Local Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Celebrates First Anniversary – Seeking Members
April is national Parkinson’s Awareness Month and the Northwest corner’s first Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is celebrating a year of support and seeking new members to join them at their monthly meetings.
The support group meets on the forth Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sullivan Senior Center, 88 East Albert Street, Torrington. is open to all interested people and is presented in conjunction with The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association.
Over the past year, the group has averaged 35 attendees monthly and presented discussions and presentations from area physicians, elected officials, and advocates. Topics have included medications, nutrition, research, resources, caregivers support, health policy, and driving assessments.
The next meeting will be held on Saturday, April 28th. The May Meeting will be held early on May 19th due to the Memorial Day weekend.
For more information or to R.S.V.P. your attendance, contact Marion Muschell at 860-489-4378 or Carol Pathe at 860-482-4610.
The support group was conceived by two individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease in the Torrington Area who expressed an interest in starting a support group for Litchfield County. The two had recently participated in programming offered by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (CTAPDA) and learned that the nearest support group for Litchfield County families was Cheshire or Southbury. It was also a long-standing interest of the CTAPDA to expand it work in this area, in particular help establish a support group.
The Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association was founded in 1984 as a dedicated, volunteer, grassroots organization affiliated with the national APDA headquarters in New York.