Parkinson Education
Samira K. Beckwith

Parkinson Newsletter

Our quarterly Hope Parkinson newsletter includes participant profiles, helpful articles, and a calendar of events. All participants with valid mailing addresses receive this newsletter at no charge. Become a member to be added to our mailing list!

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 available within 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, typically held in the beginning of the calendar year.

Other Education Opportunities

Parkinson’s Disease Enrichment Groups

Our monthly Enrichment Group provides an ongoing opportunity to learn new information from area experts, ask questions, and share experiences. Lectures will be followed by a breakout support group. Topics are always changing; past presentations have included Taking Action for a Happier Life, Holistic Health, and Home Safety Tips and Tricks. See our newsletter for the latest topics and reservation information.

Share and Care Events with FGCU

Florida Gulf Coast University’s Masters of Occupational Therapy Program offers informative presentations for our members. Topics often include 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 Parkinson’s Disease and movement disorders that may be helpful to you. Please ask if you have a specific topic in mind. You may also find detailed information on these websites:

Davis Phinney Foundation https://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/
Michael J. Fox Foundation https://www.michaeljfox.org/
Parkinson’s Foundation https://www.parkinson.org/
UF Center for Movement Disorders https://movementdisorders.ufhealth.org/