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John Baumann, Attorney
Proud Person with Parkinsons
Houston Area Parkinson Society
Annual Educational Symposium
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Houston Area Parkinson Society invites you to attend its 2011 Annual Educational Symposium, “Moving Forward with Parkinson’s: living until a cure is found.” This year’s event will review recent advances in Parkinson’s disease (PD) research and offer helpful, practical information for managing the challenges of living with PD.
An inspirational talk providing insights as to why many care receivers and their families have a difficult time adjusting to life-changing illness, the power of having a positive attitude and the damaging effect of negativity.
MOVING FORWARD WITH PARKINSON’S:
LIVING UNTIL A CURE IS FOUND
8:30 Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:00 Biomarkers and Genetics
10:15 Morning Breakout Session
11:30 Lunch with Keynote Speaker
2:30 Afternoon Breakout Session
MOVING FORWARD WITH PARKINSON’S: LIVING UNTIL A CURE IS FOUND
Full Audience Sessions
Biomarkers and Genetics
Dr. Joseph Jankovic and Sohini Chowdhury
This two part session on Parkinson’s disease research will focus on recent advances in biomarkers and
genetics. Part one will focus on defining biomarkers and explaining their utility in drug development. Part two will focus on the important role genetic factors play in the pathogenesis of PD and guidelines on how to interpret various genetic tests.
Morning Breakout Sessions
Deep Brain Stimulation
Dr. Richard K. Simpson and Dr. Mya C. Schiess
Learn more about Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) as an effective form of treatment for some people with
Parkinson’s disease. This session will provide a review of current research on DBS and discuss details of the surgical procedure. Learn how DBS works, who makes a good surgical candidate, which symptoms benefit and for how long, what outcomes to realistically expect and what recent scientific studies reveal about DBS versus best medical management including, benefits and risks.
When you think exercise—think BIG
Betty MacNeill, PT, DPT
There’s no question that everyone needs to exercise, but the added challenge for individuals with Parkinson’s
disease is to decide how much and what kind. Research in this area is on the rise and new guidelines and exercise strategies are emerging. Although many details are still missing, the bottom line is that exercise involving novel movements and physical challenges lead to more benefits in the long run. This session will explore some of these new approaches and provide practice experience for learning
movements associated with the LSVT-BIG® exercise protocol.
Bridging the communication divide: strategies
and treatment options
Terri Haight, MA, CCC-SLP
Studies show 50%-89% of those with Parkinson’s disease experience speech and voice disorders, but only a small percentage receive treatment. This course will discuss low-tech strategies and speech treatment options to improve both communication effectiveness and the communication environment. This session will provide an overview of the components of LSVT®, the gold standard of voice treatment for individuals with PD.
Jackie Nielsen, MS, RD, CDE
This session will highlight nutrition-related concerns and tips to improve quality of life. Learn how Parkinson’s affects the GI tract, how medications effect nutrition and health, and which supplements may or may not help.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Sleep well, live well. Understanding the
connection between sleep and PD
Dr. Mya C. Schiess.
Sleep related problems are common in Parkinson’s disease and if untreated, can make living with PD more
difficult. This session will include discussion of good sleep habits along with sleep problems commonly
associated with PD including insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, periodic limb movement disorder,
restless leg syndrome, dream enactment or REM sleep behavior disorder and sleep apnea, as well as effective therapies to maintain a healthy sleep cycle.
Love and other drugs in PD: what you need
to know but can’t learn from the movies
Dr. Joohi Jimenez-Shahed
This session will review medications commonly used to treat Parkinson’s disease, discuss treatment goals and approaches, and will provide pointers on effective communication with physicians regarding medication issues. Get the latest information on long acting dopamine agonists; the widely reported Sinemet shortage and Stalevo warnings; and what patients should know about benefits and potential side effects of PD drugs.
Viewing your health through your eyes
Dr. Rosa Tang
Learn about common and special eye problems related to Parkinson’s disease and available treatment options. This session will include information on blurred and double vision, dry eyes, eye movement, visuo-spacial orientation and more. Find out how these issues are different from age-related eye changes, how to
appropriately communicate vision changes and how to seek specialized care for PD specific eye disorders.