Two prominent inner-city locals have this week announced a new Parkinson’s disease support group especially for sufferers in Ultimo.
Chris Davis, business development manager at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Gerald Ganglbauer, of the Ultimo Society, are just two of the estimated 80,000 Australians living with Parkinson’s disease. They aim to close the gap between existing support groups in NSW.
‘When I was diagnosed a couple of years ago at 47, I went into shock; my emotions ranged from denial and disbelief to anger and depression,’ Mr Ganglbauer said. ‘I wished I had known someone like me in the neighbourhood to talk to face to face.
“Besides raising awareness for Parkinson’s in the community, this is the main reason we’re launching a new local support group,’ Mr Ganglbauer said.
While there is no cure for the disease, both Mr Davis and Mr Ganglbauer believe the best therapy to share the burden of living with Parkinson’s is a good talk.
They invite everyone with the condition in the City West area to join the group, which will meet at the Ultimo Community Centre.