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Parkinson’s support group to meet | Community News

ByJulie J. Helfer

Jun 9, 2022

Parkinson’s Third Thursday, a Parkinson’s disease education and support group at Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community, meets on the third Thursday of every month. Everyone is welcome.

On the program: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., educational seminar; 2-2:15 p.m., break; and 2:15 to 3:15 p.m., peer support.

The June 16 seminar will feature Dr. Mechelle Lewis, associate professor of neurology and pharmacology at Penn State University. Conditions that present similarly to Parkinson’s disease include multiple system atrophy (MSA) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). It is difficult to differentiate neurodegenerative disorders based on clinical symptoms alone. There is uncertainty as to the causes of these disorders, although there is a link with environmental exposure to nerve agents. Lewis will review typical (PD) and atypical (MSA, PSP) movement disorders, some recent advances in their diagnosis and monitoring, and also discuss the role environmental factors may play in neurodegenerative disorders.

There is no cost to participate. Registration is not compulsory. Its mission is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease, care partners, family and friends by providing education on specific topics, followed by peer support.

The group meets in the Encore Room at the Harmony Ridge Community Center and is best accessed via the Village Drive entrances from U.S. Route 30 or State Route 94.