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Midwest Parkinson Congress

On Friday, October 27, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, the Greater St. Louis Chapter of the APDA will present a Mini-Parkinson Congress in the bi-state region.  Participants will choose from three tracks: Treatment for Advancing Parkinson Disease, Movement as Medicine and Care Partner Resources. All attendees will convene for an hour long panel presentation from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. A box lunch will be provided.   Registration is required, as space is limited. More information on the tracks are provided below. Due to the nature of the event, you may only choose one track to participate in, however each track will be recorded and archived on our website after the event. 

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Track 1: Treatment for Advancing Parkinson Disease

Today’s Parkinson disease (PD) drug development pipeline is rich with symptomatic therapies designed to address unmet needs. At this session, panels of Movement Disorder Specialists and individuals who have experienced symptomatic therapies will participate in a physician/lived experience panel to facilitate understanding of the procedures, indications and candidate selection.  Panelists will share personal experiences and answer questions from the audience. Moderator will be Dr. Diego Torres-Russotto and medications will include Dr. Perlmutter:

  • Inhaled levodopa and under-the-tongue apomorphine
  • Extended release amantadine (for management of levodopa-induced dyskinesia)
  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS) and Duopa (Dr. Mwiza Ushe & Dr. Paul Kotzbauer)
  • Xadago and Rytary
  • Nuplazid – a new treatment option for psychosis (Dr. Kevin Black)

Track 2: Movement as Medicine

In the exercise track, best practices and specific exercise techniques will be discussed by some of the renowned PTs in the area, Gammon Earhart and Ryan Duncan and special keynote speaker, Terry Ellis, PT, PhD, NCS, Director of the Center for Neurorehabilitation and the APDA National Rehabilitation Resource Center at Boston University.  Fall prevention and freezing of gait will be of interest to all enrolled in this session as Dr. Pietro Mazzoni will include findings of his research in this area.  Individuals will learn about techniques that have been proven to improve quality of life and may slow the progression of this disease. This will be an interactive session, so wear your sneakers and be prepared to participate in selected exercises as you learn about dance, interval training, Rock Steady Boxing, Tai Chi, yoga and other evidence-based interventions.

Track 3: Care Partner Resources

Caring for the care partner will be the third track.  Continuum of care –topics such as in-home care, skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care will be discussed.  Other topics will include:

  • Protecting your assets as you navigate the healthcare system (elder law attorney)
  • Monitoring the safety and judgment of your loved one
  • Home modifications (Jamie Archer, MOT, OTR/L)
  • ABCs of Medical Management (including update on the Medications on Time program)
  • Dealing with dementia – managing changing personalities

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