Living with or caring for someone with Parkinson’s can be challenging, but you don’t have to feel alone.
Peer support offers people the opportunity to learn more about living with Parkinson’s and to enjoy the company of others who share similar experiences, situations and challenges.
Parkinson’s peer support offers information, social connection, hope and support through group meetings, over the phone, online communities and educational seminars.
A Parkinson’s Peer Support Group is a gathering of people whose lives are affected by Parkinson’s, who meet regularly in a relaxed, welcoming environment. Activities generally undertaken by a Peer Support Group include:
- Sharing information and solutions to common situations
- Hearing from health care professionals about new developments in Parkinson’s medication, treatment options and research
- Discussing experiences and feelings
- Taking part in community awareness raising activities
- Enjoying company and friendship with others in a similar situation
Each peer support group is unique in its membership and style. Most Parkinson’s groups meet once a month, however some meet every couple of months, while others meet weekly. Some groups are associated with a local healthcare service, while others are run by dedicated members of the community who may or may not have Parkinson’s. People living with Parkinson’s, their carers, friends and family are all welcome. For a support group in your area in Victoria contact:
587 Canterbury Road Surrey Hills 3127
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