Free Parkinson’s disease screening on offer

A free seminar will raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease tomorrow.

The Bermuda Medical Specialties Group will give advice on treatment at the BMSG office on Reid Street, from 10am to noon. Arlene Basden, medical director at BMSG, said the long-term degenerative disorder affects almost a million adults in the US. Diana Apetauerova, director of the Movement Disorders Programme at Lahey Health & Medical Centre, will discuss deep brain stimulation, the main treatment for Parkinson’s.

She will also talk about signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and provide new information and treatment options. People will also be able to put questions to Dr Apetauerova.

Early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include cramped handwriting or other writing changes, tremors, uncontrollable movements during sleep, limb stiffness or slow movement, voice changes, rigid facial expression or masking and stooped posture.

Parkinson’s symptoms usually begin gradually and get worse over time. As the disease progresses, patients may have difficulty walking and talking and experience mental and behavioural changes, sleep problems, depression, memory difficulties and fatigue.

There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but treatments are available to help reduce the symptoms and maintain quality of life.

Those interested in attending the event should register in advance at or call BMSG on 541-2674.