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Published on June 23, 2014

Free Seminar Offers Support for Parkinson's Patients, Caregivers

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 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 Interstate 70 Drive Southwest in Columbia.

Sponsored by University of Missouri Health Care's Movement Disorders Program, the seminar will address emotional and spiritual well-being for patients and caregivers, commonly associated swallowing disorders, the latest developments in drug treatment of Parkinson's disease and the role of deep-brain stimulation.

"Parkinson's disease is a degenerative condition that has a significant impact on not only the life of a patient, but also the lives of friends and family," said Irving Asher, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at the MU School of Medicine and director of MU Health Care's Movement Disorders Program. "By attending this conference, patients and their loved ones can have a better understanding of their condition and its management."

In addition to Asher, presenters at the event include Kapil Sethi, M.D., director of the Movement Disorders Program at Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta; Matthew Page, M.D., an ear, nose and throat surgeon with MU Health Care; Teresa Lever, Ph.D., a researcher in the MU School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; and George Johnstone, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist in the MU Department of Health Psychology.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the event.

For more information or to register for the conference, please visit