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Monmouth County Resident to Host Second Annual Parkinsonís Disease and Exercise Forum on Wednesday, June 5 in Red Bank

Local resident, Carol Schulte, wants her community to get moving in the fight against Parkinson's disease. Working with the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) and nearby health care professionals, she is hosting the second annual educational forum, "Parkinson's Disease and Exercise: Improve Your Daily Quality of Life" on Wednesday, June 5, from 9:45 AM to 2:00 PM at the Tower Hill Presbyterian Church in Red Bank.

Ms. Schulte, a real estate professional, volunteers with the organization as a PDF Research Advocate educating the public about Parkinson's disease research. Ever since her diagnosis of young onset Parkinson's in 1996, she has been active in the cause. The exercise enthusiast was inspired to host a free educational forum on Parkinson's again after the successful turnout last year. This year's forum she says will be even more interactive for participants, who she hopes will connect and share their experiences.

"One thing that makes Parkinson's so debilitating, is that those who have it can tend to withdraw and become loners. I host events like this because I care, not only for myself, but that others living with Parkinson's aren't isolated. It is not always easy to get up and reach out," says Ms. Schulte.

The forum will feature an interactive panel discussion, a Tai Chi demonstration, and a workout set to music which will be presented by PDF Research Advocate and professional dancer, Pamela Quinn. Experts from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Riverview Medical Center, JFK Medical Center and local organizations such as the community YMCA will present on how medications, nutrition, and exercise can help manage Parkinson's symptoms.

Robin Elliott, Executive Director of PDF, said "At PDF, we are inspired by Ms. Schulte's continued dedication to educating the members of her community with the latest information and ways to improve their daily quality of life with Parkinson's disease."

For more information about Ms. Schulte's forum or the PAIR program, please contact PDF at (800) 457-6676, info@pdf.org or www.pdf.org.

To register for the free Parkinson's Disease and Exercise forum on Wednesday, June 5 at 9:45 a.m. at the Tower Hill Presbyterian Church, contact Ms. Schulte by phone at (908) 461-5339. Lunch is included.

About Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson's disease.

About Parkinson's Advocates in Research (PAIR)
Parkinson's Advocates in Research (PAIR) is a signature program of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF). Through in-person trainings and an online course, it provides people touched by Parkinson's disease with the knowledge and skills needed to "pair up" with scientists and health professionals in advancing research and speeding new treatments. The cornerstone of the program is a national network of 200 Research Advocates from 42 states who guide research, address gaps and obstacles, and educate their communities about research. Their areas of expertise include review of clinical study protocols, development of clinical trial recruitment plans and education of support groups about local research opportunities. Learn more about the program and getting involved in Parkinson's disease research by completing PDF's free Parkinson's Advocates in Research online course at www.pdf.org/pair.

About the Parkinson's Disease Foundation
The Parkinson's Disease Foundation® (PDF®) is a leading national presence in Parkinson's disease research, education and public advocacy. PDF is working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson's disease by funding promising scientific research while supporting people living with Parkinson's through educational programs and services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated over $96 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $40 million to support national education and advocacy programs.

Source Date: Jun 01 2013
Source Publication: The Monmouth Journal
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