Parkinson’s Boot Camp Coming to Tuscarawas County

Dr. Ben Walter, movement disorders specialist

Ellen Walter, acute care nurse practitioner

The founder of the Parkinson’s Boot Camp ™ will bring this nationally renowned program to the area. Dr. Benjamin Walter is a neurologist and Movement Disorders Specialist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. He will be joined by others from the University Hospitals Neurological Institute and the Union Hospital Healthplex to present Parkinson’s Boot Camp – Dover on April 29.

Parkinson’s Boot Camp - Dover will be hosted by the First United Methodist Church, 201 West High Avenue in New Philadelphia. The program begins with sign-in and light breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided at noon.

Advance registration is required for this program. A caregiver is welcome to attend along with the Parkinson’s patient. To register, call the Union Hospital office of Community Relations at (330) 308-3599 during regular business hours.

Parkinson’s Boot Camp is free to participants thanks to the support of the program sponsors including Mark’s Place Salon and Spa, Movers and Shakers Against Parkinson’s, and Claymont Health and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Walter is internationally renowned for his research in Movement Disorders. He specializes in intraoperative physiological mapping for deep brain stimulation (DBS) and treatment of patients undergoing DBS.

The other keynote speaker at Parkinson’s Boot Camp - Dover will be Ellen Walter, an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. She’s worked for 19 years in neuroscience nursing caring for patients who have had deep brain stimulation surgery for treatment of their movement disorder.

Jeremy Klaserner, a doctor of physical therapy at the Union Hospital Healthplex, is coordinating the event with the staff of the University Hospitals Neurological Institute. He says the Parkinson’s Boot Camp on April 29 is modeled after a similar event in Cleveland that recently drew an audience of 1,000 people.

“Parkinson’s Boot Camp was created by Dr. Walter and the staff at the University Hospitals Neurological Institute to bring the latest news and information about this disease to Parkinson’s patients,” Klaserner said. “In addition to our keynote speakers we have movement disorder specialists who’ll demonstrate ways that Parkinson’s patients can have a more active lifestyle and combat their symptoms like tremors, slowed body movement and slowed cognitive ability.”

Klaserner says other presentations will include an introduction to the ‘YUHR MOVE” class for people with movement disorders hosted several times a year at the Healthplex. “Rock Steady Boxing” will demonstrate how non-contact boxing training can affect Parkinson’s symptoms. Yoga will be demonstrated as a way to improve physical ability, feeling of well-being, and aid in sleeping.

“We’re very excited to have the opportunity to bring the top people in the field of movement disorders to the area where our local patients can hear and learn from the world’s leading experts,” Klaserner said.

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