Join us on Saturday, May 1 to learn about techniques that have been shown to improve emotional health and well-being for people with Parkinson’s.
The virtual Mental Health and Parkinson’s Disease Conference explores the mental health impact of Parkinson’s and provides tools to help improve the emotional well-being of people with the disease and their care partners. You will leave the conference with evidence-based techniques that you can incorporate into your daily life to live better with Parkinson’s.
This free online conference is from 8:30am-12:30pm PST. Registration is required to attend.
The conference presenters are:
Mental Health and Parkinson’s with Suzanna Eller, MA, LMHC, NBCC. The day will start with an overview of what mental health looks like for people with Parkinson’s.
Discovering Mindfulness & Self-Compassion with Bartja Wachtel, MSW, LICSW, Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher. In this session you will be exploring the concepts and basic practices of mindfulness and self-compassion; how to approach the practices, understand what they are and are not, the natural suspicions of and resistance to compassion, as well as the research link between self-compassion, resilience and well-being, specific to Parkinson’s. This session will also provide a few simple practices and where to find support for an ongoing practice.
Yoga for People with Parkinson’s with Peter Lynch, lead instructor and owner of Yoga for PD. This session will introduce you to yoga techniques that are safe, fun and challenging. Peter will push you to explore where you can expand your dynamic range and practice a mindful relationship with your body to help gain improvements in daily activities, sleep, mood, and overall sense of well-being. Much of the yoga will be in a chair or standing using the chair as support depending on your mobility. Partners are encouraged to join to experience the same benefits.
Agenda, additional materials, and links to the webcast will be emailed to attendees by 5 pm PST on April 30, 2021.