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Resthaven community services supports around 10,000 older people to live independently in their own homes across South Australia.

Resthaven also provides high quality residential aged care at twelve metro and regional locations.

Occupational therapist with Resthaven Murray Bridge, Hills and Fleurieu Community Services, and facilitator of the local Parkinson's Support Groups, Caroline Tenny said their Parkinson's support group keeps people active.

"Resthaven helps keep people with Parkinson's moving!" Ms Tenny said.

"People understand that they have Parkinson's, but they want to do as much as they can to try and manage it.

"Resthaven runs a range of Parkinson's support and self-management groups and programs at wellness centres across metropolitan Adelaide and in regional areas.

"The aim is to support people to do as much as they can to stay on their feet, and remain living independently at home."

In Murray Bridge the support group runs on the second Monday of each month, which is open to people with Parkinson's or similar conditions, and their carers.

"Members enjoy social time together, and a guest speaker every month, dictated by the need that the group identifies," Ms Tenny said.

"In July, we enjoyed a visit from Parkinson's Disease Nurse Consultant, Sue Sharrad.

"We work in partnership with Parkinson's SA, being able to link people with their resources. They have an amazing support line with trained staff."

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Resthaven's group programs also offer a chance for people to catch up socially.

"We recently enjoyed a barbeque together in April, and, in July, the Murray Bridge cinema held a screening of "Rocket Man"!'

"We also run a Parkinson's exercise class on the first and third Monday on the month from 9.30-10.30am at the Resthaven Murray Bridge wellness centre at 37 Swanport Road, Murray Bridge.

"It is facilitated by a qualified exercise instructor, who takes the group through a range of low impact, chair based exercises.

"She tailors the classes to people's needs - no one ever leaves saying "I can't do that," they all have success within their individual goals - it keeps everyone in a positive mindset."

'Resthaven offers the full range of aged care services, from a little support at home, level 1 - 4 home care packages, respite for family carers and residential aged care at twelve locations.

Established in 1935, Resthaven Incorporated is a not for profit, South Australian aged care community service associated with the Uniting Church.

Resthaven community services support older people to live independently in their own homes throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the hills, Murraylands, Limestone Coast, Barossa, and Limestone Coast. To contact the closest Resthaven Community Services office call 1300 13 66 33.

For more information about Resthaven and their wide range of services call 8373 9000 or visit

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