Ben's story: support from others with Parkinson's
Ben has Parkinson's. He tells us about the support he's received
through being a member of one our local
Support from my local group
"My wife and
I go to our local group in south London. Every meeting is different
and we have a lot of outings.
"In the autumn we went to Kew Gardens and at Christmas we went
for a meal at a local restaurant.
"At the last meeting we had a pampering evening. We both had a
massage and my wife had her nails done.
"I also go dancing with some people from the group.
"I love it as it helps my Parkinson's a lot.
Meeting others with Parkinson's
"It's good to get out and mix with people, and it's useful to
meet others with Parkinson's.
"The group are very good at supporting you - whether you're
younger or older.
"I'd encourage everyone with Parkinson's to join a Parkinson's
UK local group - it makes a big difference to your life and
you'll be made to feel right at home.
Information from Parkinson's UK
"Parkinson's UK also sends us The
Parkinson magazine and information
leaflets, which I find very helpful - I get all the useful
"It's also good to read about other people's stories - so
you know you're not the only person who has a certain symptom."
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