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Finding a Cure for Parkinson's Disease

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Parkinson's is one of the most debilitating brain diseases, and the number of people diagnosed with it is expected to rise to 12 million by 2040. On The Point, we talk with Dr. Michael Okun and Dr. Ray Dorsey two leading Parkinson’s doctors about research into ending the disease and latest advances in care and treatment. Along with Drs. Todd Sherer and Bastiann Bloem they’re the authors of Ending Parkinson’s Disease, A Prescription for Action.

We also talk about local supports and services for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers with the following guests:
Bill Patjane Executive Director of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association
Jeanne Jackson, Care partner of a spouse living with Parkinson’s disease, facilitator of the Mashpee Support Group and a Retired Nurse
Jay Zavala is a physically active retiree living in Falmouth and a Board Member of the Parkinson Support Network Cape Cod.

For information on programs, services, and information and referral, contact the APDA Information & Referral Center at 800-651-8466.
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Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.