Wendelanne Augunas, LCPC, co-director of Pen Bay Healthcare’s new Picker Family Resource Center, will present “Breathing into Change,” focusing on strategies for coping with major life changes, during the Jan. 4 meeting of the area’s Parkinson’s Disease Support Group. The meeting will be held from 12 noon to 1:45 p.m. on the first floor of the Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill Retirement Community in Camden.

Augunas specializes in counseling people as they move through all sorts of major life changes, including the birth of a child, a new job, the loss of a loved one, or the diagnosis of a chronic illness such as Parkinson’s.

She plans to supplement her remarks to the support group with information on services and programs available at the Picker Center that may be of particular interest to the Parkinson’s community.

Support group gatherings take place regularly on the first Tuesday of each month, from 12 noon to 1:45 p.m. at Quarry Hill. Meetings are free and offer fellowship and learning to all those living with Parkinson’s disease as well as their loved ones and caregivers. Attendees are generally encouraged to bring bag lunches; Quarry Hill provides beverages and desserts.

During the winter, please note that in the event of inclement weather, meetings are canceled whenever Camden Public Schools close.

To learn more about the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group or the 2011 Parkinson’s Disease Resource and Information Forum, contact Quarry Hill health services coordinator Suzanne Miller, RN, BSN, CCM, at 230-6224.