A new support group for those dealing with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) has recently formed in Tooele. Barbara Royal, Parkinson’s patient and former Tooele resident, became aware of the need for a group to provide support and encouragement to those who struggle with the disease after recently returning to the area. Barbara formed a very successful PD support group when she lived in Sandy that was well-attended and included regular speakers from members of the medical community. After moving back to Tooele, she started holding meetings. The group “parked” in her living room initially, but the size of the group has quickly overgrown that space, including people from Stansbury Park and Grantsville.
The group plans to regularly schedule speakers from the medical community who can provide varied information regarding PD for this new group as well. Scheduling of speakers is in process now, and will include doctors and other medical staff representing specialties such as sleep disorders, physical therapy, dietarty needs, pharmacy, speech, movement disorder, home care, help for caregivers, geriatrics and PD specialists.
You are invited to attend these mettings as a Parkinson’s patient, caregiver, relative, friend, neighbor or anyone else concerned with this debilitating illness. Meetings are always free, including those with speakers.
A support group is not a therapy group; not a 12-step program and is not a substitute for medical treatment or counseling. They are self-help groups, run by and for people who have in common a particular challenge willing to talk freely and to trust in the goodwill of the members. They are a source of information; an added circle of friends. A place to talk, to laugh and cry with people who will listen. Purpose is to share information and offer mutual support. No one is an expert but everyone has an experience to share.
Meetings will be held every third Friday of the month at 1 p.m. beginning on May 15. Tooele Applied Technology College (TATC) has generously donated their beautiful boardroom for the meetings. This is a very comfortable setting with ample seating and ADA access, located at 88 S. Tooele Blvd. in Tooele (west end of Vine Street).
For more information, you may contact Barbara Royal at firstname.lastname@example.org or (801) 656-9673.
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