Hudnalls enthusiastic about St. Rose Parkinsons meetings

The next support group meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the basement-level St. Dominic Room at St. Rose. Velda strongly encourages anyone with Parkinsons, as well as their families and friends to attend.

One of the main topics will be BIG therapy, which recently became available at St. Roses Rehab Services. Harold is now participating in the BIG program, which involves making large arm and leg movements to increase strength and flexibility.

Therapists focus on limb rotation, gait, speed and balance. In Harolds case, therapy is four times a week for four weeks.

It has only been a short time so far," Velda said, but Sister Mary Vuong has noticed that he is not as stiff. This stiffness is a common Parkinsons symptom."

Sister Mary is a St. Rose registered occupational therapist.

Velda helps during the sessions and in daily life by participating in the program as kind of a coach."

She is hoping for a good turnout at support group meetings so more people can learn about exercises, nutrition and other topics important to Parkinsons patients.

You learn a lot and the meetings give you a boost - and we all need a boost now and then," Velda commented. You think you are the only one going through this but you arent. The meetings lift our spirits.

Harold has always been an enthusiastic and positive person, and that attitude is helping him now," Velda added.

In addition to Parkinsons, Harold has Lewy Body Disease, which is a form of dementia. But no matter what, we keep going," Velda said. And thanks to St. Rose and its willingness to offer new therapies, Parkinsons patients can have a better quality of life."

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