**Update 4/11/2014: The conference is full and ALL cancellations have been filled. We will not be able to accept any walk-in registrations at this point.**
Educate. Inspire. Empower.
2014 PRO Annual Educational Conference
Saturday, April 12th
Hilton Eugene & Conference Center
66 East 6th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
We invite you to our biggest educational event of the year designed for anyone whose life has been touched by Parkinson's disease. The agenda covers a variety of topics that are of greatest interest to people living with Parkinson's disease, caregivers, family and friends, with an emphasis on practical strategies for improving and maintaining quality of life. Throughout the day participants will gain new energy and ideas for facing the challenges of Parkinson's.
Friday, April 11th
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Conference Social & Packet Pickup open to all attendees.
Stop by the registration area and pick up your materials, and then mingle with the rest of our attendees and enjoy the complementary snacks and cash bar. We are excited to welcome special guests: Virginia Belt and Madeleine Denko-Carter with Dance for Parkinson's Oregon. They will be providing information and demonstrations about Dance for PD Oregon periodically throughout the night, so feel free to stay the whole two hours to hear it all in an informal, relaxed, fun environment.
Saturday, April 12th
8:30 am Optional Wake up & Warm up for PD! (Exercises and stretching to get you ready for the day)
9:30 am Keynote Presentation
Parkinson's Disease Research:
New Developments Today, Better Treatment Tomorrow
Dr. A. Jon Stoessl, CM, MD, FRCPC, FAAN
Dr. Stoessl is Professor and Head of Neurology and Director of the Parkinson's Centre and National Parkinson Foundation Centre of Excellence at UBC and Vancouver Coastal Health.
Learn what's in the research pipeline for improving our understanding of Parkinson's disease and identifying treatments.
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Breakout Session 1 (Choose one of the following)
A) Gadgets, Gizmos and Apps: Technology for PD, Holly Chaimov, Executive Director with Parkinson's Resources of Oregon Live in the now! Make sure you're utilizing these handy digital resources and gadgets that can help you manage your PD.
B) Music and Wellness, Jodi Winnwalker, LCSW, MT-BC, Board Certified Music Therapist and founder of Earthtones Music Therapy Services LLC. Learn how music can be an important tool for coping with Parkinson's disease, and explore the use of singing and music making as ways to support wellness and good health.
C) Caregiver Support and Networking (Caregivers only, Please), Tony Borcich, MSW, CSWA, Program Services Coordinator with Parkinson's Resources of Oregon Participants will take part in an exercise to identify strengths and gaps in their current support system, and have time to discuss challenges and solutions with other caregivers and family members.
Noon- 12:30 pm Break for Exhibits and Vendor Tables
12:30 pm Lunch is served (Entree Salad - Turkey or Vegetarian)
1:00 pm Q and A Panel with Dr. A. Jon Stoessl and Dr. Sara Batya
2:00 pm Dance for Parkinson's Demo
2:15-2:45 pm Break with snacks
2:45 pm Breakout Session 2 (Choose one of the following)
A) Maximizing Communication, Linda Bryans, MA, CCC-SLP Understand how Parkinson's and Deep Brain Stimulation can impact your ability to communicate and what treatment options and practical strategies can help.
B) Move, Manage, Maintain, Nancy Nelson, Fitness Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer Learn why exercise is so important for living well with Parkinson's disease, and get ideas and tips for how to make the most of your efforts.
C) Hospital Safety: Strategies to be Aware in Care, Anna Sanger Reed, Program Services Manager with Parkinson's Resources of Oregon Learn how to advocate for the best care possible in the hospital and protect yourself from common medical errors. If you have not received an "Aware in Care" kit yet, this program is highly recommended!
3:45 pm Adjourn
Lodging: If you will be staying at the Hilton on the night of the 11th or 12th, be sure to mention that you are there for the conference to get the special rate! Please note that cancellations must be made 7 days prior to arrival. 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 "PR14" to access our discounted block of rooms.
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.