Perth seminar for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s

Don and Jenny McAlister. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Don and Jenny McAlister. Picture: Martin Kennealey

PARKINSON’S WA will hold a seminar for people newly diagnosed with the disease next month.

Mindarie resident Don McAlister has been living with Parkinson’s for almost 14 years.

“The support offered by the team at Parkinson’s WA has been incredibly helpful,” he said.

He attends tai chi classes with his wife Jenny every Monday, which are offered through Parkinson’s WA, and has also attended seminars and gained advice from a Parkinson’s nurse specialist.

“I find the tai chi just fantastic; it’s great for balance and strengthening your core,” he said.

“On top of that, after the class our group meets for coffee and a chat and as a result we’ve made new friends and have gained a great deal of support from one another.

“Learning more about the illness and how you can gain support is really important.

“Parkinson’s certainly is life-changing but not life-threatening and it can be managed well with the right support, information and appropriate medication.

“I’d say to anyone who is newly diagnosed to contact the organisation to find out what services are on offer.”

Parkinson’s WA will hold a seminar for those newly diagnosed at The Niche in Nedlands on Saturday, April 13, from 10.30am.

To register, call 6457 7373 or email info@parkinsonswa.org.au.

Visit www.parkinsonswa.org.au for more information.