New support group in Kiama

Kiama on the South Coast of NSW now has a Parkinson’s Support Group.

It was established in April 2018 and now has 30 members comprising both people living with
Parkinson’s and carers.

“Some of us had been attending a Solutions for Wellbeing exercise class and the idea for a Kiama Support Group came from that,” said Lesley Errington who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2016 and coordinates the Group.

 

“As a group, our priorities are peer support and sharing of practical information – particularly tips on what people with Parkinson’s are entitled to in terms of financial support, what to do when we must go to hospital, and information on medications.”

“Nina Cheyne, the Shoalhaven Parkinson’s nurse, joins us. She is a wealth of information and willingly answers all of our questions.”

Lesley and her colleagues in Kiama understand the importance of exercise. When Stand by Me interviewed her, she was about to head off to a drumming class to help improve coordination of all four limbs.

Walkers united to raise funds

The Kiama Virtual Walk in the Park on August 26 was attended by about 50 people and has raised more than $4,000. The Walkers met at Surf Beach and walked around the headland to Kendall’s beach before heading back to Coronation Park Surf Beach.

To connect with the Kiama support group, please call the Parkinson’s NSW InfoLine 1800 644 189

For more information on a Parkinson’s Support Group in your area, view our map

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