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Parkinson Newsletter

Our quarterly Hope Parkinson newsletter includes event information and helpful articles. All members with valid mailing addresses receive this newsletter at no charge.

You can also view an electronic copy of our most recent newsletter here:
Hope Parkinson Newsletter

Parkinson 101

Parkinson 101: Finding Hope for Living Well is an introduction to the fundamentals of Parkinson’s disease and the benefits of the Hope Parkinson Program. Offered quarterly, this class is a perfect place to start for those who are new to the program, and includes a discussion of:

  • Parkinsonism versus Parkinson’s
  • How Parkinson’s is diagnosed
  • 4 cardinal motor signs of Parkinson’s
  • Symptoms you don’t see (non-motor symptoms)
  • Medical and complementary therapies used to treat Parkinson’s disease
  • Local and national resources

Annual Symposium

Our biggest event of the year is the Annual Hope Parkinson Symposium, an exciting day of education, empowerment, and energy. This day-long seminar is your chance to learn from our local and national experts in the field of Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders. The Symposium begins with a chance to mingle with Parkinson’s organizations offering resources, adaptive technologies, and medical therapies all designed to improve quality of life. The featured speakers are followed by a helpful Question and Answer session open to all attendees. Registration fees include a deluxe lunch buffet, beverages, and dessert. Over 300 people typically attend our Annual Symposium.

PD Enrichment Groups

Our monthly Enrichment Group provides an ongoing opportunity to learn new information from area experts, ask questions, and share experiences.

Topics are always changing; past presentations have included Taking Action for a Happier Life, Holistic Health, and Home Safety Tips and Tricks. Let us know if there is a subject that interests you!

FGCU Share and Care Events

The Florida Gulf Coast University’s Masters of Occupational Therapy Program offers informative presentations for our members. These classes are provided at no charge.

They cover the use of adaptive equipment, issues with mobility, and other relevant topics from the field of occupational therapy.

Library of Resources

We have many handouts, books, and videos on subjects related to PD and movement disorders. Ask us for help, and consider visiting these trusted sites for additional resources:

Davis Phinney Foundation

Michael J. Fox Foundation

Parkinson’s Foundation

UF Center for Movement Disorders