The Parkinson's Association of Alabama, Inc. will be hosting it's annual Parkinson's Disease Symposium this Saturday, May 14th at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in the Grand Atrium (6030 Barber Motorsports Parkway, Leeds, AL 35094). Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the event is hosted from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
When my dad was first diagnosed with Parkinson's, this event was more helpful than any other activity we attended because it gave us access to not only key information and resources, it allowed us to listen to area experts -- all of whom positively contributed to our journey.
This is quite a full circle moment for me. More than a decade ago, I attended this exact event. I was so eager to take as many notes as I could to ensure that dad, and mom as his primary caregiver, could live their best life with Parkinson's. We learned so much - and I know you will as well. Ten years later, I am honored that I have been asked to speak at this event on the topic of Caregiving and participate in the afternoon's panel discussion. Engage Care Partners will also be exhibiting, and my book - Sunsets and Silver Linings - about my father's journey with Parkinson's will be available to attendees for purchase as well. Portions of the proceeds of the book will be going back to support the Parkinson's Association of Alabama.
I am also pleased to announce that Engage Care Partners will be working with the Parkinson's Association of Alabama over the next six months to revitalize their Parkinson's Disease Resource Center and Care Navigation Program. I also have a few other exciting announcements that I will reserve for those in attendance at Saturday's event!
You can still register for this event - it is absolutely FREE and will include a continental breakfast, snack breaks, and a boxed lunch. However, our event coordinators need to know you are coming.
This program is supported by a community grant from the Parkinson's Foundation. The agenda is available below:
8:30 a.m. Registration 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks - Bibby Bailey, PAA Executive Director
9:15 a.m. Caregiving - Brooklyn White, Owner, Engage Care Partners, LLC
9:45 a.m. Alabama Udall Center Update - Dr. David Standaert, MD, PhD, and
John N. Whitaker, Professor and Chair of Neurology, UAB
10:15 a.m. Dance for PD Exercise - Mary Margaret Scalici and Teri Weksler
10:40 a.m. Motivational Speaker: What You Can Do Today to Live Your Best
Possible Life with (or without) Parkinson's - John Baumann
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:15 p.m. Stretch Break / Rock Steady Boxing - Ann Angell
12:45 p.m. Young Onset PD and the Challenges of Being Newly Diagnosed - Katie
1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion - Moderator: Ken Cater, PAA Emeritus Director
2:00 p.m. Closing Remarks - Brian Corbett, PAA President
If you know of anyone in the State of Alabama who has been diagnosed or is living with Parkinson's - be sure to share this event with them as it will be a wonderful day of education and inspiration. In addition to attending the event - you get free access to the museum and the BMW races will be held on the track.
Hope to see you there!