Movement disorder program supports people with Parkinson’s disease

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Movement disorder program supports people with Parkinson’s disease

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Movement disorder program supports people with Parkinson’s disease

A collaboration between Northern Territory PHN and NT Health has seen the introduction of the NT’s only movement disorder specialist program to support people living with Parkinson’s disease.

The program was highlighted at a series of events held during Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April aimed at increasing understanding about the condition.

Parkinson’s disease affects approximately 1 in every 350 Australians. The disease is a neurological condition that impacts movement, causing tremors, stiffness and balance symptoms. It’s one of many movement disorders that make it hard to control muscles and coordination.

Throughout the month, nurse specialist Yolanda Gomez and movement disorder speech pathologist Annabelle Macansh coordinated several activities including a meetup for people living with Parkinson’s to connect, share their stories and discuss ways to manage the challenges of the disease.

Group singing sessions helped people improve their breathing and enjoy a sense of community, and tai chi classes provided a gentle way to work on balance, flexibility and relaxation—essential skills for those with movement disorders.

The month of activities proved successful in not only raising awareness about Parkinson’s but also providing tools and strategies to support people living with this disease.

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