Hooked on Parkinsong
WHEN his wife Liz suggested that he should go to singing classes, John Warburton, who is living with Parkinson’s, rejected it.
“He went along once and he was hooked,” Mrs Warburton said.
“It makes him feel uplifted and there is also a sense of camaraderie between everyone.”
Mr Warburton said the Parkinsong classes, run by Parkinson’s WA, had helped with his voice.
“It’s a different activity. I like being with others who are experiencing the same problem,” he said. “It’s helped with my voice, which changes from day to day.
“I’ve tried dancing as well; I like them both equally because they work on different muscles.”
Mr Warburton was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in March 2009 after a family member noticed changes.
“One of his cousins noticed his hand was trembling and it may be Parkinson’s because John’s uncle also lived with it,” Mrs Warburton said.
“He then went to a doctor and then a neurologist and it was confirmed.
“We both worked for the government. It was hard to deal with the stress for him, so he went to five days of work per fortnight before retiring about two years ago.
“He lost his licence three years ago and so we decided to move from Clarkson to Como because it was closer to Perth and medical facilities.”