Members of the North Central West Virginia Parkinson Patient and Family Support Group met at the Eat n Park restaurant in Clarksburg for the group’s 25th anniversary.
The group was founded in 1994 by Dominick Policano, who, after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, was upset with the lack of information available. He spoke to other local patients and began regularly meeting with them and their family members. Policano’s son Larry has since taken over the group following his father’s death and says it is still helpful to those living with the disease and their loved ones.
“They’re sitting with other people who have this Parkinson’s Disease. they can talk, relate to them and learn a lot about the disease to each other,” said Policano.
Ken Miller has been attending meetings because he cares for his wife, Michelle, who was diagnosed in 2007. He says the meetings are beneficial to him because they teach him to better care for her.
“As a caregiver you’re more attentive to them all the time because it’s something that can progress very fast or it can progress slowly,” said Miller.
This support group is free to join and is always accepting new members.