Resources for Movement Disorders Patients

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New Parkinson’s Disease-related topics are announced each month. Sessions are offered monthly on the first Thursday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Date: February 2, 2023
Topic: "What if it is not Parkinson Disease? A Discussion on Atypical Parkinsonisms"
Speaker: Federico Rodriguez-Porcel.
Movement Disorders Program
Medical University of South Carolina

In-person attendees will receive a boxed lunch at the end of the session. Up to 25 people will be able to register for an in-person* session held on MUSC main campus! 

*For in-person: please remember to include each attendee, limit two.

There is no limit for those who are interested in attending virtually and couple registrations are welcome!

Register for virtual attendance.

Register for in-person attendance.

After registering you will receive a reply with details.

PD Net: Caregiver Assistance Program

A caregiver class based on the premise of empowering community members close to the people with Parkinson's Disease (PD) to be trained as volunteer caregivers or an as-needed helper, depending on defined needs by the people with Parkinson's. Some of the services caregivers could provide include companionship, time, reading to patient, taking a walk, assistance with light housekeeping, shopping, transportation, or meal prep.

Class is offered 3 times per year during Lunch and Learns with focus on the following:

  • Motor and non-motor symptoms
  • Psychological stressors
  • Treatment
  • Safety and fall prevention
  • Swallowing precautions
  • Importance of medication compliance
  • Coping
  • Exercise
  • Relaxation

Those invited to participate:

  • PD patient and care partner
  • Potential new patient care partners:
  • Family members
  • Volunteers
  • Friends
  • Church members
  • Neighbors

Dates Offered in 2023

Please select a date you would like to attend a virtual program and register:

Register for in-person attendance.

For More Information

Email MUSC Health Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence Nurse Coordinator Nicole Cool, BSN, RN, at

Parkinson's Disease Orientation for Newly Diagnosed Patients & Caregivers

"Newly diagnosed" as one year or less of a new PD diagnosis. Learn:

  • Introduction to Parkinson's Disease and current treatment options
  • Introduction to MUSC Health Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence Team
  • Community resources locally and globally
  • Tips and recommendations from Occupational Therapy on Parkinson's Disease and work life
  • Role of Physical Therapy in early Parkinson's Disease and overall importance of exercise
  • Role of Speech Therapy in early Parkinson's Disease for speech, voice, swallowing, and communication changes
  • Overview of research in Parkinson's Disease, how to stay informed and get involved

MUSC Health Movement Disorders Team

  • Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence Team
  • Movement Disorders Physician
  • Nurse Coordinator
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy

Location & Time

Virtual and In-Person Sessions
Fridays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Register for in-person attendance here

Please select a date you would like to attend a virtual program and register: 

Dates offered in 2023

  • January 20
  • May 19

For more information

Email MUSC Health Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence Nurse Coordinator Nicole Cool, BSN, RN, at