Parkinson’s group to host speaker

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group invites those suffering from or providing care to anyone with Parkinson’s to attend its regular meetings.

This month, Dr. Jerri Williams, a specialist in motion disorders from Bakersfield, will speak to the group on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 2:30-4 p.m. at the Maturango Museum.

Parkinson’s is an incurable and debilitating neurological ailment that affects more than 10 million worldwide.

Although each patient will exhibit a unique set of symptoms, the most common are those that result in movement disorders and include tremors or shakes in the upper extremities, trouble with walking gait with an increase in the danger of falling, trouble maintaining speech volume, forgetting to swallow resulting in drooling from the mouth, loss of the sense of smell and loss of appetite.

Regular group meetings are held on the Thursday of each month from 2:30-4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, offering those affected by Parkinson’s an opportunity to share experiences in an informal and friendly setting.

Anyone seeking additional information is encouraged to call Rosie Holtrop at 760-375-2076.

Story First Published: 2018-11-02