Parkinson's Community Outreach

  • Moving Day® NC Triangle, a walk for Parkinson’s - The UNC Movement Disorders Center helps to organize Moving Day® NC Triangle.On November 2, 2013, over 800 participants from around the state came out to Koka Booth Amphitheatre to show their support for the PD community and join in on kids’ activities, a celebratory walk, PD-beneficial exercises and much more. Donations from the event go towards growing local PD programming. We hope you can join us for the event next fall! For more information, please go to the Moving Day® website at www.movingdaynctriangle.org.

 

  • 4th Tuesday of each month – UNC’s Interdisciplinary Parkinson’s Disease Clinic: A half-day evaluation where PD patients receive full assessments from neurology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and social work. The interdisciplinary team meets to develop a comprehensive plan of treatment recommendations and referrals for each patient and provides assistance in arranging therapies and additional consultations. For further information, please contact Jessica Katz (jkatz@neurology.unc.edu or 919-843-1657). ch support
  • ParkNC, a Referral Network for Parkinson’s-trained allied health clinicians – Aware that people with Parkinson’s receive the highest quality of care and have the best health outcomes when they work with clinicians who are knowledgeable about this complex disease, the UNC Movement Disorders Center established www.ParkNC.org, a growing referral network for allied health clinicians (e.g., physical therapists, speech therapists, psychiatrists) who have received specialized training in Parkinson’s disease. ParkNC also lists NC’s Movement Disorder Specialists and PD support groups.
  • First Tuesday of each month – Chapel Hill Parkinson’s Support Group: Caregivers meet from 12:30-1:30 and the full group meets from 1:30-3:00pm. Meetings are held at the Seymour Center (2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill) in the Dogwood Room. For further information, please contact Jessica Katz (jkatz@neurology.unc.edu or 919-843-1657).

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    • DBS Educational & Support Group -The UNC Movement Disorders Center facilitates a quarterly meeting group as a safe space for people who have undergone DBS surgery, and their family members, to gather, learn and relate. We have a different expert presenter for each group. It takes place at the Seymour Senior Center on Homestead Rd in Chapel Hill. For more information or to be placed on the group’s listserv to be notified about upcoming groups, please contact Jessica Katz (jkatz@neurology.unc.edu or 919-843-1657).
    • Parkinson’s Disease 101 Program – A half-day educational program for individuals with early-stage Parkinson’s disease and their family members. Participants will hear an overview of Parkinson’s from our Movement Disorders Specialist, Dr. Nina Browner, as well as from experts in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Pathology, and Social Work. The program is held twice each year and costs $10 per person to attend. Lunch is provided to all participants. For further information or to be added to the waiting list for our next program, please contact Jessica Katz (jkatz@neurology.unc.edu or 919-843-1657).
    • Parkinson’s Disease 201 Program – A half-day educational program for individuals with mid-stage Parkinson’s disease and their family members. Participants will hear about mid-stage Parkinson’s symptoms, mood and cognitive issues, and treatments from our Movement Disorders Specialist, Dr. Nina Browner, as well as from experts in Deep Brain Stimulation, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Pathology, and Social Work. The program is held twice each year and costs $10 per person to attend. Lunch is provided to all participants. For further information or to be added to the waiting list for our next program, please contact Jessica Katz (jkatz@neurology.unc.edu or 919-843-1657).
    • Parkinson’s Disease 301 Program – A half-day educational program for individuals with advanced Parkinson’s disease and their carepartners. Participants will hear an overview of symptoms and treatments in advanced Parkinson’s as well as presentations on equipment needs, speech and swallowing treatments, the spectrum of long-term care options, hospice care, and coping strategies. This program is held once each year and costs $10 per person to attend. Lunch is provided to all participants. For further information or to be added to the waiting list for our next program, please contact Jessica Katz (jkatz@neurology.unc.edu or 919-843-1657).
    • Changing Roles and Relationships for Parkinson’s Couples – A full day educational program for couples where one person has PD or PD+. Participants will hear a range of presentations from expert speakers on topics such as challenging symptoms for couples, sex and PD, the importance of communication, making plans for the future together, adapting to changing roles and taking care of yourself. For further information or to be added to the waiting list of our next program, please contact Jessica Katz (jkatz@neurology.unc.edu or 919-843-1657).
    • Complementary Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease – A half-day educational program for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their families. Participants will hear presentations on complementary and alternative medical techniques such as biofeedback therapy, acupuncture, the Feldenkrais method, and music therapy. This program is held once each year and costs $10 per person to attend. Lunch is provided to all participants. For further information or to be added to the waiting list for our next program, please contact Jessica Katz (jkatz@neurology.unc.edu or 919-843-1657).