PDWELL is developing community in multiple ways. First of all, our educational offerings will bring a sense of community through learning and sharing experiences. The Omaha area Parkinson’s community will be invited to “Give a Gift to Themselves” in December as we gather together to prepare Aware in Care kits from the Parkinson’s Foundation to ensure all are prepared for a hospitalization in 2020. We are currently planning social outings and non-educational gatherings such as a ping-pong tournament as well as intergenerational offerings based around exercise and healthy living such as cooking foods that are “brain rich” for Parkinson’s. We are reaching out into the community to bring resources in that will enrich their lives while they share the knowledge and passion they have for their hobbies/recreational activities.

PDWELL is sponsoring local Parkinson’s events. On September 29th we sponsored Walk the Park for Parkinson’s which is a 5K and fun run/walk for Parkinson’s Nebraska. We also sponsored the Nebraska Medicines 2019 Patient and caregiver symposium on October 14th.

PDWELL is participating nationally with Parkinson’s Foundation through hosting viewing parties for their 2019-2020 Expert Briefing series on topics such as “Coping with Dementia for Care Partners” as well as “Optimal Exercise Strategies for Stability, Stamina, and Strength”. I am an Aware in Care Kit Ambassador and will be educating the Parkinson’s community in Nebraska on the benefit of utilizing an Aware in Care Kit for every inpatient stay. We are on the planning committee both for Moving Day Omaha – a walk for Parkinson’s through the Parkinson’s Foundation and the 2020 Victory Summit from the Davis Phinney Foundation.