Webinar for Doctors and Allied Health Professionals Who Help People with Parkinson’s Live Well Today

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Dr. Ray Dorsey joins the Davis Phinney Foundation for a free webinar tailored to help health care professionals help people with Parkinson's live well today.

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“We want to support the healthcare professionals that see people with Parkinson’s with more frequency so that they can help advocate for these patients and treat them with a real depth of understanding about Parkinson’s,” says Melani Dizon, Director of Education.

The Davis Phinney Foundation is excited to offer a webinar featuring Dr. Ray Dorsey tailored for doctors and other health care professionals who work with Parkinson’s patients at 2 pm MDT on July 7.

In an ongoing effort to share the most up-to-date best practices and support for everyone who works in the Parkinson’s field, the Foundation continues its ongoing educational efforts. This webinar is one of many they produce regularly for people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners but is among the first the organization has designed especially for healthcare professionals who work with Parkinson’s patients but may not have extensive background knowledge of the disease.

“Most people living with Parkinson’s will only see a specialist once a year and many don’t have regular access to specialists at all,” says Melani Dizon, Director of Education. “We want to support the healthcare professionals that see people with Parkinson’s with more frequency so that they can help advocate for these patients and treat them with a real depth of understanding about Parkinson’s.”

Did you know that Parkinson’s is on track to double over the next 20 years? The medical community needs to be ready. This July 7 webinar will cover a host of topics that will help it get ready and arm those on the front lines with the information they need to give the best Parkinson’s care possible.

This webinar is geared toward the following:

  • Primary care doctors
  • Family physicians
  • General neurologists
  • Medical students
  • Nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Trainers
  • Any healthcare or wellness provider who sees people with Parkinson’s

During this 60-minute webinar, Dr. Dorsey will discuss:

  • The stages of Parkinson’s and how to recognize the signs of progression
  • Common symptoms that are often misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s
  • How to “interview” patients effectively
  • Some of the key differences between how men and women experience Parkinson’s
  • The importance of exercise (how intense, how much, how often)
  • Challenges with medication and medication side effect management in Parkinson’s
  • When to make a referral and to what type of specialist
  • Prodromal symptoms of Parkinson’s

To register for this free event, click HERE.

Upcoming webinars with the Davis Phinney Foundation:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 – 12 pm MDT

Adopting the Mind of a Dancer with David Leventhal

  • Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 – 1 pm MDT

Holistic/Supportive Care with Dr. Christopher Tarolli

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 - 2 pm MDT

Medication Management with Dr. Aaron Haug

  • Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 – 12 pm MST

Mental Wellness for Parkinson’s Care Partners with Elaine Book

Dr. Ray Dorsey: Dr. Dorsey is a Professor of Neurology and Director of the Center for Health and Technology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Dorsey investigates new treatments for movement disorders and seeks to improve the way care is delivered for those with Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders.

The Davis Phinney Foundation was founded by Olympic cyclist Davis Phinney in 2004 to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. The organization provides programs and resources to help those living with Parkinson’s take control of their care. The Foundation is also committed to funding early-stage research designed to help improve quality of life. Past funding, for example, has focused on the impact of community cycling classes, deep brain stimulation, speech therapies, and telemedicine. Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disease – second to Alzheimer’s – and affects more than one million people in the United States. The Foundation’s work impacts hundreds of thousands of individuals and families each year.

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