Parkinson’s Education & Support Programs

APDA Northwest offers an array of  education and support programming designed to connect those living with Parkinson’s with information & an opportunity to ask questions of experts in their field. All programs are open to those affected by PD and their family members/care partners.

Examples of Programs offered throughout the year are listed below.
Please visit the event calendar to see when the next program will be offered
Chapter Events Calendar

DBS Meet-up & Happy Hours

This casual, social gathering offers those who are DBS graduates an opportunity to connect with each other. It is also a time for those who are curious about DBS to meet the graduates, ask questions and learn more.

Education IS Empowerment Symposium

A one day symposium designed to educate, inspire, and empower those living with PD and those who care about them to learn strategies in living life to the fullest.

Live Well Conferences

A one day conference of learning, movement, and optimism. Featuring wellness classes and information sessions designed to empower those affected by Parkinson’s disease.

Passport to Research

Join us for a series of interviews with local research experts who are working to improve the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease.  Learn about the project they are working on, how to get involved and ask questions.

On-line series begins March 2021

PRESS Program:

This 8 week program is designed for individuals diagnosed with PD in the last 5 years to help you feel empowered, in control, and optimistic. The program is aimed at providing education, emotional support and a safe place to share coping strategies to live your best life with PD in a small group setting.

Contact Jen: 206-695-2905 to get on the notification list for the next program.

Parkinson’s Good Start:

A two-day educational program for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the past 3 years.  Learn from a team of esteemed experts and receive up to date information on diagnosis and treatment.

On-line series begins March 2021

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a series of 6 classes that teaches family caregivers how to take better care of themselves while caring for a family member or friend. The series has been taught worldwide since 1998 and APDA Northwest is excited to be able to offer it in 2019 to those who are caregivers to someone with Parkinson’s disease.

Contact Jen: 206-695-2905 to get on the notification list for the next program.

Take Control Series

Parkinson’s disease is a complex disorder with new challenges to face as the disease progresses.  The more educated a patient and family becomes the more they are able to Take Control of their disease.  Experts in the field will educate and prepare you to recognize these challenges and learn how to manage them with practical tools and greater knowledge so that you can live life to the fullest.

The program will take place once per month on line via the Zoom platform.
Each session will be approximately one hour – a 40 minute presentation followed by Q & A from the audience.



View Slides from past programs

Live Well Alaska

September 24th, 2019 – Anchorage, AK

Presentations by Dr. Khemani, Dr. Glass, & Dr. Gwinn: View Slides & Handouts

Education IS Empowerment

June 18, 2019 – Virginia Mason Medical Center

Dr. Joel Peterman, Neuropsychologist: PD & Cognition

Shannon Hunt, Social Worker: PD Resources & Caregiver Support

View complete video recording of the June 18th, 2019 Event

May 7, 2019 – Bremerton, WA

Rae Stier, Occupational Therapist:  Life Hacks for PD

Dr. Kimmy Su, Movement Disorders Fellow:  APDA Non-motor symptoms

Dr. Laurie Mishchley: Role of Diet: Mischley academic paper
To learn about Dr. Mischley’s work on neuroscience and nutrition visit:

June 26, 2018 – Everett, WA

View the slides & presentations from the June 26th, 2018 Event

View Videos of all the June 26th Presentations

August 2018:  Optimism Retreat
Keynote by Dr. Laurie Mischley:  View the slides from Dr. Mischley’s 2018 presentation