Speakers named for support group

Sheboygan, WI – The Wisconsin Parkinson Association’s Parkinson Disease Support Group in Sheboygan has recently announced its upcoming speakers. The group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 2:00pm at Sunny Ridge Health & Rehabilitation Center at 3014 Erie Avenue in Sheboygan. Meetings are free and open to those with Parkinson disease, their caregivers, friends and family, as well as those who work with people with Parkinson disease.

September 20 – Heather Coufal from AbbVie will talk about the Duopa pump, which might be a medication option for people with Parkinson disease. October 18 – Lisa Hurley from the Aging & Disability Resource Center in Sheboygan County will talk about music and memory. November 15 – Laurence Dunn, a local author who has Parkinson disease, will share his book “Ugly… But Funny”, and discuss the importance of having a positive attitude and a sense of humor.

Symptoms of Parkinson disease can include tremor, slowness of movement, rigidity, problems with balance, smaller handwriting, soft speech, dragging of feet, and a decreased sense of smell. Parkinson’s is both chronic and progressive, and while there currently is no cure, the disease can be managed with exercise, medication, and diet and nutrition.

For more information, contact Wisconsin Parkinson Association at 414-312-6990 or www.wiparkinson.org.

The Wisconsin Parkinson Association Wisconsin Parkinson Association is a nonprofit organization founded in 1984 to provide outreach and education to people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. WPA’s mission is to expand medical professional and public awareness and understanding about Parkinson disease that will lead to maximum support, the best individual health care, assistance for caregivers and families, and increased funding for research.

WPA staff conducts local and regional education programs about Parkinson disease and provides literature, video education material, and a speaker’s bureau. WPA coordinates community support groups throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Michigan that assist people with Parkinson disease and their caregivers and families. Visit wiparkinson.org for a list of more than 100 support and exercise groups as well as information about services available to those living with Parkinson disease.

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