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Published on August 26, 2013

Free Seminar Offers Insight, Support for Parkinson's Patients and Loved Ones

COLUMBIA, Mo. — People with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers are invited to attend a free Parkinson’s Disease Patient and Caregiver Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center at 3300 Vandiver Drive in Columbia.

“Parkinson’s disease affects more than one million Americans, and about 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year,” said Irving Asher, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and director of MU Health Care’s Movement Disorders Program. “Life with this disease can seem overwhelming, but this event can help patients and their loved ones understand and manage their condition.”

Sponsored by MU Health Care’s Movement Disorders Program, the seminar will address movement symptoms and signs, emotional well-being and strategies for patients and caregivers, planning ahead with Parkinson’s disease, and the latest developments in diagnosing and treating the disorder.

In addition to Asher, presenters at the event include Thorkild Norregaard, M.D., a neurosurgeon at MU Health Care; Stephanie Reid-Arndt, Ph.D., a psychologist specializing in rehabilitation neuropsychology and associate dean of the MU School of Health Professions; Jeffrey Tarrant, Ph.D., a psychologist with the MU Student Health Center who specializes in biofeedback and stress management; Marilyn Beeson, MSW, LCSW, clinical social worker at University Hospital; and Patsy Dalton, a Parkinson’s disease support group leader.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the event.

For more information or to register for the conference, please visit call (573) 882-6139.