On Tuesday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m., Pardee Hospital's physical and speech/language therapists will explain how exercise and current therapies can keep disabling symptoms of Parkinson's disease at bay. Titled "Parkinson's Disease: Why We Need to Exercise," the program will be presented during the Brevard-Hendersonville Parkinson's Support Group meeting at the Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Main Street in Brevard, N.C. All are invited to attend.
Lucy Butler, SLP, and Chloe Roderick, PT, experienced therapists from the Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center, will explain how exercise and individually tailored speech and movement therapy can prevent newly diagnosed patients from losing basic abilities, and may help others regain some of the mobility they've lost. The presentation will cover topics such as maintaining mobility, balance and fall prevention, speech volume, stuttering and swallowing. The presentation will include a demonstration of the center's brand-new Gait Lab, used to help patients stabilize and maintain an effective walking gait.
"Parkinson's is now a disease we can do everything about," says Roderick. "Patients without treatment can lose their movement pattern; it becomes laborious to get in and out of a car, walk 50 feet and get out of bed. Exercise therapy can evoke what we call neuroplasticity, allowing us to 'remap' the brain. This can keep those skills well ingrained so that those with Parkinson's do not lose health and mental function."
"Early intervention after a Parkinson's diagnosis slows down the progression of symptoms," adds Butler. "The No. 1 way to do that is with exercise. In seven years of providing LSVT speech therapy, for example, I've found that 100 percent of our patients improve their speech effectiveness."
The Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center is the only facility in Henderson County to provide both the LSVT LOUD therapy program for speech and the LSVT BIG therapy program for mobility. Each program has been proven to have dramatic, positive effects on Parkinson's symptoms. In addition, the center's new Gait Lab includes an assessment tool that provides quantifiable feedback on posture, step length, gait quality and speed, helping the center's therapists to identify specific areas to target in therapy. "A patient with Parkinson's may say, 'I don't know why I feel like I'm going to fall,'" explains Roderick. "Using the Gait Lab, we can provide the reason and prescribe the therapy."
Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center is the largest and most comprehensive facility of its kind in Henderson County. This facility offers fully integrated physical, occupational and speech therapy services to meet individualized needs. Services are performed on an outpatient basis, and are provided by licensed physical and occupational therapists along with speech/language pathologists. The facility offers a fully equipped and professionally supervised gym, which is open to the public and therapy graduates. Pardee Rehab & Wellness is dedicated to helping patients prevent and overcome injury or disability so they can enjoy a mobile, satisfying life. The Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center is also home to Cardiac Rehab, Pulmonary Rehab and Diabetes Education.
Pardee Hospital is now accepting applications for the 2013 Junior Volunteer Summer Program. The Junior Volunteers provide an important service to the individuals they serve, and to the community as a whole.
In order to participate in the Junior Volunteer Summer Program, potential volunteers must be at least 14 years of age by June 1, 2013. Applicants are also required to write a brief essay explaining why they would like to participate in the Junior Volunteer Summer Program, as well as include their interests and future goals.
Completed applications and documents must be turned in by May 6. Orientation will begin on June 17, and Junior Volunteers will receive a Tuberculin Skin Test that is offered for free by Pardee Hospital.
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Pardee Hospital and Mission Health announced today that a collaboration between both health care organizations and YMCA of Western North Carolina will be based onsite at the Mission Pardee Health Campus property that is currently being constructed.
Pardee, Mission and the Y plan on delivering new programming designed to offer a broad array of effective and accessible health and wellness services for the community. The Y will provide healthy living programs such as cooking classes, YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, LIVESTRONG at the Y, group exercise classes, and a variety of additional wellness programs to support the health needs of the community.
“Whenever like-minded, community-focused organizations can partner for the sake of the community, everyone wins,” said Jay Kirby, President/CEO of Pardee Hospital. “It is more important than ever for organizations such as ours to make these valuable health and wellness services more accessible and more convenient to the people we serve.”
“The Y looks forward to expanding its service in Buncombe and Henderson County with a focus on healthy living ,” said Paul Vest, President & CEO, YMCA of Western North Carolina. “Through this partnership we will create a lasting, positive impact on the lives of families, neighbors and youth in the community. This brings us one step closer to realizing the Y’s 10 year strategic plan of building healthier communities in Western North Carolina.”
“We are very excited about this community collaboration,” said Jill Hoggard Green, PhD, RN, President of Mission Hospital and Mission Medical Associates. “Our mission is to improve the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina and having the YMCA of Western North Carolina as a partner is a significant step toward helping make that mission a reality."
Pardee Hospital's nationally recognized Comprehensive Cancer Center has opened a prevention study to those who have had recent, surgical removal of early-stage cancerous colon polyps or tumors and who are not already taking a statin, a class of drug that lowers cholesterol.
Polyps can lead to colon cancer if left untreated, and those who have been diagnosed with cancerous polyps are at high risk for recurrence of the disease. The National Cancer Institute-sponsored study will evaluate whether the cholesterol drug Rosuvastatin (Crestor) may kill remaining tumor cells after surgery, prevent polyps from forming and/or keep colon cancer from returning.
"While major advances have been made in colon cancer treatment in recent years, we would much rather not have to treat it at all," says James Radford, M.D., principal researcher for Pardee's Cancer Research Program. "To accomplish this goal, we have to learn how to prevent it, and this study is a major step in that direction."
Colon cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in the United States, with more than 100,000 new cases estimated for 2013. According to the National Cancer Institute, colon cancer is highly treatable and often curable in its early stages, with surgery resulting in a cure in 50 percent of cases. But recurrence of the disease following surgery is a major problem and is often the ultimate cause of death.
The polyp prevention study, titled "P-5: Statin Polyp Prevention Trial in Patients with Resected Colon Cancer," is being conducted by the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, a network of cancer research professionals. Along with Pardee, more than 400 medical centers in North America are enrolling patients in the study.
Those interested in participating in the polyp prevention trial can call Pardee's Cancer Research Department for more information at (828) 696-4716.