There's a new local radio show for South Floridians with Parkinson's disease.
"The Parkinson's Radio Hour" airs from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturdays on WBZT-AM 1230, covering South Florida from the Keys to Vero beach.
The show, which debuted Oct. 5, serves as a resource for recently diagnosed Parkinson's patients and for people who want to know more about Parkinson's-related physical therapy programs and support groups in the region.
For the inaugural show, officials invited neurologist Dr. Cenk Sengun to discuss the latest therapies for Parkinson's, and Heidi Rosenberg, who created a local fundraiser called Pretzels for Parkinson's.
The National Parkinson Foundation, based in Miami, estimates there are 60,000 people in South Florida (the region has 10 percent of Parkinson's patients in the United States ) with the neurological brain disorder, which limits mobility and coordination. There is no cure for the disease, and patients are known to suffer depression as their capabilities diminish.
"The biggest problem with Parkinson's is that people hide. The radio show and all the support groups that we do is to show that we are not alone,'' said Stuart Perlin, executive director of the South Palm Beach County chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation, which is sponsoring the show. The chapter has 1,100 active members.
He said it's been challenging to reach those afflicted with the disease to alert them about area programs and services that can help improve their lives and those of their caregivers.
"We feel that the radio show is a tremendous tool to reach everybody,'' said Perlin, a co-host on the show, along with Jeff Dowd, a Boca Raton financial adviser who is also active with the chapter.
An upcoming show topic: the annual Moving Day walk fundraiser set for Nov. 10 at Florida Atlantic University's stadium in Boca Raton.
Program officials are looking for part-time volunteers to help in writing, producing, researching and marketing the show.
For more information, go to npfsouthpalmbeach.org.
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