Parkinson's Community Seminar and new Support Group: Lancefield
Parkinson’s Victoria invites you to attend an information seminar in Lancefield for people living with Parkinson’s, their carers, family and friends,
on Wednesday 12 March 2014.
Join us for an informative and friendly community seminar where we will provide a general overview of Parkinson’s and the latest symptom management strategies. There will be information about relevant Parkinson’s support and specialist services available in the area.
We are also seeking expressions of interest in forming a local Support Group - to be held at the same location, each month. Please let us know if you
Date - Wednesday 12 March 2014
Time - 12.30pm for a 1.00pm start to 3.00pm
Venue - Lancefield Neighbourhood House, 78 High Street
Cost - gold coin donation. Includes tea, coffee and light refreshments
To reserve your seats, please contact the office on 9581 8700 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barwon Residents - Community Consultation
Please note: the following information is relevant for those people living in the Barwon region only
Barwon Medicare Local is keen to consult with local residents living in the Barwon region (Greater Geelong, Golden Plains, Surf Coast and Colac-Otway) to identify your key health and medical issues and needs.
Click here to download further information about the Community Consultation Forum to be held on March 13
Summer heat and Parkinson's
While people living with Parkinson’s are not significantly affected by extremes of heat as some other neurological conditions are, many people do report that their symptoms worsen a little on very hot or cold days. During the summer months, we all tend to perspire more as the temperature increases and with persistent heat it is easy to become dehydrated.
Dehydration will also worsen constipation, increase urinary concentration (heightening risk of urinary tract infection), cause dry skin (increasing skin irritation) and contribute to headaches.
To avoid this, you may need to increase your fluid intake, particularly water. If you find increasing your fluids also increases your trips to the toilet, consider drinking more fluid when you take your medication so that these trips occur when you’re “on.”
Keeping cool and out of the sun will also help reduce dehydration.
Note: People living with Parkinson’s who hold a Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card or DVA Gold Card are eligible for the summer Medical Cooling Concession. This entitles card holders to an additional 17.5% discount off electricity costs between 1st November and 30th April. For more information contact Parkinson’s Victoria, the Victorian Concessions Information Line (1800 658 521) or your energy provider.
7:30 Report - Tango dancing & Parkinson's
The 7:30 Report (ABC TV) recently aired an empowering story about living well with Parkinson's and how Tango dancing is being used to treat Parkinson's.
Click on the below link to view this story
Opportunities for Participation
Volunteer opportunity – People with Parkinson’s
Deakin University (Burwood)
A number of study units in the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology need volunteers with chronic disease or injury to undergo a clinical exercise assessment and exercise program. Consults will involve student clinicians under the supervision of qualified staff.
For further details download the flyer here, or contact the Clinical Exercise Learning Centre (CELC), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences on 9244 5442 to express your interest.
Volunteer opportunity – Family members
The Centre for Health Communication and Participation at La Trobe University is seeking participants for a research project investigating the role of family members in protecting adult patients from medical errors and adverse events during hospitalisation.
Eligible family members will be asked to participate in a 60-minute interview with a researcher in person or via telephone/Skype – whichever is convenient for the participant. During the interview, participants will be asked about their role during their relative’s recent hospitalisation, any concerns they had about the hospital care, and how these concerns were managed.
For further details download the flyer here, or contact the researcher Bronwen Merner on 03 9479 5327 or via email email@example.com
New Research Opportunities