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The NeuroMedical Center Rehabilitation Hospital Offers Free Dance Therapy Classes For Parkinson’s

October 23, 2019 8:31 pm
Patients participating in Dance for PD classes at The NeuroMedical Center

The NeuroMedical Center Rehabilitation Hospital (NMCRH), in partnership with Dance for Parkinson’s Baton Rouge, is pleased to offer a series of free dance classes to people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their care partners. Enrollment is now open for the first series of 2019 Dance for Parkinson’s classes scheduled for Saturday, November 2nd, Saturday, November, 9th, and Saturday, November 16th.  All classes will be held from 1-2:15pm in NMCRH’s 6th floor dining room.

Parkinson disease (PD) is a progressive, neurodegenerative movement disorder that is often accompanied by impaired balance and walking and reduced quality of life. As a form of movement therapy, Dance for Parkinson’s addresses several of the problems that come with PD by  empowering participants to explore music and movement in ways that are stimulating and refreshing. Additionally, the program provides regular social interaction for people who have this condition, resulting in a positive effect on their mental well-being.

“In the face of all challenges and stresses of Parkinson’s disease, the Dance for Parkinson’s program has added an entirely new dimension to the patients’ treatment process. Not only does the program offer an exciting alternative to traditional exercise for various stages of the disease, dance serves as a positive outlet for patients with PD,” said Administrator of The NeuroMedical Center Rehabilitation Hospital, Brad Pevey, PT.

“It is a fun and creative way for Parkinson’s patients at any stage to maintain and gain movement to assist with their mobility and function.” added Director of Therapy Operations, Misty Conley PT. “ The classes have a great energy, inspiring patients to be creative and explore movements through dance with live instruments,”

Dance for Parkinson’s Baton Rouge’s lead instructor, Susan Perlis, has taught dance for the past 50 years and received advanced training by New York’s famous Mark Morris Dance Group to teach these fun and innovative classes offered to patients at The NeuroMedical Center and to all patients living with Parkinson’s in Baton Rouge as well as their caregivers. This FREE program is made possible by a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation and supported by the Of Moving Colors organization in Baton Rouge. To enroll any upcoming Dance for Parkinson’s classes, please email Susan at [email protected]

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