The only project of its kind in western Pennsylvania, the Parkinson Wellness Program offers physical exercise, nutritious snacks, plus social and cognitive stimulation - all tailored to the needs of people with Parkinson's.
Groups meet twice weekly for 2 � hours of exercise and occupational and recreational therapy, supervised by licensed therapists. Based on the interests of the participants, activities may include crafts, bowling, and games of memory and logic.
No prescription is required, and the application process is simple. The interested person or caregiver calls a site coordinator, who asks a few basic questions and faxes a one-page medical release form to their doctor. As soon as that form is returned, a program description and consent form is sent to the person with Parkinson's, who may then attend the Wellness Program. Caregivers are also welcome to attend.
Currently, the Parkinson Wellness Program is offered at five sites.
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