Nursing students tackle multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s

'Pack basketball player Shenise Sigsworth among students in new care partner support group

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, British Columbia and Yukon Division, as well as the Parkinson’s Society British Columbia (PSBC) are partnering to promote a new care partner support group in Kamloops.

Wolfpack women’s basketball player Shenise Sigsworth is involved in the project with her fellow nursing students to help people here in Kamloops who have MS and Parkinson’s.

The first volunteer-led support group meeting will take place on March 27 and will provide a new avenue of support for caregivers or care partners, of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson’s disease (PD).

While the initial meeting will be facilitated by a group of nursing students from Thompson Rivers University, it is hoped that it will continue as a monthly volunteer-led support group thereafter.

Support groups offer an informal way to link people who share common concerns or experiences. A caregiver may be a parent, spouse, adult child, friend or family member who cares for an individual living with MS, PD or an similar disease.

Individuals who are formal or informal caregivers, have unique experiences and needs. Talking to peers in similar situations can help provide support and comfort.

“Recognizing there are many topics which appeal to caregivers who provide support to individuals with neurological conditions, we are most excited for this opportunity to partner with Parkinson Society British Columbia to promote this in-person support group for caregivers of individuals living with multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease,” said Elena Tilton, Community Services Coordinator for the MS Society, B.C. Division.

This care partner support group is a special initiative of a group of third-year TRU nursing students who are completing NURS3510, a project-based course wherein two to three students are assigned to an agency field guide in order to advance their community nursing and program development skills through various strategies.

The first care partner support group meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27. A room has been generously donated by The Hamlets at Westsyde, 3255 Overlander Drive, Kamloops.