The Living Well Challenge™ is an educational webinar series featuring movement disorder experts speaking on topics of interest to people affected by Parkinson’s disease. You can “take the challenge” to live well today with Parkinson’s by viewing the webisodes, discussing your own experiences and impressions with family, friends and support group, and devising your own action plan to help you:
- Be Informed and Be Aware
- Be Active
- Be Involved
- Be Connected
Take the next step. Take action after watching the webisodes. Make your own Living Well Pledge right now by downloading your own pledge card to print at home. Write down one thing you will do to live well today. Stick it on your mirror. Post it on your fridge. Share it with your care partner. Make it real.
Parkinson’s is a complex disorder. While there are many unknowns surrounding the disease, current research is aiming to understand disease mechanisms better and translate that into new treatments. Dr. Joohi Jimenez-Shahed of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX discusses the state of Parkinson’s research and what that means for future treatments. She explains the importance of biomarkers in research, as well as their role in identifying Parkinson’s in the earlier stages of disease progression. She also shares an overview of treatments for the disease that do not necessarily involve dopamine. By modulating the dopamine system using different chemicals, complications from current Parkinson’s treatments may be minimized. Additionally, Dr. Jimenez-Shahed explains the efficacy of up-and-coming drugs for Parkinson’s treatment, many of which have promising results in clinical and animal trials.
Download Dr. Jimenez-Shahed’s presentation slides HERE.
Take action! Download and complete the Living Well Pledge. Share it with someone who will support your efforts, and post it where it will remind you to stay committed.
This presentation and the archived webisodes below are available free, on demand – you may watch them anytime you like, as many times as you like. Tell a friend about the Living Well Challenge webinar and share the link to this page!
View Archived Webisodes
- Asleep Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s Disease with David VanSickle, MD, PhD
- Effects of Forced Exercise on Parkinson’s Symptoms with Jay L. Alberts, PhD
- Davis Phinney on Moments of Victory® Living with Parkinson’s with Davis Phinney
- The PD You Don’t See: Cognitive and Non-motor Symptoms with Joanne Hamilton, PhD, ABPP-CN
- Fight Back Against Depression and Anxiety in Parkinson’s with Carol Manning, Bonnie Sachs and Sarah Lageman
- Social Capital: The Value of Relationships with Al Condecluci, PhD
- Breathing and Swallowing with Roxann Diez-Gross, PhD, SLP-CCC
- Living Well Today with Parkinson’s with Monique Giroux, MD
- What’s Going on in My Gut? with Leslie Cloud, MD, MSc
- The 10 Commandments of Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease with Susan Imke, FNP, GNP-C
- From Clear to Partly Cloud: Cognition and Parkinson’s Disease with Paul Short, PhD
- Nutrition and Parkinson’s Disease: Can Food Have an Impact? with Dr. Sarah Zangerle
- Gene Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease with Dr. William Marks
- What Does the Parkinson’s Research Mean to You? with Dr. Holly Shill
- How to Communicate with Your Doctor with Dr. Janet Chance
- Panel Discussion on Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) with Dr. Melissa Houser
- Sleep Disorders in Parkinson’s Disease with Dr. Gary Leo
Approximately every other month, we’ll be offering new webisodes to provide you with information you crave. Stay tuned for presentations on subjects like swallowing, relationships, digestive symptoms and strategies, and things you can do today to improve your quality of life with Parkinson’s. Sign up to receive email notification when new webisodes become available.
Panel Discussion Webinar Q & A
Two of our Living Well Challenge panelists from the live June 2011 webcast, Dr. Monique Giroux and Dr. Terry Ellis, along with DBS specialist Sierra Farris have reviewed the many excellent questions that were submitted during the event. Read their responses here. Topics include:
- Medical and Surgical Therapies
- Sleep and Fatigue
- Emotional Support
- Research and Causes of Parkinson’s
Before you undertake any exercise program or make changes to your daily routine, consult your doctor and please read this important information.