Information event for people living with Parkinson’s

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
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An information and support event for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease is being held in the Seagoe Parish Centre, Portadown, on Wednesday November 12, running from 6.15pm to 8.15pm. Parkinson’s is a progressive condition caused by damage to a part of the brain. There are an estimated 650 people with the condition in the Southern Trust, and the information evening is an opportunity for patients, their families and carers to share experiences, get advice on where to go for support and help gain a better understanding about how to live life with Parkinson’s. Catherine Murnin, Information and Support Manager with Parkinson’s UK, says, “Our charity, Parkinson’s UK, offers a range of information and support services across Northern Ireland. “We would encourage anyone diagnosed in the past five years to come along to the event to find out more about what is available locally in the charity and in other networks.” Fiona Patterson, the Southern Trust’s Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist, will speak about her role. In addition to home visits, Fiona has clinics in Craigavon Area Hospital, Daisy Hill Hospital, Lurgan Day Hospital, South Tyrone Day Hospital, Mullinure Day Hospital and Banbridge Polyclinic. Physiotherapist Cathy McKeown will discuss ways to keep active, Yoga teacher and holistic therapist Amanda Boyd will lead a relaxation session and Velma McMurray will reflect on her diagnosis. Velma encouraged people to come along and said, “It is great to have the reassurance to know you are not facing Parkinson’s alone. To have someone to contact when you need advice or support is invaluable. “I attended a similar event and went away with great information and feeling more confident about handling the challenges.” To book a place at the event, contact Catherine Murnin by email cmurnin@parkinsons.org.uk or telephone 0844 225 3682.

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