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January 23, 2013

Gain better understanding of Parkinson’s at programs

TERRE HAUTE — Through two programs on Friday, the public can get gain a clearer understanding of Parkinson’s disease.

The day’s events begin with a meeting of the Terre Haute Parkinson’s Support Group from 10 to 11 a.m. in Westminster Village at 1120 Davis Drive. The session is free and open to the public, with a discussion of new treatments for the affliction planned.

Then, at noon in the Holiday Inn at 3300 South U.S. 41 in Terre Haute, local neurologist Dr. Steve Maynard will speak on “Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease” during a “free educational lunch program,” according to host and organizer Ryan Conrad. The event allows both Parkinson’s patients and caregivers to network with others. No reservations are required, but attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes early and inform the dining cashier.

A deterioration of nerve cells in the brain causes Parkinson’s, which involves a lack of the body chemical dopamine. No cure is known, but treatment and medication can slow or delay its progression and improve quality of life. Symptoms include tremors in the limbs, nodding of the head, shaky voice, muscle rigidity, balance problems, and slowness of movement. Parkinson’s afflicts more than 1 million Americans and more than 4 million people worldwide.

For more information on the Terre Haute support group, contact organizer Loyal Bishop at 812-232-3207.

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