Rehab Center at St. Luke's Hospital Presents Lecture on Parkinson's Program

COLUMBUS, NC - St. Luke's Hospital Rehab Center's new program for Parkinson's patients will be the topic of conversation during a free lecture on Wednesday, May 11. The lecture will be part of its ongoing Rehab Education Series, which focuses on a different topic of health and rehabilitation each month, 1-3 p.m., in the St. Luke's Hospital boardroom. Light refreshments will be served.

Karol Young, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, and Shannon McCool, CCC-SLP, will be the guest speakers, talking to attendees about LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD®, two international programs designed to help patients with Parkinson's disease improve their balance, motor, and voice control. St. Luke's began offering BIG and LOUD in early March. LSVT BIG, led by Young, focuses on bodily movement while LSVT LOUD, led by McCool, focuses on speech. Both Young and McCool were trained in their respective LSVT treatments thanks to a grant from the Dr. William R. Bosien fund through the Polk County Community Foundation.

"Most people have a family member or friend or simply know of someone who has Parkinson's," Young said. "BIG and LOUD are proven programs that give patients a better quality of life, and this lecture is a no-cost opportunity to learn about them: how to be referred, what the exercises are like, how effective it is, and the different treatment options."

Attendance is free, but registration is required. Attendees must register in person or by calling St. Luke's Hospital Rehab Center at (828) 894-8419.