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Freeland Resident Presenting at Parkinson's Conference

Freeland resident and Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) research advocate Carolyn Weaver has traveled to Montreal, Canada, this week to speak to the international Parkinson's community about improving day-to-day life with the disease. She is joining 3,500 world-renowned scientists, doctors, people with Parkinson's, care partners and allied health professionals from 44 countries attending the third World Parkinson Congress (WPC).

Weaver is retired from a career in medical and retail marketing. As part of PDF's network of research advocates since 2008, she works to inform her community about research to find better treatments.

Now she is representing PDF at the World Parkinson Congress, to share with others a unique therapy - how service dogs can help improve life with Parkinson's. She will co-lead a round table discussion, "Service Dogs and Parkinson's: Everything you Need to Know," drawing from her own experiences with her dog, Selma.

All attendees will receive a fact sheet she authored on the topic and other resources in a creative "doggy bag."

"Parkinson's affects everyone so differently. I want to help others understand their own challenges and how a service dog might help them, the way Selma helps me with managing balance issues and even offering companionship," Weaver said. "Ultimately, my goal at the World Parkinson Congress is not only to share this practical information with others, but also to increase my knowledge about Parkinson's so that I can better educate my community back home."

PDF President Robin Anthony Elliott adds, "We are proud of Carolyn's continued leadership as a research advocate to ensure that not only people in Freeland, but others from around the world, have access to the latest information on Parkinson's. Her presentation at the third World Parkinson Congress will surely inspire and empower others affected by this disease."

To learn more about Weaver's efforts with the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, contact PDF at (800) 457-6676, info@pdf.org or www.pdf.org.

For more information on PDF's work at the World Parkinson Congress and how people touched by Parkinson's can share their research priorities, visit www.pdf.org/world_parkinson_congress.

Source Date: Oct 01 2013
Source Publication: Midland Daily News
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