About 1,000 people from across Nebraska and the Midwest are attending the annual Parkinson’s disease symposium today. University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Dr. John Bertoni is the director of their Parkinson’s Disease Program and says this will give patients, their family and caregivers a chance to come together and talk about how to improve quality of life.
Dr. Bertoni says, “We are going to be talking about the medicines that are available. How to manage depression and anxiety. We will also be talking about caregiver burn-out that is common for people who are trying to take care of a loved one. We are also going to be talking about stories of courage. People who have found ways of coping and working to improve their lives and the lives of others.”
This is also the 20th anniversary of the Nebraska Parkinson’s Disease Registry that tracks every case diagnosed in the state. This provides a valuable resource that helps shed light on risk factors for the disease.
In honor of the UNMC Parkinson’s disease symposium and the 20th anniversary of Nebraska Parkinson’s Disease Registry, Governor Pete Ricketts also proclaimed October 30th as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Day.