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Free Parkinson’s seminar Thursday

Approximately one million Americans are currently living with Parkinson’s disease, with 50,000 new patients diagnosed each year.

That number is expected to rise significantly as our population ages.

In an effort to raise public awareness and improve services for those with Parkinson’s disease, the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota (NPFM) will sponsor a free seminar this Thursday, Sept. 26 in Detroit Lakes, with speakers from the nationally recognized Struthers Parkinson’s Center, a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence.

The seminar will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1401 Madison Ave., Detroit Lakes, with registration starting at 9:30 a.m. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served to participants.

Speakers and presentations will include Joan Gardner, “Partnering in Parkinson’s Care”; Rose Wichmann, “Preventing & Managing Falls”; Rick Vandendolder, “Making Daily Tasks Easier”; and a “National Parkinson’s Foundation-Minnesota Update” by Executive Director Julie Sleen.

The day’s presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer period.