Grundy County area parkinson's support group invites you to learn about two new, great projects.
Two speakers are featured at this special meeting. They will each tell about programs they are involved in and how they focus on Parkinson's disease.
Anyone who has Parkinson's, caregivers and others who want to learn more about Parkinson's and the projects is welcome to attend. There is no attendance fee.
Jennifer Wolff, Parkinson's Care Team Member
Jennifer Wolff, of Waverly, has been a practicing occupational therapist for seven years, the last six with
Taylor Physical and Occupational Therapy at Waverly Health Center in Waverly. Although she is a "generalist", she specializes in hand therapy, neurologic therapy and cognition. She took her first course on Parkinson's in 2007, and her interest has only grown since then. She started a support group in 2009, joined four other staff in attending the National Parkinson's Foundation Allied Team Training, became a Parkinson's Recovery Wellness clinician in 2012 and attended the 2013 Parkinson's Advocacy Network conference in DC last February.
Wolff will speak about the Parkinson's CareTeam, who they are, assessment day, the evaluations they do, recommendations and individualized plans for therapy, nutrition and medication they develop for persons with Parkinson's. The team helps arrange appointments for assessment, works with your insurance company to get preauthorization and learn about any out-of-pocket expenses.
Mike Whitson, Parkinson's Research Investigator
Mike Whitson, of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, is the Principal Investigator of Parkinson's Disease Research Study. His interest in this disease began when a close relative being diagnosed and living with Parkinson's. Over the years the courses and work he has done all lead him through life to become a researcher. Of course the unknowns of Parkinson's drew him to attack the disease.
Whitson will speak about a research study starting at UNI that will investigate the relationship between eye movements and Parkinson's disease and the potential development of a model to detect Parkinson's disease.
Whitson looks forward to attending the September meeting and having the opportunity to talk about the research and learn more about the support group members and their PD experiences.
Everyone who wants to learn more about the Parkinson's Care Team at Waverly and the research study at UNI is welcome to attend Sunday, September 8, at 2 p.m at the Dike United Methodist Church, 439 Church St., (at the west edge of Dike). Contact Corrine at 319-240-7407 with questions.