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Interactive Demonstrations, Education, Activities, and Support for Mental Health in Parkinson's Disease


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Sign up for the 2021 Education Series is open now!


Join us as we explore an array of topics relevant to mental health and share tools, tips, and resources in an exciting and engaging format!

Jennifer Goldman, MD, MS and a team of PD experts will lead an interactive education and support series that will focus on ways for you to increase your knowledge about mental health topics in Parkinson's disease (PD) and to develop proactive strategies to enhance your mental well-being. Sessions will feature presentations from our Parkinson’s disease care team and guest experts in the field of Movement Disorders, including physical therapists, speech pathologists, psychologists, and more.

This four part series will offer:

Virtual "live" online webinar sessions on the Saturday dates listed (NEW starting November 6, 2021)

Options to view the virtual "live" online webinar sessions after the "live" event

Opportunities to view previously recorded sessions on-demand

Interactive question and answer sessions for people with PD and care partners

Opportunities to connect with others in the PD community




The Parkinson Foundation has provided a generous community grant for this educational series and we offer this invaluable program at no cost to attendees.

Sessions will last approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours. You can attend sessions "live" online via webinar or view the session videos on-demand, or a combination of both, depending on your schedule/preference. You can reside anywhere and participate.

Sessions that have already occurred are available via online video for new signups upon registration. All future sessions will take place on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Central Time.

Please see below for a detailed schedule.






November 6, 2021

Music and Speech Therapy

Julie Lenkiewicz, MS, CCC-SLP – Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

December 4, 2021


Sabrina Sitkoski, RDN, LDN – Shirley Ryan AbilityLab


January 8, 2022


Sunil Yadav, BCC-APC – Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

February 5, 2022

Physical Exercise, Fitness, and Activity

Aleksandra Gebska, Exercise Physiologist, ACMS, PWR!  – Shirley Ryan AbilityLab


How will online participation be structured? Do I need special software?


Participants may choose to view the sessions "live" online via webinar on the Saturday dates listed or on-demand. Video recordings of each session’s presentations will be available online, usually within one week after the live session occurs. Registered participants will be notified via email when each session’s online videos and online materials are available. There will be an online form for question submission. Responses to questions by the session presenters will be distributed to all participants.

You will not need specialized software to view the online videos "live" via webinar nor on-demand.

Research Study:


Participants in the education and support series will be able to participate in an optional research study. Those who opt in will be asked to complete research surveys containing questions about quality of life and caregiver strain. Participation in the research portion is strictly voluntary, and your care will not be affected by your decision to participate or not. Your responses will be anonymous. Information gathered from the research questions will help inform future educational series and ways to address the needs and interests of the PD community.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Doug Merkitch, Clinical Research Coordinator,, 312-238-5911

How can I register?

Please call Doug or fill out the online form