A Journey Through Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's Disease Educational Program Coming to Hartley in January 2023

A Journey Through Parkinson's Disease

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer “A Journey Through Parkinson’s Disease,” a free three-session educational series, from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Hartley Public Library starting Jan. 11, and continuing Jan. 18 and Jan. 25. 

Approximately 1.5 million Americans and 10 million people worldwide live with Parkinson’s Disease, and approximately 60,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed each year.

“Growing older is the greatest risk factor for acquiring Parkinson’s disease and many people live with symptoms for several years before being diagnosed,” said Mackenzie DeJong, Human Sciences Specialist in Family Wellbeing with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Often people in the 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.”

DeJong said that often it is the spouse or another relative who first notices slight problems with a loved one’s movements, which can be a sign of Parkinson’s Disease.

“A Journey Through Parkinson’s Disease” will provide interactive learning about the disease, its symptoms, effects, possible treatments, and therapeutic activities that can be done from home. The program will be completed in three one-hour sessions once-a-week at the library.  

Participants can be individuals with Parkinson’s Disease or family members and caregivers who want to better understand how treatments and alternative therapies can work to delay the progression of the disease. Everyone can find support and learn about the signs of Parkinson’s Disease and how to seek medical care for themselves or a loved one.

“If you are struggling with Parkinson’s Disease or know someone who is, this program is a wonderful way to learn more and find support on this journey,” DeJong said. “Please join us to build your knowledge and resource base. The program is completely free to anyone who wants to participate.”

Although there is no charge to attend the program, registration is requested to ensure adequate space and materials. A complimentary meal will also be provided to all attendees.

For more information or to register, visit https://go.iastate.edu/1GKRSN or contact ISU Extension and Outreach O’Brien County at 712-957-5045 or xobrien@iastate.edu.

Additional Program Information

If you’re struggling with Parkinson’s disease or know someone who is, it’s helpful to know where to find support on the journey. Learn about the causes and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and how treatments work, as well as therapeutic activities to do at home.

Intended audience: Adults of any age

Format: Three 1-hour workshops