Letter to the Editor: Call for support group for residents with Parkinson’s

Dear Editor,

I have Parkinson’s Disease.

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My Parkinson’s isn’t that advanced yet, and I have hope that with otherwise good health and an active lifestyle I will stave it off for a while.

Last Monday night, CBC’s The National, had a feature on the amazing effect of dancing on Parkinson’s sufferers. The short-term effect was obvious to see.

People were gliding around, lost in the revery of dancing, who had arrived using walkers. People who have otherwise lost the ability to carry out basic activities were able to move unconsciously while dancing.

Long term, researchers are optimistic this activity might actually halt, or at least slow,  the progress of the disease. For sufferers like us, as unlikely as this may seem, it is a ray of hope.

Something worth giving a try? Maybe one of several ideas a group of us could discuss?

At this point I don’t know anyone who has Parkinson’s. I would no doubt benefit by having someone with whom I could share experiences. Better still, I would benefit by being a member of a support group. An organization that could bring in expertise and/or could create helpful activities.

If you are interested, call me at 204-687-6256. I’ll keep a list and set something up if I get enough interest.
Gerry Clark
Flin Flon

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