Michael J. Fox
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Group to help those cope with Parkinson’s disease

GYMPIE Parkinson's Support Group members will mark World Parkinson's Day 2014 with an information stand at Goldfields Plaza on Thursday, April 10.

Spokeswoman Jody Coyne said the group, which had increased its activity significantly in recent months, hoped to raise awareness of the disease and the work of Parkinson's Queensland Inc and local support groups.

Actor Michael J Fox was only 29 when diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Comedian Billy Connolly was 70.

Parkinson's disease affects more than 100,000 Australians and their families.

Parkinson's disease is a slow, progressive condition that affects the brain's ability to control physical movement, such as walking, talking and writing.

People are affected in different ways and symptoms can vary greatly.

There are also lifestyle changes; emotional, behavioural and financial challenges.

Parkinson's is not fatal, but significantly affects quality of life and independence.

Medication and therapies only help manage and control symptoms of Parkinson's, such as uncontrollable shaking, slowness, rigidity of muscles, depression and cognitive changes, but it cannot treat the cause.

Parkinson's progressively worsens, reducing mobility, independence and quality of life.

Parkinson's Queensland Inc provides support, understanding and hope. If you have Parkinson's disease, or know someone who does, you are not alone.

For more information phone Parkinson's Queensland Inc. Phone 1800 644 189, email pqi@parkinsons.qld.org.au or visit www.parkinsonsqld.org.au.