New workshops to help people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 May 2017

The North West Somerset branch of Parkinson's UK.

The North West Somerset branch of Parkinson's UK.

Jeremy Long \ JCL Photography

Workshops to help people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease will be held in North Somerset next month.

Last year, the North West Somerset branch of Parkinson’s UK supported a pilot workshop to help people who were finding it hard coming to terms with their diagnosis.

The pilot was a huge success and the branch, which meets in Nailsea, is funding three more workshops.

Jill Gilbert, from the support group, said: “Parkinson’s can affect the way you walk, talk, write and swallow. There are more than 60 symptoms, which sometimes makes it difficult to diagnose and to medicate, and the rate of progress of the disease is impossible to predict.

“The aim of the workshops is to help those struggling with the diagnosis to get to know themselves again.

“These are not the same as counselling sessions – there will be small group discussions which will help those taking part to explore the means to become more positive and improve their quality of life.”

The free workshops will be held 
in June and are open to people 
with Parkinson’s disease and their carers.

For details, call Rachel Glanville-Davey on 01275 810705.


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