Special Program on Parkinson's Disease March 4

Feb 23, 2018

LSVT LOUD and BIGWyandot Memorial Hospital therapy staff members Jordan Coakley (from left), Brittany Young and Tricia Hannam are teaming up with local Parkinson’s Disease Support Group organizer Janice Woods for a special program and open house on Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. at the hospital’s therapy gym. WMH staff member Cece Taylor is also helping with the event, but not pictured.


The therapy staff at Wyandot Memorial Hospital is hosting a special program and open house on Parkinson’s Disease treatment on Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m., in conjunction with the local Parkinson’s Disease Support Group.

The event will feature information and demonstrations of treatments developed to address the unique impairments experienced by people with Parkinson’s Disease, including LSVT LOUD® and LSVT BIG®.

Jordan Coakley is certified in LSVT LOUD® to focus on increasing vocal loudness and speech clarity; and Brittany Young, Tricia Hannam and Cece Taylor are certified in LSVT BIG® for improved gait, balance, posture, trunk rotation, speed of movement and overall quality of life.

“We have been using these programs with patients, and have some good information on the treatment and outcomes to share,” Young noted.

She said they will also introduce LSVT BIG For LIFE® at the event for patients who have completed LSVT BIG®.

“We encourage patients who have finished the LSVT BIG® program to attend the March 4 event for specifics on how LSVT BIG for LIFE® can help maintain the progress made,” Hannam added.

The LSVT LOUD® and LSVT BIG® programs for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease are named in honor of the first patient treated and studied for improved voice: the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment. The globally standardized treatment protocols are clinically-proven methods for improving communication and movement in patients.

The special program and open house will be held in the therapy gym on the lower level of the hospital. The date and time coincide with the regular meeting of the local support group, which is open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease and their family members and friends.

For more information on LSVT LOUD® and BIG® and the upcoming open house, contact WMH therapy staff at 419-294-4991, extension 2269. Details about the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group and their meetings are available from member Janice Woods at 419-310-3880.