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Shuffling Editor and the Missus fly Monday to Portland, Ore. for the World Parkinson Congress

All we are sure about on the 5-day trip is this: off with the Florida clothes and into real September clothes, such as sweaters and outer jackets.

The previews of this meeting really hit one of my PD hotspots. Self-care by patients is expected to be a topic discussed in almost every venue at the Congress.

That’s fascinating to me because I am deeply involved in the fabulous PD SELF program. That’s the one that takes 17 recently diagnosed Parkies and their care partner through 9 months of learning about the disease — plus acquiring the self-management skills allowing them to form their own health-care team and write a care plan.

The Congress will hear from a Denver-Centered University of Colorado group of about a related effort to redefine palliative care as it relates to PD. Leaders are Neurologist Benzi Kruger and his patient partner Kirk Hall. Their model incorporates an umbrella accountability and assistance third-party that sponsors and oversees the patient’s self care.

After self care, the major topic is expected to be the immune system. The question is how it can be used to slow the disease process or even prevent the disease through such vehicles as vaccinations.

I plan to post each day on things that have caught my eye or provided me new knowledge about this mysterious disease.

Here’s an excellent instructional series coming from PDF. Mark your calendars.

Are you looking for practical tips for managing Parkinson’s disease? Join the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) newest series of PD ExpertBriefings beginning on Tuesday, September 13.

The newest series includes six free online seminars designed to cover gaps in PD education on topics such as travel, pain and sleep. And we have you to thank for the topics! In PDF’s annual survey about Parkinson’s education, 1,000 of you responded, letting us know which topics were most important. Your feedback helped form this series.

Getting Around: Transportation and Travel with PD
Tuesday, September 13, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET Sara Riggare, Ph.D. Candidate, Karolinska Institutet, and Rebecca Gilbert, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, Marlene & Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders at NYU Langone
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PD: Financial, Legal and Medical Planning Tips for Care Partners
In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month Tuesday, November 8, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET Martin M. Shenkman, C.P.A., M.B.A., J.D., Founder, Shenkman Law
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Pain in PD
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET Jori E. Fleisher, M.D., M.S.C.E., Assistant Professor of Neurology and Population Health, Marlene & Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders at NYU Langone
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Diagnosis PD, Now What? Managing the First Few Years with PD
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET Suketu Khandhar, M.D., Medical Director, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Movement Disorders Program, Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center
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Is It Related to Parkinson’s? Runny Noses, Skin Changes and Overlooked PD Symptoms
In recognition of Parkinson’s Awareness Month
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET W. Lawrence Severt, M.D., Ph.D., Attending Neurologist, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center
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Sleep and Parkinson’s
Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET Aleksandar Videnovic, M.D., M.Sc., Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital
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