Resources for Movement Disorders Patients

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Lunch and Learns

Date: October 7th, 2021
Topic: Pain and Parkinson's Disease 
Speaker: Christina L. Vaughan, M.D., MHS
Associate Professor in Neurology
Chief of Neuro-Palliative Care
Associate Professor in Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO
Neurologist, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System

In-person attendees will receive a boxed lunch at the end of the session.
Up to 25 people will be able to register for an in-person* session held on MUSC main campus!

*For In-Person: please remember to include each attendee, limit 2.

There is no limit for those who are interested in attending virtually and couple registrations are welcome!

For Virtual attendance, register here

For in-person attendance, register here. You will receive a reply with details.

PD Net: Caregiver Assistance Program

A two-hour caregiver class based on the premise of empowering community members close to the people with Parkinson's Disease (PD) to be trained as volunteer caregivers or an as-needed helper, depending on defined needs by the people with Parkinson's. Some of the services caregivers could provide include companionship, time, reading to patient, taking a walk, assistance with light housekeeping, shopping, transportation, or meal prep.

Class is offered quarterly with focus on the following:

  • Motor and non-motor symptoms
  • Psychological stressors
  • Treatment
  • Safety and fall prevention
  • Swallowing precautions
  • Importance of medication compliance
  • Coping
  • Exercise
  • Relaxation

Those invited to participate:

  • PD patient and care partner
  • Potential new patient care partners:
  • Family members
  • Volunteers
  • Friends
  • Church members
  • Neighbors

Dates Offered

Please click on the date you would like to attend a virtual program and register:

For More Information

Email MUSC Health Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence Nurse Coordinator Nicole Cool, BSN, RN, at cool@musc.edu.

Parkinson's Disease Orientation for Newly Diagnosed Patients & Caregivers

"Newly diagnosed" as one year or less of a new PD diagnosis. Learn:

  • Introduction to Parkinson's Disease and current treatment options
  • Introduction to MUSC Health Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence Team
  • Community resources locally and globally
  • Tips and recommendations from Occupational Therapy on Parkinson's Disease and work life
  • Role of Physical Therapy in early Parkinson's Disease and overall importance of exercise
  • Role of Speech Therapy in early Parkinson's Disease for speech, voice, swallowing and communication changes
  • Overview of research in Parkinson's Disease, how to stay informed and get involved

MUSC Health Movement Disorders Team

  • Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence Team
  • Movement Disorders Physician
  • Nurse Coordinator
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy

Location & Time

  • Virtual Sessions
    Fridays from 2-4 p.m.

Dates Offered

Please click on the date you would like to attend a virtual program and register:

For more information

Email MUSC Health Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence Nurse Coordinator Nicole Cool, BSN, RN, at cool@musc.edu.