Support Group Stepping Up for Parkinson’s

You don’t have to have been touched by Parkinsons disease to know what a cruel and debilitating illness it can be. Targeting the central nervous system, this disorder affects a person‘s movement and often includes tremors, slowness of movement, rigidity, and a loss of balance.

Needless to say, living or caring for someone with this condition can be challenging to say the least. Luckily help is on hand in the form of the Mitchelton Support Group of Parkinson‘s Queensland Inc.(MSGPQ)

Coordinator of the group, David Martin, knows first hand how tough life can be like living with Parkinsons and wants to get the word out that support is available.
‘My wife was diagnosed some 22 years ago with PD, although in retrospect it was obvious she had the illness for some time prior to her diagnosis. At that time we were both gobsmacked as neither of us had heard of PD before. Around that time we saw an advertisement in a local paper asking for people interested in starting a Support Group for PD at Mitchelton and we were attendees at the inaugural meeting. I have been the co-ordinator of this Group now for over 20 years.

‘Originally we had around 30 participants, however many of these have now passed away. I believe it is important for anyone in the community to be aware that help and information is available to them as they deal with this non-fatal but debilitating progressive neurological condition,’ said David.

Members at the Mitchelton Support Group can share their personal journey, find comfort, support and advice based on their own experiences. The group has found this can be especially helpful in the first few months of an illness or disability, as the reality of the situation begins to set in. This is when people tend to feel alone, overwhelmed, and may not know where to turn for information.

The Mitchelton Support Group meets at the Gaythorne RSL Club on the first Tuesday of each month, with the exception of December and January. The meetings are from 10am until 12pm and are very informal. Everyone is welcome – people with PD, carers, partners, family members – anyone with an interest or connection with PD, and there is no cost except for a gold coin donation which can be used to buy a small gift for guest speakers. After the meeting most of us remain and have lunch together in the club bistro, and continue talking.

For more information contact David on 0418 750120

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