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Sep. 18, 2020

Arming yourself with the right tools and knowledge to manage your symptoms is key to living well with Parkinson’s.

Join us every Wednesday at midday for our one hour Living Well conversation series.

Using the Zoom platform, you will join Parkinson’s Victoria health professionals and others living with, or caring for, people with Parkinson’s for a topic presentation, plus plenty of time for questions and answers.

NOTE: Please make sure to register for every session you wish to attend.


 

Research update

Wednesday 23 September

This session will provide you with insights into the current research into Parkinson’s and treatments and will feature some blue ribbon highlights from the (virtual) International Movement Disorder Society meeting, held from 11-16 September 2020.


Cognitive changes and communication

Wednesday 30 September

This session will discuss how living with Parkinson’s can impact thinking and communication. It will include information on managing thinking (or cognitive) symptoms, how they affect communication and, most importantly, how we can manage these symptoms to increase the effectiveness of our communication.


Getting creative

Wednesday 7 October

Being creative and doing an enjoyable activity can be a great way to feel good and relax, which in turn reduces anxiety.

When people participate in a creative activity, some physical symptoms, such as fine motor co-ordination, may also improve.

This session will look at how exploring your creative side can be not only enjoyable, but a useful tool in symptom management.

This session will include a discussion with past Sir Zelman Cowen Award recipient, Mrs Anne Aitkin OAM who introduced Painting with Parkinson’s into Victoria. Anne, who has Parkinson’s, is the Berwick Painting with Parkinson’s group leader. 


Cognition and thinking in Parkinson's

Wednesday 14 October

Have you ever worried if Parkinson’s effects your thinking?

Changes in thinking can occur in Parkinson’s and many people experience them early in their condition.

This session will look at the changes in thinking that may occur in Parkinson’s and will explore the ways in which they can be managed.

 https://parkinsonsvic-org-au.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtfumopjgtHtbCqB2xHhN9Qz8goOT8LXj5


Sleep and Parkinson’s

Wednesday 21 October

How can something so simple, sometimes be so hard?

Sleep difficulties are common in Parkinson’s.

This session will explore the sleep difficulties that can be encountered in Parkinson’s and provide some practical tips to manage and even overcome them. 


Active you

Wednesday 28 October

For people living with Parkinson’s exercise is increasingly being seen as useful as medication, with research identifying its capacity to slow progression.

Today’s conversation will explore the importance of exercise and the things you should consider when thinking about exercise in order to  help you find what’s right for you.

We will be joined by physiotherapist and researcher, Dr Libby Proud, who is a member of the Parkinson’s Victoria Physiotherapist Specialist Interest Group. 


We look forward to you joining us. And remember, if you have any questions, call our Health Team on 1800 644 189.

 

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