BATH – Pine Tree Camp will host Maine’s first Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease Retreat on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14.

“It will be a great opportunity to connect with new people, relax and rejuvenate in a beautiful and fully accessible setting,” said Teresa Barrow, director of the Parkinson’s Program at Pine Tree Society.

Karen Bardo, Maine Parkinson’s Society founder and board member, said this type of retreat will fill a void in the Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease community.

“In Maine, young people with Parkinson’s Disease are spread across the state. A young onset PD support group would be great but there are not enough of us in one area to ensure its success,” she said.

“Many of us attend local PD support groups. However, the needs of young people with PD are different. The disease affects us differently from older people, plus many of us still work and are raising families. It is important for the young people to meet a couple of times a year to support each other and to brainstorm.”

The event will take place in the camp’s winterized cabin. The cost is $60, including lodging and meals. For more information or to register, contact Teresa Berkowitz at 443-3341, extension 112, or e-mail [email protected]

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