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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

RSVP: It helps us to prepare if we know you are coming - please email: maidstone@pmrgca.org.uk

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Whitstable Meet Up - September

Fri 20 Sep 2019
Riverside Church Cafe, Thanet Way, Whitstable, CT5 3JQ

Maidstone - September 2019

Mon 23 Sep 2019
Early Bird Pub, Minor Centre, Grovewood Drive, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5JT

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Maidstone Group Meeting - May 2019

Tuesday, 28th May 2019

The May meeting, on a Tuesday because of the Bank Holiday, was attended by a small but select group! 

Amongst matters discussed was the danger of forgetting to take one's steroids! It can happen if the usual routine is thrown out of kilter as one group member discovered to his cost the other week. He assured us all that it would never happen again.....

It appears that, thankfully, GPs are becoming more and more aware of PMR and GCA. A surgery in Whitstable, Kent, has reportedly over 300 cases of this condition and there are plans afoot to organise a Support Group in that area. 

The next Maidstone meeting is on Monday 24th June when Christine is going to give us a talk about one of the charity's Road Shows.

Maidstone Group mtg report - April 2019

Tuesday 23 April 2019

We welcomed a new member to the group this month, another gentleman, who had been diagnosed recently with PMR, and we made use of our last meeting's subject of Tips for Beginners to give him some pointers.

We followed this with a Tai Chi lesson from a medal winning instructor who also judges competitions. She describes Tai Chi as meditation in motion or medicine in motion.

Although a Martial Arts discipline, Tai Chi is suitable for all ages. It helps with balance control and can possibly cut the risk of falls in later life. It would appear that there are many other benefits too... providing a cardio workout, increasing flexibility and coordination. The gentle movements, synchronised with breathing "from below the waist," results in deeper breaths which expand lung capacity introducing more oxygen into the bloodstream. More oxygen means less tiredness. Tai Chi can also enhance the digestion.

We were shown advanced exercises using a sabre, a gentleman's sword, and large fans which were flicked open with a vicious snap. Apparently the Emperor forbade weapons to be carried at court but the ladies of his household were known to secrete very thin sharp knives in their fans.... 

Next month's meeting is on Tuesday, 28th May

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