A Parkinson’s disease educational resource center is being established at the Drake Pubic Library in Centerville. Jami Livingston, library director, indicates this is just another way to serve the public with a valuable resource for the people in our area.
The library has been able to accumulate quite a collection of educational materials. These materials were acquired from the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, a national organization whose major mission is the dissemination of accurate and current educational information. In addition, materials were acquired from the Iowa Parkinson Disease Information and Referral Center associated with Unity Point Health in Des Moines.
All of the materials are available for “in library use.” Most of the materials can be “checked out” for personal use. Many of the items can be ordered with the library’s assistance for personal use. Just ask a library assistant about ordering a personal copy.
Some of the training materials are on CDs. The library has 10 computers for public use that can be used to view the CDs. Likewise the CDs can be checked out for “in home” use. Library associates are willing to assist library users with learning how to use the computers to utilize the CDs.
Drake Public Library is a handicap assessable building with a ramp from street level to the lower level of the library, where an elevator is available to access the main floor where the Parkinson’s disease resource center is located.
Library hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You may call the library when they are open at (641) 856-6676. In addition you can contact them via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The library’s website is www.centerville.lib.ia.us.
This resource center is for the general public use as well as those who attend the newly formed Parkinson’s Support Group which meets the third Thursday of each month at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville. Anyone is welcome to attend the support group meetings. Additional information can be gotten from the group leader Katy Paxton at (641) 437-3564. This resource center is being established “to ease the burden of Parkinson’s disease.” As a patient or care provider, remember, “You are not alone.”