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Educate. Inspire. Empower.
2013 PRO Annual Educational Conference
Saturday, April 13th
Hilton Eugene & Conference Center
66 East 6th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
Join us as for an action packed educational experience. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from dynamic speakers with expertise in a variety of topics that are of great interest to people living with Parkinson's. The conference also features question and answer sessions and a chance to network with people from across the region and beyond to share information.
Friday, April 12th
Support group facilitator Training (If you are a facilitator, please call PRO for details and to register!)
7:00 - 9:00 pm Conference Social and Packet Pickup open to all attendees.
This year we're mixing it up: Instead of dinner we will be holding a fun social hour open to everyone who attends the conference. We will have a special breakout room for caregivers and our Social Worker Sally Stevens, LCSW, available to facilitate some casual discussion and answer questions. Light snacks and no-host bar will be provided. Please RSVP on your registration if you're able to join us for some pre-conference fun!
Saturday, April 13th
8:30 am Optional Wake up & Warm up for PD! (Exercises and stretching to get you ready for the day)
9:30 am am Keynote Presentation
Power of the Mind, Enhancing the Mind-Body Connection to Improve PD Outcomes
Dr. Monique Giroux, Movement & Neuroperformance Center of Colorado, PD, Englewood, Colorado.
Learn how your mind can influence how you feel, your Parkinson's symptoms, and response to medication. Tap into the power of the mind to perform and feel better with Parkinson's disease.
10:40 am Break
11:00 am Breakout Session 1 (Choose one of the following)
a) Facing Fears: Strategies for Coping with PD Anxiety, John S Allen, PhD, Health Psychologist and Wellness Consultant Specializing in PD
b) Tools for Managing Caregiver Stress, Leslie Congleton, BA, and Kathy Shannon, MA with Powerful Tools for Caregivers
c) Overview for Newly Diagnosed with Q and A, Sara Batya, MD, Movement Disorder Specialist, and Leah Jeske, LCSW, Program Coordinator with Parkinson's Resources of Oregon
Noon- 12:30 pm Break
12:30 pm Lunch is served
*meal choices include a smoked turkey sandwich with cranberry cream cheese, sweet onion, and watercress on a fresh croissant OR bite-sized roasted vegetarian pasta.*
Lunch Keynote: Towards a cure for Parkinson's Disease - Therapeutic Potential of Adenosine
Detlev Boison, PhD, Director of Basic and Translational Research with the Legacy Research Institute.
Learn about cutting edge research being done to explore the possible therapeutic effects of adenosine in Parkinson's disease. This presentation will challenge conventional target-centric drug-treatment approaches and will outline why reconstruction of adenosine homeostatis may lead to a cure for PD. Therapeutic interventions, such as the ketogenic diet will be discussed.
1:20 pm Break
1:40 pm Breakout Session 2 (Choose one of the following)
a) Maintaining Intimacy and Emotional Connection, Sheila Silver, MA, DHS, ACS, Doctor of Human Sexuality, Board Certified Sexologist
b) Care Options and Resources for the Future, Rod Holst, Owner and Operator of Adult Living Solutions
c) Suggestions for Success: Daily Activities and PD, Fran Aufort, BA, Occupational Therapist
2:40 pm Break with snacks
3:10 pm Parkinson's Q and A panel
4:00 pm. Formal adjourning of the conference
4:15 pm Optional Aware In Care workshop to receive a hospitalization preparedness kit.
Lodging: f you will be staying at the Hilton on the night of the 12th, be sure to mention that you are there for the conference to get the special rate! Here is a direct link to book your reservation online:
Or call 1- 800-HILTONS (445-8667) and say that you are with group code "P.R.O." to access our discounted block of rooms.
Update 3/18/2013: The whotel has sold out of 1 KING rooms at this time, but we still have plenty of rooms with 2 QUEENS.
The hotel will also have complimentary self-parking available for all conference attendees, including overnight guests.
Parkinson's Resources of Oregon has been providing hope and help to people impacted by Parkinson's disease for 35 years.
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