An Oct. 12 conference may be the first of its kind. Organized 100 percent by people having Parkinson’s disease who want to know more about their disease themselves, they are also gearing the conference to their friends and anyone else in the community who wants to learn more about the disease.

It will be held on Oct. 12 from 8:30 am -3:00 pm at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor’s Center, 29270 County Rd. G in Ashland.  Everyone interested in and/or affected by this or other neurological diseases is invited. There is no charge.

The schedule starts at 8:30 with breakfast.  From 9 to 12 several neurology professionals from Essentia Health will talk about the current treatments for Parkinson’s.  A catered box lunch will be served at noon.  There will be several locations in the Visitors’ Center to learn how movement, song, big and loud movements are used as special therapies by movement specialists. These breakout sessions will also include an opportunity for caregivers to share their experiences, and participants to view videos from the Michael J. Fox Foundation. At 1:30, there is a panel entitled “What’s it’s Like” where 5 people will talk about what its’ really like to have the disease.  The day’s activities conclude with a talk by David Saetre at 2:30 called “Living with Uncertainty."

Call Joan at 715-209-6639 or 1-651-414-0452 to register or ask questions.