Gerber Memorial offers support beyond just awareness month
By Michelle (Shelly) Klochack, RN
April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial provides support for individuals and families facing Parkinson’s, not just in April but year-round. Every third Thursday of the month, Gerber Memorial hosts a Parkinson’s support group. The next support group meeting is Thursday, March 18. We meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Because we want to maximize safety, we are currently meeting remotely. We aren’t letting COVID-19 prevent us from providing care to our community, and we’re offering options for you to join, either by laptop, tablet and smartphone, or by regular phone.
As a registered nurse who has facilitated these support groups for several years, I encourage everyone affected by Parkinson’s to check out this support group.
During our support group meetings, we touch on a variety of topics. Participants drive the conversation, learning from each other and giving each other support.
We also produce a monthly newsletter with information along with educational information related to PD.
If you’d like to join the support group on March 18 virtually, copy this link onto your browser: https://bit.ly/2X5EDRC. Then click: “Join on the web instead” and the meeting will open for you! If you would like help connecting virtually, please contact me.
If you do not have a smartphone, laptop or tablet and want to call into the meeting, please dial:
Conference line # +1 616-773-2109. Then enter conference ID # 663 413 214#
Nearly one million people in the United States live with Parkinson’s, and 60,000 individuals are diagnosed each year. Parkinson’s doesn’t just affect older Americans: 4 percent of people with PD are younger than age 50.
Please know that if you’re living with Parkinson’s, you are not alone. Others are going through similar journeys, and our support group aims to bring you together to share experiences, ideas and hope.
If you would like to receive the newsletter or want more information, please contact Shelly Klochack at 231-924-3275.