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Indiana Announces Baumann at Symposium

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

2012 Parkinson’s Symposium
The Parkinson’s Awareness Association of Central Indiana is proud to announce that the 2012 Symposium will be held on Saturday, October 6th at 1pm. Registration and Open House begin at 12pm. Please save the date on your calendar for this wonderfully educational event. Our speakers this year will be John Baumann, Attorney, Motivational speaker and Proud Person with Parkinsons, Joel Herskowitz, M.D. & Roya Saya, Ph.D., CCC-SLP who wrote “Swallowing Safely” and Aaron Batt, Assistant Federal Security Director of the TSA. We will also have an exercise break with “Dance for PD” followed by a question and answer panel. Light snack to be provided.

Cost: $20 per person with “Swallow Safely” book.
$15 per person without book.
** If you pay your PAACI dues, you get $5 off the registration fee for up to 4 people in your family.

Location: Indy West Conference Center, 400 N. High School Rd., Indpls., IN

Contact Sheri for more information at or 317-255-1993.

Parkinson’s Recovery Interview Comment

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Hello John,
My husband who also has had Parkinson’s for about eleven years, just finished listening
to you talk on line. I could not hear everything you said real well. I heard you well enough that
I went straight to Amazon and ordered your book. I THOUGHT I heard you say you would be
speaking in Arizona. Now I may be wrong but that is what I want to check on. If you are I
am sure we can get to where ever you will be, in fact we can be sure our entire Parkinson Support
group from here in Prescott will also come to hear you. Please let me know. You most certainly
are an inspiration.
Thank you

Pacers Game

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Dear Friends of Rock Steady Boxing,

Thank you for supporting RSB by purchasing tickets to the Indiana Pacers Nonprofit Spotlight Game (Pacers v. Milwaukee) to be played on Thursday, April 19th! As our special thanks to you, ticketholders will be treated to a free pre-game “Hope Through Research” reception with refreshments, honoring people with Parkinson’s involved in clinical research studies.

Dr. Stephanie Combs, assistant professor at the Krannert School of Physical Therapy (University of Indianapolis), and Dr. Elizabeth Zauber, neurologist with the IU School of Medicine and RSB Board Member, will discuss current and past research studies involving people with Parkinson’s disease.

John Baumann, inspirational speaker and author of “Decide Success: You Ain’t Dead Yet”, will emcee the reception.

“Hope Through Research” pre-game reception

Banker’s Life Fieldhouse

Pacers Square


No RSVP necessary

See you there!

Jessica Fithen, Administrative Manager
Rock Steady Boxing
5026 E. 62nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Fighting back against Parkinson’s


Saturday, November 19th, 2011

John M. Baumann JD, BBA, author of DECIDE SUCCESS (Twelve Action Steps): You Ain’t Dead Yet, is an internationally-renowned National Speakers Association inspirational success speaker. The DECIDE SUCCESS principles help real people deal with life-changing events providing Twelve Action Steps for them to live their lives to the fullest. For him, it was Parkinson’s Disease at the ripe young age of 41. For others, it may be another disease, an injury, loss of a job, lose of a loved one, relocation, divorce, issues with children, and even marriage. The DECIDE SUCCESS principles also help students obtain the most from school, those starting out in the workforce succeed and even someone taking up a new sport or hobby do their best.

Be sure to view his 2 minute inspirational video by going to and clicking on the “Look” flap on the top right corner of the opening page. The Kindle version of DECIDE SUCCESS is now available at and the book can be purchased from or through John will be interviewed on WAVE3 Sunday morning November 27th at 6:50am and signing books after making a presentation at Joseph Beth Bookstore in Lexington on November 30th at 7pm.

John has also contributed to the book Roadmap to Success, which also contains contributions by Dr. Ken Blanchard and Deepak Chopra, has made an appearance as a commentator on CNN HEADLINE NEWS and has hosted an Internet talk show on success (with more than 50,000 monthly listeners). John is also a contributor to the book The Peripatetic Pursuit of Parkinsons Disease.

As The Inspiring Esquire, John has produced two DVDs (Learn Success Today and Learn Negotiation Today) and a CD (Reclaiming Posi-spective). John is particularly proud of being selected the Most Inspiring Professor by the University of Louisville Scholar – Athlete of the Year and nominated as a 2011 Faculty Favorite. John dedicates his energy and passion to inspiring others and teaching success to audiences around the world. He qualified as a full member of the National Speakers Association his first year of eligibility and is an experienced, yet fresh, speaker with high energy and boundless passion.

