Parkinson's Support Group
Saint Clair Street Senior Center Murfreesboro TN
YOU DON'T HAVE TO FACE PARKINSON'S ALONE- JOIN A GROUP OF CARING PEOPLE
"Moving Day " 13 November
Parkinson's Foundation Event - "Moving Day" we have a team that is made up of members of our Support Group and Murfreesboro Rock Steady Boxing our team is "Rock Steady Boxing M'boro Support Group" learn more on our Meetings and Events page click here.
Our Mission is to reach persons with Parkinson's and give them new hope. Together through education, exercise and community we are determined to improve the quality of life for both persons with Parkinson's and their Care Partners.
Managing your medication is an important part of having the best quality of life if you have Parkinson's.
Being part of a Support Group can help you gain knowledge by hearing Expert Speakers and Support Group members sharing personal experiences.
Learning from guest speakers helps you to expand your knowledge about how to deal with your Parkinson's.
Having Group members share experiences enhances the everyday quality of life. Learn from others how to use techniques and methods they have used to improve day to day living.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a long-term degenerative disease of the central nervous system that mainly affects the motor system. Its symptoms generally come on slowly over time. Early in the disease, the most obvious are shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty walking. The slowing of cognitive processes may also occur.
About one million Americans are reported to have Parkinson’s but the real number could be much more. That is greater than those afflicted by multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and Lou Gehrig’s disease combined.
While standard drug treatment protocols are available, these drugs can only slow PD’s progression but cannot stop, reverse or cure the disease. PD’s symptoms persist and expand and for many patients their quality of life declines and they withdraw into themselves and become isolated and alone. They require full time in-home care and the new role of primary caregiver for untrained spouses and partners becomes difficult, creating new sets of quality of life problems and challenges.
These are emotional and physical quality of life challenges. It can help to find others dealing with the same problems. PD Support Groups are made of families who understand and are coping. The person with Parkinson’s and the Care Partners discover more challenges as the disease progresses. Support Groups can help families discover new coping skills for old and new PD symptoms as they attend Support Group meetings.
We provide education and community for people effected by Parkinson's.
Are you dealing with Parkinson's ?
Do you feel trapped by Parkinson's?
After the Parkinson's diagnosis it is common to go into hiding. You start asking yourself questions like; who can I tell? Can I tell my children? Should I tell my employer? What about people in my social circle? If they know will they treat me differently?
With so many unanswered questions the first easy decision is to keep it to yourself. This is the first step that can eventually result in isolation. You don't know that at first but you will. As the disease progresses you start thinking that someone will notice "that you have something wrong". If you make decisions not to go out and face the world based on that fear, you become trapped. And it only gets worse as your symptoms get worse.
Who can you tell? The answer is simple. You can tell someone else who has Parkinson's. You may think that your lifelong friend will understand if you choose to tell her. But she won't if she does not have Parkinson's. She can sympathize but she just doesn't know the language. I'm having an "off" day doesn't convey the message to her like it does to someone with Parkinson's. You need people in your life who DO understand. Somebody with Parkinson's.
By the way what about the Care Partner or Care giver. Are you the sweet lady married to the Grumpy old guy with Parkinson's? And he doesn't want anyone to know? You are really trapped. You may need the Group worse than him.
Some people imagine a chronic illness support group is 12 people sitting around a table complaining about the horrible hand they have been dealt. Not at our meetings. We have expert speakers and educated professionals who help us learn more about how to cope with Parkinson's. We also provide a social atmosphere that promotes "living life" in spite of Parkinson's. We even have fun. It's a nice surprise. So don't get stuck in that chair. Start moving back into the 'living" lane of life, join a support Group. It may be just what you need. And, you may be just what THEY need. 7000 People with Parkinson's( PWP ) in Middle Tennessee 500 People with Parkinson's in Support Groups 6500 People with Parkinson's still to be helped. Come join us.
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