Support groups are tremendously effective in helping People with PD & their caregivers cope with the day-to-day realities of coping with Parkinson’s disease.
Patients with Parkinson’s are hungry for information. Greatest gift of a support groups is helping the patient or caregiver come to know he or she is not alone. You will discover and share ways of dealing with the challenges of PD, finding new resources, understanding and encouragement. Learn ways of relating to others or new ways you can help
What can I expect at a Support Group?
- Support group is a voluntary gathering of people who share common A experiences, situations or problems related to living with Parkinson’s disease.
- Offer each other emotional and practical support and reduce the sense of isolation that is associated with PD diseases.
- Support groups include discussions on topics of interest and sharing of information, resources and experiences
- It’s okay to just listen in on a support group; each person has their own comfort level about sharing with others.
- Supports groups are informal all are welcome.
- Often, there will be a speaker – doctor, pharmacist, therapist, counselor, humorist, lawyer, or other professional.
- Some meetings will be a free-spirited discussion among its members about topics of great interest. Or the facilitator may have arranged something special – dinner at a restaurant or a trip to the park.
- Don’t be afraid to speak to the facilitator about what interests you.
- What happens at a support group meeting is confidential?
- There’s a saying that you get as much from an activity as you put into it.
- Nobody will force you to speak during a group discussion, but you will benefit more if you share your feelings and thoughts.
- The facilitator always appreciates a helping hand, even if it is an occasional few minutes to help greet new members or to organize one meeting.
- A support group does bring together people with a common bond; a support group validates people’s concerns by also looking after their emotional needs.
- Many people, after their first visit to a support group, were heard to say, “And I thought I was the only one with this problem.”