Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Free Parkinson's Disease Patient & Family Forum: Friday, February 26, 2010, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

February 10, 2010

“How Can I Participate in Community Activities for People with Parkinson’s Disease?”

WHAT: The Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, the Houston Area Parkinson Society, and the Parkinson Foundation of Harris County will discuss participation in free educational and group programs such as dance, tai chi, speech, music, water therapy, physical exercise, meditation, young onset, caregiver support, and others. A light lunch will be served.
WHEN: Friday, February 26, 2010, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center 4th Floor Auditorium
2002 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030
Free valet parking is available.
CONTACT: For more information, please call Naomi Nelson at 713-794-8938 or nnelson@bcm.tmc.edu.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) took a major step toward improving patient care and pursuing a cure for Parkinson’s disease by establishing six Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers (PADRECCs), one at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston.

Operating as a national consortium, each PADRECC conducts research covering basic biomedicine, rehabilitation, health services delivery, and clinical trials.  Each is participating in a landmark clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of surgical implantation of deep brain stimulators in reducing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

The National Parkinson Foundation, Inc. estimates that up to 1.5 million Americans have Parkinson’s disease and that approximately 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. VA medical centers treat at least 40,000 Parkinson’s disease patients every year.

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