Northwestern Medicine Gets Moving for Parkinson's Disease
By Megan McCannNeurosciences October 04, 2012
To help raise awareness of Parkinson’s, the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) is introducing Moving Day®, a Walk for Parkinson’s, to Chicago on Sunday, October 14. Moving Day raises funds to aid research and supports local services for people living with Parkinson’s. The Northwestern Medicine® Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, the only NPF Center of Excellence in Illinois, will be a beneficiary of this first-of-its-kind fundraiser in Chicago. The event will take place at Lincoln Park’s Grove 2 with registration starting at 8 a.m.
A main component of Moving Day is the NPF’s signature Movement Pavilion, which encourages participants to get moving through demonstrations of the many different therapeutic options available for people with Parkinson’s. “At Northwestern, we offer our patients a number of different movement-based therapies to manage their Parkinson’s including integrated exercise classes, tai chi, yoga, dance class, as well as music and art therapy,” said Diane Breslow, MSW, social worker and coordinator of the Northwestern Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center. “At Moving Day, participants will have an opportunity to try out these different therapies which will be led by our therapists who will guide demonstrations and answer questions.”
An estimated 1,500 people are expected to participate in Chicago’s first Moving Day. The Northwestern Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center will be represented by a team of patients, caregivers, families and friends, and healthcare professionals.
To contribute or sign up as a participant, visit the website for Moving Day Chicago. Funds raised will help establish a NPF chapter in Chicago and contribute to Parkinson’s support groups and classes at Northwestern’s NPF Center of Excellence.
As an NPF Center for Excellence, Northwestern Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders provides innovative, multidisciplinary care, while also conducting research to extend knowledge and treatment of movement disorders. There is an emphasis on education and support for patients, families, caregivers, healthcare providers and the community. Learn more about the Northwestern Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Centers.
NPF has a singular focus on improving the quality of care in Parkinson’s disease. NPF programs reach more than one million people a year through its network of chapters, Centers of Excellence and 900 support groups. Since 1982, NPF has funded more than $164 million in care, research and support services. Learn more about the National Parkinson Foundation and theMoving Day event online or call toll-free 800.4PD.INFO.