Parkinson's Patients Fight Back

Northwestern Medicine
Neurosciences June 06, 2014
While “Macho Man” blared in the background, more than 60 Parkinson’s patients fought back against their disease and even shared a few smiles during a boxing class especially tailored to help with balance, stability and endurance.

Parkinsons patients take exercise clases to improve balance stability and endurance“This is a chance to socialize, to engage and to have some fun,” said Pamela Palmentera, coordinator and clinical social worker for the Northwestern Medicine Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center.
The Northwestern Medicine® Parkinson’s Disease support group hosted the special boxing class for those with the disease and their caregivers on June 3 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The class was led by Rock Steady Boxing* instructors who are specially trained to teach boxing drills and routines to people living with Parkinson’s disease.  

“Whether you are in a wheelchair or a star athlete, you can do this class,” said Susan Eichensehr, a Rock Steady boxing coach. “It gives everyone a chance to really punch that disease in the face.”

Northwestern’s Parkinson ’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center is the only National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence in Illinois. The center 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. 

Patients take part in exercise classThe Center hosts a free support group at 11 a.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. These meetings include presentations, open-ended discussions and sharing. Visitors and guests are always welcome.  
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