Educational Series, “A Journey Through Parkinson’s Disease,” Coming to Oskaloosa

OSKALOOSA — Growing older is the greatest risk factor for acquiring Parkinson’s disease and many people live with symptoms for several years before being diagnosed. Often people in early stages of Parkinson’s disease assume their symptoms are part of normal aging or are due to other health problems they may have, such as arthritis. However, early Parkinson’s disease symptoms may not be that apparent and may even come and go. Frequently it is the spouse or other relatives who first notice slight problems with a loved one’s movements.

To learn about Parkinson’s disease, its effects, and possible treatments, register now to participate in “A Journey Through Parkinson’s Disease” an educational series from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  Mahaska County Extension, along with Iowa State’s Department of Kinesiology, and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach are sponsoring the series in Oskaloosa beginning November 14.

The educational series consists of three, 1-hour sessions held on Mondays in November. Cathy Drost, a Human Sciences Specialist in Oskaloosa, will teach the classes, which include interactive lessons, discussions, and activities. Sessions are scheduled for November 14 through November 28 from 11:00-12:00 pm at the Oskaloosa Public Library at 301 South Market Street in the third floor meeting room.  There is a no fee for the program.  For more information or to register on-line go to or contact Cathy Drost at 673-5841or by email at

 “You will learn about the signs of Parkinson’s disease and how to seek medical care, as well as the cause of the disease and how specific treatments work. You will also learn about alternative therapies and in-home activities that can delay the progression of Parkinson’s disease, which is very important for continuing to live a full and happy life,” said Drost.


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