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Third Annual Parkinson’s Symposium

Information and Inspiration would describe the order of the day at the Parkinson’s symposium this year. There was some great information given by Jennifer Price, NP of Trellis Supportive Care and also some inspiring testimonials from those that are present and past clients. One past client especially wished that he and his family would have started with palliative care services long before they did, but did not realize all the benefits of the program.

US World Meds brought to the symposium Dr. Laxman Bahroo, a movement specialist from Georgetown University. He shared of some of the latest treatment options for those with Parkinson’s Disease and answered good questions from the attendees. His focus was on the treatment with the Apokyn drug that is changing the lives of many Parkinson’s patients. One such patient is Joe, who also came as a patient ambassador to share the experience of his journey with Parkinson’s and what a difference using Apokyn has made in his life. He can now work full time and do many of the activities that he enjoys with his new wife and great supporter, Sarah. Charles Manning, RN of Ashfield Healthcare shared about working with those patients desiring to start with the Apokyn treatment and travels around North Carolina to coach and monitor their use of the drug.

There were 61 participants and 16 vendors in attendance at the beautiful Lewis Hall of First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury. Participants included some professional healthcare clinicians, but mostly there were those with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

The presenting sponsors that helped to coordinate the event along with the PARC (Parkinson’s Advocacy of Rowan County) support group included their sponsor, TenderHearted Home Care and Accelerate Therapy and Performance, Brookdale Senior Living of Salisbury, Smart Changes Household Move Management, Trellis Supportive Care, Thrivent Financial, and US World Meds.

There were several supporting sponsors available to provide information that would be helpful to those attending. The supporting sponsors included: Acorda Therapeutics, The Alzheimer’s Association, Care Transport Group, Five Oaks Rehab, Kindred at Home, The Laurels of Salisbury, The Parkinson’s Association of the Carolinas (PAC), Penrod Medical Equipment, and Rufty Holmes Senior Center.

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Renee Gray

As Founder, Owner & President of TenderHearted Home Care, I have always had a heart for helping others. I started with babysitting while a teenager, assisting the mentally disabled in a work environment for 10 years, homeschooling my two sons, serving others for 9 years while employed through the local hospital and since 2011 have been focused on helping seniors to maintain their independence in the comfort of their own home. I am a Certified Senior Care Manager (CSCM) as designated by the Association of Care Services At Home (www.acsah.org).

I have enjoyed volunteering my time as the President of the Rowan County Home School Association, assisting with the Parkinson’s Support Group, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Pregnancy Support Center, MOPS International, Capstone Recovery Center, Kairos Outside, Celebrate Recovery, various church committees and going on a mission trip to Moldova. I am a member of the Rowan County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels board member, REACH of Rowan County, HIPSS of Davidson County, Second Tuesday Business Group and several Christian Business Life Groups.

I am passionate about serving others and providing the most compassionate care possible, as I would want for my own family. I love relaxing with my husband, Peter, and my two dogs, Yoyo and Terra Cotta.