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Parkinson’s Disease Update Feb. 14 at Woodlands

January 31, 2017

Stowe – Clinical care improvements and current research about Parkinson’s Disease is the focus of a February 14 seminar at Copley Woodlands in Stowe. Charlotte Gowen, Program Coordinator for the Binter Center for Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders at UVM Medical Center will discuss clinical care, educational opportunities, research and community programs available in Vermont for people living with Parkinson’s. “Parkinson’s Disease: What’s New?” starts at 1:30pm Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Copley Woodlands in Stowe. The seminar is free and open to the public. Please R.S.V.P. to 802-253-7200. Copley Woodlands is located at 125 Thomas Lane in Stowe.

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. In simple terms, the brain does not produce enough of a chemical called dopamine that controls movement.  Parkinson’s Disease tends to develop gradually;  often the first sign is a tremor, or stiffness, and often on just one side of the body. Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease tend to worsen over time. These symptoms include: trembling of hands, arms, legs, jaw and face; stiffness of the arms, leg and trunk; slowness of movement; poor balance and coordination. As the disease progresses, people with Parkinson’s may have trouble walking, talking, swallowing, or speaking. While it is not curable, there are medications that can improve one’s symptoms.

Copley Woodlands is a 40-unit Retirement Community in the heart of Stowe, Vermont. Home ownership or leasing is available, with spacious units averaging 1,100 square feet and pets are welcome. On-site services include one meal per day in the stylish dining room, scheduled van transportation, recreational, cultural and fitness activities, housekeeping, maintenance, night security and personal services coordination. Copley Woodlands is within easy walking distance of shopping, restaurants, the Stowe Free Library, Helen Day Art Center and the Post Office. Copley Woodlands is a partnership between Copley Health Systems and University of Vermont Medical Center.  For more information call 802-253-7200 or visit copleywoodlands.com.