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Parkinson?Support Groups plan educational program Saturday

August 22, 2012
The Daily News

ESCANABA - The Michigan Parkinson Foundation (MPF) has announced that the Northern Michigan U.P. Parkinson Support Groups are planning a free educational program on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Bay de Noc Community College, M-TEC Center, room 2020, in Escanaba.

The program will feature Parkinson's disease (PD) expert, Dr. John Goudreau, DO, PhD, associate professor of neurology at Michigan State University, and Denise Van Etten, RN, nurse coordinator, Movement Disorder Clinic at MSU.

In the Upper Peninsula, there are currently three Parkinson Support Groups: Escanaba, Negaunee (Marquette County), and Calumet. Within the Michigan Parkinson Foundation network, there are more than 55 groups throughout Michigan.

These support groups meet monthly to provide education and support to people affected by Parkinson Disease and their families. Understanding about PD helps people learn to cope with this devastating, chronic, progressive neurologic condition.

To pre-register, contact Michigan Parkinson Foundation at 1-800-852-9781

Parkinson Disease is a chronic, progressive degenerative neurological disease that currently has no known cause or cure.

Motor symptoms include: tremor at rest, rigidity, slowness of movement and falls. More recently, it has been acknowledged that non-motor symptoms, such as depression, cognitive changes, constipation, sleep problems, lack of smell, can interfere greatly with quality of life.

Although there is no cure, effective treatment, including medications, surgery in some cases, and rehabilitation therapies, can help people to live more satisfying lives.

These programs are being presented to help people with PD and their families learn more about current management of PD and resources available.

The Michigan Parkinson Foundation (MPF) is a non-profit organization that provides education and support to people with Parkinson's, their families and health professionals. It also supports research into the mechanisms underlying the disease and therapeutic strategies aimed at reducing the burden of illness.

For more information on MPF and Parkinson's disease, visit, or call 1-800-852-9781.



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