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June 20, 2014

United States and Ireland Groups Join Forces to Educate and Empower People Living with Parkinson’s to Improve their Quality of Life

BOULDER, CO, June 20, 2014 – More than 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed each year in the US and Ireland, and according to the Global Declaration for Parkinson’s Disease “Moving & Shaping” (2004), an estimated 6.3 million people are living with Parkinson’s worldwide. Today, two of the world’s top nonprofits dedicated to improving quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s announced plans to host the “International Parkinson’s Empowerment Summit 2014: Inspiring Community and Well-being” in Dublin in October of this year. The US-based Davis Phinney Foundation and Ireland-based Move4Parkinson’s  are partnering to develop a best-in-class educational event with internationally recognized experts in the field of Parkinson’s.

“This collaborative, international Parkinson’s event is of huge significance to the Davis Phinney Foundation as it offers us the opportunity to extend the reach of our programs and our mission of helping people with Parkinson’s to live well today to new audiences,” said Polly Dawkins, Executive Director of the Davis Phinney Foundation.  “We are proud to partner with Move4Parkinson’s to create this day of inspiration, education and wellness for the Parkinson’s community in Ireland.”

On Friday, October 3, 2014, people living with Parkinson’s, their families and care partners are invited to join the Davis Phinney Foundation and Move4Parkinson’s at the Citywest Hotel and Convention Centre, Saggart, Co. Dublin for a full day of learning, moving, singing and more. Participants will have the opportunity to meet others facing challenges similar to their own and to learn a range of techniques for effective self-management of motor and non-motor symptoms, emotional well-being, medication and other therapies, nutrition and exercise.

Those interested in the event are encouraged to save the date and visit the two organizations’ websites at www.move4parkinsons.com and www.davisphinneyfoundation.org for more information as details become available.

Parkinson’s Disease
Globally, an estimated 6.3 million people are living with Parkinson’s disease. The disease affects men and women alike, and its prevalence is considerably higher in the over-60 age group, although diagnosis at a younger age is increasingly common.

Davis Phinney Foundation
The Davis Phinney Foundation was created in 2004 to help people with Parkinson’s disease live well today. Its major initiatives include: the Every Victory Counts® manual, developed by movement disorder experts to provide practical ways to live well with Parkinson’s; The Victory Summit® symposia series, which brings experts into communities to share advances in science, care and to inspire those affected by the disease to take action; the Living Well Challenge™ educational webinar series; the “Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials” DVD and, the funding of research focused on exercise, speech and other quality of life therapies. Visit the website: www.davisphinneyfoundation.org

Move4Parkinson’s was established in November 2011 by Margaret Mullarney who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004. Since her diagnosis, Margaret has discovered that there is a huge range of activities that People with Parkinson’s (PWP’s) can undertake to improve their quality of life. Margaret has also recognised the huge value which PWP’s place on being able to speak with other PWP’s and to hear stories of how others have overcome similar challenges. On her journey so far, Margaret has met many others who share her passion for improving the quality of life of those with Parkinson’s and to give those people a voice. Visit the website: www.move4parkinsons.com

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