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SMH Parkinson's Support Group Learns Harmonica

Stephens Memorial Hospital's monthly Parkinson's Support Group for Oxford County learned the harmonica at their April 24th meeting.  Carl Barker, the outgoing President of the Maine Chapter of the American Parkinson's Disease Association was on hand to teach a craft he has been developing for decades.

Barker shared his story of caring for his wife and using the harmonica as a creative outlet and music therapy.  The group was given harmonica's by Barker, who said over his years of speaking on the harmonica he has given out over 400.  The group was learning how to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" during this group meeting.

Marianne Gallo, LCSW and support group leader shared, "We had a great time learning to play the harmonica. It was a time to relax and have fun and some group members caught on fast. I agree with Carl Barker that people with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers should not become the disease."

This support group is open to any individual or families who are interested or have concerns about Parkinson's Disease.  This is an opportunity for people to get together to share stories, and learn from others experiences as well as make valuable connections. They will help provide the latest information from the Maine Chapter on Parkinson's disease and will assist individuals and families in obtaining additional information.

The group meets monthly, on the last Thursday of the month at 2:00 pm.  For further information or to RSVP please contact Marianne Gallo at 207-743-7086.

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