Free Parkinson’s Disease Lecture Series Offered at the Healthy Life Centers

Seven-week series starts Jan. 22 in Cape Coral; eight-week series starts Feb. 7 in Estero

(Fort Myers, Fla. – Jan. 5, 2018) --- Lee Health’s Healthy Life Center invites the community to attend an educational series about living with Parkinson’s disease. The educational series will be held 10-11 a.m., on the following Mondays at the Healthy Life Center at the Wellness Center – Cape Coral, 609 SE 13th Ct., Cape Coral:

Jan. 22: “Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease” – Michelle Martin, coordinator of Hope Parkinson Program

Jan. 29: “Voice and Communication: Let Yourself Be Heard” – Lindsey Obermeier, SLP

Feb. 5: “Swallowing and Cognition: Safe Swallowing and Flexing Your Brain” – Lindsey Obermeier, SLP

Feb. 12: “Exercise and Mobility/Benefits of Therapy: Power Up Your Moves” – Janice Smeigh, DPT

Feb. 19: “Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction and Management in PD” – Kristen Parisi, DPT

Feb. 26: “Balance and Fall Prevention for People with Parkinson’s: A Balancing Act” – Nathalie Grondin, PT

March 5: “Activities of Daily Living: Taking Care of Business” – Pearl Hernandez, OTR/L

The educational series will also be held over eight weeks at the Healthy Life Center at Coconut Point, 23190 Fashion Drive, Suite 105 in Estero. These sessions will be held 1-2 p.m. on the following Wednesdays:

Feb. 7: “Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease” – Michelle Martin, coordinator of Hope Parkinson Program

Feb. 14: “Integrative Approaches to Complete Traditional Medications for Parkinson’s” – Heather Auld, M.D., integrative medicine physician

Feb. 21: “Exercise and Mobility/Benefits of Therapy: Power Up Your Moves” – Janice Smeigh, DPT

Feb. 28: “Balance and Fall Prevention for People with Parkinson’s: A Balancing Act” – Nathalie Grondin, PT

March 7: “Voice and Communication: Let Yourself Be Heard” – Lindsey Obermeier, SLP

March 14: “Swallowing and Cognition: Safe Swallowing and Flexing Your Brain” – Lindsey Obermeier, SLP

March 21: “Activities of Daily Living: Taking Care of Business” – Pearl Hernandez, OTR/L

March 28: “Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction and Management in PD” – Kristen Parisi, DPT

According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, more than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease. The incidence of Parkinson’s disease increases with age, but an estimated 4% of people are diagnosed before the age of 50. Men are one and a half times more likely than women to have Parkinson’s disease. The progression of the disease varies from person to person. The Healthy Life Center’s Parkinson’s Disease Series provides education and information on various treatment and rehabilitation options.

For more information or to register to attend, call the Healthy Life Center – Cape Coral at 239-424-3210, the Healthy Life Center at Coconut Point at 239-495-4475 or email HealthyLifeCenter@LeeHealth.org.

The Healthy Life Centers provide a variety of services and educational events that support healthy lifestyles, early detection of disease and chronic disease management. All of the Healthy Life Centers’ programming is dedicated to maintaining and improving health.


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