, On With Life. Slides

Breakout Sessions 2:

Deep Brain Stimulation, Is it right for me? – Jeremy Greenlee, MD, from the University of Iowa.

Managing your Mental Health and the Variations in Advancing Parkinson’s Disease – Dianne
Alber, PhD. Slides

Navigating Disability Rights and PD in the Workplace – Cynthia P. Letsch, J.D. Slides

PD and Strategies to Live Well – Valerie Stickel-Diehl, RN, MS, MSCN. Slides

Management of Swallowing Disorders in PD – Jennifer Scharn, M.A., CCC-SLP and Jodie
Roesler, M.A. CCC-SLP. Slides

Afternoon Sessions – Psychiatry Management in Parkinson’s Disease – Leonard S. Richards, DO, Psychiatrist, UnityPoint Health; 5-minute Move Break – Dr. Elizabeth Stegemoller, PhD Neurosciences (starts at 45:13, and PD and Managing Medical Emergency, Urgent Care, ER, or Hospitalization –
Lynn Struck, MD, from UnityPoint Health (starts at 34:29). Dr. Richards slidesDr. Struck Slides

2022 Annual APDA Iowa Parkinson’s Conference

Summer 2022 Iowa Parkinson’s Conference

Write a New Chapter in Your PD Journey…And Make It an Inspiring One
Brenda Clark Hamilton, MA Ed. Fresh Coffee Professional Growth Programs

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Exercise – Medicine for Parkinson’s Disease and the Aging Brain Jackie Russell, RN, BSN, CNOR, ACE, and David Zid, BA ACE APG, Total HealthWorks, Co-Founders OhioHealth Delay the Disease
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Fusing the Virtual and Real-worlds to Aid in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease Jay Alberts, Ph.D., Vice Chair of Innovations, Cleveland Clinic Founder Pedaling for Parkinson’s
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Non-Motor Symptoms of PD Lynn Struck, MD, Neurology Movement Specialist, Unity Point,
APDA Iowa Medical Director

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Sleep in Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders Stuart McCarter, MD, Mayo Clinic
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Total HealthWorks Exercise Workshop – Break-out Session David Zid, BA ACE APG, and Jackie Russell, RN BSN CNOR, Total HealthWorks 

Unleashing the Power of Nutrition in Managing Parkinson’s Jessica Schroeder, RDN LD, Expedition Wellness
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Deep Brain Stimulation – Is it Right for Me? Jeremy Greenlee, MD, University of Iowa Hospitals 
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Research at ISU; Stronger than Ever Elizabeth Stegemoller, PhD., Iowa State University College of Human Sciences
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