Dealing with Motor Fluctuations

Dacy Reimer, APNP-C, from Neuroscience Group, addresses motor fluctuations, finding the right treatment for the symptoms you’re having, and “on” and “off” times with Parkinson’s. Learn more about Neuroscience Group at neurosciencegroup.com.

Recorded May 27, 2020.

Care Management & In-Home Care: Making Sure you Have a Plan

Options for senior care can be complex, so we talked with Susan Forbush at Stowell Associates about what “care management” really means. You need to know what options are available to you and your family, as well as what your plan can look like moving forward.

Recorded June 25, 2020.

Safe Driving: Assessments & Adaptations

Parkinson’s can add challenges to many of your daily activites. We talked with Laurie Misslich a supervisor at the Neuro Rehab Program at Aurora West Allis Medical Center about driving safety, driving assessments, and vehicle adaptations.

Recorded June 18, 2020.

PT & PD: Physical Therapy and its Impact on Parkinson's

Chris Potter, DPT, is a senior physical therapist at Aurora Medical Center Grafton, where he works with people with PD. Chris shares the positive impact physical therapy can have for someone with Parkinson’s, and what the PT experience should look like.

Recorded June 17, 2020.

Making Your Home More Accessible

Melissa Lydecker, MPT, ECHM, CLIPP is a physical therapist at Bridgeway Independent Living Design (BILD). She talked with us about home modifications and easy ways you can make your home more accessible and safe.

Recorded June 17, 2020.

Estate Planning: Prepare for your Future Now

​Attorney Joanne Leifheit discusses estate planning, including wills, trusts, and more. She shares how you can find the approach that best fits you personally and professionally, as well as when is the right time to start thinking about estate planning. She also covers the difference between healthcare power of attorney and financial power of attorney, and why you should include both in your plans.

Recorded June 1, 2020.

Reducing Stress through Mindfulness

Rick Paddock is a trainer and coach on Mindfullness. He shares ways to stay in the moment and reduce stress, while improving your physiological and psychological well being. Learn more at rickpaddock.com, or contact him at rick@rickpaddock.com.

Recorded May 27, 2020.

Navigating Care & Housing Options

Kim & Todd Siedl are the owners of CarePatrol of Greater Milwaukee, an organization that helps connect families with assisted living communities. They talk through finding the right facility for you or your loved one, and what you may want to consider before moving forward.

Recorded May 8, 2020.

Home Modifications: How Can you Keep Your Home Safe?

Michelle Jens, PTA, Greenfield Rehabilitation Agency, shares some simple ways to improve your safety in your home and prevent falls. Easy things like removing throw rugs, having a reacher tool, installing nightlights, and more can help you stay safer.

Recorded April 24, 2020.

Medications and Treatment Options for Parkinson's

Dr. Karen Blindauer, MD, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin addresses treatment options for PD.
– How do we develop an individual treatment plan?
– Will I eventually build up a tolerance to my PD meds?
– Why is it so important for my care partner to attend appointments with me?
– What new medications might be available to treat my PD?

Recorded May 4, 2020.

Rock Steady Boxing: Designed for Parkinson's

Ann Glor is a Rock Steady Boxing instructor at Wisconsin Athletic Club Lake Country, where she works with people who have Parkinson’s to help them take control of their symptoms and manage their disease. Learn about why Rock Steady Boxing is so beneficial for someone with Parkinson’s. CLICK HERE for some at-home movements.

Recorded May 1, 2020.

Parkinson Disease: Newly Diagnosed

Dr. Katie Spangler, MD, Marshfield Clinic, answers questions you may have if you have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s:

  • What are some common symptoms of Parkinson’s?
  • What tests does a movement disorder specialist conduct to diagnose PD?
  • What symptoms might be Parkinson’s, and what might simply be age-related?
  • What are the next steps after a PD diagnosis?
  • How can I prepare for my next doctor’s appointment?

Recorded April 28, 2020.

Parkinson's Dance Classes

Lisa Pritzl owns Empowerment Dance in Green Bay, and leads dance classes for people with Parkinson’s. These classes focus on PD-specific concerns, and include a wide variety of music. Movements consist of ballet, modern dance, musical theater, tap, improvisation, and more to engage the minds and bodies! Learn more at http://empowermentdance.com/classes/parkinsons-dance-class/

Recorded April 30, 2020.

Home Care Services During COVID-19

Stacie Opahle, owner of Caring Senior Service, talks about what home care services may mean for you now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the future.

Recorded April 20, 2020.

Routines, Responsibilities, and Relationships: Caring for the Caregivers

Ruth Busalacchi, owner of SYNERGY HomeCare, and Cheryl Lentz, caregiver for her husband Peter, talk about caregiving for a loved one with Parkinson Disease.

Recorded April 20, 2020.

Nutrition & Parkinson's

Michelle McDonagh is a registered dietitian at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin. She discusses how nutrition can positively and negatively impact Parkinson’s symptoms.

Recorded April 15, 2020.

Movement & Music: Exercise for Parkinson's

We talk with Mary Wood, WPA’s exercise coordinator, on why exercise is so important for someone with Parkinson’s. She also demonstrates the exercises involved in WPA’s Movement & Music classes.

Recorded April 15, 2020.

Ask the Doctor: Parkinsonisms

Dr. Taylor Finseth, MD, from Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute, addresses atypical Parkinson diseases that can be confused with Parkinson disease. Click HERE for the diagram Dr. Finseth used.

Recorded April 8, 2020.

Bladder & Bowel Issues

Erica Vitek, MOT, OTR, BCB-PMD, PRPC, from Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, addresses bladder and bowel issues that often accompany a Parkinson’s diagnosis.

Recorded March 31, 2020.

Dealing with Isolation

Carolyn Jarecki, life coach and school guidance counselor, discusses ways to avoid isolation and loneliness. For the assessment she discusses, visit viacharacter.org. Click HERE for an additional handout.

Recorded April 6, 2020.

Ask the Doctor: Deep Brain Stimulation

Dr. Ryan Brennan, DO, a movement disorder specialist at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin, discusses deep brain stimulation (DBS) as treatment for Parkinson’s.

Recorded March 31, 2020.

LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD: Why these therapies are beneficial

Erica Vitek, MOT, OTR, BCB-PMD, PRPC, from Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee talked with us about the LSVT program. LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD at therapies that are incredibly beneficial for someone with Parkinson’s. Learn more at lsvtglobal.com.

Recorded March 31, 2020.

A Conversation with Dr. Rachel Biemiller, MD, Gundersen Health System

Dr. Rachel Biemiller, MD, a movement disorder specialist at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin discusses the impact Parkinson’s has on vision, as well as why it’s important to prevent falls in people with Parkinson’s.

Recorded March 26, 2020.

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