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Milwaukee-area Victory Summit Gets Parkinson’s Community Moving

Exercise and “Local Hero” Award to Highlight Moving Day of Education and Inspiration

MILWAUKEE, September 21, 2009 – Local residents living with Parkinson’s disease will have the opportunity to hear leading national and local experts discuss exercise and other ways to live well with Parkinson’s at the Davis Phinney Foundation’s Victory Summit to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2009, at the Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Hotel and Convention Center in Milwaukee. There is no charge to attend. Collaborating organizations include Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin; Wisconsin Parkinson Association at the Aurora Sinai Medical Center and the American Parkinson Disease Association, Wisconsin chapter.

Among Victory Summit highlights, Jay L. Alberts, Ph.D, biomedical engineer with the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, will share his recent study findings that demonstrate significant improvements in Parkinson’s symptoms (e.g., improved walking and handwriting) after tandem bicycle riding. Other topics to help people with PD improve their daily lives will include nutrition, sleep, yoga and golf as well as updates on PD research.

“Research is beginning to reveal a powerful link between exercise and symptom improvement for people with PD. Cycling at certain rates has shown to reduce tremors in some study patients,” said Dr. Alberts. “I hope my research will inspire people living with Parkinson’s disease to work with their healthcare providers to incorporate movement and exercise in to their lives as a way to possibly improve symptoms and overall quality of life.”

The Victory Summit also will feature a “Local Hero” Award presentation honoring Ellen Jante of Union Grove, WI. Following her husband Dale’s diagnosis more than 20 years ago when he was 43 years old, Ellen became actively involved in the local Parkinson’s community in part by developing programs and recruiting professional speakers for the support group she co-facilitates to educate patients and caregivers, and speaking to groups of physical, speech and occupational therapists about working with PD patients. She is also a champion of major change in Medicare reimbursement for people with PD, after she successfully led an effort to secure Medicare coverage for deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery.

Victory Summit speakers and panel moderators include:

  • Jay Alberts, Ph.D, biomedical engineer, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute
  • Williams Marks, M.D., director of surgical treatment of movements disorders, University of California, San Francisco
  • Trevor Hyde, Ph.D., geriatric neuropsychologist at Aurora-Sinai Medical Center
  • Sarah Zangerle, RD, CD, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Gary Leo, DO, director, Sleep Wellness Institute in Milwaukee
  • Sharri Zelazny, MS CCC-SLP, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics
  • Lee Dibble, PT, Ph.D., ATC, associate professor, University of Utah
  • Davis Phinney, cycling legend and Parkinson’s disease quality of life advocate

“The focus of this Victory Summit is to provide inspiration and information to help people living with Parkinson’s to live well today,” said Amy Howard, executive director of the Davis Phinney Foundation. “We hope that as a result of this Victory Summit, more people living with Parkinson’s can use this information to incorporate movement, nutrition and physical activity into their Parkinson’s treatment plan.”

For those inspired to exercise, the Davis Phinney Foundation and Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin invite the public to participate in the Moving Forward Ride/Walk for Parkinson’s on Sunday, October 11, 2009. Participants may choose from three cycling distances and a two-mile walk around Pewaukee Lake. Cycling legend Davis Phinney, former Olympic gold medal racing cyclist and speed skater Connie Carpenter-Phinney, and their son, world champion racing cyclist Taylor Phinney, will kick off the event at 6:45 a.m., and the Ride/Walk will end with a concert by the Blifftones at 1 p.m.

Additional information and registration information for the Victory Summit and Moving Forward Ride/Walk are available online at www.davisphinneyfoundation.org.

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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