PARKINSON’S SPEECH LANGUAGE THERAPY SERVICES

By Kirstie Koller Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) Community Speech Language Therapists offer a variety of services for people with communication difficulties resulting from their Parkinson’s. These include the Parkinson’s Communication Treatment Group, LSVT LOUD, and the Parkinson’s Society Communication Maintenance Group.   PARKINSON’S COMMUNICATION TREATMENT GROUP This programme of once-weekly morning sessions runs for…

Jenny Boyer: Reflections on my 27 years with the Society

I think that I have been lucky to have had the best job ever working for a Society that offers so much to its members and to its staff. When I started with the Society in March 1988, information was very difficult to find; we certainly did not have the access to computers and to…

Robin Furley, our new manager

Greetings everyone. It is a real pleasure to be writing my first introductory piece for our newsletter as the new manager with MS-PD Society. Firstly, I want to honour Jenny Boyer’s contribution to our communities;  Jenny’s legacy is significant and will long be remembered as having shaped the Society during years of growth, change and…

Nordic Walking group

10 – 11am every Friday in Hagley Park Sharron Emslie our former group leader resigned in early March. Sharron led our walkers for 5 years and we would like to say big thank you on behalf of all members of the Society for her efforts throughout these years. We would also like to congratulate Sharron…

2016 Membership Subscriptions

[one_fourth last=last] MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: Support for people with Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Support for partners and family members including children Home visits from Resource Nurse Physiotherapy assessment and advice Advocacy with health professionals and referral to other services if required Information and resources on practical coping skills, treatment and research Maintaining communication skills with Speech Therapist…

OCEANS OF HOPE – SAILING OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW ZEALANDERS

Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand has been presented with a fantastic opportunity to offer people with MS in New Zealand. The Sailing Sclerosis project, Oceans of Hope (OOH), aims to change the perception of multiple sclerosis by showing what is possible when people with a chronic disease are empowered to conquer their individual challenges, by engaging…

MOTOmed Viva-2 Light

Some of you may have recently received an email about our quest to raise funds for a MOTOmed Viva-2 Light, a new piece of equipment for the gym, cost is approximately $6,000. We are continuing our campaign to provide this unit, that is quite unusual and can’t be found at the local gym. However it is…

Cost-Saving Entertainment Book

The Society will be selling the very popular Entertainment Book again for 2015 for the 10th year. The Entertainment Book provides you with great savings to the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more, while providing the Society with much needed funds as the Society receives $13.00 for every book sold. We’re holding the…

Disability Legal Advice Clinic

Community Law Canterbury launched a Disability Legal Advice Clinic earlier this year to provide quality free legal help to people in Canterbury who face barriers to accessing justice. The clinic is held at Aspire Canterbury (314 Worcester Street, Linwood) on the first and last Friday of the month from 9.30am to 3pm. Through the Clinic,…

Link Between Skin Cancer and Parkinson’s Raised

A review published in the journal Neurology in 2011 suggested that people with Parkinson’s may be more likely to be diagnosed with the skin cancer melanoma but appeared to be at lower risk for most other types of cancer. The research team at the National Institutes of Health in the US analysed the data from…