What is Parkinson’s Disease and how do I know I have it?

by Patty Jenkins

There are many nuances and varying symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease which make it one of the most challenging diseases not only to live with, but also for doctors to diagnose early and treat properly. That is why it is vitally important to learn what those early symptoms are and to find the right specialist as soon as possible to diagnose and treat this most frustrating and often very debilitating disease.

The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is pleased to bring one of southern California’s top Movement Disorder Specialists & Neurologist, Dr. Robert Hutchman, to our meeting on Wednesday, August 9 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at The Lexington Assisted Living, 5440 Ralston St, Ventura.

Dr. Hutchman will present an overview of the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, both motor and non-motor, and the management of this progressive disease. He will address medication issues and why “one size does not fit all”, complementary therapies, give updates on new research and talk about “wellness” specifically for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc, is co-hosting Dr. Hutchman at this August 9th meeting. Dr. Hutchman will also speak about the newest PD drug, Nuplazid, which is the first drug designed specifically for people who have Parkinson’s Disease and may have developed challenging cognitive changes.

Dr. Robert Hutchman is a Mayo Clinic-trained neurologist and subspecialist in Parkinson’s disease, movement disorders, and all forms of dementia, especially Parkinson’s-associated. His undergraduate medical training was completed at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. Since completing his training he has served as Sub-Investigator on approximately 10 Phase 2 thru 4 clinical drug trials, with Dr. Peter LeWitt of the Parkinson’s Study Group at the Clinical Neurosciences Center in Southfield, Michigan. Following that incredible opportunity to develop clinical research and deep brain stimulation surgery management skills, Dr. Hutchman entered private practice in Southern California. Since arriving in California, he has founded a private practice exclusively serving a unique patient population composed of neurodegenerative disorders. As the founder and Medical Director of Neurosearch, Dr. Hutchman has successfully administered 10 additional clinical trials as the Principal Investigator, directing the efforts of an accomplished support staff.

Please check in at the front desk for directions to the meeting room. Extra parking is graciously available across the street from the Lexington in the Baptist Church parking lot. Call Patty at 766-6070 for further information. Reservations are not required. The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is an independent and volunteer-organized group not affiliated with or a part of any other organization or group.

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