ORANGE CITY – Perhaps the most familiar face of Parkinson’s disease is the actor Michael J. Fox, who was just 29 years old when he was diagnosed. The disorder is characterized by body tremors, rigidity, and speech difficulties. Parkinson’s is just one of many diseases with a neurological etiology that are classified as “movement disorders.”
To help those living with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, in partnership with the Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary, will provide “Living Life with Movement Disorders,” an educational and support system series.
An 11-week series, the workshops will begin on September 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and will meet each Thursday until November 21. Light refreshments will be provided and reservations are not required.
The workshops will cover topics ranging from speech therapy and Eastern medicine, to home safety and mobility and the special nutritional needs of those living with movement disorders. Additionally, it will feature ways to incorporate therapeutic art, dance, and healing exercises to complement a patient’s current regime.
Loren Fish, a licensed mental health care counselor and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial social worker, has years of experience treating patients with various movement disorders and will be one of the presenters slated for the workshop.
“It’s an opportunity to bring awareness to not only Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, but it will also give those living with movement disorders an opportunity to network and to hear testimonials outside the scope of health care,” said Fish.
In his presentation, Fish will address the mental health and spiritual well-being of patients who have been recently diagnosed.
“Some of the emotions they may experience include depression, anxiety, and grief,” Fish said. “It really is a loss, and they may question why bad things happen to good people.”
The “Living Life with Movement Disorders” is another health outreach series that Florida Hospital Fish Memorial provides as a free service to the Deltona, DeBary and Orange City communities.
“We are pleased to be involved with this initiative for those individuals with movement disorders, in conjunction with other health care specialists in the community at Gateway Center for the Arts,” said Ed Noseworthy, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial President and CEO. “This program is created to assist those individuals and their families who are struggling with a diagnosis and treatment for their movement disorder.”
To learn more about the “Living Life with Movement Disorders” series, contact the Gateway Center for the Arts at (386) 669-5553.
About Florida Hospital Fish Memorial
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is a 175-bed full-service hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services in addition to 24-hour emergency and critical care. The hospital is a member of Adventist Health System, the largest Protestant not-for-profit hospital system in the nation and works to provide exceptional, patient-focused care to the DeBary, Deltona, Orange City and Sanford communities. Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For more information about Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, visit www.fhfishmemorial.org.