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Gardening theme for this year’s Parkinson’s Awareness event

Published 15/04/2013
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Parkinson's Awareness Week (15-19 April) is now underway and this year the team at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is holding an awareness event around the theme of 'gardening’.

The Specialist Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre – which includes the Parkinson’s clinic – at the London Road Community Hospital is holding an awareness open day on Wednesday 17 April between 10am-2pm. 

Members of the public, people with Parkinson’s, loved ones and families, medical professionals, charities, students and carers will be attending.  

This year’s theme is around gardening which is a really good activity to continue with to manage both physical and psychological issues such as mood. There will be plants on sale and information stands and activities ranging from professional advice, charities and support service from local area Parkinson’s branches.

There will be an exercise group, Tai Chi, a tombola, a cake stall, refreshments, sing-a-long and an opportunity to test your balance on a Nintendo Wii. There will also be a range of information available to take away, including about what support is available locally. Refreshments will be available. 

Fiona Lindop, specialist physiotherapist, said: “Parkinson’s Awareness Week is an opportunity for us to encourage everyone to find out more about Parkinson’s. Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson's. That’s 10,000 per year, and 127,000 people living with the illness in the UK. One person in every 500 has the condition.

“Please do come along and find out more, talk to people, share experiences, network and join a support group, or get advice. Everyone is welcome, with or without Parkinson’s.”

The Parkinson’s clinic has been evolving there over the past 14 years and is one of only two National Parkinson Foundation Centres of Excellence in the country. Derby Hospitals is recognised by Parkinson’s UK as a centre of good practice, and staff provide care for more than 900 people with Parkinson’s. 

The event is being supported by Parkinson’s UK. Parkinson’s UK is the largest charity funder of Parkinson's research in the UK. Major advances have come from research it has supported – helping to improve treatment and care for people living with Parkinson's, both within the UK and worldwide. So far they have invested more than £50 million in groundbreaking research.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Liz Smith

Communications Officer

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

liz.smith21@nhs.net  

01332 785778

Last Modified 15/04/2013