NWI Parkinsons Inc. hosts educational forum and fundraiser - April 20, 2014

Courtesy of the Times

HOBART | NWI Parkinsons Inc. is presenting its sixth annual Northwest Indiana Parkinson Educational Symposium next weekend, and right on its heels will come the gala fundraising event that funds the symposium.

“Living Your Best Life with Parkinson Disease – How YOU Can Help Yourself” is open to patients, caregivers, family members, health care professionals and the general community from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Avalon Manor, 3550 U.S. 30.

Tickets are $35 per couple (attendee plus caregiver, family member or friend) or $20 per individual, and include a continental breakfast, lunch, and the forum.

For more information and tickets, call Cindi Rucinski, at (219) 322-8772, email at elizabethfashions@comcast.net, or visit the NWI Parkinsons Inc. headquarters inside Elizabeth Fashions, 748 E. U.S. 30, Schererville.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Jennifer Pallone, neurologist at Neurological & Specialty Centers in Merrillville. She will give an overview of current developments, research and medications.

Guest speakers and topics are: the Rev. Charles Niblick from St. Maria Goretti Church in Dyer, on “Body, Mind and Spirit”; Susan DeGroate, supervisor of Occupational Therapy, The Community Hospital, Munster, on “Helping YOU Help Yourself”; Priscilla Mulesa, physical therapist, The Community Hospital, on “Strategies for Home Mobility”; Jill Westerfield, supervisor of Speech Pathology and Mary Bond, clinical specialist of Speech Pathology, at The Community Hospital, on “Take Charge of Your Path”; Dr. Nancy J. Trimboli, Trimboli Chiropractic, Munster and Cedar Lake, on “Trigger Point Therapy At Home”; Dr. Andrea DeLeo, neurologist, The Community Hospital, on “Movement Disorder Control”; and Dr. Wayel Kaakaji, neurosurgeon, The Community Hospital, on “Surgery For Parkinson’s Disease.”

Helping fund this year’s symposium and other programs is the NWI Parkinsons Inc. 10th Anniversary Dinner & Style Show to Benefit Parkinson Disease, which will be presented May 22, also at Avalon Manor.

The theme is “Sparkle Like A Diamond For Parkinsons.” The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. and features specialty boutique shopping and a silent auction, followed by dinner and the fashion show.

To purchase tickets, call Elizabeth at (219) 322-8772, email elizabethfashions@comcast.net or stop by Elizabeth Fashions 748 E. U.S. 30, Schererville.

Community support has enabled the organization to donate more than $250,000 to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research and the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) in the past nine years.

The organization also funds an exercise and movement class, and three Parkinson Support Groups, located at Southlake Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, Franciscan St. Anthony Health Crown Point, and The Community Hospital in Munster. The latest project is the Parkinson’s Therapy Group at Community Hospital’s Fitness Pointe.