John is also a practicing attorney, workshop facilitator and consultant in proactive workplace harassment elimination ( John also helps employers properly work with employees who become disabled and represents employees whose employers do not (

John earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Cornell Law School after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts School of Management. As an attorney, Mr. Baumann has passed the bar and practiced law in Texas, Louisiana and New Jersey before becoming General Counsel of a NASDAQ listed corporation headquartered in Kentucky.
John is also Chair of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Board of Directors. John has cherished being caregiver to his daughter (who has flourished despite being born with life threatening birth defects and cerebral palsy) and father to a college-aged son at the University of Kentucky.

Here is what others have said about John Baumann and his book:

John Y. Brown Jr., 55th Governor of Kentucky, former Owner of the Boston Celtics and successful businessman: “John Baumann has used his life as an example and inspiration for others to follow. Decide Success offers wisdom and confidence on how to make the most out of your life and find happiness and fulfillment every step of the way. After you read it, you will say: “What a book! What a life!” Good luck John. You’re a good man and have a great message.”

Amy McNeil, SARC Executive Director: “Your personal stories of growth and optimism struck a deep cord with those in attendance. If motivation was your only goal, you succeeded. However, if you were striving to inspire deep belly laughter, internal reflection, misty eyes, and a healthy dose of “open your eyes to the world that surrounds” as they say in Hollywood, you nailed it! Your engaging presentation left all conference-goers thinking about how to embrace and savour life. Conference evaluations only confirmed how I felt: ”Wow. Loved John Baumann as keynote speaker!!” “Such a motivated speaker. I will think of him and his life challenges when I am feeling down myself. I know I will not feel that way much longer.” “Wonderful presenter! Touching, funny, inspirational!” “John Baumann was excellent. I didn’t want the presentation to end. What a ‘Grand Finale’!” “Amazing!” Quality presenters are difficult to find, so I hope you don’t object to me recommending you to fellow colleagues.”

GJ Hart, Chief Executive Officer of California Pizza Kitchen and former CEO of Texas Roadhouse: “What an amazing book. As John says in the book, “Don’t give yourself a choice. Turn off the doubting Thomas in you. Silence the negative voice in your head” and read this book today. The best thing you can do for your personal and professional development is to read this book. So decide for yourself to succeed and read John’s book.”

Matthew Hamel, Executive Vice-President, Brown-Forman Corporation: “John Baumann has taken on the biggest questions any of us can face (What do I want out of my life? How can I achieve it?) and described twelve specific, concrete steps that will lead each of us to the answers. These answers will, of course, be different for every reader, but John demonstrates that the process by which we arrive at them is not. John’s method requires each of us to be honest with ourselves – even uncomfortably so. This is the hard part, but John leads by example, sharing his own journey with a disarming frankness. As big as the issues are that John urges us to wrestle with, he makes them manageable and even fun with his down-to-earth style. Reading this book, you will get the sense that you are chatting with a wise friend, which makes the challenge he lays down for us seem all the more possible. Read this book with pen in hand; you will want to highlight the many nuggets of wisdom and return to them often as you work John’s method to conquer the world, or at least your corner of it.″
Shahin Shoostari, PhD, Fellow Conference Speaker: “I am just writing to tell you your talk has changed me, …I came out of your talk a much stronger person…a much stronger caregiver….you are a great speaker John….with your positive attitude, and the great ability which you have to express your feelings, your opinions, and telling people your life story and your daughter, Katie’s story, you could CHANGE lives…. I don’t know how to express myself about the impact of your story on me John…..I was listening, I remember I cried, I laughed, I felt sad, and then happy….but at the end BEING STRONG, a much stronger person….as you were taking I was reflecting on my own life, on my own challenges….I found myself coming out of that session being a much stronger person….I am writing John, just to thank you for sharing your own story, and telling us how important it is to keep the positive attitude, but also take the time to rest and enjoy our lives and what we have. Your talk was fascinating, inspiring, relevant, practical…I was able to relate to what you were saying, even without having your challenges… I believe your talk would be good for everyone of us, for everybody regardless of the kinds of the problems and issues which we have……Being positive, being strong, enjoying life, helping others… I hope you continue telling people all about your life, and what has helped you to become who you are today………

Chris Campbell, Senior Vice-President, YUM Brands: “John – I just finished reading your book, and thought it was awesome. It is extremely well written, and filled with practical and useable advice supported by entertaining real life examples. The book is uplifting, energetic, enriching and inspirational. It provides a clear, common sense roadmap to improvement and success on all levels – professional and personal.”

