A support group is an informal gathering of people who share similar experiences, situations or problems. By meeting together, Parkinson’s Support Group members can offer each other emotional and practical support.
In such a group, one is able to learn about Parkinson’s its problems and treatment. But most importantly the members share experiences and practical tips on living with Parkinson’s. Formal discussions, lectures and demonstrations on the many facets of the conditions are organized, drawing for the multidisciplinary approach.
Regular support group meetings entail a healthy and detailed interaction and exchange of feedback between the patients, caregivers and health care professionals. This has resulted in organizing programs based on the needs expressed by the members. Some of the programs and activities organized include, ‘Yoga for Parkinson’s’, ‘Art therapy’, ‘Physiotherapy sessions’, ‘Educational and Cognitive training sessions’
Support Groups help renew ones sense of hope in dealing with changes one experiences in one’s life style. They give you a chance to make new friends and to break down feelings of isolation. In belonging to a support group you will always find that, ‘YOU ARE NOT ALONE!’
If you have Parkinson’s or any other movement disorder, remember you are not alone.