Live Well Today Webinar Series

At the Davis Phinney Foundation, we provide best-in-class education on a variety of topics that people can access from the comfort of their own home via our Live Well Today Webinar Series, sponsored by our presenting partners Amneal and Kyowa Kirin. Below are the topics we’ve covered as well as those planned for the future. To access a session, click on the title and then complete the form on the next page.

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Upcoming Webinars

Webinar: The What, When, Why, and How of Treating and Managing Parkinson’s Dyskinesia
Webinar: The What, When, Why, and How of Treating and Managing Parkinson’s Dyskinesia

October 22, 2020

Webinar: Physical Therapy and Parkinson’s Panel
Webinar: Physical Therapy and Parkinson’s Panel

October 26, 2020

Webinar: Parkinson’s and the Good Life
Webinar: Parkinson’s and the Good Life

November 2, 2020

Webinar: Holistic & Supportive Care for Living Well with Parkinson’s
Webinar: Holistic & Supportive Care for Living Well with Parkinson’s

November 4, 2020

Webinar: Mental Wellness for Parkinson’s Care Partners
Webinar: Mental Wellness for Parkinson’s Care Partners

November 12, 2020

Past Webinar Recordings

In this webinar, Dr. Haug discussed:

  • The three main types of medications used to treat the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s
  • Common misconceptions about levodopa
  • Strategies for choosing initial medication
  • Medication boosters
  • Side effects of the most common medications that treat motor symptoms
  • Recent developments in treatment options

In this webinar, Dr. Goetz answered the following: 

  • What causes Parkinson’s disease psychosis?  
  • What are hallucinations and delusions and their different types?
  • Do hallucinations happen while sleeping? Are they the same as vivid dreams and nightmares? 
  • What makes some people more likely to experience hallucinations and delusions than others?  
  • What can a person with Parkinson’s do to reduce or manage them? What treatments are available (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) 
  • What can a Parkinson’s care partner do when their person with Parkinson’s is experiencing them? 
  • When should someone see a doctor about them? 

In this webinar, founding teacher of Dance for PD® David Leventhal addressed:

  • This history of Dance for PD
  • The benefits of dancing for people living with Parkinson’s (even if you think you can’t dance)
  • Who Dance for PD classes are for and what they’re really about
  • The value of dancing with others
  • What to expect at your first class (and how to participate even if there’s not a program in your area)
  • The importance of exercise (how intense, how much, how often)
  • And much more

In this webinar, movement disorder specialist Dr. Ray Dorsey addressed:

  • The stages of Parkinson’s and how to recognize the signs of progression
  • Prodromal symptoms of Parkinson’s
  • Common symptoms that are often misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s
  • How to “interview” patients effectively
  • Some of the key differences between how men and women experience Parkinson’s
  • The importance of exercise (how intense, how much, how often)
  • Challenges with medication and medication side effect management in Parkinson’s
  • When to make a referral and to what type of specialist

In this webinar, Dr. Michael Okun shared his eight pearls for living a better life, including information on:

  • The importance of knowing your Parkinson’s type
  • One of the most powerful drugs you can take to reduce Parkinson’s symptoms
  • The number one reason you want to start medication therapy now
  • The ideal medication plan for you
  • How to know when medication isn’t enough
  • How to eat for energy, health, and longevity
  • And more…

In this webinar on Parkinson’s nutrition and living well, Dr. John Duda addressed:

  • How dietary choices can affect symptom control in Parkinson’s
  • How particular foods and timing of meals may interfere with Parkinson’s medication
  • How age, progression of Parkinson’s and history can affect the efficacy of certain dietary choices
  • Dietary management of non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s such as sleepiness and fatigue, nOH, constipation, and excessive weight loss
  • The role of the gut microbiome in Parkinson’s and how to improve the gut by making better dietary choices
  • How nutrition can change the molecular mechanisms present in people with Parkinson’s and may even provide disease-modifying effects
  • And much more

In this webinar, Dr. Ronald Postuma discussed:

  • What causes sleep problems in Parkinson’s
  • The difference between sleep changes related to aging and those related to Parkinson’s
  • The difference between sleepiness and fatigue
  • The connection between sleep and medication
  • Different types of sleep disorders (somnolence, insomnia, REM sleep behavior disorder) and how to treat them

Sponsored by Boston Scientific and Medtronic

In this webinar, the panel discussed:

  • The goals of DBS and how it works
  • About the different types of DBS systems (including the different types of batteries)
  • What symptoms DBS does and does not help
  • How quickly and how well symptoms respond to DBS over the long term
  • The biggest myths or misunderstandings about DBS
  • How to blend DBS and medication and what to expect over time
  • How the approval/evaluation process works
  • About the ethical implications/dilemmas related to DBS
  • How programming works, potential challenges related to programming, and what to expect
  • Developments and innovation in DBS

In this webinar, Dr. Al Condeluci shared:

  • The key concepts and importance of social capital
  • The difference between social isolation and loneliness
  • The biology of social isolation
  • The different types of relationships and the different types of value they bring to your life
  • What causes people to lose their social capital
  • How to develop social capital (or get it back if you lost it)

In this webinar, Dr. Janis Miyasaki discussed:

  • About the prevalence of pain in those living with Parkinson’s
  • The structure of the pain pathway and the different types of pain experienced in Parkinson’s
  • What causes pain in the early stages of Parkinson’s and how it may change as Parkinson’s progresses
  • How pain impacts mental health
  • How to talk to your doctor about pain
  • About the different treatments for different types of pain, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic
  • What you can do every day and throughout your journey with Parkinson’s to manage pain

