Parkinson's Patients Fight Back
“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.
“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.
The 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.