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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

IKF member is the spark behind Parkinson’s support group

blog-parkinsons-ikf.jpgAt Ingleside at King Farm, you’ll find a community of people who are determined to get the most out of their retirement life. These are folks who are active and engaged with their community and the wider world, and they love learning from one another.

You’ll see evidence of that in the many groups, programs and classes that are initiated by IKF members.

One very special group is composed of members and caregivers who are affected by Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder that gradually steals away a person’s ability to control movement. While it isn’t usually fatal, it is chronic and progressive and can cause increasing disability.

Ingleside at King Farm resident Nancy Tietjen was the spark behind the formation five years ago of the IKF Parkinson’s support group. Nancy’s husband had Parkinson’s and she found that, while drugs, surgery or therapy can help relieve symptoms, the best help Parkinson’s patients get is from others who also have the condition. After her husband passed away, Nancy continued with the group. She feels it’s her responsibility.

“We meet the first and third Wednesday afternoons at 3 p.m.,” Nancy says. “The best part of the meeting is when they’re sharing and talking about what’s working for them, how they compensate for something, and other ideas. I feel my job is to find that spark to get them to talk and interact with each other.”

Nancy has asked her friend, Rockville Mayor Bridget Newton, to join the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and other communities across America in proclaiming April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

About 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, and as many as one million people are living with the condition.

Scientists are working diligently to discover the cause of Parkinson’s and to develop better methods of treating this debilitating disease. The IKF group helps to raise funds for Parkinson’s research with an annual walk around the pond each fall.

The group helps Parkinson’s patients and caregivers keep up on new treatments and symptom relief. It attracts residents of Ingleside at King Farm, as well as people from the greater community.

The Parkinson’s group is one of many ways in which Ingleside at King Farm members connect with one another, share their life experiences and learn what they can do to live as active and engaged a life as possible. That kind of sharing is what makes life at Ingleside at King Farm so enriching and special.

As a Continuing Care Retirement Community, Ingleside at King Farm offers compassionate, comprehensive health care for members so they never have to worry about being taken care of should their needs increase.

If you’d like to learn more about the Parkinson’s Support Group of Ingleside at King Farm, please call 240-205-7085.

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