Parkinson’s Symposium to take place at Cape Henlopen High School on November 6

by Dave on October 14, 2010

“Your Health,” A Parkinson’s Symposium drawing medical experts from around the Mid-Atlantic Region, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, November 6, in the auditorium at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes.

The event is targeted for members of the public with interest in this disease and will focus on what people with the disease and their caregivers can do to improve their physical and mental health, mobility, and ability to battle the disease. The cost is $25 a person and includes lunch. The event sponsor is the Delmarva Parkinson’s Alliance, with participation by physicians, researchers and other health professionals from Beebe Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Health System, The University of Delaware, The University of Maryland, Baltimore, and The University of Pennsylvania.

“We believe that this is the first symposium of its kind to take place on the peninsula,” says Dennis Leebel, who has co-organized the event with Becky Dunlop, Outreach Coordinator for the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center at Johns Hopkins. “We hope attendees will take away something they can use immediately to help assist in their battle against Parkinson’s.”

Presentations will include information on medical progress and surgery such as deep brain surgery, exercise, mental outlook, spirituality, medications and care-giving.

Deborah Brooks, co-founder of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, will give the opening address. Ms. Brooks, a native Delawarean, was president and CEO of the Foundation from 2000 to 2007, and was instrumental in moving it from a start-up to the world’s largest private donor for Parkinson’s research.

Beebe Medical Center community health nurses will offer free blood pressure tests and glucose screenings. Students form the Beebe School of Nursing will be available to help those with difficulty in moving around the event facility.

For more information or to register call Dennis Leebel at 302 644 3465.

Release from Beebe Medical Center

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