How Neuropalliative Care can Improve Quality of Life for People with Parkinson’s

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Join us for a conversation about palliative care. Also known as supportive care, it is a holistic approach that addresses physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs — and can help improve quality of life for individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their family.
About our speakers:
Dr. Jessica Besbris completed her neurology residency at UCLA in 2015 and her palliative care fellowship at the West Los Angeles VA in 2016. She is board-certified in both Neurology and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where she provides inpatient and outpatient palliative care consultation to persons living with serious neurological disorders, and serves as Director of Neuropalliative Care.
Emily Downing-Mahli is an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner who completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Master of Science in Nursing at UCLA. Her career includes managing high-risk patients during post-acute hospitalization, a successful pilot as a post-discharge visit nurse practitioner to reduce hospital readmissions, and a broad range of experience in older adult care from wellness to end-of-life care in various settings. In her current role at Cedars-Sinai, Emily provides outpatient neuropalliative care to persons living with serious neurological disorders.
This event is part of PCLA’s “Let’s Talk Parkinson’s” series of live online events. Special thanks to our program sponsors Abbott, Acadia, and Boston Scientific, for making this series possible.
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