Parkinson’s Group to Examine Palliative Care
Susan Folk, RN, Pen Bay Healthcare’s inpatient palliative care coordinator, will offer members of the area’s Parkinson’s Support Group a look at palliative care options at the group’s next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, from noon to 1:45 pm on the first floor of the Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill in Camden.
Ms. Folk contends that palliative care—often confused with hospice care—can work hand-in-hand with aggressive treatment for any condition, such as Parkinson’s, for which there is no known cure. Her presentation will show how a palliative approach can complement a patient’s overall treatment plan by helping to manage symptoms and improve quality of life.
Support group meetings take place regularly on the first Tuesday of each month, from noon to 1:45 p.m., at the Anderson Inn. Meetings are free and offer learning and fellowship to all those living with Parkinson’s disease as well as their loved ones and caregivers. Attendees are encouraged to bring bag lunches; Quarry Hill provides beverages and desserts.
For information about the topics planned for future meetings, or to learn more about the group in general, contact Carol Witham at 236-0844.