Parkinson’s group starting in Fallbrook

FALLBROOK – The North County Parkinson’s Support Group (NCPSG), a program of the Parkinson’s Association ‘ announced the formation of a social group for both Persons with Parkinson’s (PWP’s) and their caregivers in the Fallbrook area.

“This small group provides opportunity for folks in the Parkinson’s community to socialize with others in a similar situation. Well-meaning family and friends try to understand what we are going through, but other people in the Parkinson’s community aren’t trying to understand – we do understand,” said social chair Sam Cooper.

Fallbrook organizers Bob and Shirley Fender encourage anyone who is interested to contact them. “We socialize in a warm and caring setting. Our common thread (Parkinson’s) bonds us in many ways,” Shirley noted. The social group meets on the fourth Friday of each month at 10 a.m. in different locations. Call the Fender’s at (760) 723-8887 for location and more information.

The NCPSG also offers a monthly meeting in Vista, at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, on the second Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. There is a monthly featured speaker followed by breakout groups to support one another as PWP’s or as caregivers. In addition, social opportunities abound, including area small groups and annual events such as the Parkinson’s Association’s Fight Parkinson’s Step by Step 5K event, a July picnic, and a holiday luncheon. Interested persons should call Vista chair Paul Dawson at (760) 497-1200.

As Barbara Kirstein, NCPSG board president said, “No one has to be alone. Our group motto is ‘Hope and Cure.’ Come join us!”

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