Christiana Care Rehabilitation Services sponsored “Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease,” a day-long event at the John H. Ammon Medical Education Center, to reach out to patients and caregivers of those with the disease.
A panel of patients from the Delaware community gave firsthand descriptions of living with Parkinson’s disease and the many ways they can make every day count through mental and physical exercise, and community and family support.
Lanny Edelsohn, M.D., a neurologist with Christiana Care Neurology Specialists, opened this inaugural conference with an overview of the brain disorder, which leads to tremors and difficulty with walking, movement and coordination, and other disabling symptoms. The disorder usually occurs after age 50.
Among the topics presented were: “tricks of the trade” to optimize function in Parkinson’s disease; medications for Parkinson’s disease; and the research agenda funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation. More than 120 participants attended to hear a full day of lectures.