According to Parkinson’s Australia, there are more than 100,000 with Parkinson’s in Australia with 37 new cases diagnosed each day.
People diagnosed with Parkinson’s not only suffer its debilitating physical effects but must also cope with significant impacts on mental health and well being due to living with an incurable condition.
Parkinson’s has a higher incidence in older people and while many have heard of it, few understand the implications for both people with the disease, and their caregivers and loved ones.
Australia’s ageing population will see more people with Parkinson’s, hence the importance of finding community-based programs to support those who may live with the disease for many years.
University of Southern Queensland researcher and Senior lecturer in the School of Creative Arts Dr Melissa Forbes worked with the local Toowoomba Parkinson’s support group to establish a singing group known as 'Park ‘n Songs.'