Highlighting Parkinsons Awareness week in Kildare

Support: Exercise vitally important

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Highlighting Parkinsons Awareness week in Kildare

Chairperson John Sinnott and Newbridge District Municipal Mayor Murty Aspell (standing centre) pictured with with local members of East Midlands Parkinson’s gathered in the Whitewater on April 13

In order to highlight Parkinsons Awareness Week, East Midlands Parkinsons held yoga classes at Whitewater Shopping Centre on Saturday April 13.

The week ran from April 8 to 14 and the class was held by yoga teacher Patricia O’Connor.

“We decided to hold the exercise classes at the Whitewater Shopping Centre to show people, that although the participants may have a degenerative disease, they are willing to showcase the classes to help others. Exercise is vitally important for people with Parkinsons,” said Marian Deely.

She pointed out that the organisation gets no core funding from government and there is a dire shortage of specialist Parkinsons nurses with just five dedicated to the south of Ireland including Kildare.

East Midlands Parkinsons covers Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Meath, Westmeath, and parts of Wickow, Kilkenny and Carlow. It offers support to its members and helps bridge any gaps in the services.

Marian points out that it is vital patients get access to the full suite of services including a neurologist, specialist nurse, occupational therapist, physio, speech therapist and a dietitian. For further information call the helpline on 085 21129731 or log on to www.parkinsons.ie