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APDA Launches First-of-its-Kind Parkinson's Rehab Resource Center
Date:1/13/2010

The 1-888-606-1688 "helpline" will connect callers with Boston University licensed physical therapists

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Helping people who have Parkinson's disease (PD) access information on exercise recommendations, the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) and Boston University have established the country's first National Resource Center for Rehabilitation. The center's toll-free "helpline" telephone number is 1-888-606-1688, and callers will be able to speak with a licensed physical therapist who can answer questions about exercise, provide information about programs in the caller's area and provide educational materials.

"Almost a decade ago, APDA successfully led the fight to secure physical therapy coverage for people with PD on Medicare," said Joel Gerstel, executive director of the country's largest grassroots organization serving America's 1.5 million people diagnosed with the progressive, degenerative neurological disease.

"At the time, the benefits of exercise and physical therapy were under recognized, but today, exercise has proven a valuable tool in maintaining a healthy lifestyle for people with disease. APDA is again in the forefront by making free physical-exercise information readily available to patients, their caregivers and healthcare professionals across the country," Gerstel said.      

"Evidence supporting the benefits of exercise for people with Parkinson's disease is growing," said Terry Ellis, PT, PhD, a leader in neurological physical therapy research, and the new center's director.

Dr. Ellis is a clinical associate professor in the department of physical therapy and athletic training at the College of Health and R
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