Ireland to Host First Ever International Parkinson’s Empowerment Summit

Posted on: 8th September, 2014

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly

On Friday October 3, 2014, Move4Parkinson’s and the Davis Phinney Foundation will host the International Parkinson’s Empowerment Summit 2014 in City West Hotel, Dublin. The summit is designed to educate, empower and inspire people with Parkinson’s and their care partners in the management of Parkinson’s disease. Tickets for this one-day event are available at

The Summit is the first event of its kind to be held in Ireland and will provide participants from Cork with the opportunity to meet other people with Parkinson’s while learning techniques for effective self-management of motor and non-motor symptoms, emotional well-being, medication, nutrition and exercise.

The programme for the day includes a series of presentations by top international and leading Irish neurologists on topics ranging from ‘A Parkinson’s Lifestyle Toolkit’ by Dr. Claire Henchcliffe to ‘The Importance of Social Capital’ by Dr. Al Condeluci, PhD and ‘Medication Awareness’ by Dr. Graham Hughes, St. Vincent’s Hospital.  The summit will also feature a series of experiential breakout sessions delivered by Irish neurologists and healthcare workers on topics such as supporting care partners and mindfulness.

Tim Kelly was diagnosed with Parkinson‘s not long after retirement, at the age of 68, in 2004. “I hadn’t noticed any symptoms until is was pointed out to me that my hand had a tremor, so it came as a huge shock,” said Tim. “I decided to make the most of life while I was still able,” says Tim, who is a regular at the set dancing classes organised by Move4Parkinson’s and also a member of the choir set up by the group. “It really helps to be in contact with other people with similar symptoms and problems and it’s also a great social outlet,” he explained. Tim’s father is originally from Castletownbere.

Further information is available from www.wp.move4

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