Event in Lewisham will offer support to those affected by Parkinson’s – South London News

Event in Lewisham will offer support to those affected by Parkinson’s – South London News

People impacted by Parkinson’s Disease in South London are invited to a free event offering support and advice from experts.

On July 18, Parkinson’s UK will host a “Living Well with Parkinson’s” event at St Laurence Church in Bromley Street, Lewisham, open to anyone living with Parkinson’s or caring for someone with the condition.

The event will offer support from Parkinson’s UK volunteers, information sessions led by Parkinson’s researchers, talks from individuals affected by Parkinson’s and “activity taster sessions” to try out ways to manage Parkinson’s symptoms, including boxing and seated dancing. 

Liz Nash, research support network manager at Parkinson’s UK, said: “There may be people living with Parkinson’s who struggle to get advice and support.

“We can connect them to specialists and healthcare professionals, and showcase some great activities that can help them to manage their symptoms and even make friends.

“For some people, these events are the first time they have ever met anyone else with Parkinson’s, or talked about it.”

Lead volunteer for the Lewisham branch, Juliet McCollin, led planning for the event. She stressed the importance of community and having a support network, both of which were invaluable while caring for her mother, Grace, who had Parkinson’s.

She said: “Having another place to go and talk to people was a big help. She never looked at it as a woeful group, but as another place for her to meet and share life stories and get involved in what was going on. She enjoyed the Tai Chi classes.

“I went along with Mum every month so that she was supported. I knew she would be and I was happy she had that space.”

Those interested in the event can reserve a spot at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/living-well-with-parkinsons-fitness-fun-and-finding-happiness-tickets-907518541387

Picture: Parkinson’s UK Lewisham lead volunteer Juliet McCollin with her mother, Grace (Picture: Juliet McCollin)


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