August 16, 2010

Caregiver Training for Parkinson Disease Offered in Sarasota This Week

On Saturday, August 21st, Neuro Challenge Foundation (NCF) will offer training to professionals and laypersons caring for Parkinson’s disease patients. The workshop will be held at The Pines of Sarasota from 8:00am to 1:00pm. All Parkinson related healthcare providers, professional and family caregivers, and anyone working with Parkinson patients and their loved ones are encouraged to call 926-6413 to register.

“One of the ways Neuro Challenge Foundation intends to improve the lives of people with PD is by training the people who interact with them.” says Doreen Sutherland, NCF president. Issues like dressing, sitting, standing, dementia and medications will be discussed in addition to topics of specific interest to therapists and nurses. Continuing education credits are available.

Participation in either the live or web-based class allows professionals to become a part of the Neuro Challenge Network of caregivers, called Parkinson Partners. The network includes assisted living facilities, massage and yoga professionals, physical, occupational and speech therapists, attorneys, at-home care nurses, transport services and many others. A relational database created specifically for the task of matching clients to resources in the Sarasota area is being developed through a grant from Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation. PD patients can take advantage of the free program by requesting enrollment through their doctor. There are an estimated 9,000 people living with Parkinson Disease in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties and more than 15,000 caregivers for those with PD.

Speakers include Dean P. Sutherland, MD, PhD, Marilyn Tait and Laura Magnusson, OT/L. The cost for attendees seeking CEUs in $45 and $25 for all others. Call 926-6413 to register.