LOS ANGELES – The Parkinson’s Foundation, an organization that works to enrich the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) by improving the care they receive and promoting research in the search for a cure, announced this week its fifth annual conference in Spanish that will take place virtually on the Zoom platform.
The conference will focus on providing the Spanish-speaking community with information related to the treatment and management of this disease. This program, run by a leading team of physicians and activists, is especially designed for Hispanics and Spanish-speaking people living with Parkinson’s disease, their caregivers, their families, and the health care community at large.
“Forward: Sailing the Parkinson’s Sea” will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT. This year, the conference will be broadcast live via the internet using the Zoom video calling application.
The event is completely free and open to the public. Those who wish to participate must register by visiting www.Parkinson.org/Conference or by calling the bilingual helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636). All sessions and activities will be carried out in Spanish.
“Although Parkinson’s is more prevalent in Hispanics than in any other ethnic group in the United States, studies confirm that many Hispanics receive less attention when it comes to accessing necessary information about Parkinson’s treatment and care,” said Dr. Fernando Cubillos, general director of research programs at the Parkinson’s Foundation, adding that “as part of our mission to decisively address this problem, we are hosting this conference to better serve and empower Latinos living with PD. through specialized care, education and support efforts focused on the patient and the community.”
The conference will cover topics requested by the community, including how to prepare for the future, how to make medical decisions, and how the family can provide better care. The conference will also have a panel discussion, question and answer sessions, dance demonstrations, and exercises.
For a full schedule of activities and to register to attend the conference free of charge, visit www.Parkinson.org/Conference or call the bilingual helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) and dial 3 for assistance in Spanish. For resources in Spanish from the Parkinson’s Foundation, visit www.Parkinson.org/Resources.