The Glynn County Parkinson’s Support Group will hold its first “informational” meeting on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 11 a.m. in the parlor of St. Simons United Methodist Church located at 624 Ocean Blvd., St. Simons Island.
Parkinson’s disease is a neurological movement disorder that causes tremors, muscle stiffness, and difficulty with balance, walking, speaking, and coordination. As the disease progresses, patients need help from caregivers to help them maneuver through daily life. If a family member takes on the role of caregiver, it can be stressful and difficult without the support, guidance and help of others. The support group is meant to be an outlet for people to share information and help each other better manage the side effects of this disease.
The goal of this group is to “provide patients, caregivers and families with a way to share information about symptoms, difficulties and the latest treatment options,” says Mike McKinney, co-founder of the group. McKinney shared that after searching the area for similar offerings, there were none between Savannah and Jacksonville.
Tilman Blakely, co-founder and himself a patient with Parkinson’s disease, says that “everyone who comes into contact with this disease has a different life, a different story, different symptoms and different knowledge about treatment options”.
If you are interested or have any questions about the support group, please contact Tilman Blakely via email at [email protected]
Southeast Georgia Health System