Parkinson’s Educational Programs

APDA Northwest offers an array of in-person educational programs 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.  If a program is scheduled and open for registration you will find it listed  on the Chapter Events & Programs page.  Chapter Events Calendar

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.

Next Series Starts January 2020

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.

1st Session: October 2 – Nov 20, 2019  KIRKLAND, WA
2nd Session: Jan 9 – Feb 27th, 2020  RENTON, WA
3rd Session: April 1 – May 20, 2020  SEATTLE, WA

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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.

Next Program:  November 14 & November 21 FIFE, WA

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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.

Live Well Conference

A one day conference of learning, movement, and optimism. Featuring wellness classes and information sessions designed to empower those affected by Parkinson’s disease.
Next Event: Friday, April 17, 2020 – Pierce County

More information coming in January 2020

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.

Next Event: October 30th, 2019 – WENATCHEE
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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.

Optimism Retreat:

This event, held the last weekend of August is a one day conference focusing on movement and well-being for people with Parkinson’s Disease, their families, and care partners.  An experiential learning experience, featuring breakout sessions so you can try different activities.  Featuring yoga, boot camp, music therapy, and more!  Plus a lunchtime presentation by Dr. Laurie Mischley.


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