Parkinson’s is a progressive disease that affects coordination of movement in sufferers. The condition results from a loss of dopamine-producing nerve cells in the brain. The reason behind the cell death is still unclear and there is no known cure. Parkinson’s affects nearly 9,000 people in the Maritimes.
Since Michael J. Fox announced that he has Parkinson’s, many people are now realizing that it is not necessarily an older person’s disease. The average age of diagnosis is the early 50’s. However, increasing numbers of individuals are being diagnosed while still in their 30’s or 40’s and some even in their 20’s.
We now have in Miramichi a chapter/support group where you can get information and help. The Greater Miramichi Parkinson Chapter meets the first Monday of the month from 7 to 9 pm at the Sobeys community room, King George Hwy.
The November meeting of the Greater Miramichi Parkinson Chapter will be held from 7 to 9 pm, Monday, Nov. 02, at Sobeys Community Room, King George Hwy, Miramichi. Special guest speaker will be Mr. Harvey Urquhart, B.A., B.A., LL.B. (Urquhart & Hayes Law Firm) Topic is: Estate planning, power of attorney and wills.
For more info please call Lorelei at (506)773-4922 or Judy at (506)773-7191, or go to www.parkinsonmaritimes.ca or regional office at 1 800 663-2468.