Mike came to our community from an assisted living residence in Michigan. His family immigrated from Belgium to Michigan in the United States after World War II. When he arrived at our community he had moved with his son and daughter-in-law because his son had a job promotion that brought him to PA. Mike was lonely and frustrated and his Parkinson's Disease was spreading quickly. He had asked if there was a Parkinson's support group locally. When I investigated for him, I was totally surprised to find out that there was no support group within our county. The disappointment on his face was immediate. Our community had already planned an outdoor music festival for Father's Day weekend and My CRD found a family member of another resident had Parkinsons and was in touch with the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
That is where it started----we had an information seminar with Team Fox arranged by the daughter-in-law of one of our residents. We got permission from the Support Director of Team Fox to promote Parkinson's awareness at our June Music Festival and form a County Wide Support Group. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research would provide information packets and giveaways. By the end of June we had arranged for the newly formed Parkinsons Support Group to meet in our facility once a month. Mike found his SUPPORT and his voice and most importantly his smile.
Two meetings later the group continues to grow along with community Support!
- Montoursville, PA