April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Three years ago, families knew little about Parkinson’s Disease (PD) despite the fact that more than one million people in the United States had already been diagnosed with it. Today, myths about Parkinson’s disease are being dispelled, and people with the disease have a support group to help them learn more about treatment and medical advances.
The Torrington area Parkinson’s Support Group, founded by Marion Muschell and Carol Pathe, brings together each month people who have Parkinson’s disease and those who care for them. Held in Torrington at the Sullivan Senior Center on the fourth Saturday of each month, meetings feature speakers on topics related to the physiology, diagnosis, and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, medicines available for treatment, and clinical trials that provide hope for a cure. PD updates and resources are offered. A confidential caregivers group meets, and therapeutic PD exercise is also offered.
The next Support Group meeting will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sullivan Senior Center, 88 East Albert Street, Torrington. Psychiatrist Dr. Nirmal Kathuria will be the guest speaker and will discuss disease related depression, especially as it affects people with chronic diseases and those who care for them. The community is welcome to attend.
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.