Parkinson's Disease Support Workshop - Clara Maass Medical Center

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease can mean a loss of mobility, control and sometimes even freedom. Clara Maass Medical Center aims to grant those suffering from Parkinson’s – a chronic and progressive movement disorder that involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain – a sense of empowerment and control over their lives with “Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease,” a new monthly support group and workshop series starting in 2017.

The peer support group will help participants build relationships and share ideas about exercise, nutrition, medication management, medical resources and how to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, which affects as many as one million Americans annually.

The social aspect of the group is also important in preventing depression, a common challenge for people living with the disease. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, at least 40 percent of people with Parkinson’s experience clinical depression at some point during the disease. “Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease” participants will be encouraged to talk openly and honestly about their feelings and to support each other as they battle the effects of Parkinson’s.

The free support group and workshop will meet on the second Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. All meetings will be held in the Cancer Center Conference Room at Clara Maass Medical Center. Refreshments will be served.

Registration for the group is preferred, but walk-ins and caregivers are welcome. For more information or to register, contact Fabiana Alvarez, RN or Dhyana Velez, RN at 973-450-2631 or email

Clara Maass Medical Center

1 Clara Maass Dr.

Cancer Center Conference Room

Belleville, NJ 07109

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