Parkinson’s Awareness Week 2021

Parkinson’s Association of Ireland

The ability to speak, walk and swallow can all be compromised by people living with Parkinson’s Disease as can their mental well-being. This past year has been particularly difficult for people with this incurable neurological condition as many have not had access to their usual supports such as exercise classes, hospital appointments and even the outdoors.  

In addition, access to neurorehabilitation services has, according to research by the Neurological Association of Ireland, ‘deteriorated even further since poor levels of access were reported in 2015. The ongoing lack of commitment to address serious gaps in service provision, particularly in the community, continues to impact significantly on longer term outcomes for neurology patients.’  

The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland will be highlighting the need for services for its members during the week after Easter with online classes and talks as follows:  

Tuesday 6th April 12 noon-1pm   Theresa Kearney Yoga Instructor, Chair Yoga  

 Wednesday 7th April 12 noon-1pm  Ann Blake, theatre practitioner and musician, Improving Vocal Quality by Singing  

 Thursday 8th April 12 noon- 1pm  Dee Daly, Psychotherapist, Strategies to help with low mood  

 Friday 9th April 12 noon- 1pm   Richelle Flanagan, Dietician, Eating well with Parkinson’s Disease  

 Saturday 10th April 2-5pm Online Conference:  

Professor Tim Lynch, Consultant Neurologist & Clinical Director Dublin Neurological Institute Neurology Update and Living with Parkinson’s  

Gavan Duffy, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Movement Disorders, Sligo University Hospital   Managing your Parkinson’s Disease  

Richelle Flanagan, Dietitian     The case for better nutritional care for people living with Parkinson’s  

Dr Suzanne Timmons, Consultant Geriatrician, St. Finbar’s Hospital, Cork  An update on Neurology Services across the island of Ireland  

Sarah Brooks

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