Living Well Annual Conference 2017

The fourth annual Living Well With Parkinson’s Disease Conference will occur on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at The DoubleTree by Hilton in Greentree. Over 270 participants attended the event last year and we anticipate a larger crowd this year!

Whether you have been recently diagnosed or have been living with Parkinson Disease for years, the Living Well Conference will provide important information and resources to help you manage Parkinson Disease and live a balanced, full life.

Our keynote speaker will feature John Baumann, former corporate attorney and current inspirational speaker living with PD. John’s presentation topic is titled, “Positively Un-Shake-Able: What You Can Do to Succeed in Living the Best Life Possible.” Other morning highlights include Dr. Van Laar, UPMC Movement Disorder Specialist, who will present on current research as well as Karl and Angela Robb’s informative session on “Uncovering the Power of Your Body, Mind and Spirit.”

Afternoon breakout sessions include presentations focused on social capital, caregiving, nutrition and building your personal toolkit to best cope with PD.

There will also be a diverse resource area with medical, allied medical, health and community support organizations providing information on programs and services that can be beneficial to people living with Parkinson Disease and their families.

We look forward to a day full of enrichment, education and fellowship within the Parkinson Community. EscortStars

For questions, call 412-837-2542 or contact Maggie Larter ( or Casey Kasperik (

Register here or call 412.837.2542. If you have dietary restrictions, please register by phone.




John’s message of hope, inspiration and laughter was ideal for anyone living with PD. He was extremely flexible and a delight to work with.

Leisha Phipps, MSW Program Director - Dallas Area Parkinson Society

We all felt inspired and enjoyed listening to your presentation. Even though we are not living with Parkinson’s, we felt boost of motivation to continue helping those who are living with this disease. I am motivated to make more personal phone calls to people living with PD and asking how they are doing. Sometimes that “extra” bit of kindness truly makes a difference to someone. I am also motivated to research program ideas and partner with other organizations that may have similar values.

I learned that life is unexpected and that you cannot control it. What matters is your attitude!

-Great way to end the day, brave man, thank you very much!

-Good, excellent, great, outstanding speaker, very moving!

-Inspirational who just “gets it”

-Positive thinker and very funny!

-Honest speaker but also humorous!

Parkinson’s Society of Southwest Ontario, Canada, Symposium Keynote Presentation

“whatever hand life deals you, whatever life changing adversity you have to endure, you still have some control over it.” “You don’t have to just to live well,” he advises,” but live an Amazing Life.” The formula he proposes: Faith in yourself, discipline, determination, desire, intensity, and inner strength.


Yes, you touched every person at our conference, who will in turn change and impact so many others. The feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive. You are the only speaker to ever receive a standing ovation. Thank you for taking time to share, motivate and inspire. We are blessed to know you.


I will be honest. During the first 10 minutes of your presentation, I started reading work related material on my laptop. For surely, I had watched your You-Tube and seen your videos and knew what to expect. Surely, as a therapist I had studied this disease, the pathological components, the psychological components, the treatment alternatives……..Surely, I understand it.

Not so much. You caught my attention and I was enthralled. You were able to couple the impairments you experience with the emotions felt. You walked us through your life with the disease through “your eyes”. A perspective that a therapist/nurse rarely has the chance to hear. We get so busy telling patients how to deal with x, y and z, but our eyes are blurred by the science of it all most of the time.

You did it through truth, Through your humor, humility and determination to tell your story. One that most deservedly needs to be shared.

I will advocate to have you share your story. I appreciate your determination, diligence and dedication.


Speaking with European Parkinson Disease Association

Two decades ago, John Baumann was a US lawyer who thrived on competition and the thrill of winning a case. Now, nearly 20 years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, he’s motivated by helping inspire others live to their full potential.

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