Act To Adapt

We are thrilled to bring an exciting, inspiring, and educational event to Bend, Oregon! Join us to learn about gadgets and gizmos for everyday life and explore resilience beyond a diagnosis! With an adaptive fashion display, gadgets and gizmos to explore and an exhibit hall where you will have a chance to talk to industry professionals about their specialized therapies and local community partners, this interactive day will leave you feeling empowered and full with a plated lunch included.

Topic and speakers:

Kat Hill will be presenting Resilience with Change, an approach to finding joy and remaining resilient with Parkinson’s disease. Kat is an author and advocate for finding wellness despite a diagnosis. She speaks around the world for the World Parkinson Congress and the Davis Phinney Foundation. She is also a co-founder of the Women’s Parkinson’s Project. Her co-authored book, Being Well with Chronic Illness. You can find her at

Occupational Therapist, Toni Brockman will present Gizmos and Gadgets. She will demonstrate how to use a variety of items to make daily activities easier. Toni has been an Occupational Therapist for 30 years. She has extensive experience working with a wide range of neurological diagnoses.



Take Control of Parkinson’s: Pendleton

Join PRO and local Allied health professionals to answer your questions around living healthy with Parkinson’s Disease.

With Parkinson’s disease, it is important to know what therapies are available to you and what each specific specialty offers. Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and PD specific exercise are all important to incorporate into your daily life.  Join us as four of Pendleton’s Allied health professionals talk about their specialties, offer important information and open the program up for Q and A.

Whether you have or would like more information about available services, this is a program you will not want to miss!


Lift Program for Family Caregivers, Bend

An Interactive Workshop For Family Caregivers

Lift Program for Family Caregivers

Does your loved one have trouble with mobility? Are you worried about how to help them out of bed or out of a car? Or, do you just want to be prepared for what may lie ahead?

During this hour and a half program, a physical therapist will lead you through the proper and safe techniques to transfer your loved one who has mobility issues due to Parkinson’s disease. This program is intended for family care partners only. There will be 5 interactive stations:

1) Sit to stand 2) Transfer in and out of bed 3) Transfer in the bathroom 4) Transfers in and out of the car 5) Lastly, how to get up off the floor.

Each caregiver will participate, rotating to each station and practicing with other caregivers. You will also learn when it is necessary to seek help.

Led by Physicial Therapists, Shannon Compton and David Seck, DPT in cooperation with Spark Rehab and Wellness, Bend, OR

This is interactive, if you have physical limitation, please let the instructors know before class.

If you have physical limitation, please let the instructors know before class. If you register and then are unable to attend, please call our office as soon as possible so we are able to allow others to participate in your place 800-426-6806. We anticipate this being an ongoing workshop so there will be other opportunities.


Managing Depression in PD: Live in Bend, or Virtual

Learn about the unique relationship between Parkinson’s Disease and depression and ways you can help manage symptoms.

How do we know if we’re experiencing depression and what can we do feel better? You may be wondering about this if you are living with Parkinson’s Disease, or if you care for a loved one with Parkinson’s. Let’s talk about it! In this presentation we will explore the unique relationship between Parkinson’s Disease and depression, signs and symptoms that may indicate depression, and strategies for dealing with depression while living with Parkinson’s.

PEAK Fitness Program Redmond

Weekly outdoor circuit-training exercise group class for individuals with neurological diagnoses (indoors in winter), quarterly check-ins with your PT coach, personalized laminated exercise calendar, equipment provided and lots of peer support!

This class is directed towards all individuals with neurological disorders- not ONLY Parkinson’s patients, FYI

Instructor: Amy Evans

Free for 8 week session

HOPE in Parkinson’s: Pendleton, OR

There are more treatment options for Parkinson’s disease now than there have ever been. This is an exciting time with the development of new biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease through spinal fluid, as well as new diagnostics through skin biopsy. Dr. Talman will be discussing current treatments, ongoing research studies, and how to maintain hope in the face of Parkinson’s Disease.

Presented by: Dr. Lauren Talman is a Movement Disorders neurologist at Oregon Health & Science University. She joined the OHSU Parkinson Center team in 2019. Dr. Talman is an active clinician, but is also involved in clinical research and serves as an educator, both within her institution and the community.


Learn About Duopa Therapy: Bend

Join us as Dr. Maria Cristina Ospina , Movement Disorder Neurologist talks about PD with a focus on the changes that may occur in the gut as the disease progresses. She will describe what Duopa therapy is, how it works, who is a good candidate, information on the safety of this treatment, and what kind of resources Abbvie offers to make this a successful decision for you. Dr. Ospina will also address the question of insurance coverage and discuss how Duopa therapy can be incorporated into your life.

Maximize your learning and opportunity to have your questions answered by joining us live in person!

Who should attend?

  • PwP and family carepartners who want to stay current on options
  • PwP and family carepartners who have been recommended for the procedure
  • PwP and family carepartners who are noticing changes in symptom control


Sole Support for Parkinson’s: BEND

Join us as we gather to celebrate and support each other, raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease, and fundraise for local programs and services. We are gathering and walking from Drake Park.
Take the first step, register online, or call PRO at 800.426.6806 and we’ll get you registered.
If this is your first walk or your 18th, we thank you for joining us as we fundraise and raise awareness for the important local programs and services provided by Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon.

Walk Using Trekking Poles: Bend

Trekking HIke

Join Nancy Nelson, as she leads this in-person, trekking walk! This is a great place to meet new people and socialize, while working with a personal trainer who specializes in working with Parkinson’s clients and can answer questions about balance, exercise, and staying active with PD.

Please bring your own water and trekking poles. You can rent poles for $5 a day at Powder House. We will have a couple extra poles on hand if for some reason you are not able to rent them.

*Meeting Location: Riverbend Park- Park in the Bend Park and Recreation parking lot, we will be meeting next to the recreation building/restrooms.


Nutrition and Parkinson’s Disease: Bend

When we get asked about nutrition and Parkinson’s, the answer is the same, “there is no specific diet for Parkinson’s disease” but there are ways to eat that are not only helpful for brain health but also combat other non-motor symptoms. With so many unknowns within Parkinson’s disease, ensuring that you are eating nutritious foods can feel empowering. Join us in Central Oregon to learn more about the research about nutrition, review fad diets (what’s good, what’s not so good), and discuss the small changes you can make that will ultimately lead to a healthier way of eating!

Presented by Melissa Greer, MPH and B.S. in Nutrition and Food Management from Oregon State University.

Donations welcome