Find out more about Parkinson’s and help improve the support available for people with the condition and their families in the Western Isles at a free event run by Parkinson’s UK on Thursday 11 April from 2.30pm – 6pm at the Cabarfeidh Hotel, Manor Park, Stornoway, HS1 2EU. 

The event coincides with World Parkinson’s Day, which raises awareness of the brain condition which affects 12,400 people in Scotland and over 6 million people worldwide. Everyone with an interest in Parkinson’s is welcome to attend – including people with Parkinson’s, their families and friends, and health and care professionals who support people with Parkinson’s in any capacity. 

Cathy Orr, Area Development Manager for Parkinson’s UK and Angela Macleod, Parkinson’s nurse specialist for NHS Western Isles, will be there to provide information about Parkinson’s. They also want to hear from people in the Western Isles about the type of non-clinical support and activities that they would like to see to help them self-manage their condition. In other parts of Scotland, people with Parkinson’s have developed popular and effective exercise, dance and creative activities, so there are plenty of options.

Cathy will be able to speak to people at the event on a confidential one-to-one basis and anyone wanting to contact Cathy about her visit can reach her on 07833 237119.

Cathy said: “We think that there are over 80 people with Parkinson’s in the Western Isles, and Parkinson’s UK wants to hear from as many of them as possible, as well as their families and friends and the NHS and social care professionals who provide vital treatment, therapies and support. 

“Parkinson’s is a complex condition with over 40 recognised symptoms that affect every aspect of daily life, and everyone is different. We know that it can be very challenging to live with Parkinson’s, especially in more remote and island communities like the Western Isles. 

“Our event will help spread the word about the support that’s already available, and will help us to understand what local people with Parkinson’s need so that we can work with them to provide more options. I would encourage anyone affected by, or with an interest in, Parkinson’s to come along and say hello. We’ll make everyone welcome.”

Picture: Cathy Orr from Parkinson’s UK.