“Cruz’n thru PD: Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease”

“Cruz’n thru PD: Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease”
Event on 2017-03-25 08:30:00
“Cruz’n thru PD: Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease” is a day-long symposium for Patients, Care Partners, Family, and Health Professionals. It will offer some of the most current information about Parkinson’s Disease (PD) care and treatments and is designed to inspire people with PD to live better right here in Santa Cruz County. The symposium will also provide valuable information and insights to physicians and other health care workers. While there is no charge for the program, donations will be gratefully accepted. Lunch will be provided. The educational symposium is presented by the Santa Cruz County Parkinson’s Support Group and EASE PD, Inc, with major funding by the Bowen Family Foundation.
The Symposium will open with singing by the Tremolos Singing Group, which uses techniques designed to help the person with Parkinson’s maintain healthy vocal production.
Dr. Rita Gandhy, Dr. George Triadafilopoulos and Dave Iverson, the three main Speakers, will provide attendees with the most current information and discuss new developments in the General Sessions. The associated Breakout Sessions will permit further exploration and more informal contact with these professionals and other specialists on a wide variety of topics, from treatment advances and demonstrations of specialized exercise programs, to emotional aspects of the disease.

“Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease,” is the keynote address by Rita Gandhy, MD, MPH, Neurologist and Movement Disorder Specialist, formerly with the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center. Dr. Gandhy brings over 10 years of experience partnering with and caring for people living with Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. She believes that comprehensive care includes not only access to the latest innovations in therapies and treatments, but also the thoughtful understanding and management of the many emotions experienced by people living with Parkinson’s and their family members that impact attitude, behavior, and ultimately quality of life.

Of all the non-motor issues connected with Parkinson’s Disease, “Parkinson’s and the Gut,” is probably of primary interest. George Triadafilopoulos, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, will explain the pathology of gastrointestinal dysfunction and the treatments available. His expertise with patients with neurological conditions and his access to the latest technology in the field has made “Dr. T” a sought-after physician in the Parkinson’s community.

“Addition in the Face of Subtraction: Pushing Back Against Parkinson’s Disease” will feature Dave Iverson, a career Broadcast Journalist and independent filmmaker who also has Parkinson’s Disease. Iverson is a frequent motivational speaker and moderator at conferences focusing on Parkinson’s Disease and is a founding member of the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Patient Council.

Break-out sessions throughout the day will include the following areas:
New to PD? (Dr. Rita Gandhy)
DBS: Still a Good choice? (panel discussion)
Advances: Recent Treatment Developments (Dr. Rita Gandhy)
Exercise (Leah Santos, PT, Dominican Hospital)
Voice (Dorie Melville, Speech and Language Pathologist, Dominican Hospital)
Rock Steady Boxing demonstration (Cassandra Huff)
Dance for PD® (Molly Katzman & Katie Griffin, Motion Pacific Dance Studio)
Poor Sleep (William T. Hart, MD, FCCP, D, ABSM – board certified in Sleep Medicine)
PD and the Gut Q&A (Dr. Triadafilopoulos)
Depression/Anxiety (Dr. Jerry Solomon, Clinical Psychologist)

More information about Dr. Gandhy:
Dr. Gandhy has expertise in the uses of Botulinum Toxin and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) as therapeutic interventions for Parkinson’s. She has also been involved with levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) as treatment for Parkinson’s and is excited about the potential benefits of the apomorphine pump.
While at Marshall University in West Virginia, Dr. Gandhy established their movement disorders program with a goal of introducing a comprehensive care model to the community. Her program included the care for and treatment of both motor and nonmotor or non-movement related features of Parkinson’s disease, DBS, LSVT Loud® and LSVT Big®, and other exercise therapies.

More about Dr. Triadafilopoulos:
He is on the advisory boards of several important technical institutions (http://renovorx.com and http://www.thirdeyepanoramic.com/avantis/ ) and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal “Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.” http://www.giejournal.org He privately practiced at El Camino Hospital and was the Chief of Gastroenterology at VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He received his Doctor of Medicine, Summa Cum Laude, from Aristotelian University Medical School in Thessaloniki, Greece.

More about Dave Iverson:
Iverson is known for his feature documentary “Capturing Grace” http://www.capturinggracefilm.com and for his involvement as co-producer/director of the 2009 PBS Frontline documentary “My Father, My Brother and Me.” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/parkinsons/ “Capturing Grace” focuses on a group of dancers with Parkinson’s Disease and their unique collaboration with the world renowned Mark Morris Dance Group. The Frontline documentary explores Iverson’s family’s battle with Parkinson’s as well as the scientific, ethical and political issues raised by the search for a cure for this condition.

Useful websites:
California Parkinson's Support Network: http://www.calpd.info/
This website provides Parkinson's patients in California and their families and caregivers with a directory of key Parkinson's organizations from around the world and resources within California that offer information, care, and support for the Parkinson's community.
The Michael J Fox Foundation: https://www.michaeljfox.org
The Michael J Fox Foundation (MJFF) for Parkinson's Research is dedicated to ensuring the development of a cure for Parkinson's disease within this decade. Not only does the MJFF offer comprehensive information on PD through webinars and web links, it also provides services to assist volunteers all across the country to participate in important research.
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: http://www.pdf.org
PDF is a national nonprofit dedicated to Parkinson's disease research, education and advocacy. PDF is working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson’s disease.

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