2018 Hope Conference for Parkinson's - Educated & Inspired!

May 29, 2018


The 2018 Hope Conference for Parkinson's took place in both Calgary and Edmonton this past Saturday, May 26, 2018.  With over 230 people attending in each city, 2018 Hope Conference surpassed all previous attendance records!  It was a memorable day full of inspiration, motivation, education and fun.


"Great speakers, learned so much, will definitely do this again next year!"
"Thank you.  Very informative. Enjoyed it all!!  Look forward to the next one.  It was our first time."
"Thank you for putting together an informative day.  This was my first exposure to PD education and I enjoyed it."
"I was impressed with the supportive, caring atmosphere."
"Parkinson's Association was impressive for coordination, knowledge and unity of purpose displayed!"

Parkinson Association of Alberta would like to take this opportunity to thank 2018 Hope Conference for Parkinson's sponsors AbbVie and Sunovion for helping to make this event possible.


Despite technical difficulties (unfortunately resulting in each city being unable to clearly hear and/or see the other) Parkinson Association of Alberta was fortunate to welcome not one, but two incredible keynote speakers.  Nathan Dempsey and Dr. John Ratey delivered presentations that were both inspirational and compelling.  Former NHL-er, Nathan Dempsey delivered a relatable and inspiring tale of hockey, battling to overcome obstacles and passion; while best-selling author and renowned psychiatrist, Dr. John Ratey delivered a compelling and fascinating presentation on his investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain. 


The always popular and highly regarded Ask the Experts Panel was led by Dr. Fang Ba accompanied by Dr. Jorge Perez-Parada, Dr. Daniela Buttenschoen, Dr. Naheed Rajabali and RN, Charlene Heavener.  They responded to questions from both audiences and covered a variety of topics from Parkinson's Plus Syndromes to medical marijuana to medication interactions and more. 


The afternoon Breakout Sessions were exceptional, with attendees given options to best customize their conference experience.  Breakout Sessions included:  Advanced Care Planning, Cognition, Managing Anxiety & Depression, PD & Food-Based Therapies, PD & Nutrition, PD & Dance, Music Therapy & PD and PWR!.  Attendees commented that their Breakout Sessions were "excellent and very interesting" and "exhilarating" to reference a few of the responses. 
Parkinson Association of Alberta was also pleased to present both the Louise Plewes and Holly Metcalfe Awards to their respective families in recognition and honor of the time, effort and dedication both ladies contributed to help create the Parkinson's community in Alberta.
Parkinson Association of Alberta would like to extend a thank you also to the Keynote and Breakout Session presenters and the many volunteers who helped to make this such a beneficial endeavor for attendees.


Hope Conference is always an exciting opportunity for the Parkinson community to come together to be educated and inspired. Parkinson Association of Alberta strives to continue that level of education, inspiration, engagement and camaraderie throughout the year through core services like one-on-one/family supportive counselling and support groups, and through  programs and social events.  Parkinson Association also fulfills this goal by  promoting, profiling and funding vital research.  And, of course, through fund raising events like our annual Flexxaire Parkinson Step 'n Strideā„¢, Parkinson Tulip Tournament and more; all designed to ensure the entire Albertan Parkinson community is supported, educated and engaged.


Parkinson Association of Alberta encourages you to continue to get engaged and involved, and to reach out to get the support you need on your journey with Parkinson disease and Parkinson's Plus Syndromes.

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