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Caring for someone with Parkinson’s disease

Dragos L Mihaila, MDCarol Sames, PhDDragos Mihaila, MD, director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program at Upstate Medical University is joined by Carol Sames, PhD, director of Upstate’s Vitality Fitness Program, to help us understand Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. They stress the importance of exercise and nutritional balance as strategies for living well, and encourage their caregivers to follow that same advice. For more information about the Vitality program, call 315-464-9992.

The Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth sponsors two groups that meet monthly to provide education and support to patients and families dealing with this disease: On the first Monday of each month, 12:30 – 2 pm, at The Hearth at Greenpoint, 150 Old Liverpool Road, Liverpool; and on the second Tuesday of each month, 6 – 7:30 pm, at The Villas of Summerfield, 100 Summerfield Village Lane, Onondaga Hill off Velasko Road. For information, call 315-435-2362 x140 or email cstevenson@ongov.net.

Listen to the interview: “Living an active life with Parkinson’s disease

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