Growing older is the greatest risk factor for acquiring Parkinson’s disease and many people live with symptoms for several years before being diagnosed. Often people in early stages of Parkinson’s disease assume their symptoms are part of normal aging or are due to other health problems they may have, such as arthritis. However, early Parkinson’s disease symptoms may not be that apparent and may even come and go. Frequently it is the spouse or other relatives who first notice slight problems with a loved one’s movements.

To learn about Parkinson’s disease, its effects, and possible treatments, register now to participate in “A Journey through Parkinson’s Disease” an educational series from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Appanoose County Extension, along with Iowa State’s Department of Kinesiology, Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, and Mercy Medical Center - Centerville are sponsoring the series in Centerville beginning August 1, 2019.

“During this series you will learn about the signs of Parkinson’s disease and how to seek medical care, as well as the cause of the disease and how specific treatments work. You will also learn about alternative therapies and in-home activities that can delay the progression of Parkinson’s disease, which is very important for continuing to live a full and happy life,” said Sara Sprouse, Human Sciences Specialist in Nutrition and Wellness.

The educational series consists of three, 45-minute sessions held once a week. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Specialists will teach the classes, which include interactive lessons, discussions, and activities. Sessions are scheduled for August 1, 8, and 15 from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at Mercy Medical Center - Centerville, One St. Joseph Drive. There is no fee for the program. For more information or to register online, go to http://bit.ly/jtpd13280 or contact the Appanoose County Extension Office at 641-856-3885.

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