Dozens show up for Parkinson's Conference in Baton Rouge

Dozens attend Baton Rouge Parkinson's conference

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Dozens of people showed up to the Pennington Biomedical Research Center for the annual Parkinson's conference in Baton Rouge on Saturday.

The conference started around 8 as Doctors and medical professionals from around the area shared new information on how to treat and cope with Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks and causes the loss of neurons that are responsible for motor functions. Doctors say nearly one million people in America live with the disease, and that it affects 2% of people over 65.

Cathy Guilbeau was diagnosed with the disease 10 years ago. Since her diagnoses, she has been able to learn more about her condition by coming to the conference. She said the first time she was diagnosed it was hard to face reality.

"I didn't want to admit it," said Guilbeau. "It was something that I hid from my children for three to four years before I said anything."

Dr. Gerald Calegan with the Neuromedical Center said scientists are working hard to find a cure.

"There are literally hundreds of trials going on right now looking to find a cure and slow down Parkinson's these studies are making progress," said Calegan.

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