New meetings of the Parkinson's Disease Society to begin in Great Dunmow

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 October 2009 | UPDATED: 07:24 30 May 2010

REGULAR meetings of the Parkinson s Disease Society (PDS) are due to begin in Great Dunmow next month. Following a very successful information session for people affected by Parkinson s Disease (PD) - held recently at Memorial Hall - the PDS Uttlesford Su

REGULAR meetings of the Parkinson's Disease Society (PDS) are due to begin in Great Dunmow next month.

Following a very successful information session for people affected by Parkinson's Disease (PD) - held recently at Memorial Hall - the PDS Uttlesford Support Group will hold meetings on the second Wednesday of every month from noon to 2pm at the Day Centre, Chequers Lane. The sessions get underway on Wednesday November 11.

A group spokesman said: "We offer information, friendship and understanding to people with Parkinson's, their families and friends. Come and join us - you will find happy, cheerful companionship."

PD affects people in different ways. It can make everyday movements such as walking, swallowing and writing difficult. Medication, other treatments and therapies can often help to control these symptoms.

It is estimated that around one in 500 people in the UK have PD and 10,000 are diagnosed each year - one in 20 are under the age of 40.

The PDS offers support to people across the UK, providing a freephone helpline (0808 800 0303) and producing many resources, including booklets and information sheets, which offer information and support to everyone affected by PD.

PDS research teams are also co-ordinating work into all aspects of the disease with the ultimate aim of finding a cure.

If you are interested in attending the Dunmow meeting just pop in, or for more information about Uttlesford Support Group call the secretary Kathy West on 01279 816293 or visit www.parkinsons.org.uk

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