News ArchivesRead News
HELPING HANDS: The Parkinson’s Club
Thursday December 15, 2005
12/11/05(The Malay Mail) - The Malaysian Parkinson’s Disease Association (MPDA), is hoping to establish the Parkinson’s Club for all Malaysians affected by this brain disorder and their family members.
As Malaysians age, Parkinson’s Disease (PD), a brain disorder that affects many after the age of 60, is becoming a major health burden. It is estimated that about 10,000 Malaysians currently suffer from PD, with tremors (trembling of hands) and slowness of movement.
As there is no cure for PD and the proportion of elderly people in the population is increasing, the number of PD patients is expected to rise.
Dr Chew Nee Kong, Medical Adviser to the MPDA, says the Parkinson’s Club, (PC) which is the first of its kind in Malaysia, seeks to complement hospital services by providing rehabilitative therapy and education to relieve the patient load.
More importantly, the PC will be a place where Parkinson’s patients can meet for companionship and sharing.
“Social isolation is one of the most common problems faced by Parkinson’s patients,” explains Dr Chew.
Most PD patients also suffer from anxiety and depression. The support group can help them to accept and cope with their illness.
“Just talking to each other is a form of therapy – something we cannot provide in hospital,” stresses Dr Chew.
Group discussions and group therapy will also be organised to talk about various aspects of PD to help patients and caregivers understand the illness and learn how to cope with the problems.
The PC will also serve as a Secretariat for the MPDA, with more effective co-ordination of all educational and social activities of the MPDA.
The clubhouse, which is situated at 35 Jalan Nyaman 10, Happy Garden, Kuala Lumpur, is scheduled to open by January 1.
MPDA hopes to include a gymnasium equipped with various rehabilitative aids, such as parallel bars, weight-lifting machine and gym balls, for patients undergoing physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
MPDA is also looking for materials for a mini-library, rest area and entertainment room – including a television set, radio and board games
The PC will operate from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
You can either donate the items needed for the PC or contribute towards the running expenses.
For details, contact Dr Chew Nee Kong, Medical Adviser, MPDA at (03) 2096-2246, or e-mail: email@example.com.
Recent NewsJun 26 - Do Statins Increase Risk of Parkinson’s Disease? Some Researchers Think So
Jun 22 - A Confused Immune System Could Be Behind Parkinson's Disease
Jun 21 - Predicting cognitive deficits in people with Parkinson’s disease
Jun 19 - Human Limitations Could Prevent Us From Advancing in Science. AI Could Help.
Jun 13 - Brain Cell Transplants Are Being Tested Once Again For Parkinson's
Jun 12 - Smell Test May Sniff Out Oncoming Parkinson's and Alzheimer's
Jun 8 - Smartphones Track Motor Function in Parkinson's Disease
Jun 8 - GKC Enrolls First Patient in Personal KinetiGraph Trial as Part of NPF’s Parkinson’s Outcomes Project
Jun 8 - Low-fat dairy intake may raise Parkinson's risk
Jun 6 - Patient Voices: Parkinson's Disease
Jun 1 - World-First Trials Have Been Launched to Treat Parkinson's And Blindness With Embryonic Stem Cells
Jun 1 - LIFE Shared This Remarkable Parkinson's Disease Story in 1959.
May 24 - Survival Rates Differ Widely in Parkinson's, MSA, Lewy Bodies
May 22 - Discovery may offer hope to Parkinson's disease patients
May 15 - Study offers answers on life expectancy for people with Parkinson's disease, Lewy body dementia
May 5 - Parkinson's in a dish: Researchers reproduce brain oscillations
May 5 - ‘Hunger Hormone’ Could Help Treat Parkinson’s Disease
May 3 - Antibiotic doxycycline may offer hope for treatment of Parkinson's disease
May 1 - Impulse Control Disorders in Parkinson's Disease: Building Physician, Patient Awareness
Apr 28 - Does Parkinson’s disease begin in the gut?