In April 2017, Tyler Henry, director of rehab services at Valley West Health Care Center in Eugene, Oregon, had the opportunity to share his expertise on Parkinson’s disease at two local conferences.
“I have been working and networking with Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon to better serve our community of people with Parkinson’s disease,” Henry explained. “We have been working with PRO with our LSVT program as well as coordinating and being involved in general education events and support groups.”
Melissa Moran, the education and wellness coordinator for PRO, invited Henry to give a one-hour lecture at the Parkinson’s conference in Medford, Oregon, on April 22. Tyler titled his session “Occupational Engagement to Control Your Health.”
“The focus was on empowerment for people to take control of their Parkinson’s and their health,” Henry said.
Henry also participated that day in a panel discussion alongside Dr. Keiran Tuck, movement disorder neurologist at The Oregon Clinic in Portland; Heather Balducci, clinical social worker with PRO; and Julie Mondz-Kleinman, a speech therapist. Attendees, including individuals with Parkinson’s and their families and caregivers, had the chance to ask questions.
The next day, April 23, Henry attended PRO’s Parkinson’s conference in Eugene. He represented Valley West and Life Care Centers of America with a booth at the event, providing educational material about Parkinson’s and about LSVT BIG®, an exercise program that encourages Parkinson’s patients to use bigger movements to combat the effects of the disease.