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March support group meeting is cancelled

In order to help contain the spread of COVID-19, and in keeping with the recommendations that we should avoid crowded areas or places where we might interact with people who are sick, we will not be meeting this month.

If you’re looking for information about how people with Parkinson’s can prepare, there’s information from two national Parkinson organization websites below.

Stay safe and we hope to see you again soon!

cheers,
Sonia
sonia@soniagow.com


From the Parkinson’s Foundation 

The Coronavirus and Parkinson’s Disease

Preparedness for People with Parkinson’s

People with Parkinson’s and care partners should take these tips into consideration to be better prepared for the Coronavirus:

Everyday Precautions

  • Wash your hands.
    Wash them often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Carry hand sanitizer.
    When in public spaces use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Sanitize around you.
    Stay as healthy as possible and use disinfectant wipes in public areas.
  • Know the symptoms.
    Primary symptoms include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and/or shortness of breath.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

PD Preparedness

  • Check all your medications.
    Take inventory of all medications and reorder any that are running low.
  • Write your medication list down.
    Write down or print a list of all your medications (not just PD medications). Include medication name, strength, times taken and dosages. This customizable medication schedule can help.
  • Make a list of your doctors.
    Make a list of your doctors and their contact information and take it with you in the event of a hospitalization.
  • Stock your Aware in Care kit
    in the event you need to educate a health care professional about your PD needs. Order one here.
  • Have your Medical Alert Card handy.
    Keep it with you at all times. Print one here.
  • Know your community response plan.
    Check in with your state’s emergency management agency here.

From the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA)

APDA & Coronavirus Disease 2019

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