The Pink Auxiliary at Coffs Harbour Health Campus have raised $3500 for much needed equipment for people with Parkinson’s disease on the Coffs Coast.
The equipment donated includes:
- 2 U-step walkers with laser pointers. These walkers are designed for people with Parkinson’s disease, to help minimize gait freezing episodes by the use of a laser line to step over.
- Nordic walking poles. Nordic walking is a fun, social and easy way to be active. It engages both the upper and lower body muscles for an entire body workout, used as an effective fitness and rehabilitation activity to re-train walking in people with Neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke and Brain injury.
At the recent presentation of the equipment, Vince Carroll said, ‘mobility aids to assist people with Parkinson’s disease is important in improving their quality of life. Amanda Sleeman, local Neuro Physio and I work together with the Parkinson’s community to enable them gaining mobility independence and an improved level of fitness’.
It is estimated that there are 80,000 Australians living with Parkinson’s disease. A diagnosis can occur at any age with the most common age of diagnosis being 65 years. The disease can also affect younger people, with 20 per cent of those diagnosed under the age of 50 and 10 per cent under the age of 40. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease, but there are effective treatment options that can help manage symptoms so people with Parkinson’s disease can continue to enjoy independent and productive lives.
For further information call the Parkinson’s NSW Infoline on 1800644189