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Posted - 09 Aug 2008 19:14
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We belong to the Eastbourne branch. Our membership fee is £4 annually - when it's due they notify us and you can add a little to that which goes to your local branch if you would like to do that.
I think it must be the same for each branch - the reminder comes from the London office when it's due again. You would also receive a copy of the Parkinson's magazine each quarter which has a lot of useful information. We don't go to every meeting (held once a month) just when there is something of special interest. There are pros. and cons. of course, but you would need to attend to find how it is for you. I hope this helps.
Posted - 09 Aug 2008 21:27
I see a pilates instructor each week, and she eases whatever aches/stiffness I am experiencing. Worth every penny !
Before I was dxed 3 years ago, I was seeing an orthopaedic consultant for a stif and painful shoulder (a classic symptom of Parkinsons). He injected my shoulder with cortisone, an I have had no trouble with my shoulder since.
I am considering asking him to do the same for my hip and knee joints, but I suspect that my Parkinsons dx would preclude any other diagnosis. Is it worth the fight?
Posted - 13 Aug 2008 18:58
Had another look at the form and realised I had misread it
£4 anually and a donation for the local branch just as you said! Have now sent off my form.
Toning tables have been recommended to me for helping to move the joints. Also because you are lying down, my lack of balance shouldn't be such a problem. Weeellllll, I am going to have a trial session tomorrow to see what they are like. If they help the joints it will be worth it. I will let you know how it works.
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