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Davis Phinney Foundation Announces New Webisode in the Popular Living Well Challenge Educational Series on Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease

Wendy Emanuel

The Foundation Invites All People Affected by Parkinson’s Disease to “Take the Challenge”

Boulder, CO, December 8, 2011 – The Davis Phinney Foundation (www.davisphinneyfoundation.org) announced today that it is offering the second bi-monthly webinar episode as part of its expanding Living Well Challenge educational series focused on ways to live well today with Parkinson’s disease.

In June 2011, the Living Well Challenge debuted with a multi-topic webinar, featuring a panel of leading movement disorder experts that presented information on exercise, research and medical therapies for Parkinson’s disease. The Foundation received such a positive response to the webinar from the Parkinson’s community that it committed to extend the series indefinitely. Today, a new webisode featuring movement disorder neurologist Janet Chance, MD, from the Hoag Hospital Movement Disorders Program in Laguna Beach, CA. In this new 30-minute webisode entitled, “How to Communicate with Your Doctor,” Dr. Chance will discuss how to communicate effectively with primary care physicians and other heath care providers commonly associated with the management of Parkinson’s disease as a means to patient empowerment and optimal treatment strategies. The webisode is available through the Davis Phinney Foundation website beginning today in an on-demand format that enables individuals and support groups to view the videos online at any time.

“These webisodes are designed to provide valuable information to people affected by Parkinson’s disease without the constraint of adhering to a specific broadcast date,” said Polly Dawkins, executive director of the Davis Phinney Foundation. “We hope that support groups will take advantage of this new, flexible format to create their own local events and discussion around the topics covered in Living Well Challenge webisodes.”

In addition to “How to Communicate with Your Doctor,” past webisodes on other Parkinson’s topics are also available via the Davis Phinney Foundation website. “Panel Discussion on Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy” with Melissa Houser, M.D. will debut in February, 2012.

The “Living Well Challenge” series is available free of charge. Participants can visit http://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/living-pd/webinar/videos/ to complete a one-time registration and create a personal login. Once the login is created, participants can access current and future content as often as desired by logging in with their username and password. The Davis Phinney Foundation encourages anyone affected by Parkinson’s disease to take the challenge and watch the webisodes with friends, family and/or support groups.

Davis Phinney Foundation

The Davis Phinney Foundation was created in 2004 and is dedicated to helping people with Parkinson’s disease to live well today. The Foundation’s major initiatives include: the Every Victory Counts® manual, developed by movement disorder experts to encourage living well with Parkinson’s; The Victory Summit® symposia series, which brings leading experts into communities to share advances in science, care and to inspire those affected by the disease to celebrate their daily moments of victory; and, the funding of research focused on exercise, speech and other quality of life therapies. Visit the website: www.davisphinneyfoundation.org.


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