Hooked on Parkin­song

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.”

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