Sup­port group a help to cou­ple

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Intimations -

The Parkin­son’s Self-Help Group makes a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to Peter­burn cou­ple, Anne and Robert Nimmo.

Robert, who had al­ways been a fit and ac­tive man, was in his late 60s when he be­gan to ex­pe­ri­ence stiff­ness in his joints and his speech be­came slurred.

“He was never at the doc­tor and I knew that some­thing was not right,” ex­plained gran of four, Anne, 75.

“When he went to see about it, they put it down to a mi­nor stroke. He re­turned and they re­ferred him for tests and it came back as Parkin­son’s.

“It came as a big shock. The last time Robert was in hos­pi­tal was when he was nine – he’s 76 now.”

Anne helps her hus­band with ex­er­cises to re­lieve the stiff­ness. And when his voice be­came lower, he went for speech ther­apy. A chair lift has been fit­ted in their Craig­vale Crescent home and Robert now walks with a stick.

“A cou­ple of days ago, he said:‘Why me?’I told him:‘We’re all dif­fer­ent peo­ple and we all take dif­fer­ent things.’ It’s dif­fi­cult for him.

“He was al­ways on the go and did not even take a cold or any­thing,”said Anne, whose hus­band of 54 years worked his way up from ap­pren­tice en­gi­neer to a mem­ber of the man­age­ment team at Bel­mos.

Lat­terly, he was man­ager at Coat­bridge Bowl­ing Club.

She ad­mits that when they heard about the Parkin­son’s Self Help Group they – like many cou­ples – kept put­ting off their ini­tial visit.

But when they started at­tend­ing seven years ago, they were made to feel so wel­come that it is now a high­light in their week.

“He plays domi­noes and has a chat with the men and goes for holis­tic ther­apy and mas­sage. I en­joy it my­self and like to have a bit of a blether with the women. It helps me be­cause I am meet­ing peo­ple who have been through it,”said Anne.

The Parkin­son’s Self-Help Group (PSHG) in Air­drie is a char­ity for peo­ple liv­ing with Parkin­son’s, and their fam­i­lies.

It helps them sup­port each other to cope with the ef­fects of the con­di­tion and its im­pact on their lives.

In the past 20 years, it has adapted and grown and is recog­nised as a lead­ing provider of sup­port and ser­vices to peo­ple whose lives are af­fected by Parkin­son’s and other neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions.

The PSHG of­fers a drop-in cen­tre and respite lounge five days a week, wel­fare rights ad­vice, a be­friend­ing ser­vice, a car­ers’sup­port group, onand off-site so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, in­for­ma­tion, a train­ing cen­tre and venue for hire, home- and cen­tre­based respite ser­vices for peo­ple liv­ing with Parkin­son’s and their car­ers and a ther­apy cen­tre which is open to mem­bers and the pub­lic.

It is funded by North La­nark­shire Coun­cil, the Big Lot­tery Fund, Henry Dun­can and Lloyds TSB.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor Ruby Arm­strong on 01236 766350.

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