WCU to host panel discussion, information session on Parkinson’s disease

The College of Health and Human Sciences at Western Carolina University will host a panel discussion on Parkinson’s disease and the role of caregivers on Thursday, Oct. 22.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 204, College of Health and Human Sciences Building, 4121 Little Savannah Road, Cullowhee. The event will include a question-and-answer session, and attendees will be given information packets to take home.

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, with symptoms worsening over time. There is no cure but treatment options are available. Participating in the panel discussion will be healthcare providers, physical and recreational therapists, and nursing and nutritional experts, as well as area residents diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

“This event is for anyone with Parkinson’s disease, their family and caregivers, as well as students, healthcare professionals, or anyone interested,” said Emory Prescott, assistant adjunct professor and clinical supervisor with WCU’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. “We want to inform the community about the many roles involved in working with Parkinson’s disease and the support available to everyone.”

The panel discussion is part of a College of Health and Human Sciences fall lecture series and is presented by the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. A bake sale to benefit the WCU chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association will be held in the lobby. To learn more or pre-register, contact Bill Ogletree at 828-227-3379 or ogletree@wcu.edu.