Maidstone Support Group

Contact: Margaret

Tel: 0300 999 5090

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Maidstone Support Group meetings are normally on the fourth Monday of each month at The Early Bird pub.  When the Monday is a bank holiday, the meetings will be held on the fourth Tuesday.  See below for upcoming meetings in Maidstone and surrounding area.

The Early Bird, Minor Centre, ME14 5TQ

11am - 1pm

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Maidstone mtg report - November 2018

Monday 26 November 2018

This was a very interesting meeting.  We had a speaker, an 84 year old ex-nurse who took up reflexology in her early 50s. She was a bundle of energy and told many amusing stories. It was very illuminating to discover that the sole of the foot can tell many tales about the health of the owner!

We were given "maps" of the feet with the areas marked out relating to various parts of the body. We learnt that the gall bladder can be stimulated as well as the prostate, as can the adrenal glands. 

Two new people attended yesterday's meeting.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 17th December after which nine of us will stay on at the early Bird for a festive lunch.

Maidstone - October 2018 mtg report

Monday, 22nd October 2018 mtg

We welcomed two new ladies to the group on Monday.

Unfortunately the talk by the osteopath was cancelled at the last minute through illness, so we discussed various things, one of which was the importance of having a flu jab when on steroids. Most members of the group have had their jab already this year, the rest have booked an appointment. We also discussed the advisability of speaking to your GP about having a shingles jab once the requisite age group is reached.

The talk veered to postural stability, it would appear that once women reach the menopause their postural stability goes down the tubes, so to speak.  It was mentioned that adult ballet classes will improve balance.  A couple of members of the Support Group have started going to Tai Chi classes which helps posture and they have volunteered to try to get a speaker for us. Perhaps every meeting could be started and finished with a few simple exercises but we all agreed strictly NO Lycra!

A member of the group then demonstrated a couple of simple exercises to help balance: hold onto a chair and go up on your tip toes and then back down, do this as many times as you like; or raise the right knee high to touch your outstretched right hand, repeat a few times, then do the same with your left knee and hand. 

A few fund raising ideas were bandied about including a sponsored walk round Mote Park. (When the weather is better).

This idea was capped by the suggestion that we stop en route for "afternoon tea." This was greeted with enthusiasm by all, although Margaret's idea of taking the swan boats out on the lake as a finale fell upon deaf ears and disappeared into the lake of talk without a ripple!

We decided that it would be good to have a festive meal at the Early Bird after the December meeting on 17th December so everyone will go online to view menu choices ready to give their choice at the 26th November meeting.

Identifying GCA:  At a recent meeting, one of our members who has PMR said they were having temple pain. We told her to go IMMEDIATELY to her GP or find a Rheumatologist as we were concerned that she had GCA as well as PMR.  The member managed to get to a Rheumatologist quickly and she tells us her steroids were increased immediately from 12 mg to 60 mg.  We all felt that was a great result, which possibly saved her eyesight.

The November meeting should be really interesting, a member has his Reflexologist agree to come and give us a talk and demonstration. Watch this space.

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