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Keep on moving

Staff Writer | September 23, 2022 1:06 AM

A slight tremor. A shaking limb. Loss of balance.

Trouble walking. Trouble standing. A slowing of physical movements.

Many discover they have Parkinson's disease when they begin to experience these or similar symptoms.

"The problem with Parkinson’s is it’s not one thing," said Ron McGhie, a director of the Coeur d'Alene Parkinson's Support Group.

"Everybody with Parkinson’s is different. Every single one," he said. "You might have three of these symptoms, you might not have any of these."

Symptoms may vary, but the need for community and camaraderie is a common factor among the Parkinson's population.

"If they join a group setting and socialize, they will be aware they're not just alone," McGhie said. "It's amazing how much the social group interacts."

The Coeur d'Alene Parkinson's Support Group is hosting a free Keep on Moving health and wellness fair from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 6 at Peak Health and Wellness Center, 940 W. Ironwood Drive, Coeur d'Alene. The event is being held to bring together people with Parkinson's and other neurological conditions, their loved ones and caregivers for presentations and education about different activities that can improve the lives of those living with neurological disorders or disease.

“Our goal is to keep people moving,” McGhie said. "There are a lot of people who think they’re going to die of Parkinson's. You don’t die of it, but if you don’t keep active, it progresses faster."

The Keep on Moving event will include presentations on music and wellness; seniors and strength training; physical therapy; boxing; speech and body movement; spinning on stationary bikes; and music and movement.

Physician of naturopathic medicine Karen Duncan of Coeur d'Alene Healing Arts will serve as the master of ceremonies.

The Coeur d'Alene Parkinson's Support Group meets from 1-2:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the Coeur d'Alene Elks Lodge at 1170 W. Prairie Ave. The nonprofit also offers caregiver support, a women's group and sessions with music and movement.

Call Beth at 208-635-5243 or Pat at 208-660-7603 for details.



Courtesy photo

Music therapist Carla Carnegie, rear center, with guitar, will be one of the presenters during the Coeur d'Alene Parkinson's Support Group Keep on Moving health and wellness fair Oct. 6.

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