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UH Boot Camp to Help People with Parkinson’s Take Control

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Free program includes expert talks about research and therapies

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals (UH) Neurological Institute’s Movement Disorders Center will host its fourth Parkinson’s Boot Camp on Oct. 13, 2012, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Landerhaven Executive Caterers, 6111 Landerhaven Drive, Mayfield Heights, Ohio 44124.

This free, hands-on event will demonstrate exercise techniques, mind and body wellness practices, and invigorating skills to manage Parkinson’s. The program will include sessions about Parkinson’s research; medical and surgical therapies; benefits of physical therapy; research on benefits of exercise; dance therapy benefits; yoga; and deep brain stimulation.

Presenters include David Riley, MD, Director, Movement Disorders Center; Benjamin Walter, MD, Medical Director, Deep Brain Stimulation Program, Jonathan Miller, MD, Director, Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery, all on the medical staff of UH Neurological Institute and on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and Lawrence W. Elmer, MD, PhD, Director, Center for Neurological Health, University of Toledo.

While the program is free, pre-registration is required, and seating is limited. Previous boot camps have attracted 700 attendees.

To register, please visit www.uhhospitals.org/bootcampfall by Oct. 6 Sign in and breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided.

The program is presented in conjunction with Courageous Steps for Parkinson’s and the Ohio Parkinson’s Foundation Northeast Region.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the United States. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure or definitive cause of Parkinson’s.

“The disease is more than just tremors and trembling. The disease affects the most basic abilities that we often take for granted such as walking and talking. We want to help people suffering from this disease and provide supportive information for care givers,” said Dr. Riley.

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