Jeff’s strolling to debunk stigma of Parkinson’s

Be part of the “Stroll to Struggle Parkinson’s” at Commonwealth Park, October 23.

Canberran JEFF SMART was recognized with Parkinson’s when he was 51, however says wanting again, he was experiencing signs years earlier than.

JEFF Good says many individuals assume Parkinson’s is an older particular person’s illness, however one in 5 individuals with it are of working age.

Jeff Good… “One in 5 individuals with Parkinson’s are of working age.”

“Parkinson’s shouldn’t be a demise sentence. The truth that I’ve it doesn’t imply I can’t do issues. I nonetheless work half time and am an lively member of our neighborhood,” he says.

On Sunday, October 23, Canberrans are being inspired to “Stroll To Struggle Parkinson’s”, to rally and lift cash for individuals residing with Parkinson’s and different neurological problems.

Within the ACT greater than 2000 individuals reside with Parkinson’s, a neurodegenerative situation with complicated motor and non-motor signs together with rigidity, tremor, ache and gastrointestinal points, in addition to reminiscence, melancholy, considering and sleep issues. 

Jeff hopes the stroll will assist to debunk the stigma related to individuals residing with Parkinson’s, which many individuals don’t realise can have an effect on youthful individuals as nicely.

“I hope the stroll raises consciousness of the signs of Parkinson’s and the assist that’s out there to individuals to handle their illness,” he mentioned. 

Jeff finds that prioritising train is a crucial a part of minimising the impression of residing with Parkinson’s. He notably enjoys a specialised kind of “Nordic Strolling” a number of occasions every week. 

All proceeds raised in The Hospital Analysis Basis Group’s “Stroll To Struggle Parkinson’s” charity occasion will go in direction of very important assist companies and analysis for individuals residing with Parkinson’s and their households within the Canberra area. 

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The day will function an occasion village at Rond Terrace, Lake Burley Griffin, which is able to open from 8am on Sunday, October 23. 

Official proceedings will start at 9am and the primary run/stroll will begin at 9.30am. Choices embody a five-kilometre, bridge-to-bridge enjoyable run and stroll, a timed “Nordic Stroll” race, or a 1.5 kilometre stroll, roll or stroll in Commonwealth Park. 

To become involved and register please go to

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Ian Meikle, editor