SMH Parkinson's Support Group
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
Memorial Hospital is part of the Maine Health®
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