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SEATTLE, Wash. - (Feb. 13, 2008) - Approximately 1 million Americans suffer from Parkinson's Disease with 40,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Parkinson's is degenerative and can cause serious physical impairments that interfere with daily activities such as tremors, imbalance and movement difficulties. It can also impact swallowing and communication.

To help Parkinson's patients and their caregivers deal with the disease's debilitating effects, Virginia Mason and the Washington Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association are holding an Educational Patient Care Program on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Volney Richmond Auditorium at Virginia Mason Medical Center. The auditorium is located in Lindeman Pavilion, 1201 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101. The event is being sponsored by Teva Neuroscience.

The event will feature four speakers and will focus on different ways to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's and improve function and overall well-being. John Roberts, MD, will talk about medications and their impact. Laurel Beck, PT, will lead an exercise session to teach people basic exercises and stretches that are beneficial and also why they are important. Roberta Kelley, a speech therapist, will cover several issues, including dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and hypophonia (weak voice). Ron Porter, an occupational therapist, will talk about adaptive equipment and concerns for daily living such as eating, dressing and hygiene, as well as work-related activities.

All of the speakers will be available for questions. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided, courtesy of Teva Neuroscience. To register, please call Evelynne Davis, Executive Director of the Washington Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association, at (425) 443-8269 or e-mail at

Related Links:
Neuroscience Institute
Parkinson's Disease

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

Katie Birge
Media Relations
(206) 341-1536

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