Parivarthan for Parkinson’s Foundation, a Chennai-based support group for people with Parkinson’s disease, will soon expand operations in Coimbatore district to reach older people with the disease, according to its founder Sudha Meiyappan.
The non-profit organization founded in 2014 in Chennai now has more than 250 members statewide. “Coimbatore appears to be the geriatric capital of South India,” she said The hindu. As the organization’s support group meetings moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a few elderly people from the districts of Coimbatore and Tiruppur also joined the members, Ms. Meiyappan said.
Besides the support group meetings, Parivarthan also organizes yoga and speech therapy sessions, home visits and counseling for patients and their caregivers, she said. Because Parkinson’s disease is a chronic neurological degenerative disease that typically affects older people and has no definitive cure, awareness of the disease is lacking in small towns, she said.
The organization will organize camps in Coimbatore from 2022 depending on the severity of the pandemic, she noted. For further details, Ms. Meiyappan can be reached at 93 810 35979 or [email protected]