Spark Your Creativity

This event is for people with Parkinson’s, family caregivers and anyone who is navigating Parkinson’s disease!

This workshop is filled with joyful creativity as you learn how to practice fun hand-eye coordination challenges that exercise your brain and body! Dr. Jacob Weiss, director of HandEyeBody Academy, will lead the group in accessible exercises for people with Parkinson’s, their caregivers and families that gets everyone smiling and moving together. No experience is necessary, and each part of the program can be adapted for people of all abilities.

 

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Legal and Financial Planning for Parkinson’s

With a new diagnosis of Parkinson’s, there can be so many questions. Often, the initial focus of one’s attention is naturally on the medical management of the disease. But there are other parts of life that are impacted and need to be considered sooner rather than later.

Regardless of age, this talk is for those who are at the beginning of their PD journey, or who are now starting to think about what legal steps they should be aware of and should be implementing to protect assets and the financial security of the care partner and other family.

Presented by Garvin Reiter, J.D., CELA, this talk will help you understand key aspects of this planning like:

  • How a chronic condition like Parkinson’s may affect your financial planning.
  • How do I protect my assets.
  • The legal steps you should be taking right now.
  • The types of Power of Attorney, how they work, and which do you need.
  • How and when to set up trusts
  • When should guardianship or conservatorship be used.
  • How does Medicaid work and what does it cover.

 

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Taking it in Stride: VANCOUVER

Five adults standing outdoors, one with a walker, one with a cane and another seated in a wheelchair.

A discussion of the types of assistive devices available, when to use them, and safety with Emily Kaemmerlen, PT, DPT.

Plan to attend this in-person presentation and demonstration by Emily Kaemmerlen, PT, DPT at Boomerang Therapy Works in Vancouver. We all know that walking is a very important part of maintaining our independence. We rely on our ability to walk in performing daily activities and know it is good for our fitness and overall health. With Parkinson’s though, one’s pattern of walking, or gait, can be affected. This, along with changes in balance, can increase the risk for falls. Emily will explain the types of assistive devices, such as trekking poles, canes, and walkers, that are available to help you walk more confidently and safely, and discuss why and when you should consider using them. She will share what factors a PT considers in making a recommendation for the appropriate device, cover what may be indicators that it is time to switch to a different type of assistive device, and demonstrate how to use these devices safely.

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Living Well with Parkinson’s: Coos Bay

Images to suggest healthy lifestyle, tying shoe to walk, fresh vegetables for cooking.

Living with Parkinson’s? Learn more about the importance of Exercise, Nutrition, Socialization, Self-care, and Education for optimal long-term management of your PD.

Please join Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon (PRO) on Wednesday, November 8th, for an afternoon discussion focused on lifestyle strategies to live your best life – both as a person living with Parkinson’s and as a care partner. Between visits to the doctor, the daily choices you make can help you better manage your symptoms.

We will discuss the evidence behind recommendations about exercise, nutrition, provide strategies to manage healthcare information, the importance of socialization and mental health and discuss available resources. Denise Boyd is a physical therapist with Southwest Physical Therapy. She will be co-presenting.

Whether you are new to PD or you have been living with it for many years, there will be something of interest to everyone -along with opportunities to ask questions.

Presented by: Libby Kennard, Program Lead for Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon and Denise Boyd, PT, with Southwest Physical Therapy.

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Taking it in Stride: A Review of Assistive Device Options

Five adults standing outdoors, one with a walker, one with a cane and another seated in a wheelchair.

A discussion of the types of assistive devices available, when to use them, and safety with Lauren McIntyre, PT, DPT at the Beaverton office.

Plan to attend this in-person presentation and demonstration by Dr. Lauren McIntyre, PT, DPT, CSRS. We all know that walking is a very important part of maintaining our independence. We rely on our ability to walk in performing daily activities and know it is good for our fitness and overall health. With Parkinson’s though, one’s pattern of walking, or gait, can be affected. This, along with changes in balance, can increase the risk for falls. Dr. McIntyre will explain the types of assistive devices, such as trekking poles, canes, and walkers, that are available to help you walk more confidently and safely, and discuss why and when you should consider using them. She will share what factors a PT considers in making a recommendation for the appropriate device, cover what may be indicators that it is time to switch to a different type of assistive device, and demonstrate how to use these devices safely.

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