Navigation Links
Young Onset Parkinson Conferences: A First-Ever Collaboration

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) and the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) Announce Plans to Co-Sponsor a Series of Young Onset Parkinson Conferences; First to be held in Dallas, Texas, October 2009

MIAMI, March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Parkinson Disease Association's (APDA) National Young Onset Center and the National Parkinson Foundation's (NPF) Young Onset Parkinson Network announced their first joint collaboration today. APDA and NPF will co-sponsor a series of conferences for those living with young-onset Parkinson's disease and their caregivers. The first conference will be held in Dallas, Texas on October 23-24, 2009, with three additional programs in other parts of the country slated for the following year.

"We are pleased to be partnering with APDA to help people with young-onset Parkinson's disease nationwide. Our goal is to leverage the strong networks of both organizations to offer the high-quality educational and networking experience that is so critical for people who will live decades with the disease," said Joyce Oberdorf, NPF President and CEO. Ms. Oberdorf noted that the regional series builds on the success of NPF's highly regarded national Young Onset Parkinson Network conference, while recognizing that in the current economic environment, travel to a single national event is difficult for many people and their families.

According to researchers, between five and 10 percent of Parkinson's patients are diagnosed under the age of 40; although recent clinical studies show that as many as 12 percent of patients report that their symptoms began in their 40s. Young-onset patients will face a greater range of issues than more typical older idiopathic PD patients, including loss of employment, managing finances and concerns of young families as well as the social isolation many feel is their greatest burden. Since they will live decades with the disease, and may suffer more severe treatment-related motor complications, early and intentional management is crucial to maintaining quality of life.

"APDA has been providing services dedicated to the particular challenges of young people diagnosed with PD for almost two decades through an Information & Referral Center and for the past two years by the country's only national center," said Joel Gerstel, APDA Executive Director. "We have sponsored regional family retreats for young patients on the West and Gulf coasts, and welcome this opportunity to join our expertise with NPF to provide even greater service to a larger number of people."

Entitled, "Choices and Connections," the one-day program also includes a live Webcast to extend its audience reach to as many patients as possible. A full download of the program will also be available after the conference through both the APDA and NPF web sites.

Each program in the series is intended to combine the latest information about the science of the disease and medical updates, with panel discussions of work/disability issues, managing stress and relationships, as well as how to deal with the strains of being a caregiver. In addition, each session will offer networking opportunities as well as optional activities such as massages and exercise classes.

Both APDA and NPF have made the decision to keep registration fees as low as possible, $30 per person, so that price will not be a barrier to attendance.

The fee includes all conference materials as well as a welcome reception, a continental breakfast and lunch. Interested participants will be able to register online at the APDA Young Onset Center's web site, or at the NPF web site

About APDA

The American Parkinson Disease Association, founded in 1961 to "ease the burden and find the cure" for Parkinson's disease, is the country's largest grassroots organization serving the Parkinson's community, operating through a national network of 53 chapters, 63 Information and Referral centers and approximately 1,000 support groups. APDA focuses on funding research, patient/caregiver support, education and raising public awareness about the disease. Additional information is available at 800-223-2732 or visit

The APDA National Young Onset Center provides young people with PD, their families and their health care providers with the most relevant and timely education, networking and wellness information. For more information, visit, or call 877-223-3801.

About NPF

Founded in 1957 and headquartered in Miami, the National Parkinson Foundation has an extensive grassroots network of centers, chapters and support groups in the U.S., Canada, and internationally. Since 1984, NPF has invested over $140 million in disease-related programs and is committed to increasing the quality of care for Parkinson's patients through research, education and outreach. For more information, visit, or call 800-327-4545.

NPF's 2008 Young-Onset Parkinson Network (YOPN) Conference Webcast is available for viewing at (Click on "Multimedia").

SOURCE National Parkinson Foundation
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Rearrangements of multifunctional genes cause cancer in children and young people
2. CPR Can Save Young Lives, Too
3. Older air traffic controllers perform as well as young on job-related tasks
4. AED Receives Gates Foundation Grant to Improve Nutrition and Reduce Deaths Among Young Children in Developing Countries
5. Older Adults Get Drunk Faster Than Younger Drinkers
6. Younger breast cancer patients have greater chance of recurrence
7. Dog bites a particular threat to young children, especially as temperatures rise
8. On the Heels of Court Ruling Denying Autism-Vaccine Link, U.S. Federal Court Declares MMR Vaccine Caused Autism in a Young Boy
9. Work May Not Be Best for Young Kids
10. Study Shows Simple Measures May Help Prevent Sudden Death Event in Young Athletes
11. Young Women Learn to Strike a Balance Between Breast Cancer and Careers
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/1/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... According ... of obesity groups has filed a discrimination claim against the U.S. Department of Health ... in their Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans are breaking the clause in the law ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... Califia Farms , one of ... iconic bottle has won top honors in Beverage World Magazine’s Global Packaging Design Awards, ... that it has been selected as a 2015 U.S.A. Taste Champion in the American ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... MA (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... Growth ... in part due to decreases in utilization of hospital and nonhospital care, according to ... CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks for Louisiana, 16th Edition , found medical payments per claim ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... CloudLIMS today ... Golden Bridge Business Awards under the New Products and Services category for its ... sample management software that helps labs organize data and track samples ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... New York, NY (PRWEB) , ... December 01, ... ... cause of non-traumatic limb amputations in the United States. Podiatrists are well aware ... (failure to adopt therapeutic behaviors) are often catastrophic contributors to diseases of the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... -- Six months of adjunctive metformin therapy does not improve glycemic ... new research from T1D Exchange and funded by ... effect on measures of obesity, including weight and BMI. The ... of the American Medical Association , are from the largest ... overweight and obese adolescents with type 1 diabetes. ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... Russia has always been a country of choice for ... Europe in 2015 were tested in phase II-III ... has always been a country of choice for global multi-center phase ... in 2015 were tested in phase II-III clinical trials ... always been a country of choice for global multi-center phase III clinical ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... 1, 2015 Contraceptives ... Contraceptives, Male Condoms, Female Condoms, Intrauterine Devices, ... Diaphragms, Contraceptive Sponges, Non-Surgical Permanent Contraception Devices) ... Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020 ", ... (TMR).The report states that the global contraceptives ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: