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Parkinsons patients hear from guest speaker at St. Rose
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Catherine Strecker

An upcoming support-group session will present ways to identify and treat Parkinson’s disease, along with advice about discovering new ways to get the most out of life, said Catherine Strecker of Ellinwood, PhD, who will lead the meeting.
The free gathering is set for 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 in the basement-level St. Dominic Room at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center.
“We will talk about understanding Parkinson’s and how people can remain active and bring hope for a better quality of life,” Strecker explained. “It is so important for those with the disease to find avenues to enjoy themselves.
“The group members can encourage one another to set personal goals and continue enjoying the activities that mean the most to them,” Strecker added.
General meeting topics will include exercise therapy, medication management and controlling Parkinson’s symptoms. Goals are emotional well-being and maximizing independence.
Strecker is a doctor of philosophy in education and certified with the State of Kansas to administer courses to nurses and social workers for continuing education credits.
“If any nurses or social workers want to share with the support group, they are welcome,” Strecker said. “And they will receive one hour of credit.”