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Published on June 20, 2018

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Neuroscience Institute Offering Movement Disorder Support Group

Group to offer guidance and community for patients with young-onset Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders across Northeast Texas


(Tyler, TX) – Patients who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease or other movement disorders with onset under the age of 50 now have an incredible community resource previously unavailable across Northeast Texas. The CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Neuroscience Institute has launched the first Young Onset Parkinson’s Support group in Tyler, meeting June 26, in Wisenbaker Conference Center at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler.


“A crucial part of treating movement disorders like Parkinson’s Disease is the educational and community components,” said Jerome Lisk, M.D., FAAN, a movement disorder specialist at the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Neuroscience Institute and the leader of the new group. “This support group offers people a chance to get the information and support they need.”


The group was formed to assist people under the age of 50 who have recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease or another movement disorder. Overall, studies have found that social support decreases morbidity and mortality rates, increases life expectancy and improves self-efficacy.


“Through this group, patients will help one another and build a base of knowledge and encouragement while learning what other people do on an everyday basis to improve their quality of life,” said Dr. Lisk. “Support groups help with the mental toll that a diagnosis can bring and the anxiety about what may lay ahead. In this setting, patients are surrounded by others who understand, who are doing well, who provide positive examples. The group helps people see encouragement.”


The group will also bring in experts and physicians who can speak to a range of relevant topics, from the latest research to exercise programs.


“The support group is a hugely important environment where patients can learn – from each other, from lectures,” said Dr. Lisk. “That education and support eventually begins to spread into the community, people begin working on their own, organizing other activities that are bolstered by the group, creating community awareness.”


Beyond the firsthand assistance offered by the support group, Dr. Lisk believes that community awareness may be the ultimate benefit of the program.


“More awareness of Parkinson’s and movement disorders in the community can reach patients who are in need of other services that are connected to this program,” said Dr. Lisk. “People begin to pay attention and they seek the treatment they need, the support they need. It leads to more people leading healthier, happier lives, and that’s a huge part of our mission to extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”


The Young-Onset Parkinson’s Support Group takes place the second Tuesday every other month, from 5:30-6:30pm in Wisenbaker Conference Center at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler.


For more information or to RSVP, please call 903-606-7995


Reviewed by WK on June 20, 2018

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