2017 Autumn Conference

Living DYNAMICALLY with Parkinson's:
Music, Movement & Understanding
October 27-28, 2017

Everyone with a connection to Parkinson's is welcome.

Receive the latest resources, information on Parkinson’s research and treatment options, and connect with others at our FREE 2-day Autumn Conference. On Friday we are joined by providers and researchers from the Sacred Heart DBS Program (Spokane, Washington) and the University of Montana to learn about current Parkinson’s treatment options and research. On Saturday we will explore how music, movement and dance can be utilized as a powerful complimentary therapy for those dealing with the impacts of the disease.

This is an excellent opportunity to connect and meet others living with Parkinson’s and to pursue living dynamically through available resources.



Participants will have the opportunity to enter our raffle for the chance to win one of many fabulous prizes.


Conference Location: Ruby’s Inn, 4825 N. Reserve St., Missoula
(please see map below)
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A small block of rooms will be held until October 13 for participants wishing to stay Friday night (at participants’ cost). Please call 406-721-0990 to reserve a room in the Summit for Parkinson’s block.

Date: Friday, October 27 - 28, 2017
Price: FREE

 ( space is limited )

 

Autumn Conference Schedule

 

Friday, October 27, 2017

12:30 PMRegistration / Exhibits Open


1:00 PMYoga for PD—Carolyn Maier


1:15 PMParkinson’s Disease: Medication, Stimulation
and Additional Therapies—
Jonathan Carlson MD PhD
Current treatment approaches with oral medications and Deep Brain Stimulation will be discussed. Additionally gait, balance, and speech programs within physical and occupational therapy benefits along with exercise programs will complement the overall presentation.


1:45 PM   Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease
Jamie Mark ARNP
Discussion will center around candidacy, when to initiate DBS discussion, the window of opportunity, pre-op and post-op patient expectations, and how medication and stimulation together can make an impact in your daily life. A product demonstration will enhance the overall impact and understanding of the capabilities of Deep Brain Stimulation.


2:15 PM   Question and Answer Session with Providers from the Sacred Heart DBS Program
Jonathan Carlson MD PhD & Jamie Mark ARNP
This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about Parkinson’s Disease and treatment approaches or any other therapy benefits that may not have been answered in the previous presentations.


2:45 PM   Break


3:00 PM   Review of Parkinson’s Disease Research
at the University of Montana
Researchers from the University of Montana will share their current research approaches and findings on Parkinson’s disease.


3:30 PM   The Drum Brothers Rhythm Experience
Matthew Marsolek
This is an interactive team building event for all ages and abilities. “If you have a heartbeat, you have rhythm!” It’s an experience of group collaboration, harmony, active listening, and community cohesion. The sound of many drums playing together is powerful and evocative. And the sense of unity and connection that grows between participants can be profound.


4:00 PM   Exhibits (Exhibits Close at 5:00pm)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

8:30 AMRegistration / Exhibits Open


9:00 AM OPENING CIRCLE
The Drum Brothers Rhythm Experience
Matthew Marsolek
This is an interactive team building event for all ages and abilities. “If you have a heartbeat, you have rhythm!” It’s an experience of group collaboration, harmony, active listening, and community cohesion. The sound of many drums playing together is powerful and evocative. And the sense of unity and connection that grows between participants can be profound.


9:30 AM Personal Experiences with PD—Gary Weidenaar
Gary will share his experiences with PD, and his journey for the past 15 years.


10:30 AM   Break


10:50 AM   Music as Therapy—Sarah Hallgrimson
Music has been shown to be an effective protocol for those with Parkinson’s Disease. This session will explore current research supporting music’s use for both motor and speech rehabilitation. During the session, you will experience hands on techniques that are commonly used in music therapy sessions.


11:30 AM   Lunch on your own


12:40 PM   Guided Movements—Debra Shorrock
Retune your body and mind with gentle guided movements inspired by nature.


1:00 PM   The Brain and How it WorksGary Weidenaar
The brain as presented by someone who is not a medical doctor, but who likes to know the how and why of things: how it works and making use of that information.


1:45 PM   Dance and Movement Panel
Ann Stevenson & Carolyn Maier
A taste of this afternoon’s dance and movement sessions, as well as ongoing classes offered by Summit for Parkinson’s.


2:00 PM   Break


2:15 PM   CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Personally Impacted: Drumming Workshop
Matthew Marsolek
Further exploration of drumming with Matthew Marsolek.

Relationally Impacted: Dance & Movement Workshop
Ann Stevenson & Carolyn Maier
This experiential session explores how movement and dance deepen one's felt sense of relationship with community. We will leave plenty of time for discussion and reflection
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3:15 PM   Break


3:30 PM   CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Personally Impacted: Dance & Movement Workshop
Ann Stevenson & Carolyn Maier
This experiential session explores how movement and dance deepen one's felt sense of relationship with community. We will leave plenty of time for discussion and reflection.

Relationally Impacted: Drumming Workshop
Matthew Marsolek
Further exploration of drumming with Matthew Marsolek.


4:30 PM   CLOSING CIRCLE
Matthew Marsolek, Ann Stevenson & Carolyn Maier
Close the day with a rhythm and movement experience.


5:00 PM   Conference Ends

 

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OUR GOAL 

To bring together the Parkinson’s community and establish lasting connections, provide educational opportunities and inspire not only Parkinson’s patients, but all who have been touched by Parkinson’s disease.
 
Please join us for any of the conference activities and help us continue to raise awareness and support for the Parkinson’s community.

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