Parkinson’s Disease group to help locals

NEW GROUP: A meeting in Lowood for Parkinson’s Disease hopes to form a community group.
NEW GROUP: A meeting in Lowood for Parkinson’s Disease hopes to form a community group. Nev Madsen

A COMMUNITY meeting for those living with Parkinson’s Disease will work towards having a small support group established in Lowood.

The meeting on July 29 is open to anyone from Lowood and surrounding towns who have Parkinson’s as well as carers, friends and family members.

Living with Parkinson’s Disease or caring for someone with Parkinson’s is full of challenges, but people with Parkinson’s don’t have to feel alone.

Parkinson’s Queensland currently operates 48 support groups throughout metropolitan and rural Queensland.

A support group is an informal gathering of people who share similar experiences, situations or problems.

Parkinson’s Queensland support groups offer members a chance to meet and talk with others while offering each other emotional and practical support.

Besides helping you realise you are not alone, a support group gives you a chance to share your feelings and hear the experiences of others.

Meetings are informal and friendly, and new members are always welcome.

Parkinson’s Disease support groups are ideal for people living with Parkinson’s Disease, their carers, friends and family members.

Support groups encourage the growth of knowledge.

By knowing more about Parkinson’s Disease through the experience of others, and through professional resources, you will discover new ways of dealing with your own symptoms and challenges.

Support groups can help you renew your sense of hope in dealing with changes to your lifestyle, and offer you the chance to make new friends.

Support group meetings typically involve group discussions and sharing experiences, information, practical tips and advice on living with Parkinson’s Disease and visits from the Parkinson’s Queensland staff members.

They also include social activities and guest speakers who are invited to meetings to discuss topical and relevant subjects. These may include occupational therapists, social workers and doctors.

Parkinson’s Queensland support groups also have a range of support and information resources for use by members.

If you fall into any of these groups or are genuinely interested in Parkinson’s Disease you are invited to an informal information session to be held in Lowood on Friday July 29 at 10am at the Lowood Community Centre.

Topics:  community group lowood parkinson's disease

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