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Community Education & Outreach

For the past several years, the Movement Disorders Division at the University of Utah has been directly involved in the organization of several educational activities in the community. The lectures were given by members of the movement disorder team or speakers invited by the division.


Parkinson's Disease Caregiver Conference: March 30, 2024

  • This is a short conference specifically for caregivers of Parkinson's Disease. It takes place on March 30th, from 9 to 11 a.m., at 729 Arapeen Drive, SLC, UT. Register here. Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Parkinson's Disease Education Symposium: April 27, 2024

  • This is a half-day conference for anyone dealing with Parkinson's Disease (PD): people with PD; family; caregivers; and anyone interested in learning more about PD. It will take place on April 27, 2024, from 9 to 1 p.m., at 480 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108. Register and learn more here. The cost is $20, which includes lunch.

Moving Day Salt Lake City: May 4, 2024

  • The first ever Moving Day in Salt Lake will be on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Liberty Park!
    Go here to get more information and register a team. To stay up to date on the latest for the event, follow the Facebook page:

PD Caregiver Support Group (Monthly)

  • The monthly PD Caregiver Support Group meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month from noon to 1. Join their Zoom meetings at this link: The meeting ID is 917-0887-7914, and the passcode is 624266.


St. George Parkinson's Disease Symposium: October 21, 2023

  • This conference in St. George is a day for individuals, families, and the community to learn about Parkinson's disease. Learn more about medications, caregiving, current management, treatment, and Parkinson's research. Register here.

Utah Parkinson's Disease Symposium: April 15, 2023

  • We are planning on hosting a one-day educational symposium for our PD patients and their family/caregivers on April 15, 2023, which is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Learn more.

PD Support Groups

Area Where & When Contact
Davis County

First Wednesday at 6 p.m.

North Davis Senior Activity Center

42. S State Street, Clearfield

Dale George

(801) 451-6238


Third Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

Tooele Senior Center

59 East Vine Street

Hal and Peggy

(435) 840-3683

Cedar City

Second Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m.

Cedar City Senior Center

489 E 200 S

Steve Wise

(702) 552-4913

Weber County

Fourth Wednesday @ 6 p.m.

Farr West Senior Center

1896 N. 1800 W, Farr West

(801) 475-2100
St. George

Third Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

St. George Senior Center

245 North 200 West

Barbara Little

(435) 668-8028

Salt Lake City

Third Thursday at 6 p.m.

Imaging and Neurosciences Center

729 Arapeen Drive

Rebecca Starks

Park City

First Wednesday @ 3:30 p.m.

Park City Hospital

Blair Education Center Room 4

900 Round Valley Drive

Nadine Nye

Cache Valley

First Wednesday @ 2 p.m.


209 W 300 N, Logan

(435) 716-8535
Utah Valley

Third Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

Senior Center

97 N 400 W, Orem

Randy and Liz Covington

(801) 225-9099


Presentation to the Teton Parkies (A Parkinson’s Support Group in Jackson Hole, WY): October 24, 2021

  • "Movement Disorders Resources at the University of Utah" by Paolo Moretti, MD; Guillaume Lamotte, MD; and Panagiotis Kassavetis, MD, PhD

Virtual Lecture Series 2021

  • 10/18/2021 | "How to Search for a PD Clinical Trial" by Guillaume Lamotte, MD
  • 9/14/2021 | "Current PD Research" by Panagiotis Kassavetis, MD, PhD
  • 8/6/2021 | "Cognitive Problems Related to PD" by Meghan Zorn, PA
  • 7/8/2021 | "Depression and Anxiety Management with PD" by Perla Thulin, MD
  • 6/8/2021 | "What to Expect from PD Surgery and How to Best Prepare" by Desiree Dunn, RN

Presentation to the Teton Parkies (A Parkinson’s Support Group in Jackson Hole, WY): January 31, 2021

  • ​​​​​​​"Q & A on Parkinson’s Disease" by Paolo Moretti, MD


Virtual Parkinson’s Disease Caregiver Symposium: November 11–17, 2020

  • "The Essentials of Socialization for Caregivers and Care Persons" by Indu Subramanian, MD 
  • "Anticipatory Grief" by Sherri Bickley, CSW
  • "Building Caregiver Resilience" by Kate Nelson

