Webinars

APDA MA Virtual Education Series: Bringing Information to You at Home

The American Parkinson Disease Association Massachusetts Chapter provides monthly webinars via Zoom. Listed below are descriptions of previously recorded webinars and links to watch them online. Each presentation is about 1 hour long and features a Q&A session.

Would you like to join us for a live program? Visit our Upcoming Events page to register for the next available webinar.


The Role of Research in Parkinson’s

Terry Ellis, PhD, PTThis program was presented by Terry Ellis, PhD, PT, Director, Center for Neurorehabilitation Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College; and Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCPC, Director, APDA Center for Advanced Research at Boston University Medical Campus. In this educational webinar, Dr. Ellis and Dr. Saint-Hilaire discuss how research can benefit a person with Parkinson’s, and vice versa. It was recorded on November 2, 2021.

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Sleep Matters: A Review of Sleep Issues in Parkinson’s

Join the American Parkinson Disease Association MA for the virtual educational program “Sleep Matters: A Review of Sleep Issues in Parkinson’s.” This webinar was presented live by Okeanis Vaou, MD, Director of Movement Disorders and Deep Brain Stimulation at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center on October 12, 2021. In this program, Dr. Vaou gives an overview of sleep problems associated with Parkinson’s.

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Intentionally Optimistic

Join the APDA MA for this special panel featuring ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen, Melissa Staiti from Central Massachusetts, and Jay Zavala of Cape Cod. The panel discusses how to live optimistically with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s.

Watch the program here


Understanding Blood Pressure Fluctuations in Parkinson’s Disease

This program was presented by Anindita Deb, MD, Movement Disorder Specialist from the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA, on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. Dr. Deb discusses how to manage blood pressure changes in Parkinson’s disease.

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Driving Wellness for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease and Parkinsonism can lead to changes in vision, physical movement, and thinking skills which can impact driving safety over the course of the disease. This program presents information on how to continue to drive safe now, what changes to watch for in the progression of the disease, and how to address those changes in the future.

This program was presented by Jaclyn Davin, OTR, CDI, CDRS, an Occupational Therapist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Cape Cod, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Watch the webinar here


Social Self-Management in Parkinson’s with Linda Tickle-Degnen, PhD, OT, FAOTA

In this program, presented by Linda Tickle-Degnen, PhD, OT, FAOTA, Professor Emerita from the Department of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University, Dr. Tickle-Degnen discusses how to manage daily life with Parkinson’s, strategies for staying socially engaged, and how social activities are beneficial for people with PD. This program is a part of the APDA MA Virtual Education Series: Bringing Information to You at Home and was recorded live on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

Watch this prerecorded webinar here


Workplace Accommodation with a Diagnosis of Parkinson’s

This program was presented on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 by Alexandra (Alex) Deal, JD, partner at Paik, Brewington & Deal, LLP, a Boston-based law firm specializing in employment counseling and litigation; & Anne Muskopf, OTR/L, Director of the Charlotte & Richard Okonow Parkinson’s Family Support Program. Alex and Anne discussed how individuals with Parkinson’s can continue to work with the aid of workplace accommodations.

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Spring Into Exercise: Put Your Best Foot Forward

Join the APDA MA for this educational webinar featuring a panel of Physical Therapists with expertise in Parkinson’s disease. This program was presented by Teresa Baker, PT, DPT; Tami DeAngelis, PT, DPT; and Timothy Nordahl, PT, DPT; from the Center for Neurorehabilitation at Boston University’s Sargent College on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

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Parkinson’s Disease and Communication with Lisa Sommers, MA, CCC-SLP

“Parkinson’s Disease and Communication” was presented live on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, by Lisa Sommers, MA, CCC-SLP. Ms. Sommers is the Clinic Director and a Clinical Associate Professor at the Center for Language Speech, and Hearing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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DBS for Parkinson’s Disease: What’s New, with Dr. Ludy Shih

In this program, Dr. Ludy Shih, MD, Director of the Deep Brain Stimulation Program at Boston University Medical Campus, discusses the latest information on DBS for people with Parkinson’s. This program was recorded on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

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Finding Support for Care in the Home

Dave Tasto, local expert and author of “Thriving at Home – A Handbook for Preventing Hospital Stays,” discusses how participants can find extra support at home for themselves or a loved one. This includes common situations at home, the types of help available, and provide advice on how to find the best home care for your needs. He also shares tips from his book including specific actions you can take to keep a loved one healthy at home.

Watch this prerecorded webinar here.