T. Vernon Foster, Director, University of Louisville Business Solutions: “I have been reading your book and I love the vision and passion you convey to your audience. There is much for the reader to learn and digest. The value is understanding the basic rules of engagement and to better one’s outcome if they seize on your basic principles. I agree Thank you for sharing your personal journey in life with me.″

Debra Hoffer, President, Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana: ″John Baumann’s passion for self-realization is contagious. Go ahead. Read this book and be everything you can be.″

Pamela Kell, Parkinsons Creative Collective: “In his book, Decide Success: You Ain’t Dead Yet, John Baumann has written a terrific guide to living deliberately. Intended to inspire people with Parkinson Disease to move forward and forego the temptation to think their life is over, through humor, personal experience and touching revelation he presents a methodology for success in dealing with chronic disease. His common sense analysis of the steps necessary to turn tragedy into opportunity and the methods to implement those steps, applies to anyone who is in need of direction and focus. I wonder how much more successful all our lives would be had we developed these habits as young people? It is good to know there’s still time because ‘We ain’t dead yet!’”

Kathleen Crist, Executive Director, Houston Area Parkinsons Society: John: How do I thank you – let me count the ways …. you came, you thrilled, you brought people to tears, you brought people to laughter, but, most importantly, you inspired. Thank you.

Life-Changing Event

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

DECIDE SUCCESS helps real people deal with life-changing events and provides 12 Action Steps for them to Live Life to the Fullest. For me, it was Parkinson’s Disease at the ripe young age of 41. For others, it may be another disease, an injury, loss of a job, lose of a loved one, etc.

DECIDE SUCCESS is just as applicable to a student, someone starting out in the workforce or even someone taking up a new sport or hobby.

I am happy to announce that the Kindle version is now available at Amazon and you can still purchase the book at or through

I will be signing books and making a presentation at Joseph Beth Bookstore in Lexington on November 30 at 7pm. Please feel free to stop by if you are in the area.

Kindle version of DECIDE SUCCESS now available on Amazon

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

DECIDE SUCCESS helps real people deal with life-changing events and provides 12 Action Steps for them to Live Life to the Fullest. For me, it was Parkinson’s Disease at the ripe young age of 41. For others, it may be another disease, an injury, loss of a job, lose of a loved one, etc.

DECIDE SUCCESS is just as applicable to a student, someone starting out in the workforce or even someone taking up a new sport or hobby.

I am happy to announce that the Kindle version is now available at Amazon and you can still purchase the book at or through

I will be signing books and making a presentation at Joseph Beth Bookstore in Lexington on November 30 at 7pm. Please feel free to stop by if you are in the area.


Baumann nominated as Faculty Favorite

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Faculty Favorite Awards

John Baumann – Accountancy – College of Business – An amazing teacher who truly teaches what the students need to know outside of class. He is very inspiring and someone who deserves this award.

Each year, the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning asks UofL students to nominate faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants who make a significant difference in their learning and intellectual growth. Nominees exemplify the true spirit of teaching and learning through the eyes of their students. Using an online nomination process that is open to all students at the end of fall and spring semesters, students submit nominations and comments about their favorite teachers.

All faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants who receive nominations receive a formal letter of recognition from the Provost, along with a certificate, and are invited to attend the Faculty Favorite Reception, to be held on November 7, 2011, at the University Club.

All students who submitted a nomination are also invited to attend the reception to celebrate and honor their faculty favorite. Individual student nominations are also posted on the Faculty Favorite Awards website.

Additionally, faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants who receive the most nominations are formally recognized in a video presentation that premieres at the Delphi Center’s annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning. The video features the “top” nominees (instructors are eligible every four years) and a selection of students who submitted a nomination on their behalf. This year’s Celebration will be held on Friday, February 10, 2012 at Shelby Campus.


Monday, June 20th, 2011

So you have Parkinsons, what do you do now?

Overcoming Adversity Presentation prior to Indiana Pacer Game A Success

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Sent: Sun, April 10, 2011 6:51:42 AM

Subject: speech

Thank you, thank you for all you did to make our PD/Pacer event a huge success.  We have gotten nothing but positive comments about your speech and the event in general.

