Tipperary Parkinson’s Association

THE Tipperary branch of Parkinson’s has resumed activities after our short summer break with a recent meeting in Thurles. Guest Speaker was Evelyn Norton.

THE Tipperary branch of Parkinson’s has resumed activities after our short summer break with a recent meeting in Thurles. Guest Speaker was Evelyn Norton.

Sympathy is extended to our secretary Mary Carey on the tragic death of her nephew, who lost his life in a farm accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents and family members.

In our efforts to promote awareness of Parkinson’s Disease the Tipperary branch is hosting a recording of Eamon O’Dwyers programme, Down Your Way, on Monday, October 1, in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, at 8pm. Music and singing will continue after the recording with a cuppa and finger food. Thurles area members please note that a minibus will depart from the post office, Liberty Square, at 7pm to travel to Nenagh for the recording and social night. Please confirm if you require transport at 087-2864798. Similar arrangements for Roscrea, if required.

Parkinson’s Disease affects one in every 500 people and this would indicate that there are approximately 9,200 people with Parkinson’s in the Republic. People living with Parkinson’s require regular inputs from specialists in the condition from diagnosis onwards so as to ensure that their symptoms are managed effectively and their quality of life is maintained. There are only five Parkinson’s Disease nurse specialists in the public health system in Ireland, one of which is funded by our association.

There is a sense that there is and inadequate understanding of Parkinson’s among healthcare professionals and that this inadequate understanding mitigates agains appropriate treatments and remedies being provided for people with Parkinson’s in Ireland.

Parkinson’s nurses can stop people with Parkinson’s from having to go into hospital and they reduce the time needed by the consultant. Only Dublin North, South and West, Limerick and Galway have qualified Parkinson’s Disease nurse specialists working in the public health system. Over 80 per cent of people with Parkinson’s in the Republic have never seen a nurse specialist.

We are fortunate in having Mags Richardson, Parkinson’s nurse specialist, in the Mid-West. She is employed by the HSE, but her secretary’s salary is paid by the Mid-West branch, which has the support of the Tipperary branch also. The Parkinson’s Association receives no Government funding. The biggest single fundraising event to pay the salary is contributions from participants representing Parkinson’s in the Limerick Women’s Marathon which takes place on Sunday, October 14 at noon in the University of Limerick. Perhaps family members and frients would consider running or walking in this event.

Any members interested in set dancing classes please contact the secretary or chairman of the branch.

On Wednesday, November 14, specialist Parkinson’s nurse Allison Cashell, from our HQ, is guest speaker at our meeting in Thurles. Also attending and making his first official vist to the Premier County is the association’s new CEO.

Paul Ryan and his Roscrea friends are organising a fundraising concert towards the end of November. Details at a later stage.