The Parkinson Society hosted their Regional Symposium 2012 on May 10.
Ann Dobbins. Memory Matters Founder and Executive Director was one of the day’s speakers and presented on the importance of cognitive stimulation throughout the lifespan.
Parkinson’s Disease has traditionally been identified as a movement disorder but increasingly is also being recognized for its non-motor characteristics including cognitive impairment.
It is believed that approximately 50% of those diagnosed with PD will experience symptoms consistent with a diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).
MCI has the potential to advance to dementia.
The concept of participating in cognitive stimulation therapy is hopeful for the purpose of optimizing abilities, preventing unnecessary decline and maximizing quality of life.
Ann’s message was consistent with the other speakers of the day.
Keynote speaker, Dr. Soania Mathur gave an inspirational account of her personal diagnosis and process of finding acceptance and meaning.
Susan Smith PT,Partner of Neurologic Physiotherapy and Alison Muir PT addressed how participants can learn to move better with less effort.
Throughout the day, audience participants were talking, laughing, moving and learning. Hats off and kudos to the Parkinson Society as this was truly an educational and energizing event – thank you.