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“Big and Loud” Therapy for Parkinson’s the Focus of Copley Hospital Auxiliary Luncheon October 24th; Public Invited

October 11, 2017

“LSVT Big and Loud”, a therapy program for people with Parkinson’s disease or other neurological conditions is the featured topic at the Copley Hospital Auxiliary Fall Luncheon. Physical Therapist Kate Simone and Speech Language Pathologist Penny Hester-Ingram will discuss how the therapy works to improve speech and mobility. The Copley Hospital Auxiliary Luncheon is scheduled for 10:15am Tuesday, October 24 at the Charlmont Restaurant. The event is a wonderful social event that includes a short business meeting, the “Big and Loud” presentation followed by lunch. Open to the public, tickets ($15.00 per person) and reservations are required. Please R.S.V.P. to Judy Grosvenor at 888-9106.

LSVT, or Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, is named for Mrs. Lee Silverman who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Her family wanted to help preserve her ability to verbalize for as long as possible. The LOUD program has been shown to improve both voice and speech in individuals with Parkinson’s. Research has documented improved vocal loudness, and a success rate with 80% of patients maintaining improvements for 12-24 months post treatment. LSVT Big was created using the principals of LSVT Loud, teaching effective large movement to improve motor functioning. It too has documented improved walking and balance as well as improved mobility for activities of daily living. Simone and Hester-Ingram have both received certification in the LSVT Big & Loud program; Simone in LSVT Big and Hester-Ingram in the LSVT Loud.
The program is now being offered at Copley Hospital.

Simone joined Copley’s Rehabilitation Team in 2001. She works with both inpatients and outpatients of all ages as well as assists with Copley’s cardiac rehabilitation program. She became BIG certified in May 2017.
Hester-Ingram is an ASHA certified speech language pathologist and has worked at Copley for 17 years. She works with adults and children on a variety of speech, language, swallowing, and voice related disorders. Often, she works with patients along with two certified therapy dogs, Beau and Poppy. Penny attended the LSVT Loud certification program in May 2017 and has appreciated the importance of what this program has to offer patients in our community.

More than seventy volunteers make up the Copley Hospital Auxiliary. The Auxiliary operates the Gift Shop located in the hospital’s main lobby and Second Chance Thrift Store, a consignment and thrift store on Brigham Street in Morrisville. Proceeds from these stores along with popular bake sales benefit Copley Hospital. Recent gifts have helped purchase life-saving equipment and supported the new James and Mary Louise Carpenter Surgical Center.

Mark your calendars and bring a friend to the Copley Hospital Auxiliary October 24th Luncheon.