2year old program 2 year old program Dale’s story Identified needs in the community Success measured by enormous response Looking to MGH referrals, partnerships like Surrounding Yourself with Care seminar
Jewish Family & Children’s Service Parkinson’s Family Support Program "Your programs continue to be a cornerstone inspiration of our life with this disease. Thank you."
Our Programs: Monthly Education, Networking and Support Group
“ I want you to know that coming to your group with my husband makes us feel taken care of.”
Patients with PD improve their physical performance and activities of daily living through exercise, specifically improved axial rotation, functional reach, flexibility, balance, muscle strength, short-step gait, and mobility.
Crizzle, AM , Newhouse, IJ. Clin J Sport Med. 2006 Sep;16(5):422-5.
Evidence supported exercise as being beneficial to physical functioning, health-related quality of life, strength, balance and gait speed for people with PD.
Floor Work “ When I dance, I potentiate my movements. I now listen to disco music at home. I turn on the tape in my bedroom and dance away. When I am done, my whole body feels stretched. It feels so good, that I like to aim to do it every day.”-AF
“ The other night I had to get up and I was feeling very stiff. I looked out the window and saw the big full moon. I smiled and started picking apples (one of the dance routines), which made me feel much better.”-GA
Cool Down and Stretching “ I find dancing relaxing. I haven’t felt that I could exercise for more than three years. My arms and muscles were tightening. Dancing is a great workout.”
Meditation “ Dancing is so helpful, and so hopeful. I love being here with others who are doing what they can to help themselves.”
Closing “ I had been searching for something and coming here, we have found it! Finally, I have found people who ‘get’ what having and dealing with Parkinson’s are all about.” “ We end with a ritual of gratitude, connecting us.”-JP
“ A primary function of music is collective and communal….People sing together and dance together in every culture, and one can imagine them having done so around the first fires, a hundred thousand years ago.”
Dr. Oliver Sacks, Musicophila: Tales of Music and the Brain