South West Hospital and Health Service Advanced Allied Health Assistant Nerida Caden says it’s important for anyone in the community who is in this situation to know they are not alone.
Ms Caden coordinates the Roma-based Parkinson’s Support Group which meets twice-a-month, giving attendees the opportunity to share information, experiences and advice about living with the disease.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition with no cure and Parkinson’s Queensland estimates there are more than 100,000 Australians living with the disease.
The Roma support group was started five-years-ago by Ms Caden and a patient she was working with who had the disease.
“At the time, the closest support group was in Dalby, and whilst no two people with Parkinson’s have the same journey, the group provides a regular opportunity to meet, share stories and learn new information.”
“It’s a relaxed and open safe space, we come together twice a month for a morning tea and there’s no cost to attend.”
Anyone in the South West Hospital and Health Service region affected by the disease and in need of support is encouraged to make contact, even if they can’t attend a meeting in-person.
“For those who live in other parts of our region and are unable to attend a meeting in Roma please don’t hesitate to pick-up the phone.”
“No matter where you live or whether you are a patient or carer, I can provide you with support or point you in the direction of useful Parkinson’s related resources.”
For meeting details or further information please contact Nerida Caden by phoning Community and Allied Health Roma on (07) 4624 2719.