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Arizona Victory Summit Inspires Living Well with Parkinson’s

National and Local Medical Experts and “Local Hero” Highlight Day of Education and Inspiration

TUCSON, January 7, 2010 – Local residents living with Parkinson’s disease will have the opportunity to learn from leading national and local experts about exercise and other ways to live well with Parkinson’s at the Davis Phinney Foundation’s Victory Summit to be held on Saturday, January 30, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa in Tucson. Collaborating organizations include: The Arizona chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), Tucson Medical Center, Muhammad Ali Center, University Physicians Healthcare and Parkinsons Wellness Rehabilitation.

“We are proud to bring our national Victory Summit Series to Tucson as an important opportunity to inform and inspire people on how to live well with Parkinson’s disease,” said Amy Howard, Executive Director of the Davis Phinney Foundation. “People will leave the Victory Summit with the latest medical information and tools to improve their physical health as well as new ways to celebrate the moments of victory in their daily lives.”

“It is critical for people with Parkinson’s to take an active role in their care, and the Victory Summit will help the community get moving with ways to improve their symptoms and overall quality of life, and potentially slow progression of the disease,” said Scott J. Sherman, MD, PhD, is Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine at the Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson, Medical Director of the Arizona Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, and Director of the Parkinson’s Disease Program of the Rehabilitation Institute of Tucson.

Victory Summit content will include:

  • Living well with Parkinson’s: research to practice
  • Exercising – making it a long-term priority
  • Speech Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Tools for caregivers
  • “Moments of Victory” talk with Davis Phinney, Olympic medalist in cycling and Parkinson’s advocate

In addition, a special “Local Hero” award will be give to Tucson-area resident Gary Morris in recognition of his commitment as a Parkinson’s advocate and mentor. Gary is the past president of the Green Valley/Sahuarita Parkinson’s Support Group. He initiated the formation of the men’s discussion group, of which he is currently a co-leader, and he spearheaded last year’s 1st Annual April Activity Day, which raised over $2,000 for research. Gary encourages members to stay mentally stimulated, physically active, and socially connected. His personal outreach— he often calls members or visits their homes when they need extra help—provides support and mentorship to area residents.
Registration information for the Victory Summit is available online at www.davisphinneyfoundation.org or by phone at 1-877-274-7673.

Parkinson’s Disease
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 of patients of younger age.

Davis Phinney Foundation
The Davis Phinney Foundation (DPF), was created in 2004 by former Tour de France cyclist and Olympic Bronze medalist Davis Phinney. The DPF funds research focused on exercise, speech and other quality of life therapies, hosts a series of symposia that present research and programs that demonstrate the benefits of these therapies and encourages those impacted by the disease to celebrate the daily victories in their lives.

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