Understanding Parkinsons disease – Group meeting was held at The Gateway Hotel of Nashik
A group meeting was held at The Gateway Hotel of Nashik, conducted by the group ‘Concept Forum’ who are members of Parkinsons Disease and Movement Disorders Society (PDMDS). Mrs. Verna Quadras is the co-ordinator of the group ‘Concept Forum’. The Group Meeting was held to help people effectively manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) using multidisciplinary approach. The activities in the program included Medical updates on PD, Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy, speech therapy, Diet and Nutrition, Yoga, Educational and Cognitive training, Art and Dance therapy.
Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Society (PDMDS), a non profit organization, was developed to work towards improving the quality of life of people with Parkinsons and their care givers. The society provides support services, aid and information to persons with Parkinsons and other Parkinsonism conditions. The society has a network of support groups conducted in different parts of Mumbai and its suburbs.
PDMDS is an all India ‘Registered Charity Society’. The main objectives of the society are to improve the care and treatment of people living with Parkinson’s and its Spectrum Disorders and to disseminate knowledge amongst the medical community, public, patients and caretakers. The society was founded in 2001 and is registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. While PDMDS is an all-India organization, in keeping with its objective of information dissemination, the society has bearings Globally. PDMDS is linked with other similar organizations and professionals, nationally and internationally, so as to facilitate exchange and support. PDMDS hosted the 7th World Parkinson’s Day International Symposium in December 2003, in Mumbai. A significant outcome of this symposium was the launch of the Global Declaration on Parkinson’s disease by the Working Group on PD, formed by the WHO (1997). The Global Declaration was launched by Mrs. Mary Baker (Chairperson, EPDA). Essentially the Global Declaration calls for the commitment to provide patients with Parkinson’s Disease access to appropriate and affordable medical care and treatment; to encourage partnerships between scientists, doctors and healthcare workers to improve the care of patients with Parkinsons Disease; and to raise public awareness of Parkinson’s Disease. It has signed by professionals working in the field of PD, prominent industrialists and celebrities across the World, in a show of support and solidarity.
To develop and coordinate support groups. To act as a liaison between the various chapters and support groups in India.
To disseminate the knowledge and understanding of Parkinson’s disease amongst the medical community, public, patients and their relations. Towards this goal to publish newsletters and books.
- To organize workshops, seminars, conferences and other functions to promote the cause Parkinson’s disease.
- To encourage research in all aspects of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders.
For Homebound people with Parkinson’s, the group has an outreach program delivered at their homes and for the needy, they provide financial assistance for medication and assistive devices. PDMDS networks organizations across the world, sharing information and exchanging ideas that have been mutually beneficial.