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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Local Parkinson's Support Groups are good for you

I go to a local Parkinson's Disease Support Group, but a lot of my Parkie friends won't go to these meetings. They say it is too depressing, seeing people who are worse off then they are. I think they are wrong.

I am the youngest Parkie in my group, but sometimes younger people come to learn how to help Mom or Grandpa. We have members in all stages of this disease and the one thing I have noticed is: We all look forward to these once a month lunch time gatherings. Why? Because we share stories, we laugh, we see how people have adapted and we see hope. And of course, the desserts are great!

There are a few who still work for a living, which I cannot, unless someone wants to pay me to write these funny stories. There are a few who have had the DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) surgery, there are some who can no longer walk, but we all connect with one another, plus our care-partners get to talk to other care-partners and there are a lot of hugs.

Support Group Members

The way I see it, if seeing other Parkies in worse shape than you are is depressing, then I guess you shouldn't go visit your Parents when they get older and forget the Grandparents completely. After all, they aren't young anymore and you will probably end up looking like one of them someday. I already have the "Goshert" family chin, so prominent in family photos of my Aunts, Uncle and Grandpa.

I've already got the Goshert Family chin

Maybe it's because I grew up with senior citizen parents, but I like being around older people. Most don't complain about what they can't do anymore. Joke about it? Yes. Laugh about it? Yes, but complain? No.  

Plus, they have unique ways of adapting, like the man I saw yesterday using his golf putter as a cane, "Works much better this way than it ever did on the golf course!" he said. Or the one that had all his buttons on his favorite shirts replaced with snaps "I can pretend I'm a Chippendale at bed time and just rip it open" he laughed.  

Check out a local support group, if there is one near you, you might just have a good time and make some new friends!  Plus the desserts are really, really good.

Thank you for reading this story, I hope you enjoyed it. This is just one of a hundred stories in my book, Parkinson's Humor - Funny Stories about My Life with Parkinson's Disease. Please consider purchasing a copy from Amazon or your favorite online book seller. Thank you and have a Happy Parkie Day!


  1. Thanks for sharing these tips Bev! Glad support groups have helped you. PDF

  2. Great perspective on Support Groups at any stage. Parkinson's Association of San Diego via Twitter

  3. Good advice! NPF via Twitter

  4. Love the perspective and your commentary. What you say brings up a valid point and that is this: As you age, you don't lose the years you've gained. Its called wisdom and it comes from life experience. - Movers & Shakers

  5. In my humble opinion, you WILL enjoy yourself and you WILL learn something by joining a support group :)
    It’s amazing how your mood improves and your spirit is lifted when you spend time with people experiencing life as you do. A support group can bring a quiet sense of hope :)