April 20, 2009

Parkinson Awareness Month Health Fair April 21st

April is Parkinson Awareness Month. In recognition, Sarasota Memorial Hospital has partnered with the Neuro Challenge Foundation to host a fun and informal ‘Spring Fling’ Health Fair on Tuesday, April 21, from 9:30 am to noon at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine (5880 Rand Boulevard).

This informative open house, which includes a complimentary breakfast, invites patients, caregivers, healthcare providers and the community to meet committed and caring professionals who offer the best local resources and services available for Parkinson patients and families.

Facilities and services available to tour at the open house include the Neuro Challenge Parkinson Clinic, offering multidisciplinary services and customized comprehensive care; SMH Parkinson Out Patient Rehabilitation Services, offering one-on-one physical, occupational, and speech therapy; the state-of-the-art Health Plex Fitness Center; the Parkinson Wellness Club and Caregiver Connection, offering positive and rewarding monthly educational programs for ongoing motivation and support; and the SMH Integrated Medicine Program, offering easy and affordable ways to benefit from treatments like pool therapy, gentle yoga, therapeutic massage, aikido, acupuncture, and more. Special guests at the Health Fair will be local Parkinson Disease expert, Dean P. Sutherland, MD, PhD and Dr. Bernard Sutherland, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s eight years ago.

The Neuro Challenge Foundation, led by Physician Advisor and Sarasota Neurologist Dean P. Sutherland, M.D., Ph.D., and Foundation President Doreen Sutherland, is dedicated to the fight against Parkinson Disease. The Foundation, operated entirely through volunteer time and charitable donations, maintains a full-service, state-of-the-art Parkinson Disease Center in Sarasota, Florida . At the Center, patients and families can receive free surgical and non-surgical treatments, counseling, health and fitness advice, home services and more. The Center offers a level of care that rivals major university medical centers. Patients seen at the Parkinson Disease Center have access to the latest information, medications, surgeries, diagnostic tests, rehabilitation services and alternative therapies. As a result, the reputation of the Center has grown by leaps and bounds, extending to the entire state of Florida and beyond.