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PARKINSON'S DISEASE SOCIETY ISLE OF MAN

Parkinson's Disease Society Isle of Man has been awarded a grant of £33,000 for its Integrated Information and Support Services project.

Following a successful pilot, a series of eight week exercise programmes are planned , each programme designed to include exercises of specific benefit to each individual's needs. Groups of up to 10 members will be referred to the project by the lead Physiotherapist for Neurological Diseases and the Parkinson's Specialist Nurse. This is a project to supplement the services of Health and Social care.

In addition, a monthly Outings Programme will enable members, family and carers to socialise on visits to places of interest. Many sufferers do not have access to a car or the ability to drive, and are unable to use standard forms of transport.

The grant will also allow the Society to employ a part-time Administrator, for the first time, to co-ordinate activities.