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Education & Support

The Parkinson’s Foundation Heartland Chapter is working to ensure you have resources at your fingertips. Therefore, we provide wellness and exercise classes, support groups and educational symposia.

Save the Dates – 2018 PD Education

Parkinson’s Foundation Expert Briefings-Heartland Chapter on-site viewing 
These webcasts feature experts on PD-related topics and will be broadcast live on the following dates.  You may join us at the designated location, or watch from the comfort of your own computer. The briefings are also archived for your viewing at a later date.

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 12:00-1:30 p.m. Parkinson's Disease Psychosis: Hallucinations, Delusions and Paranoia 

We will watch live from the Heartland Chapter Office.  Please reserve your spot – RSVP to Kim Nitz or call 913.341.8828

As part of chronic Parkinson’s disease and its treatment, psychotic behaviors occur in over 50% of patients.  These problems include illusions (perceptual errors), hallucinations (false perceptions), delusional thinking and even suspiciousness and paranoid behaviors.  In most instances, hallucinations are visual, but they can involve the auditory, tactile, olfactory, and gustatory (taste) systems as well.  Because such experiences tend to be repetitive (the same little black dog runs across the room), the patient often has insight and recognizes the hallucination as a false perception.  However, the situation can become more problematic with rigid insistence that the images are real and even threatening.  Psychotic behaviors are a high risk for nursing home placement, because families find them difficult to manage, especially if agitation and paranoid accusations are lodged against the caregiver.  Even though hallucinations usually start out as minimal intrusions, the spectrum of psychotic behaviors is progressive, and early recognition by patient, family and physician allows for detection and treatment interventions.  Life style changes, medication adjustments, and new specifically anti-psychotic treatments are available. 



Thursday, March 1, 2018, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.  Community Presentation - Parkinson's Disease Progression by Dr. Stanley Fisher
Dr. Stanley Fisher, co-director of Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute will present on the progression of Parkinson’s Disease regarding motor and non-motor symptoms, treatment options and decisions, and offer question and answer time.  Seating is limited, RSVP to Kim Nitz or 913.416.4116

Location:  Heartland Chapter Office, please RSVP to or call 913.341.8828 



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