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Creative Aging Mini-Symposium

By Myles Goldman

Staff Writer

If you know somebody with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) or would like to spread the word about a good cause, on Sept. 21, the Tilles Center will host the Creative Aging Mini-Symposium for people of with mobility disabilities.

The Tilles Center does more than house live performances, is accessible and friendly to various audiences, which Stephanie Turner, director of education and outreach at the Tilles Center, said.

“One of our initiatives here is to provide for what we call the ‘underserved audience,’” Turner said. “What we are recognizing is that there are more adult citizens that have limited mobility as well as health related issues such as Parkinson’s.” PD is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects brain cells that produce dopamine. Side effects include muscle spasms, speech impediments and fatigue.

The Tilles Center has partnered up with the Mark Morris Dance for PD program for the first time to provide a fun way of treatment for the attendees, according to Turner.

“Research has shown that people with Parkinson’s that a very effective treatment is to stay active and make sure that you have that mind body connection,” she said. Admission is free due to a sponsorship from Dance Party For Parkinson’s, a non-profit organization that helps raise money for Parkinson’s research.

The Creative Aging Mini-Symposium will consist of a dance class, luncheon, a screening of the documentary, “Capturing Grace” and a Q&A featuring the Dance for PD program director, David Leventhal, who will also be teaching the dance class.

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