There were many inspirational moments at the WPC. I have already written about some of them, and will highlight a few more today.
The most inspiring speaker of the WPC was Dr. Linda K. Olsen, who gave the keynote speech at the opening. Dr. Olsen lost both of her legs and and arm in a car and train accident over 30 years ago. Many years later she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Her indomitable spirit is amazing. Enjoy the video of her speech from Tuesday night. Turn up the volume, because it is a bit muted.
Thursday, June 6
Thursday at the WPC started early. Ronnie Todaro, from the Parkinson’s Foundation was presenting at Hot Topics at 8:00 am. Her presentation “A Closer look at the unmet needs, research and care priorities for Women with Parkinson’s” was about the Women and PD Study that I had been a co-chair of for the last two years.
Getting a shout-out from Ronnie Todaro at her Hot Topics presentation was the highlight of my day!
I then went to the PD Movement Lab with Pamela Quinn, which was terrific. Here is the description of the session from the program catalogue:
“Using a wide range of dance moves, great music, and practical cueing strategies, we use a wide range of dance movements, wonderful music and practical cueing strategies, we challenge the body, defy our expectations, and Challenges the body, violates our expectations, and enhances our spirit.”
Mr. Twitchy and I went to a showing of the film “Kinetics” (https://www.kineticsfilm.com/) by Sue Wylie. Then went to get our Bento box lunches for the day, only to find out that there was a glitch with the caterer, who did not provide enough and they ran out of food! After scrambling to find something to eat, I missed almost all of the noon talk by Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka on “Current status of iPS cells and efforts for medical application”. I will have to watch the video later.
My final session of the conference was a round table discussion on “Staying positive and engaged after a Parkinson’s diagnosis, advice from a PwP and care partner.” I decided to check it out because one of my Parky friends was leading the discussion. Since there was a Japanese interpreter at the session, most of the participants were Japanese and much of the time was spent translating. I think everyone got something out of the session, but it was hard to tell because of the language barrier. I had to leave a few minutes early to catch a train to Tokyo.
One thing I learned today is that I apparently missed some very good sessions throughout the three days for various reasons. Will have to catch up by watching what is available on Youtube. Right now, you can view some highlights by Sarah King at by clicking here. At the end of the conference it was announce that the next WPC will be in Barcelona from June 7-10, 2022.