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The Davis Phinney Foundation Announces Special Programming for National Parkinson’s Awareness Month LIVING WELL CHALLENGE™ WEBINAR SERIES FOR NATIONAL PARKINSON’S AWARENESS MONTH
— Movement Disorder Neurologist Featured in Living Well Challenge™ Webinar, Q&A from the Parkinson’s Community on Topic of Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease, Interactive April Calendar with Activities for Staying Motivated —
BOULDER, CO, April 1, 2013 – April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month. To kick off their month-long focus on things people with Parkinson’s disease can do to live well today, the Davis Phinney Foundation will introduce a new webisode of the Living Well Challenge™ educational webinar series, featuring Monique Giroux, MD. The webisode “Living Well Today with Parkinson’s” will be available for anytime-anywhere viewing at http://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/ living-pd/webinar/ beginning on April 1, 2013. In this 30-minute video, Dr. Giroux shares her holistic approach to effective management of Parkinson’s disease and highlights ways people can take action to improve their quality of life and achieve optimum wellness. The webisode includes a downloadable discussion guide for facilitating conversation in support groups that choose to view the webinar together.
In addition to the Living Well Challenge webisode, Dr. Giroux will respond to common concerns expressed by people affected by Parkinson’s disease via a Q&A format on the Davis Phinney Foundation’s website. Through March 15, 2013, the Foundation is collecting questions and suggestions from members of its online communities (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.)
To keep motivation and education high every day during Parkinson’s Awareness Month, the Foundation has developed an interactive calendar for April 2013. Each day features information, resources or inspiration with links to additional content.
Dr. Monique Giroux is co-founder and medical director of the Movement and NeuroPerformance Center of Colorado. She is a board certified neurologist with fellowship training in Movement Disorders, PET Imaging and Integrative Medicine and holds a Bachelors degree in bioengineering. With her clinical partner, Sierra Farris, MA, MPAS, CES, PA-C, Dr. Giroux co-authored the Davis Phinney Foundation’s Every Victory Counts® manual for living well with Parkinson’s disease. Her philosophy of care stems from the belief that people do best when they are active partners in their care and their treatment blends the best of traditional medicine with approaches that strengthen and engage the mind, body and spirit.
The Living Well Challenge™ is an educational webinar series featuring movement disorder experts speaking on topics of interest to people affected by Parkinson’s disease. Viewers can “take the challenge” to live well today with Parkinson’s by viewing the webisodes, discussing personal experiences and impressions with family, friends and support groups, and devising action plans to help be Informed, be aware, be active, be involved and be connected.
An estimated 1.5 million Americans are living with Parkinson’s disease today. The disease affects men and women alike, and its frequency is considerably higher in the over-60 age group, although there is an alarming increase in disease diagnosis at a younger age.
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 provide practical ways to live 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; the Living Well Challenge™ educational webinar series; and, the funding of research focused on exercise, speech and other quality of life therapies. Visit the website: http://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org.