Virtual St. George Parkinson’s Disease Symposium: October 8–26, 2020

  • ​​​​​​"Speech Therapy & PD: How Can it Help?" by Julia Ellertson, MA, BA
  • "Motivation with PD" by Stephen Gonzalez, PhD, CMPC
  • "Vision with PD" by Amanda Redfern, MD
  • "Services Available to the PD Community in Southern Utah" by Melissa Mauchley, CSW, and Anna Hunsaker
  • "Estate Planning: Proactively Thinking" by Doug Fadel, JD

Virtual Idaho Parkinson’s Disease Symposium: September 11–18, 2020

  • "Surgical Interventions for Parkinson’s Disease" by John Rolston, MD, PhD
  • "Parkinson’s Disease 101: All the Things You Did Not Know" by John Steffens, MD

Virtual Salt Lake City Parkinson’s Disease Symposium: Educational Lecture Series

  • 9/18/2020 | "Parkinson’s Disease 101: All the Things You Did Not Know" by John Steffens, MD
  • 9/11/2020 | "Surgical Interventions for Parkinson’s Disease" by John Rolston, MD, PhD
  • 8/28/2020 | "What to Expect from Parkinson’s Disease Surgery and How to Best Prepare" by Desiree Dunn, RN
  • 8/26/2020 | "Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease" by Lee Dibble, PhD​​​​​​​

Virtual Support Group: August 11, 2020

  • ​​​​​​"Speak Your Mind Even If Your Voice Shakes" by Julia Ellertson, MA, BA

Virtual Support Group: April 2, 2020

  • ​​​​​​"Parkinsonism and COVID-19" by Paolo Moretti, MD

Heber Support Group Presentation: March 2, 2020

  • ​​​​​​"Research Advances in Parkinson’s Disease" by Paolo Moretti, MD


Salt Lake City Parkinson’s Disease Symposium: October 26, 2019

  • ​​​​​​"Welcome" by Rebecca Post, MSW, LCSW
  • "Medication Management and Parkinson’s Disease" by Paolo Moretti, MD
  • "County Aging Resources" by Kathy Nelson, Caregiver Support Training Specialist, Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services
  • "Surgery for Parkinson’s Disease" by John Rolston MD, PhD
  • "Adapting to Parkinson’s Disease" by Stephanie Jolley, OT

St. George Parkinson’s Disease Symposium, October 12, 2019

  • ​​​​​​"Welcome" by Rebecca Post, MSW, LCSW
  • "Parkinson’s Medications: An Update and Review" by Sarah Tisel, MD
  • "Overview of Advanced Treatment Modalities for Parkinson’s Disease" by Paolo Moretti, MD
  • "Mood and Cognitive Changes in Parkinson’s Disease" by Elisabeth Wilde, PhD

Parkinson’s Disease Caregiver Conference: April 13, 2019

  • Paolo Moretti, MD
  • "Sleep Considerations in Parkinson’s Disease" by Robert J. Farney, MD, FACCP
  • "Intimacy in Parkinson’s Disease" by Eva Tukuafu, MSW, LCSW

Stress Busting For Parkinson’s Disease Family Caregivers 2019 Workshops by Rebecca Post, MSW, LCSW

  • ​​​​​​4/6/2019 | "Choosing a Path to Wellness"
  • 3/30/2019 | "Taking Care of You: Healthy Living"
  • 3/23/2019 | "Positive Thinking"
  • 3/16/2019 | "Coping with Stress"
  • 3/2/2019 | "Grief, Loss, and Depression"
  • 2/24/2019 | "Facing Challenges"
  • 2/17/2019 | "Caregiver Stress and Relaxation"
  • 2/10/2019 | "Effects on the Mind, Body & Spirit"
  • 2/3/2019 | "Getting Started in Stress Busting"

Heber Support Group Presentation

  • "Sleep Disorders in Parkinson's Disease" by Perla Thulin, MD


Utah Parkinson’s Disease Symposium: October 13, 2018

  • ​​​​​​​"Parkinson’s Disease Update" by Katherine Widnell, MD, PhD
  • "Genetics of Parkinson’s Disease" by Paolo Moretti, MD
  • "Genetic Research in Utah" by Lisa Cannon-Albright, PhD

Tooele Support Group Presentation

  • "Sleep Disorders in Parkinson's Disease" by Perla Thulin, MD


Utah Parkinson’s Disease Symposium: October 14, 2017

  • ​​​​​​"Therapies for Advanced Parkinson’s Disease" by Camila Aquino, MD
  • "Dance for Parkinson’s Disease" by Lauren Brown
  • "Herbal Supplements and Parkinson’s Disease" by Erica Marini, Pharm D
  • "Living with Parkinson’s Disease and Managing Mood" by Melissa Mauchley, LCSW