Through our Northland Community Educatory Service we provide information, education and support to people with Parkinson’s (and related disorders) and their caregivers.
Our Community Educators co-ordinate monthly Support Luncheons which are held in Whangarei, Kerikeri and Waipu, with bi-monthly Support Luncheons held in Kaitaia and Dargaville.
We also organize Carers’ Only morning teas and luncheons to allow the carers a much earned break where they can share their problems, concerns etc.
Visit the events calendar for these support meeting dates.
For people diagnosed with Parkinson’s under the age of 60 there is a special group formed called ‘Upbeat’. This group has Annual Conferences throughout New Zealand where members listen to some very qualified Guest Speakers and can socialize and discuss and share problems they may be facing in their everyday lives. Northland Upbeat members also meet for coffee meetings from time to time.
Parkinson’s N.Z. also organises an Outward Bound Course in April every year for these members. For most this course is completely out of their comfort zones but all come back with a renewed enthusiasm for life.
We try to encourage our members to join in weekly walking, physio, pilates, hydrotherapy and voice exercise groups in Whangarei; weekly low impact aqua aerobics and Tai Chi classes in Kerikeri. The more active a member is the better as this can improve their condition. Pilates is also very good for people with Parkinson’s and we run courses with a qualified trainer from time to time.
Subsidised podiatry for all financial members throughout Northland.
If you would like further information about any of the above please do not hesitate to contact us.