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Parkinson’s support in Kyabram

Kyabram now has a Parkinson's Support Group.

January 22, 2014 4:34am

A new Parkinson’s support group has been set up in Kyabram to help those struggling with the disease.

The group is aiming to provide a support network to enable people to share their experiences of Parkinson’s while learning more about the disease and the treatment and strategies that can be used to combat it.

Parkinson’s disease occurs when certain nerve cells in part of the brain become impaired.

These cells usually produce a vital chemical known as dopamine that allows smooth, co-ordinated function of the body’s muscles and movement.

When about 70 per cent of the dopamine-producing cells are damaged, the symptoms of Parkinson’s appear.

The support group wants to encourage anyone affected by the disease as well their carers and family members to join the support group and the plan is to have guest speakers attend the meetings to discuss particular aspects and provide support and advice.

Its next meeting is on January 28 when Sheree Ambrosini from Shepparton’s Movement Disorder Clinic will be guest speaker.

The group has been established with the backing of Kyabram District Health Service and Parkinson’s Victoria and is aiming to meet at the Pat Hayes Centre in Kyabram at 10.30am on the last Tuesday of each month.

The next Kyabram Parkinson’s Support Group meeting will be on Tuesday, January 28 at the Pat Hayes Centre, Pettifer St, Kyabram starting at 10.30am.

For more information, phone Kathy on 58521780.

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