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JCC teaming with Boston University for new Parkinson's program

GREATER SPRINGFIELD -- The Jewish Community Center is currently partnering with Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University to offer a Community Based Wellness Program for people with Parkinson's disease. This program is designed to help individuals with Parkinson's Disease living in the community learn to manage their health more effectively in order to improve day-to-day function and quality of life. Under the guidance of a licensed physical therapist, participants learn exercises and a problem solving approach to managing daily mobility, self-care and communication issues which often interfere with function and quality of life. Each session lasts an hour and a half and consists of group exercises to improve mobility and communication and practice of functional activities such as walking, rising from a chair and handwriting. Instructions on strategies to improve functional tasks are tailored to meet the needs of each individual with Parkinson's disease. Written information and pictures are included in a participant's manual to help individuals learn the exercises and strategies and apply them at home and in the community. The next program will run from Oct. 4 to Nov. 11 on Mondays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 2 pm. There is a fee associated with this class. Contact Debra Ellis, PT, NCS at 695-6069 for additional information and eligibility. This program is supported in part by the American Parkinson Disease Association Massachusetts Chapter.

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