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September 4, 2013
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Special HealthLink Seminar to highlight treatment of Parkinson’s disease Sept. 12

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The latest developments in Parkinson’s disease care and treatments will be highlighted in a special seminar, “Living an active life with Parkinson’s disease,” Sept. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Upstate University Hospital’s Healthlink site, 6333 NY Rt. 298, East Syracuse. The seminar and on-site parking are free. To register, call 464-8668.

Parkinson’s disease has been in the news recently, with the disclosure last month that Grammy award-winning vocalist Linda Ronstadt had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and was no longer able to sing, due to a loss of muscle control.

Parkinson’s disease is degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that affects more than one million Americans, robbing them of speech, mobility and cognitive abilities.

“This seminar provides a unique opportunity to learn about this debilitating disease and how it affects every day lives,” said Cindy Cary, HealthLink program coordinator. “We have an array of medical professionals that will provide insight on the latest advancements in Parkinson’s. The seminar will concentrate on the progressive nature of the condition as it relates to the patient as well as caregivers.”

The program will feature numerous experts talking about all aspects of treatment and care for Parkinson’s disease patients. The keynote speaker is Dragos Mihaila, MD, an Upstate physician who directs Upstate’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program.

Other presenters include, Carol Sames, PhD, Director, Vitality Fitness Program, who will discuss the importance of movement in maintaining your health and Tara Price-Palmer, OTR/L; and Donna Sims, CTS, Upstate Medical University who will present jointly on adapting activities and the home setting to changing needs of an individual with Parkinson’s.

Caption: Dragos Mihaila, MD, will discuss the latest developments in Parkinson’s disease care and treatments at a HealthLink seminar Sept. 12.

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