Neurologist to speak to Parkinson group

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Parkinson Society of Dickinson County area will host “A Meeting with the Neurologist” on Thursday, May 16, at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall on Hamilton Ave. in Kingsford. Parkinson disease patients, caregivers, family and friends from the U.P. of Michigan and northern Wisconsin are welcome to attend this free presentation. Sign in registration will begin at 10 a.m. and the speaker will begin when he arrives, probably by 11 a.m. CST.

The speaker, Dr. Steven Schechter, will discuss the management of “off” episodes in Parkinson’s disease and APOKYN. Off episodes are the wearing off effect of Parkinson’s medication before the time for the next dose. When this happens, heightened symptoms of PD such as tremor, balance difficulties, and coordination may occur. Dr. Schechter will discuss how to manage the episodes with APOKYN.

Being a certified yoga instructor, he will also direct a yoga routine for participants. This can be done either sitting or standing.

He will be available for a time of questions and answers from the audience. The program will end about 3 p.m. A complimentary lunch will be served at noon sponsored by Stephanie Belf of U.S. World Meds. Dr Schechter is an associate professor of neurology at Oakland University William Beaumont Medical School. He is actively involved in teaching and clinical research. His clinical interests include movement disorders, MS, stoke, epilepsy, headache and general neurology. He has recently authored the third edition of a text, Parkinson Disease: A Patient Guide.

Dr. Schechter is a health and fitness advocate and enjoys biking and yoga. He is on staff at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak and Havenwyck Hospital in Album Hills, Mich.

For more information and to make reservations call Pauline at (906) 774-0332.