Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2017, MaryAnn Stockton, a dedicated facilitator with the Parkinson’s Support Group in Utica, knows firsthand the daunting challenges participants face. Its mission is to raise awareness of the symptoms and effects of Parkinson’s disease, as well as to provide support to those struggling with the disease.
The empathetic leader brings to her volunteer position her decades of experience working at the Family Place Resource Center in downtown Utica.
She explains, “When members find it difficult to deal with their physical limitations, I understand their struggle, their frustrations. Meetings allow members to connect with each other and let them speak for themselves, even if that means waiting patiently to hear from those who are struggling to express their thoughts.
The support group meets from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the third Thursday at the Parkway Center, 220 Memorial Parkway, Utica. The program, sponsored free of charge by the center, begins with an initial welcome and check-in. Caregivers then split into separate groups to discuss their concerns.
Looking to the future, Stockton’s plans include introducing activities that promote movement, as well as art therapy to “promote lightness and a cheerful attitude.” She adds, “Parkinson’s disease affects people in different ways, and our goal is to validate the uniqueness of each member. »
For more information or to register, call 315-223-3973.
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