Parkinson support group to meet

KINGSFORD — The Parkinson Society of Dickinson County Area, a support group for Parkinson’s disease patients, caregivers, family and friends, will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, in the activity room at Evergreen Assisted Living on Mary’s Way in Kingsford. 

Mary’s Way is off Westwood Avenue, just past Kingsford Public Safety Building and Bianco’s Physical Fitness. The meeting location has been changed due to other activities at the church. 

The meeting will open with the program, “Dancing and Movement for Those With Parkinson’s Disease” by Marge Sklar of Dance Zone in Marquette. 

Dancing has been found to be one of the movement activities that help Parkinson patients live a quality life and ease several of the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including balance, flexibility and gait speed. Studies indicate dance helps not only people with the disease but also Alzheimer’s patients and people with age-related cognitive deficiencies.

Sklar will demonstrate some of the dance activities she uses at her studio.

Coffee and snacks will be available after the program.

The Parkinson meeting will take place after the program, with music, exercises and the business of the group. 

Discussion will include the upcoming Parkinson’s U.P. Symposium Aug. 17 at Bay College West in Iron Mountain. Participants are invited from throughout the U.P. and northern Wisconsin. Volunteers will be needed for that day. Keynote speakers coming are Jo Bidwell of Lubbock, Texas and Nadine Waeghe of Redwood City, California.

The July 19 meeting will be finished by noon.

This meeting is open to all. They invite newly diagnosed people as well as those who might otherwise be interested to attend. 

For more information, contact Pauline Hill at 906-774-0332. 

“We have good information to offer, we have fun, and  we are not alone.  Come join us,” Hill said.