Move4Parkinson’s was established in November 2011 by Margaret Mullarney who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004. Since her diagnosis, Margaret has discovered that there is a huge range of activities that People with Parkinson’s (PWP’s) can undertake to improve their quality of life. Margaret has also recognised the huge value which PWP’s place on being able to speak with other PWP’s and to hear stories of how others have overcome similar challenges. On her journey so far, Margaret has met many others who share her passion for improving the quality of life of those with Parkinson’s and to give those people a voice.
We have a vision of a world in which People with Parkinson’s (PwP’s) are empowered to achieve their best possible quality of life. With this in mind, Move4Parkinson’s provides information and support to PwP’s on how to improve quality of life through self-management.
Our services are centred around improving People with Parkinsons’ understanding of their illness and teaching them how active self-management can reduce symptoms and enable them to have a better quality of life. We also aim to serve the families and carers of People with Parkinson’s and build a community of support for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
Choosing the Right Option for You
The Move4Parkinson’s ‘Our Initiatives, Your Choice’ philosophy encourages PwP’s to choose the programmes which best fit their specific needs and requirements. Move4Parkinson’s works with PwP’s to ensure they understand the choices available and encourages them to try new approaches that they might not have previously considered.
Move4Parkinson’s advocates for PwP’s through participation in various working groups and through engaging with healthcare professionals and pharmaceutical organisations to increase understanding of Parkinson’s and the needs of PwP’s.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mags was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in January 2004 when she was 47 years old. Since being diagnosed, Mags has worked tirelessly to better understand Parkinson’s and to improve her quality of life through taking a multi-disciplinary approach and utilising complementary medicine in addition to the traditional. Mags has realised the benefits of regular exercise and good nutrition on managing her symptoms. In October 2011 following a year-long training regime, she completed the Dublin City Marathon and was awarded the inaugural Lord Mayor’s Medal, honouring her overcoming a significant challenge to take part in the marathon.
Mags spends much of her time speaking to groups and individuals about her journey so far and the ways that PWP’s can empower themselves to better manage their Parkinson’s. She is the driving force behind Move4Parkinson’s and hopes that through her inspirational talks and practical workshops, PWP’s will learn to manage their lives by empowering themselves to take control of their illness. She is also a trained leader in courses for self-management of chronic illnesses. Mags lives in Dublin and has two grown up children, Nikki and David. She worked as a solicitor for 25 years and is also a qualified business and life coach.