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Parkinson’s disease symposium coming in October

Staff reports

A symposium for patients with Parkinson’s disease and their families and health care professionals will be held at Summerville at Virginia Creek in Gardnerville in October.

“Current Approaches in the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease”will be presented by the National Parkinson Foundation and the Parkinson Center of Excellence at Sunrise Health Strategies in Las Vegas.

The symposium will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m., and will offer several topics. The welcome will be given by Carol Hathaway support group leader for the Carson Valley-based “Good Vibrations” Parkinson’s Disease Support Group.

Carol Upton, patient services coordinator for the National Parkinson’s Foundation, Las Vegas Center of Excellence, will make introductions.

“Parkinson’s Disease Update 2000” will be given by Dr. John Peacock, followed by a question and answer session. Peacock is professor and head of neurology at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

Next will be Dr. Jeffrey Elias will discuss “Navigating the Parkinson Environment: Vision, Cognition and Balance,” and Renie Rharp, R.D., will discuss “Nutrition as a Basis for Optimum Health,” followed by a question and answer session with both speakers.

Elias is director of research at the Sanford Center of Aging at UNR, and Tharp is a clinical dietitian at Barton Memorial Hospital, Carson Valley Medical Center, and was associated with well-known cardiologist, Dr. Dean Ornish.

Registation deadline for the symposium is Oct. 10 and fee is $5 per person. For registration, call (702) 731-8329.