The St. Augustine Parkinsonâ€™s Disease Support Group will welcome guest speaker Margaret Barnett, RN, LPC, a patient advocate for Quintiles/Abbvie Partners in Parkinsonâ€™s, to its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. June 13 2 p.m., June 13 at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Room 101, 1 University Blvd. She will discuss resources for patients with Parkinsonâ€™s disease. The event is free and open to the public.
Barnettâ€™s speech will include a multimedia presentation and a question-and-answer session to offer attendees personalized answers to their questions about the disease and managing their care. The presentation will include vital information for everyone affected by Parkinsonâ€™sâ€”from newly diagnosed patients to those who have lived with the disease for years, as well as their caregivers.
Watch a video about the speaker: https://youtu.be/tbaTITe-9Jc
A self-described nurse educator, Barnett helps patients understand the importance of seeking appropriate care from a comprehensive health care team that may consist of movement disorder specialists, general neurologists, primary care providers, and physical, occupational and speech therapists. She will also share tools and resources to help patients and caregivers learn how to hold productive conversations with doctors about medication choices and treatment.
With more than 20 years of experience in psychiatric and geriatric medicine, and behavioral and neurological health conditions, Barnett is uniquely qualified to work with Parkinsonâ€™s patients and their caregivers. Over the course of her career, she has worked in managed care, nursing home environments, and substance abuse in both private practice and community health settings. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University. She is also a registered nurse (RN) and licensed professional counselor (LPC).
Â Information: Melanie Lomaglio, 904-826-0084, ext. 1270, faculty member at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Sept. 19, 2 p.m.: Chris Larson from Medtronic, a medical device company, will present an overview of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) therapy, including which patients are eligible for DBS surgery and the clinical outcomes. A DBS patient will join him to demonstrate the benefits of the stimulation.
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