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LIVING with Parkinson's: Boise Conference

Saturday Sep 20, 2014
St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center | 1055 N Curtis Road | Boise, ID 83706

Northwest Parkinson's Foundation and Parkinson's Resources of Oregon present LIVING with Parkinson's: Treatment Options & Strategies for People with Parkinson's and their Family Members

LIVING With Parkinsons

Keynote: TheResearch Pipeline - Dr. Monique Giroux, Movement Disorder Specialist and Parkinson's Disease thought leader, Medical Director of Northwest Parkinson's Foundation

Plus presentations on...

PD 101- Dr. Barbara Morgan of Elks Rehab Hospital Movement Disorders Center

The Best Nutrition for Your Parkinson's - Dr. Laurie Mischley of Seattle Integrative Medicid & Bastyr University

So You Have Parkinson's? Keep Moving! - Renee Hawkins, PT, MSPT, NCS of the Elks Rehabilitation Hopsital


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Parkinson's & Depression: What You Need to Know

Many people with Parkinson’s experience depression. In fact, research studies report that up to 50% of people with Parkinson’s experience symptoms of depression. Depression can begin before the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s have become obvious.  So what should people with Parkinson's know about depression?

First and foremost: Depression and anxiety are treatable. Click here to read more about Parkinson's, depression and anxiety.  We also have information about treatments for depression and anxiety.  If you or your loved one are struggling with depression, we strongly encourage you to tell your healthcare team.

For more information about Parkinson's and depression, please contact Northwest Parkinson's Foundation at 877.980.7500.  A social worker is available to discuss your questions and provide additional resources and referrals.

If you are having thoughts about suicide and struggling with difficult emotions, know that you are not alone.  Please go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.  You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.8255 to talk to a trained professional who can help you. 




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Join Evening Host, Mike Gastineau and Auctioneer Mike Merrill as we gather to celebrate Northwest Parkinson's Foundation strengthening the Parkinson's community for over 16 years.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sodo Park by Herban Feast | 3200 First Avenue South | Seattle 98134

5:30 p.m. Silent Auction & Reception | Dinner, Program & Live Auction following.

Cocktail attire 

Tickets: $150; Tables (of ten): $1,500.  

Corporate Tables: $2,000 and include an ad in the catalog.  Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

To donate an item, click here for procurement form that can be filled out and sent in to NWPF Office.  

Click here for more information.  Any questions, please contact Anne Alkema, NWPF Development Director: annea@nwpf.org or 206-946-6518.

Invitations go out in September.

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Take a Hint from PD

Tuesday June 24, 2014

It’s March, 2000. I’m lost in the Spandex of the Tour of Anchorage pre-race crowd. I gawk at all the super-fit athletes around me and try to reassure myself I’m prepared to cross-country ski 50 kilometers through the middle of town. As our pod of racers starts, I notice that they seem to be pulling ahead of me. It’s as if an invisible force is gently but inexorably drawing them forward. Or is it holding me back? Later as I chug up to an aide station, a woman watches with concern, and asks if I’m alright. No problem. I’m fine. Why would she even wonder?

I struggled on to finish hours later, blissfully unaware that in a little more than a year I will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

One of the hallmarks of Parkinson’s disease is slowness. Not just the slowness of the patient, but also the snail-like progression of the disease in most people. Of course, that is a good thing. With a disorder’s description includes progressive, disabling, and incurable, you don’t want to see words like rapid, swift,or sudden.

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