by Patty Jenkins
If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, please know that you are not alone and there are many resources that might help you, especially during this pandemic. Although we are not having meetings in person at this time, the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is still very active in reaching out to our Group members with lots of great information and sponsored webinar and zoom meetings by our many supportive associates, including some presentations by Movement Disorder Specialists. Theses meetings cover a variety of topics that might be of help, especially if you are newly diagnosed.
We always suggest to our new members (and current if they haven’t yet done so!) to look into the web sites of three very credible sources and sign up to receive their emails: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research; The Parkinson Foundation and the Davis Phinney Foundation. These three foundations have a wealth of information and support for people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in all stages and they also address the many different symptoms of PD we may be experiencing during the course of this disease. We have other local resources like Neuroboxing that are holding “virtual exercise sessions” we can put you in touch with and are also able to connect you with other PD Support Groups in Ventura County.
When “things get back to normal”, the Ventura PD Support Group expects to be able to resume our monthly meetings that alternate between various speakers and round table discussions. Until then, if you’d like to be on our email list to receive information on the various webinars and zoom meetings, (and be informed when we finally have the green light to meet in person!) please feel free to call Patty Jenkins at 805-766-6070 to be added to the Group. We are an independent and completely volunteer-organized group not affiliated with or a part of any other organization or group.