Your son was such a big help Friday. Nice boy, takes after DAD.  If we can help you with anything in the future, just give us a call.

Linda and Mary

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.

Inspirational Speech on Positively Living with Parkinsons

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Would love to speak to your group also.

John Baumann, Attorney
Proud Person with Parkinsons

Houston Area Parkinson Society
Annual Educational Symposium
Saturday, April 30, 2011

Houston Area Parkinson Society invites you to attend its 2011 Annual Educational Symposium, “Moving Forward with Parkinson’s: living until a cure is found.” This year’s event will review recent advances in Parkinson’s disease (PD) research and offer helpful, practical information for managing the challenges of living with PD.

Keynote Speaker
John Baumann

An inspirational talk providing insights as to why many care receivers and their families have a difficult time adjusting to life-changing illness, the power of having a positive attitude and the damaging effect of negativity.

8:30 Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:00 Biomarkers and Genetics
10:00 Break
10:15 Morning Breakout Session
11:15 Break
11:30 Lunch with Keynote Speaker
12:30 Break
12:45 Nutrition
2:15 Break
2:30 Afternoon Breakout Session
3:30 Adjourn


Full Audience Sessions
Biomarkers and Genetics
Dr. Joseph Jankovic and Sohini Chowdhury

This two part session on Parkinson’s disease research will focus on recent advances in biomarkers and
genetics. Part one will focus on defining biomarkers and explaining their utility in drug development. Part two will focus on the important role genetic factors play in the pathogenesis of PD and guidelines on how to interpret various genetic tests.

Morning Breakout Sessions
Deep Brain Stimulation
Dr. Richard K. Simpson and Dr. Mya C. Schiess

Learn more about Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) as an effective form of treatment for some people with
Parkinson’s disease. This session will provide a review of current research on DBS and discuss details of the surgical procedure. Learn how DBS works, who makes a good surgical candidate, which symptoms benefit and for how long, what outcomes to realistically expect and what recent scientific studies reveal about DBS versus best medical management including, benefits and risks.

When you think exercise—think BIG
Betty MacNeill, PT, DPT

There’s no question that everyone needs to exercise, but the added challenge for individuals with Parkinson’s
disease is to decide how much and what kind. Research in this area is on the rise and new guidelines and exercise strategies are emerging. Although many details are still missing, the bottom line is that exercise involving novel movements and physical challenges lead to more benefits in the long run. This session will explore some of these new approaches and provide practice experience for learning
movements associated with the LSVT-BIG® exercise protocol.

Bridging the communication divide: strategies
and treatment options
Terri Haight, MA, CCC-SLP

Studies show 50%-89% of those with Parkinson’s disease experience speech and voice disorders, but only a small percentage receive treatment. This course will discuss low-tech strategies and speech treatment options to improve both communication effectiveness and the communication environment. This session will provide an overview of the components of LSVT®, the gold standard of voice treatment for individuals with PD.

Jackie Nielsen, MS, RD, CDE
This session will highlight nutrition-related concerns and tips to improve quality of life. Learn how Parkinson’s affects the GI tract, how medications effect nutrition and health, and which supplements may or may not help.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Sleep well, live well. Understanding the
connection between sleep and PD
Dr. Mya C. Schiess.

Sleep related problems are common in Parkinson’s disease and if untreated, can make living with PD more
difficult. This session will include discussion of good sleep habits along with sleep problems commonly
associated with PD including insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, periodic limb movement disorder,
restless leg syndrome, dream enactment or REM sleep behavior disorder and sleep apnea, as well as effective therapies to maintain a healthy sleep cycle.

Love and other drugs in PD: what you need
to know but can’t learn from the movies
Dr. Joohi Jimenez-Shahed

This session will review medications commonly used to treat Parkinson’s disease, discuss treatment goals and approaches, and will provide pointers on effective communication with physicians regarding medication issues. Get the latest information on long acting dopamine agonists; the widely reported Sinemet shortage and Stalevo warnings; and what patients should know about benefits and potential side effects of PD drugs.

Viewing your health through your eyes
Dr. Rosa Tang

Learn about common and special eye problems related to Parkinson’s disease and available treatment options. This session will include information on blurred and double vision, dry eyes, eye movement, visuo-spacial orientation and more. Find out how these issues are different from age-related eye changes, how to
appropriately communicate vision changes and how to seek specialized care for PD specific eye disorders.