Pulmonologist Gregory Ardoin, MD

The Muscular Dystrophy Association invites Central Louisiana residents to fight back against muscle disease by participating in the "Living with a Muscle Disease" seminar on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Rapides Regional Medical Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

"Living with a Muscle Disease" is open to the public, but specifically geared to educating those who have been diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease, their caregivers and family members, as well medical professionals.

The seminar will offer guests a chance to “ask the experts” questions on topics, including general neurology, nutrition, physical therapy, pulmonary issues and Louisiana Rehabilitation Services.

Presenters scheduled to speak include neurologist Charles Ugokwe, M.D., director of a muscular dystrophy clinic, pulmonologist Gregory Ardoin, M.D., physical therapist Julia Harrison, attorney Frederick Jones and dietician Gayle Koonce.

Exhibitors include representatives from Numotion; Hill-Rom Respiratory Care; Compassionate Care Hospice; Medistar Home Health; Amedisys Home Health; Families Helping Families; GUMBO and New Horizons Independent Living Center.

The seminar is free and will be held in the Cascade Room of Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital on the Rapides Regional Medical Center campus.

To register, contact Lydia Brown of MDA at (318) 742-3632, or email her at lbrown@mdausa.org