The Younger Parkinson's Event in Scotland will run from 18 November to 2 December. It will include drop-in sessions on topics such as employment, financial benefits, Parkinson's research, medication and navigating the health service.
Are you under 65 years old, and living with Parkinson's in Scotland? Do you want to meet with others and find out more about living well with the condition? If so, why not join our free online event in November.
The event is open to people with a diagnosis of Parkinson's. Partners, adult family members or friends are also welcome.
Something for everyone
We have a host of drop-in sessions covering a range of topics. These will start on 18 November and be run flexibly over 2 weeks. Many of the sessions will be led by people with Parkinson's and their partners, who developed the programme based on their experiences of being diagnosed with Parkinson's at a younger age.
There will be opportunities to share hints and tips, and find out about the support that partners, family members and friends can access.
The varied programme also features opportunities to try out activities that many people with Parkinson's find helpful to manage symptoms, from singing and relaxation to dance, exercise and more.
Brendan Hawdon, who was diagnosed aged 57 and is one of our Younger Parkinson's volunteers said:
"If you're diagnosed with Parkinson's while you're of working age, your concerns are likely to be about more than health. You might worry about your personal relationships, children, work, keeping a roof over your head and paying the bills, and what the future will hold. It can be a very isolating place to be.
"I attended this event for the first time last year and found it highly informative, highly enjoyable, and immensely beneficial to someone like me who had been relatively recently diagnosed. Hearing the experiences of others greatly helped me.
"It was also a great way to meet people with Parkinson's and their carers, hear from a wide variety of specialists in the condition, ask questions, exchange tips and have a laugh."
Book your place
Parkinson's affects people of all ages, and we know that there are around 1,800 people under 65 who've been diagnosed with Parkinson's in Scotland.
We've designed the programme to be as flexible and accessible as possible. You can dip in and out at times that suit you.
Chloe Macmillan, Area Development Manager for Parkinson's UK Scotland, said:
"Our face-to-face events are always oversubscribed, and attendees have told us that having information about Parkinson's and things that can help with day to day life is invaluable. Meeting other people facing similar challenges, concerns and opportunities can make a massive difference, and we hope this online event will be as helpful in these difficult times."
For further details and to request a booking form, please contact Chloe on 0300 123 3679 or at [email protected].