Adjusting to a New Normal: Living with Parkinson’s emerging from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Hosted by Resources for Seniors and Aware Senior Care
40-minute LIVE Webinar & Panel Q and A. Recorded Webinar will also be available.
Friday May 29th at 1:30 PM
Adjusting to a New Normal
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had to involuntarily Stay at Home” following CDC guidelines to halt the spread of the SARS-CoV-2, the virus spreading the COVID-19 disease.
People coined the phrase “a new normal” to describe adjusting our lifestyle’s adapting to social distancing, the closing of our favorite restaurants, pubs, stores, exercise groups, hair salons, social groups, churches and lastly and most significant, family gatherings. For many people, this was a big struggle and adapting and altering routines has been difficult.
The new normal is very appropriate. Even as we eventually emerge from the “stay at home”, the stigma associated with the disease will be around some time. This will probably cause a very slow progression back to large social gatherings and some hesitancy even hugging or shaking hands with a non-family member.
This webinar will bring together bright minds in home healthcare to talk about what this new normal is, what changes we should expect or anticipate in leading a life with Parkinson’s disease. The 40-minute webinar will conclude with an open Q and A session with Resources for Seniors, Aware Senior Care and other professionals that serve Wake County offering help with Parkinson’s care.
Gina Murray, RN, BSN
Aware Senior Care
Gina Murray is the co-founder and director of Aware Senior Care, an award-winning in-home care agency in Cary, North Carolina. She is a registered nurse with more than 30 years in the field of gerontology. Gina recently achieved a certification in Teepa Snows Positive Approach to Care as a Dementia Trainer. In May of 2019, Gina was honored by the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina with the Sherry Leigh Thomas Nurse of the Year Award.
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Elizabeth (Dietra) Buxton, PT, DPT
Dietra Buxton received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has been working for UNC Health Care since 2009. She has a special interest in working with people with Parkinson Disease and is a member of UNC’s Interdisciplinary Team for both Idiopathic Parkinson Disease and Atypical Parkinsonism. She has participated in Allied Team Training for Parkinson Disease through the Parkinson’s Foundation, and she has taught other physical therapists across the state about physical therapy management of Parkinson Disease during interdisciplinary continuing education courses. She is certified in both LSVT-BIG and Parkinson Wellness Recovery, which are two research-based exercise and wellness programs designed for people with Parkinson Disease.Read More about Dietra and UNC Health.
NC Triangle Area President
Meike is NC Triangle Area President at LifeLinks. Prior to joining LifeLinks in 2012, she worked for more than six years as a Targeted Case Manager in Wake County, supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Meike moved to the Triangle area from Hamburg, Germany, in 2006, where she worked in geriatric care for eight years. In her free time, Meike enjoys reading, photography, playing volleyball and staying active outside.
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Senior Care Coordinator
Resources for Seniors
Susan McGuire is the Senior Care Coordinator for Resources for Seniors, a 501 C3 serving Wake County. She is the Wake County coordinator for NC Department of Insurance Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP.) Her office is located at the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation, Five Points Center for Active Adults. She has worked in the field of aging since 2000. Her work includes developing and facilitating programs for adults on healthy aging. She meets one-on-one with people to assist them in finding the resources they need for living a safe and healthy life. During the COVID-19 pandemic she is meeting with clients virtually or by telephone. Since 2013 Susan serves on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging. Susan is a graduate from NCSU with a Masters degree in Family Life and Youth Development, and she specializes in gerontology and coaching. Read More about Resources for Seniors.