MENOMINEE—The M&M Area Parkinson Support Group will meet Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Harbors Community Building, 1110 10th Ave., Menominee.

The topic this month will be “Moving Forward” presented by Becca Hilden PT and DPT with Aurora Health Care in Marnette. Hilden is also LSVT-program certified. The LSVT program is also known as The Big and Loud program. It is very effective in giving much comfort of movement as well as positive results to assist with the challenges of daily life. Exercise is one of the most important and useful tools in keeping healthy and being safe with mobility. Hilden will also demonstrate proper movement and take questions.

Each month the group invites a professional in to share information to make Parkinson’s just a part of life, not consume the whole focus.

These meetings are free and it is an opportunity to meet others with the same challenges. The group shares and provides resources in the community and offers assistance in obtaining support.

Because of COVID-19, the group will have masks available. Those attending are urged to bring questions and concerns. For more assistance, people may call 906-863-9445.

According to the M&M Area Parkinson Support Group, Parkinson Disease is a progressive movement disorder that affects both motor and non-motor functions. Parkinson’s is the second most common neurological disorder in the United States. It is affecting over 1 million individuals and an estimated 7-10 million worldwide. Understanding and being aware of the symptoms can ease the stress and challenges associated with this disease. Some symptoms of Parkinson’s include: Sleep disturbances, tremors, slurred and quiet voice and speech, slowness, difficulty writing, balance and gait issues.