Resources for Movement Disorders Patients

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Lunch and Learns

Register for In-person or virtual!
Parkinson's Disease related topics
Sessions offered monthly on the first Thursday, from 12-1pm
New Topic announced each month!

Date: July 1, 2021
Topic: "Experimental Models of Parkinson's Disease: Lessons and Limitations"
Speaker:  William Church, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Neuroscience
Trinity College
Hartford, CT

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!
Please remember to register each family member separately when registering for in-person session.

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 and will need to respond with your choice for lunch. 

PD Net: Caregiver Assistance Program

Our program is 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.

A Two-Hour Caregiver Class

Class is offered once per month with focus on the following, but specific to the needs of patient and abilities of volunteer caregiver:

  • 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.