John and Jan Sargent spent a day in Merrillville, Indiana to attend the Educational Symposium on Parkinson’s Disease. Listed below is an agenda of the speakers and a brief explanation of what their topics were. According to John the Symposium was very educational and interesting.

I am sure that you will find this overview to be the exact same.

Side note: On a list of things to do in Merrillville, Indiana one venture that was mentioned was going to Galena, IL… yes, that’s right… a mere 216 miles west and you will find yourself on the forefront of all that Merrillville, er, Galena has to offer. Well… when you have no coat tails… you know what to do.

On with the overview.

Educational Symposium for Parkinson Disease


Dr. Jennifer Pallone, who is a Neurologist and Neurophysiologist at the Northern Indiana Neurological Institute spoke on an Overview of Parkinson Disease and Current Advances in Medications.
Dr. Michael Rezak who is a Medical Doctor at the Central Dupage Hospital spoke on The role of Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson Disease.
Dr. Michael Mercury who is a Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Memory Assessment Center talked about Neuro-Psychological changes in Parkinsons Disease which associates with memory loss.
Dr. Emilio Soria who works in the General Neurology department at Northern Indiana Neurological Institute spoke on Sleep issues as it relates to Parkinson’s Disease.
Dr. Suhayl J. Nasr who apart from being a diplomate for the American board of Psychiatry and Neurology, also works with General & Geriatric Psychiatry, and Psychopharmacology. He spoke on how fifty percent of Parkinson’s Disease patients have and suffer from depression.
Margaret Bazarko who is a speech language pathologist at St. Anthony Hospital spoke on Dysphagia
[problems with swallowing] and the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Program.
Lisa McKenna who is a supervisor of inpatient OT/PT and wound clinic at St. Catherine’s Hospital spoke on the different types of Functional mobility which included but was not limited to: walkers and shoes.
Candyce Kaiser who is a private side coordinator at Community Health Services in Munster, IN spoke on the different categories of Home health care, Services available, and how to Navigate the system to Access Services.
Susan Reese who is a Registered Nurse and social Worker at Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, Illinois spoke on Caregiving: A Family Perspective and also suggested the following link:
Maxine Dust who is the President of the Midwest American Parkinson Disease Association Chapter spoke about “Parkinson Awareness Month” which is April.
And finally we had the pleasure of hearing from…
Rich and Kim Rozek , a Husband and Wife team, that host a one hour weekly online radio talk show that initiated two unique programs online titled “Parkinson Disease Talk Live” & “ The Parkinson Disease Cyber Support Group”. Their link in the event that you would like to listen to the shows is:
That about wrapped up the event… again check out those links.