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A new Young Onset Support Group

Young Onset Support Group established in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs

The Eastern Suburbs Young Onset Support Group met for the first time on 20 April at Wolper Jewish Hospital in the suburb of Woollahra. Fifteen founding participants attended.

The Group is facilitated by Speech Pathologists Kristin Arthur and Betsy Rumble, with the support of Wolper’s Director of Clinical Services, Tina Boger, and Parkinson’s NSW. Wolper Hospital has generously committed to hosting the group on an on-going basis, providing it with both meeting space and refreshments.

Some of the founding participants had established connections and friendships through Parkinson’s NSW and groups like PD Warrior. Others were new to the organisation and to one another.

Steve Schiemer, fitness trainer, member of the Parkinson’s NSW Board of Directors and person living with Parkinson’s himself was the guest speaker for the evening.

He talked to the Group about his life with Parkinson’s as well as the benefits he has experienced and seen in others as the result of exercise – especially boxing.

Steve’s openness and willingness to share his experiences and knowledge encouraged participation and contributions from all participants.

This Group, endorsed by Parkinson’s NSW, is the first of its kind in metropolitan Sydney. It welcomes anyone living with Parkinson’s who is 65 or under.

It meets on the evening of the 3rd Tuesday of every month. For more information, call the Parkinson’s NSW InfoLine: 1800 644 189