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Parkin­son’s re­gen­er­a­tion spe­cial­ist Karl Ster­ling will give his first train­ing work­shop in Ire­land on Novem­ber 9th from 3pm to 8pm at the Bon­ning­ton Ho­tel, Swords Road, Dublin 9. Ster­ling cites com­pelling data that ex­er­cise is one of the best ways of man­ag­ing the symp­toms of Parkin­son’s dis­ease. “Stud­ies show that reg­u­lar ex­er­cise can im­prove gait, grip, bal­ance, sta­bil­ity, strength, and mo­tor con­trol,” he says.

The work­shop is aimed at phys­io­ther­a­pists, phys­i­cal ther­a­pists, voice, move­ment or trauma ther­a­pists and fit­ness in­struc­tors. It costs ¤99.90 for pro­fes­sion­als and ¤69.90 for car­ers/part­ners of peo­ple with Parkin­son’s. Parkin­son’s Ire­land will re­ceive 20 per cent of all prof­its. See smovey for more de­tails.

A free pa­tient fo­rum on Myelodys­plas­tic syn­dromes (MDS) will be held in the MDS cen­tre in Tal­laght Hospi­tal, Dublin, on Fri­day, Novem­ber 17th from 10am to 4pm. Or­gan­ised by MDS UK Pa­tient Sup­port Group and MDS Sup­port Group for Ire­land and North­ern Ire­land, the event will in­clude talks by med­i­cal ex­perts on this bone mar­row dis­ease and in­for­mal dis­cus­sions with pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

De­tails from MDS UK on 020-77337558 or ad­min1@ mdspa­tientsup­ See also mdspa­tientsup­ and md­sire­

Yoga teacher Geral­dine O’Neill will host a course in the Wild At­lantic Way yoga cen­tre in Kin­sale, Co Cork, Novem­ber 10th-12th. Aimed at those who find the build up to Christ­mas stress­ful, the week­end work­shop is mod­elled on the Dan­ish con­cept of hygge and will fea­ture good food and re­lax­ation as well as yoga. For de­tails, see wil­dat­

Who am I and where do I be­long? These are the ques­tions that will be ad­dressed at a con­fer­ence or­gan­ised by the In­ter­na­tional Adop­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (IAA) on Satur­day, Novem­ber 18th from 10am-4.30pm at the Carl­ton Ho­tel, Dublin Air­port. Speak­ers will in­clude Dr Ge­of­frey Shan­non, chair­man of the Adop­tion Au­thor­ity of Ire­land; play­wright and ac­tor Noelle Brown; and psy­chother­a­pists Enda Mur­phy and Nessa Muller. Tick­ets for IAA mem­bers are ¤45, or ¤75 for two, and ¤90 for non­mem­bers. Book on­line at iaaire­, call 01-4992206 or email info@iaaire­

Un­der­stand­to­ is a new web­site about de­men­tia. It lists county by county de­men­tia sup­ports and ser­vices as well as train­ing ma­te­ri­als for car­ers and pub­lic and pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“We want to open up con­ver­sa­tions about de­men­tia in homes,

work­places and com­mu­ni­ties to in­crease un­der­stand­ing and re­duce the iso­la­tion that peo­ple with the con­di­tion fre­quently ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Min­is­ter for Health Si­mon Har­ris at its launch. “Each of us can play our part by main­tain­ing friend­ships and in­clud­ing peo­ple in our shared com­mu­nity life,” he added.

The cam­paign is part of the De­men­tia: Un­der­stand To­gether ini­tia­tive, which is led by the HSE with the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Ire­land and Ge­nio.

A Wild At­lantic Way yoga week­end work­shop is mod­elled on the Dan­ish con­cept of hygge

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