Lake Prince Woods' Parkinson's Support Group

March 11, 2016

Lake Prince Woods offers a support group for people with Parkinson’s disease and their spouse or caregiver.  It meets the 4th Monday of each month at 3:00 p.m.  It is not necessary to call in advance if you want to attend.  This month’s meeting will be Monday, March 28, and the guest speaker is Becky Riley, a physical therapist from Sentara Obici Hospital.

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement.  Although many people associate hand tremors as a symptom of Parkinson’s, other common symptoms are stiffness and slowing of movement.  Another symptom can be little or no facial expression, soft or slurred speech, and shuffling gait.

The disease most often affects people over age 60 and can sometimes be difficult to diagnose since there are no blood or laboratory tests that can definitively diagnose  it.  Sometimes a doctor may request a brain scans or blood tests to rule out other diagnosis.  Although Parkinson's disease can't be cured, medications may marked improvements in symptoms.

We encourage you to attend the support group and talk with other people who live with Parkinson’s.

Lake Prince Woods is a residential retirement community offering an array of lifestyle choices.  Located in Suffolk, Virginia, the community is nestled among 172 lovely wooded acres bordering Lake Prince.  As a continuing care retirement community, Lake Prince Woods offers residential living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care.