News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Health & Fitness

November 19, 2013

HEALTH NEWSMAKERS: Nov. 20, 2013

Expertise from the state’s capital city will be available today for local people coping with Parkinson’s disease.

Nancy Pressner, president of the Parkinson’s Awareness Association of Central Indiana, will speak at the monthly meeting of the Terre Haute Parkinson’s Support Group from 10 to 11 a.m. today in Westminster Village at 1120 Davis Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Pressner is a registered nurse and has served as a Parkinson’s caregiver in her own family. She was a member of the board of directors of the Indianapolis-based PAACI for seven years prior to becoming the nonprofit agency’s president. That organization provides resources, education and support to affected individuals and families throughout central Indiana and the rest of the state.

Parkinson’s afflicts an estimated 1.5 million Americans. Its symptoms include muscle rigidity, tremors or the limbs, slowness of movement and speech difficulties. No cure is known, but treatments and medication have slowed the disease’s progression in many cases.

Terre Haute Support Group founder Loyal Bishop can be reached for more information at 812-242-4668.

David Schneider, a licensed practical nurse at Springhill Village in Terre Haute, was among the employees honored recently by American Senior Communities at an exclusive dinner at The Fountains in Carmel. The event included a speech by the highly regarded author and consultant Andy Andrews.

The Quest for Excellence Award honors one special employee from each of the 62 communities operated statewide by American Senior Communities. The employee must have consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence, dedication to his or her job, a positive attitude and a “whatever it takes” passion for customer service.

Visit www.ASCSeniorCare.com for more information.

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Marjorie Hays, R.N., of Rockville, will receive the Indiana Public Health Lifetime Award for Distinguished Service in Years of Health Advancement at the 29th annual Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Awards on Thursday.

Hays, 87, has been active in improving the physical and mental health of residents across west central Indiana for many years through such organizations as the Parke County Welfare Department, Parents and Friends of Retarded Children of Parke County, Hamilton Center Inc. Burnett Manor senior housing and the Parke County Community Foundation. She also received a grant which  established family nutrition classes she helped teach, the first community garden in Rockville and the nonprofit organization Families Eating and Exercising Together.

The Hulman Awards Banquets will take place in the Cook Theater in Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 N. Central Avenue, Indianapolis. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Maribeth Bailey at 317-520-9345 or mbailey@inpha.org.

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