"Get Connected" Parkinson's Campaign
March 18, 2019
The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center is launching a new campaign in April for Parkinson’s Awareness month. Our initiative is called “Get Connected,” and there are so many ways of doing this! The goal of this project is to provide all people with PD and their care partners with resources in the community to combat isolation and foster self-awareness.
Below we highlight programs in the region that are part of this campaign. Whether it is a support group, clinical trial, an exercise or movement class you will find ways to get connected with the PD community. You are not alone on this journey.
Andrew Siderowf, MD, the Hurtig and Stern Chair of Movement Disorders, states, “It’s a lot easier to fight back against Parkinson’s when you have a team behind you. Networking with other people with PD can give you tips for living well, insights on what to expect from medications and an inside track on new treatments and research.” Being around others who have PD can be empowering. Many of the thoughts and feelings expressed in support groups are common, and it can be comforting to know that you share these with others.
So get connected! Join us, tell a friend, and get the word out!
Resources Available for Parkinson's Patients
- Physical Therapy
- Includes therapy that focus on walking, balance/coordination, flexibility, and endurance in order to improve safety and efficiency with movement during all stages of the disease.
- For more information, call the DAPRC at 215-829-7275
- Occupational Therapy
- Occupational therapy can help people at any stage of Parkinson’s—right after diagnosis up to and including later years of disease—with any task that is difficult to perform or may become impacted by PD.
- For more information, contact Julia Woods.
- Speech Therapy
- Communication is a two-way street, so it is important for the person with PD and their caregivers to understand the typical speech, voice or language changes that people with PD experience.
- For more information, call Meredith Pauly at Penn Therapy and Fitness: 215-829-7275
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