CROWD OF 350 GATHERS FOR GRAND OPENING OF PARKINSON PLACE

SARASOTA, Fla., September 21, 2012—An estimated 350 patients, caregivers, and members of the healthcare community attended the grand opening reception and ribbon cutting at Parkinson Place in Sarasota on Sept. 13.

Celebrating the official grand opening of Parkinson Place, the festivities offered guests refreshments, a chance to tour the new facility, and the opportunity to meet some of the facility’s program instructors.

Parkinson Place offers a variety of education, empowerment and participation programs for patients, caregivers and healthcare providers connected to the disease.

“In our years of experience working with the Parkinson’s community here in Sarasota, we have never seen anything as exciting as the development of Parkinson Place.” said PRF Executive Director Marilyn Tait. “Parkinson Place has been designed from the ground up to be a fun and positive environment where people struggling with Parkinson’s can be proactive and engaged on a daily basis.”

Created by the Parkinson Research Foundation (PRF) in conjunction with the University of South Florida, Parkinson Place is working to provide an additional level of support and expertise to help the local medical community provide excellent care for patients living with Parkinson’s.

“Sarasota is fortunate to have such a facility and we are proud to have this opportunity to lead a program that will be followed closely by the global Parkinson’s community,” she added.

There is no cure, but people with Parkinson’s are able to enhance their quality of life through positive attitudes, lifestyle changes and individualized medical management.

“Parkinson Place brings together a nationally recognized movement disorders specialist, Dr. Sanchez-Ramos; the top regional Parkinson’s educator and advocate, Marilyn Tait; and the national resources of PRF to create a first-of-its-kind destination for the Parkinson’s community,” said PRF Chairman Larry Hoffheimer. “Our center will lead the nation in delivering the latest evidence-based programs to the community, as well as studying the effects of various programs to contribute to the body of knowledge.”

Parkinson Place is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm, and membership is free.

For more information, visit ParkinsonPlace.org or call 941-893-4188.

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