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USEFUL RESOURCES presented at our September 2019 meeting

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The Parkinson’s UK Website
Our parent charity’s website has abundant resources to help people with Parkinson’s. Visit parkinsons.org.uk and use the search function or follow any of the relevant links.
Oxford City Council Home Improvement Agency
Our City Council can help with: Repairs and Assistance, Small Repairs, Disabled Facilities Grant, Keeping Warm at Home. If you live outside the City, take a look at the support pages of our websiteto find the corresponding agency for your area.
Independent Age
Independent Age offers support and free leaflets on a variety of topics such as Managing money, dealing with loneliness and depression, staying healthy in winter, driving safely, home security, getting help at home, and care homes.
Live Well Oxfortdshire
Live Well Oxfortdshire, an arm of Oxfordshire County Council, is a great resource for support and care guidance.
Care Choices
Care Choices is a national organization that provides information on a variety of care providers.

Financial Assistance

Parkinson’s UK Grants
Our parent charity offers grants of up to £1,500 for people with Parkinson’s or their unpaid carers. They expect to award grants to the value of £100,000 in 2019. Visit Parkinson’s UK Grants, email grants@parkinsons.org.uk or phone 020 7963 3785.
European Parkinson Therapy Centre
The Branch offers financial assistance in the form of a one-off grant of £300 to visit the European Parkinson Therapy Centre(email info@parkinsontherapy.com)

The Branch also offers financial help with respite care, in a scheme that is shortly to be re-launched. Watch our website for more news soon.

Dealing with Anxiety

There are many websites which offer help with anxiety. These two, from Mind and the NHS, are reputable:

Finally, you cannot have an anxious mind in a relaxed body… So… Exercise!

Physical Mobility, Balance and Dexterity

Walking Well Workshop
The Walking Well workshop at Oxford Brookes University earlier this year gave us some simple and useful exercises to do which improve balance, help prevent falls and can be done at home. There is a writeup on our Branch website at this link.
Hand exercises
There are hand exercise videos on YouTube. Sally and Pen tried them on holiday! Find them on the Parkinsons News Today site at this link.