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Young Onset Parkinson Conferences: A First-Ever Collaboration
Date:3/13/2009

ill 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 www.youngparkinsons.org, or at the NPF web site www.parkinson.org.

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