April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. New treatment is now available for pateints at Hartford Healthcare.
In February of 2019, Hartford HealthCare was the first in Connecticut, and the entire Northeast, to implant the newest and most advanced Deep Brain Stimulation surgical system, Boston Scientific’s Vercise Gevia in a gentleman with Parkinson’s Disease.
The Vercise Gevia DBS System is a rechargeable system with the longest battery life of all current systems, estimated for at least 15 years, decreasing the need for repeated surgical procedures every 3 to 5 years to reimplant batteries.
The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) recently awarded Hartford HealthCare’s Chase Family Movement Disorders Center to lead Connecticut’s Information and Referral Center, one of only 22 such Centers in the whole United States.
APDA’s I&R Centers provide free resources for:
· Information and healthcare referrals.
· Educational brochures, books and live symposiums for people with PD and their care partners.
· Support programs led by professionals and trained peers.
· Health and wellness activities like tai chi, yoga, stretching, boxing and dance.
· Events, services, and resources to facilitate a better quality of life for the PD community.