PD Symposium Breakout Sessions

The University of Maryland Annual Parkinson’s Disease Symposium “Within Our Reach”

Breakout session descriptions:

Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?

Is your glass half-full or half-empty?  In this interactive session, we will consider how this question can help you live a more fulfilling life.  We will look at how to recognize and manage symptoms of depression and learn from each other strategies for creating greater happiness despite the challenges of Parkinson’s Disease.

Managing Symptoms that Don’t Respond Well to PD Medications

The goal of this group is to address problems that you are experiencing and foster shared problem-solving among the group to provide strategies for overcoming common barriers. Specific topics to be addressed include speech and communication, sleep disorders, balance and mobility.

Caregiver Strain

Providing care for a loved one with Parkinson’s Disease can be rewarding, but it can also be stressful and difficult.  This session will address some strategies to coping with being a caregiver, as well as allow caregivers to connect with others in their situation.

Dealing with Changing Relationship: Family Dynamics

The goal of this group is to spend time with other caregivers and learn strategies to manage relationship changes typical to Parkinson’s Disease.

Physical and Cognitive Training in PD

This group will focus on the use of Physical and Cognitive Training techniques.  The goal of this session is to address common problems and to provide strategies for overcoming common barriers.  Specific topics to be addressed include cognitive training, yoga, chair exercises, and a home exercise program.

Staying Connected in the World – Social Media and Health Information Technology

Introduction on how technology can help you get in touch and stay up to date while learning valuable resources available outside the clinical setting.

For additional information, please see the symposium brochure.

This page was last updated: February 24, 2014

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