Posted on August 1, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ontario OH – The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. is proud to announce the Richland
County Parkinson Support Group has been selected as the 2020 Community Service Award
recipient, was honored on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at a ceremony hosted at Hawkins Corner.
Teresa Cook, VP of Administrative Services stated “This is the 20th year the Area Agency has
honored an organization from one of the nine counties we serve. As we all know COVID may
have changed how we can get together but what hasn’t changed is the outstanding way
individuals, groups and organizations are working together to support and take care of one
Today we celebrated outside, guests remained in their cars to observe physical distancing.
The Support Group encourages people to bring their caregivers and other family members to the
meetings. Support Group leader Becky Roggio said, “We don’t want Parkinson’s to be a
dreaded disease, but rather an opportunity to learn about the disease and be proactive in
managing it because every day is a gift.”
Exercise is like medication in helping with tremors and reducing rigidity. Guest speakers come
to educate on Parkinson’s specific topics. This includes topics on new medications, clinical
trials, or new treatment options, such as Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery. They want everyone
to be actively involved in their treatment and want each person to feel supported.
Each year the Area Agency on Aging honors an organization, agency, service club, business, or
media outlet that is making a difference in their communities on behalf of senior citizens.
There is only one award recipient selected from the Agency’s nine county service area (Ashland,
Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot. The Ohio District 5
Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario, provides leadership,
collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers
& resource networks that support individual choice, independence and dignity.