CEO Carolyn Moore of Nurses with Heart. Courtesy photo
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
The Betty Ehart Senior Center is happy to connect with another community partner, for an educational event.
Carolyn Moore of Nurses with Heart asked us to work together to host a Parkinson & Movement Disorder organizational meeting July 29. The meeting is a chance to collect some feedback and provide direction for future gatherings.
The meeting is 2-3 p.m., Monday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Karen St. Clair will facilitate the inaugural event. St. Clair works with the Santa Fe Parkinson’s Action Group and coordinates Care Partners Connection, a group just for care partners.
Her husband had Parkinson’s Disorder for 17 years and they started these groups when they retired in 2014. Like many groups, they decided to form because there were no support groups, yet the need existed and remained vacant. An area where once no support groups were found, now has 35-50 attend their monthly meetings and an email list of more than 250 recipients.
The suggestion that the possibility existed in our community seemed to ignite the passion of others to rally around the idea. The timing is perfect for those that have the need or may just be starting the journey. One belief of those on the path is that a support group is a key for success.
According to St. Claire, the connection with others going through what you are experiencing, sharing what works and what doesn’t work, and building a community of support is so important.
The meeting is open to everyone with Parkinson’s or another movement disorder, and care partners are welcome. The plan is to gauge the level of interest in having this group, even though preliminary conversations lean toward a positive outcome before it even starts. Often, in the coming together, information and shared experience helps everyone achieve a better quality of life.