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Attendees at the 22nd Parkinson’s Unity Walk Will Find Valuable New Resources for Managing Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

KINGSTON, N.J. (April 7, 2016) – The Parkinson’s Unity Walk announced today that participants attending this year’s Unity Walk, will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from movement disorders centers based in New York and New Jersey.  The addition of these new resources will provide participants with another source of valuable information.  The 22nd Parkinson’s Unity Walk will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2016 in New York City’s Central Park.

Parkinson's disease is a chronic, degenerative, neurological disorder affecting at least one million people in the United States.  Management of disease symptoms is critical to living well with Parkinson’s disease.  The Unity Walk provides participants the opportunity to learn about disease management by visiting the booths of Parkinson’s organizations, healthcare experts, watch exercise demonstrations, and sponsors to learn about current medical therapies.  The opportunity to visit with representatives from movement disorders centers will be new to the Unity Walk at this year’s event.

“A major challenge in the Parkinson’s community is to make people aware of the importance of seeing a movement disorder specialist and of having a multidisciplinary team for their care.  We believe having teams from movement disorder centers at the Unity Walk where people can meet face to face is one way that we can help meet this challenge.  It is one more resource that will be available at the Unity Walk, for people living with Parkinson's and their families,” said Carol Walton, Executive Director of the Parkinson’s Unity Walk.

Movement disorders centers provide patients with Parkinson’s disease, comprehensive care that is tailored to each person’s specific needs and goals.  At a movement disorders center, patient care is led by a movement disorder specialist—a neurologist who has received additional training in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.  Movement disorders centers typically are equipped with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare experts including physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and neuropsychologists.

Movement disorders centers that will be at the Unity Walk include:  Columbia University Medical Center Division of Movement Disorders, Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, Mount Sinai Center for Neuromodulation, North Jersey Brain & Spine Center, and Rutgers Medical School Comprehensive Movement Disorder Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.  Information about these centers is available on our website.

“We invite everyone to join the thousands who will be walking to build awareness of Parkinson’s disease and to raise funds to help find better treatments and hopefully, one day a cure for PD.  It is the perfect time to take advantage of the educational information available.  We know that you will leave the Unity Walk with new tools in hand and the support of an entire community,” said Carol Walton.

To join the 22nd Parkinson’s Unity Walk, participants can visit our website at:  

About the Parkinson’s Unity Walk
Since the Unity Walk’s inception in 1994, it has funded hundreds of research studies.  Sponsors allow for one hundred percent of every donation to go to Parkinson’s research funded by the following seven major Parkinson’s organizations: American Parkinson Disease Association, National Parkinson Foundation, Parkinson's Action Network, Parkinson's Disease Foundation, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, The Parkinson Alliance, and The Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center.  

Helaine Isaacs
Event Director
Parkinson's Unity Walk