In this webinar, Dr. Michael Okun addressed the following topics:

  • The current thinking on how to prevent onset
  • How to make expert care available to all
  • Where research is now and where it’s headed
  • How to reduce the costs of new treatments
  • What we can do today to advocate for the Parkinson’s-free future we all want

In this webinar on anxiety, depression, and apathy, Dr. Gregory Pontone answered the following:

  • What’s the difference between depression, anxiety, and apathy and how are they related?
  • What are the different types of depression and anxiety?
  • What are the causes of depression, anxiety, and apathy in people living with Parkinson’s?
  • When and how do you treat depression?
  • When and how do you treat anxiety?
  • How do you treat apathy?
  • What are some of the latest in treatments, including non-pharmacological interventions for these mood-related issues?
  • And much more!

In this webinar, Judy Long addressed:

  • How to transform helplessness
  • How to manage the feelings of helplessness in each moment
  • How to reframe and embrace helplessness
  • How to deal with the daily losses of living with Parkinson’s
  • How to embody constructive engagement
  • How to cultivate compassion-based practices to serve the self and others
  • And much more

In this webinar on financial wellness, Alice Lightner Johnson, a specialist in estate and financial organization, discussed:

  • The first step you can take toward achieving financial wellness
  • How to build your financial team and who to have on it
  • The must-have documents you should complete right away
  • How to make cost projections no matter how old you are
  • How to make sure your accounts are in order and won’t cause added stress for loved ones
  • The best way to organize all of your hard and digital assets
  • Strategies for organizing and simplifying your financial footprint
  • What, when and how to communicate with family about your finances

In this webinar on Parkinson’s nutrition and living well, Dr. John Duda addressed:

  • How dietary choices can affect symptom control in Parkinson’s
  • How particular foods and timing of meals may interfere with Parkinson’s medication
  • How age, progression of Parkinson’s and history can affect the efficacy of certain dietary choices
  • Dietary management of non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s such as sleepiness and fatigue, nOH, constipation, and excessive weight loss
  • The role of the gut microbiome in Parkinson’s and how to improve the gut by making better dietary choices
  • How nutrition can change the molecular mechanisms present in people with Parkinson’s and may even provide disease-modifying effects
  • And much more

In this webinar on cognition and how it relates to other non-motor symptoms, Dr. Jennifer G. Goldman addressed:

  • Non-motor manifestations of Parkinson’s
  • Causes of and management of non-motor symptoms
  • Cognitive symptoms, depression and other mood issues and how they may affect people with Parkinson’s
  • Confounding factors that affect cognition and signs that may indicate changes in cognition are the result of medication side effects or infections
  • Psychosis in Parkinson’s: how common, what causes it and how to manage it
  • The emotional toll that cognitive, mood, and other non-motor symptoms can have on a person with Parkinson’s and their care partners and how to manage it
  • And much more

In this webinar on the latest Parkinson’s research and clinical trials, Dr. Drew Kern addressed:

  • The different types of clinical studies and phases of clinical trials
  • The benefits and risks of taking part in clinical trials
  • Important information to consider before participating in a clinical trial
  • Where to learn about current clinical trials and how to apply
  • The latest Parkinson’s research and how it may affect you in the future
  • Innovations and advancements in surgical therapies for Parkinson’s
  • Novel diagnostic approaches and treatment options for Parkinson’s
  • And much more

In this webinar on psychiatric and cognitive complications in Parkinson’s, Dr. Daniel Weintraub addressed:

  • Parkinson’s progression and signs to look out for
  • Depression and mood disorders
  • The difference between Parkinson’s depression and general depression
  • The correlation between mood, motor function, and Levodopa levels
  • Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis (PDP)
  • Cognitive impairment and dementia and common cognitive profiles of those with Parkinson’s
  • Impulse control disorders (ICDs) and related behaviors
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep disorders
  • And much more

In this webinar on women and Parkinson’s, Dr. Michelle Fullard addressed:

  • Symptom presentation differences
  • Motor and non-motor symptom differences
  • Differences in Parkinson’s progression
  • Accessibility of care
  • Care partner issues
  • Disparities in outcomes
  • Quality of life differences
  • And more

In this webinar, Dr. Helen Brontë-Stewart addressed:

  • The goal of DBS
  • What happens when the neurosurgeon leaves the room (what to expect and how to prepare)
  • Dual therapy and how to blend DBS and medication
  • The pros and cons of fixed vs. rechargeable batteries
  • Symptom relief (how symptoms respond to DBS, how quickly and how well they respond over the long term)
  • Unexpected and surprising symptoms that DBS helps
  • Programming (how it works, potential challenges, and what to expect)
  • Developments and innovation in DBS
  • And much more

In this webinar recording, Dr. Kara Beasley discusses:

  • How Deep Brain Stimulation works
  • About the different types of DBS
  • What symptoms it does and does not help
  • How to decide what DBS device to get when there are so many options available
  • How the approval/evaluation process works
  • About the ethical implications/dilemmas related to DBS
  • The reality of DBS programming
  • The biggest myths or misunderstandings about DBS
  • And much more!

*While the generous support of our sponsors makes our educational programs available, their donations do not influence Davis Phinney Foundation content, perspective, or speaker selection.