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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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Congratulations to the Walk in the Park Prize Winners!

Thanks to everyone for Walking the Walk and making every step count at our Inaugural Walk in the Park on July 26, 2014!  With over 260 Participants, we were able to surpass our goal to promote community awareness about Parkinson’s and raise funds to support the programs and services provided by Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation!  And now....

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The Results are in!  Congratulations go to:


Top Fundraising Team: Team Jimmy

Jimmy's team won Four tickets to a 2015 Sounders game!


 Team Ron Stroller

Largest Team and Second Top Fundraising Team: Team Ron!

Team Ron had over 50 participants and were the second top fundraising team!



And to the Top Individual Fundraiser: Barabara Krogh (seen here registering people before going on the walk!)

Barbara won a $50 gift certificate to Capital Grille, which she turned around and donated back to NWPF to use at our upcoming auction: Celebrate on October 16th!

Thanks to everyone for coming to the Inaugural Walk in the Park!  

See you next year!


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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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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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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How Could I Be So Wrong?

Tuesday August 26, 2014

It’s hard to avoid a bit of hysteria on being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. To be scientifically rational and ruthlessly objective is hard even under the best circumstances. Nobody would confuse a PD diagnosis with the best of circumstances. One could even argue a little hysteria is an under-reaction to news of being stalked by a disorder that relentlessly hollows out those it afflicts until death.

The grimmest part? You are helpless to stop it. How can this be? In our present days of miracle and wonder, we carry little magic tablets that can conjure images of loved ones and allow interaction from a continent away. We travel thousands of miles in a few hours, watching the clouds from above. We even return from death regularly in emergency rooms across the World, relieved, grateful, but not especially surprised. The fact that, in the midst of this everyday sorcery, we somehow forgot to cure Parkinson’s Disease seems almost negligent.

Talk about pent up demand! After all these years, we are eager to embrace whatever holds the promise of curing, or at least slowing the inexorable progression of this disease. So recent news that a phase three trial of CoQ10 came up empty was disappointing.

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