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Parkinson's Disease Support Group

Statement of Purpose

Support Group with Dr. Rodgers at Schuylkill Rehabilitation CenterThe purpose of this support group is to provide ongoing education and support to those persons suffering from Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and their significant others/support system. The meeting provides an opportunity to contribute information about the disease, provide education, openly discuss feelings and attitudes, share stories and products that may be helpful to others and provide support to both sufferers of the disease and their family/caregivers.

What Happens at Meetings

Meetings are open to the public and may include lectures given by various medical experts, review of current literature/ research, and general discussions among members. Educational sessions may include films, handouts, seminars, or discussions regarding problems of daily living. Generally the meetings last about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Everyone is encouraged to participate at his or her own comfort level.

Meetings are held on the last Friday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Please check the Calendar of Events on this website or call the Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center at (570) 621-9500.

What is Parkinson’s Disease (PD)?

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological disorder caused by the gradual loss of cells in a small part of the brain called the substantia nigra. The loss of these cells produces a reduction in a vital chemical called “dopamine,” which causes symptoms that may include shaking of hands, slowing down of movement, stiffness, and loss of balance.

Symptoms of PD

  • Resting Tremor (Hands, Arms, Legs, Jaw, & Face
  • Bradykinesia (Slow Movement)
  • Rigidity (Stiffness of the Muscles)
  • Postural Instability (Impaired Balance & Coordination
  • Stooped Posture (Tendency to Lean Forward)
  • Pain
  • Fatigue & Aching
  • Loss of Facial Expression
  • Reduction in Speech Volume and Clarity
  • Difficulty in Swallowing
  • Change in Size of Handwriting
  • Dry Skin
  • Urinary Problems
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Sleep Disruptions

To print a brochure on this support group please visit the Publications section of this website or click here.