Eurobodalla Parkinson’s Support Group will celebrate World Parkinson’s Day on 11th April by enjoying and interacting with members and friends at Picnic BBQ at one of our beautiful Eurobodalla Shire Council Parks.
Parkinson’s is a progressive, degenerative condition of the central nervous system. Its causes are unknown and a cure has not yet been found.
Parkinson’s is more common than most cancers including breast, prostate and lung cancer.
World Parkinson’s Day provides an opportunity to learn more about the issues facing the 37 people who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s each day, and the more than 80,000 people who are currently living with Parkinson’s in Australia.
During April, the 72 Support Groups of Parkinson’s NSW will be out in force to rally support and raise awareness, hold BBQ’s, host morning teas and events, and offer information and education opportunities.
“Getting out in public to raise awareness on World Parkinson’s Day and for the month of April, is very important to us. So many people don’t realise how prevalent Parkinson’s is right here in our own community, nor how much support for people living with Parkinson’s is provided by for-purpose organisations like Parkinson’s NSW,” said Eurobodalla Parkinson’s Support Group Team Leader Cindi McQualter.
There are currently three Specialist Parkinson’s Neurological Nurses working in regional NSW. With the increasing number of people being diagnosed with Parkinson’s and long waitlists for people to access medical help, the need for specialist nurses to support people in regional communities is becoming greater.
The goal of Parkinson’s NSW is to raise enough money to provide another five nurses in regional NSW communities by 2022. For more information about your local Parkinson’s Support Group or information about how to donate, make a free call to the Parkinson’s NSW InfoLine:
1800 644 189
About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s is a progressive, degenerative condition of the central nervous system. Nerve cell damage in the brain causes dopamine levels to drop, leading to the symptoms of Parkinson's.
Parkinson's symptoms include tremors, slow movement, stiffness and loss of balance. Also fatigue, apathy, depression, disturbed sleep, loss of sense of smell, and issues with speech and swallowing.
Symptoms can be managed with medication, exercise and other forms of therapy and support. However, as yet there is no cure.
About Parkinson’s NSW
Parkinson’s NSW is a for-purpose organisation striving to make life better for people living with Parkinson’s, their families and carers.
It provides essential services such as counselling, Support Groups, an InfoLine supported by Parkinson’s Registered Nurses, education, and fundraising for research. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of people affected by Parkinson’s, while advancing towards a cure.
For more information
T: 1800 644 189