Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health announces its April schedule for caregiver programming, including the “Lunch & Learn” weekly education series, a special art series from The Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease support groups. All programs are designed for family and professional caregivers, featuring topics of interest to those who care for individuals with ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, dementia and other neurocognitive disorders. Complementing excellent patient care, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is focused on providing supportive services and programs to caregivers and family members, maximizing their knowledge, skills and capacity to provide care.

All educational programs are offered free of charge and are held at 205 South A St., Hawthorne, Nevada 89145. For additional information contact Patty Click, 702-316-1131 extension 13 or clickp@UNCE. unr.edu or Jasmine Sligh at 702-271-9563, slighj@ccf.org. Visit the patient and family services program calendar at www.keepmemoryalive.org/socialservices.

Lunch & Learn Educational Series

• April 6 : An Update On the Treatment of Parkinson’s disease – Brent Bluett, DO

This treatment-focused discussion will review the cardinal symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and the mechanisms of action behind these symptoms. Learn the importance of Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy in the diagnosis and management of Parkinson’s disease.

• April 13: Healthier Living for Family, Caregivers, and Individuals With Chronic Diseases – Pam Fine; Patti Nixon

Learn tools to improve life including communication skills, handling difficult emotions and maximizing mind and body connections.

• April 20: Unfreezing Techniques in Parkinson’s Disease – Christy Ross, Pt, DPT, GSC, CDP

Do you ever feel like your feet are glued to the ground or they suddenly stop moving when you’re walking? Many people with Parkinson’s disease experience freezing when trying to move or walk. The unpredictability of freezing causes increased fall risk and difficulty with daily activities. Learn Physical Therapy “unfreezing” strategies that will help get you moving again with more confidence.

• April 27: Concussion and the Brain: Is There A Link With Dementia? – Sarah Banks, PhD

There is a huge amount of information in the media about the risk of head injuries in sports and development of neurodegenerative disease. Explore the science supporting the issue as we disentangle fact from fiction.