Take Control Series

APDA 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 every other 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.
The sessions will also be recorded for later viewing on the APDA Northwest YouTube Channel.

(To view previous programs scroll to the bottom of the page)

You can register for individual sessions below.
If you want to register for the entire 2021 series. Click here HERE


Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 10:30am PT

End of Life Ready: End-of-Life Options and Advance Care Planning

Are you End of Life Ready?

When living with chronic condition like PD, the focus is on living life to the fullest and maintaining your quality of life for as long as you can.  Part of ensuring you can live every day to your fullest, is planning ahead for end-of-life so when the end comes, your values about death and dying are honored and protected by those responsible for your care.

Please join us as we welcome our friends at End of Life Washington for a 60-minute presentation that will teach you how to clearly communicate your wishes in a set of Advance Directives, choose a Health Care Agent to speak on your behalf if you cannot, and understand what end-of-life options are available including Death with Dignity (Medical Aid in Dying) and VSED.

After attending this session, you should feel prepared to communicate and share your end-of-life wishes with those caring for you, and closest to you.


Our volunteer presenter will be Wendy, from End of Life Washington.  She is currently leading their education and awareness program called End of Life Ready.  She became involved with the organization after watching several family members and close friends suffer by not having the right documents and support team in place to honor their end of life wishes.   Through this experience she drew on her 25 year career in marketing management to co-develop the End of Life Ready Campaign which aims to educate a quarter of a million citizens in the Northwest be better prepared at end-of-life or in the event of a health-care crisis.  Wendy is a native of Washington State.



Friday, November 19, 2021 at 1:00pm PT

Brain AND Brawn: Combining Cognitive Training with Exercise.

You hear it all the time (we hope!) “Exercise is a critical component in the treatment of PD.” But did you know that it is not just good for your body but also good for your brain – specifically your cognition?  Come learn the latest research behind exercise and cognitive changes, understand how your balance is affected and experience some examples of cognitive training with exercise.

Dr. Nate Coomer, founder of the Parkinson’s Fitness Project and the Daily Dose.



Past Programs

Past Recordings of these programs can be found on our YouTube Channel

Palliative Care in Parkinson’s disease: Providing patient-centered care, support, and symptom management
Dr. Christopher Flynn, Rev. Lorraine E. Leist, and Joan Luster
Swedish Palliative Care Clinic

Innovations In Deep Brain Stimulation – a panel discussion
Dr. Delaram Safarpour, Dr. Kim Burchiel, Shannon Anderson, and Diane Hutchins
Oregon Health Sciences University

Dementia, Cognition & PD
Dr. Nancy Isenberg, Medical Director of the Center for Healthy Aging
Swedish Neurosciences

Neglected Clinic Topics
Dr. Laurie K. Mischley, Naturopathic Physician and Researcher
Seattle Integrative Medicine & Bastyr University

Avoiding Apathy in COVID Times: 4 Tips to Keep You Motivated and Moving in the Pandemic
Dr. Nate Coomer, Physical Therapist
The Parkinson’s Fitness Project

Sleep & Fatigue in Parkinson’s disease
Dr. Rebecca Gilbert, Movement Disorder Neurologist & Chief Scientific Officer
American Parkinson Disease Association

The Impact of PD on Vision
Dr. Steven Hamilton  Neuro-Ophthalmologist
Swedish Medical Center

The 5 W’s (Who…What…Where…When…Why) of Home Care and Home Health
Shawn D’Amelio, President, Washington Home Care Association
With A Little Help

Case Studies from the Exam Room
Dr. Pravin Khemani, Movement Disorders Neurologist
Swedish Medical Center

Mind Over Parkinsons
Dr. Patrick Hogan, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Puget Sound Neurology

Unlock the Healing Power of Food
Wilma Shaw, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner & Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition
Embrace Nutrition

The Gut Biome & PD
Dr. Kelly Condefer, Movement Disorders Neurologist
Confluence Health

Aging in Place Safely
Jay Berger, Physical Therapist

What a Pain! Understanding and Treating Pain in Parkinson’s disease
Dr. Pravin Khemani, Movement Disorders Neurologist
Swedish Medical Center

Cognitive Changes in PD and What to Do About Them. 
Dr. Reza Ghomi, Neuropsychiatrist
Evergreen Medical Center

What’s the Link? Cognitive Training & Exercise
Dr. Nate Coomer, Physical Therapist
The Parkinson’s Fitness Project

To view these and other educational programs please visit our YouTube Channel