Continuing the Connection During Parkinson’s Awareness Month
Each April, the Hope Parkinson Program commemorates Parkinson’s Awareness Month as a highlight of its robust, year-round schedule that provides education, socialization, and support to more than 2,000 active participants.
While regularly scheduled events are postponed, the program is continuing the connection and inspiring participants through regular emails, social media updates, and new teleconference support groups.
“Since its inception in 2009, a goal of our Parkinson Program has been to use the power of community to bring people together to share their experiences,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “Although they are not able to gather in person, Hope Parkinson Program participants can still benefit from the connections and support of our caring PD community.”
Throughout April, Hope Parkinson Program teleconference support groups will also help connect members to resources to help manage COVID-19 anxiety.
To participate, members must RSVP 24 hours prior to the teleconference by contacting Hope Parkinson Program Manager Michelle Martin at 239-985-7727.
- Monday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m.Open support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s and care partners
- Thursday, April 9 at 11 a.m.PD Care Partner support group
- Friday, April 24 at 1 p.m.
Monthly Ladies with PD group
- Thursday, April 30 at 2 p.m.Open support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s and care partners