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The next Parkinson’s UK NI early onset Newry Cafe will take place on Wednesday 29 January at 7.30pm at Costa Coffee, Damolly Retail Park.

The monthly get together offers people of working age living with Parkinson’s, as well as their family and friends, the chance to meet and chat while accessing support in an informal setting.

The idea for Parkinson’s cafes came from Parkinson's UK volunteer David Allan, who was diagnosed eight years ago while he was still in his 40s.

He said: "Parkinson's can happen to adults at any age, but it can be really hard for hose of us who are diagnosed at younger ages because the condition is so strongly associated with older people.

"We are at a different stage in our lives, and often have different issues to deal with alongside our Parkinson's."

"We know that some people, particularly those recently diagnosed, are reluctant to join formal support groups, and people of working age are more likely to be juggling employment, family and other commitments that make it hard to get to activities during the day."

Northern Ireland Area Manager, Anne Donnelly said: "The café is an informal social gathering in a quiet and accessible venue that's open for anyone of working age with Parkinson's and their family and friends.

"Please come and join us – you're guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome.”

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