15 Years Running: Pitt County Parkinson's Support Group Continues Helping Sufferers, Caretakers In 2014

A new year means a new set of meetings for one Pitt County support group that aims to tackle the difficulties of dealing with Parkinson’s.

The Eastern North Carolina Parkinson's Support Group opened its doors for the first time in 2014 Sunday at the Cypress Glenn auditorium on Hickory Street in Greenville.

Parkinson’s disease is a debilitating disease that attacks the nervous system and can affect even the simplest movements.
The group has met on the final Sunday of each month for the last 15 years.

Around 35 people attended Sunday, from caregivers to those that suffer, and watched a PBS Frontline documentary on the disease called "My Father, My Brother, and Myself".

"About 2 out of every 100 have Parkinson's disease and the percentage of people with Parkinson's disease is greater over age 60,” said Jean Lambert, a supporter for the group, "but there are people in their 40s, young people with Parkinson's Disease."

"Some people have freezing episodes where they try to walk and it could be changing from carpet to tile and they freeze or getting from a sitting to a standing position," said Dr. Jennifer Hodgson.

If you would like to attend future meetings, all you need to do is call Dr. Hodgson at 252-328-1349.

The next meeting is February 23rd.

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