Parkinson’s Support Group Now Offered Locally


MARYSVILLE – Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH) is partnering with Meadowlark continuing care retirement community, Manhattan, to offer a local Parkinson’s support group via Zoom live video as part of Meadowlark’s monthly Parkinson’s program. Area Parkinson’s patients and their families can now come to the monthly program broadcast via live video in the CMH South Plaza conference room, 708 N. 18th St. Marysville, instead of traveling the distance to Manhattan. The program is normally held on the first Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m., however due to the New Year holiday, the first program will be Thursday, January 9th at 2:30 p.m.

This month’s program will be “Let’s Talk: Sharing Details of Your Parkinson’s Journey with Family & Friends”, and presented by Marcie Lechtenberg, Ph.D., LMFT, who is the clinic director at the K-State Family Center. The program is free and open to the public, and no RSVP is necessary.

“We look forward to bringing this excellent programming closer to home for our local patients,” said Ashley Kracht, CMH public relations director. “Parkinson’s Education Group of the Flint Hills” will join other educational and support group programs including Sterling Connection educational lunch bunch for seniors, Loss of a Child grief support group, general bereavement grief support group, La Leche League nursing support group, and an Alzheimer’s Association support group.

For questions about attending this month’s Parkinson’s program, please contact Kracht at (785) 562-4379, or Michelle Haub, Meadowlark Special Programs Leader, at (785) 323-3899.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.