Learn about Effects, Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease

Online series begins Aug. 11

June 8, 2021, 2:00 pm | Elizabeth Stegemoller, Sara Sprouse

Senior couple by PictureArt/stock.adobe.com.AMES, Iowa – Growing older is the greatest risk factor for acquiring Parkinson’s disease and many people live with symptoms for several years before being diagnosed. To learn about Parkinson’s disease, its effects and possible treatments, register now to participate in “A Journey through Parkinson’s Disease,” an online, educational series from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“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,” said Sara Sprouse, a human sciences extension specialist in nutrition and wellness. “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.”  

Iowa State’s Department of Kinesiology and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach are sponsoring the educational series. The series consists of three, one-hour sessions held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, Aug. 11, Friday, Aug. 13, and Wednesday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. Human sciences specialists will teach the classes, which include interactive lessons, discussions and activities. There is no fee for the program. For more information or to register online, go to http://bit.ly/journey17972 or contact Sara Sprouse at 319-293-3039 or by e-mail at sprouse@iastate.edu.

“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 Elizabeth Stegemoller, associate professor and director of the graduate neuroscience program in the Department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University. “A Journey through Parkinson’s Disease” is a result of Stegemoller’s research and work to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s Disease.


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