Testimonials

Every year, Parkinson’s Foundation community grants further the health, wellness and education of people with Parkinson's disease (PD) across the nation.

2019 Community Grant Recipient

Calling all Arts Program: The Art of Living with Parkinson’s Disease

“Many thanks to the Parkinson’s Foundation for supporting this worthy and unique program. The ‘ART of Living with Parkinson’s Disease: A Boston Based Program Replicated to the National Level’ provides funding to expand the successful program, “Calling All Artists” developed at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. This program networks artists with Parkinson’s with one another for education and support... A training module will be developed and brought to six Parkinson’s Foundation Centers of Excellence with the goal of creating similar programs around the country. We know from experience that pursuing one’s artistic passions allows for a “beyond the pillbox” approach to wellbeing for those living with the challenges of Parkinson’s.”  View the Art Calendar from this funded program here.

- Lissa R. Kapust, LICSW, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, A Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, Boston, MA

2018 Community Grant Recipient

The Poised Project: Alexander Technique

"Thank you, Parkinson's Foundation! With your support, we launched an innovative new replicable program, 'Poised for Parkinson's,' for people living with Parkinson's and care partners to actively meet their daily challenges with greater confidence, dignity and control. This Alexander technique-based embodied approach has not only had significant local impact by enhancing the agency and integrity of over 70 individuals in North Carolina, but it is also making global impact through the research we have been presenting on its significant outcomes at the World Parkinson Congress and other international conferences. Community-based seed money can lead to global change!"

-Monika Gross, Executive Director, The Poise Project, Candler, NC 

2017 Community Grant Recipient

Community Servings: Nutrition Program for People with PD and Their Family in Boston, MA

“We are honored to be a Parkinson’s Foundation grant recipient, which helps us provide medically tailored meals to individuals living with Parkinson's. Our 'Food is Medicine' approach will provide these clients, the majority of whom are food insecure, with convenient, healthy and medically optimized meals delivered to the doorsteps of their homes." 

-Leigh Kalbacker, Community Servings director of client and volunteer services

2016 Community Grant Recipient

InspirFit: Parkinson's Exercise Classes in Chicago, IL

“Parkinson’s Foundation funding for InspirFit helped create a Parkinson’s program that has touched the lives of almost 100 participants in just over a year. We are improving their health through fitness that carries over into every day functionality. InspirFit is just getting started!

-Nancy Timko, InspirFit owner and trainer

2015 Community Grant Recipient

Improv & PD: Improvisational Comedy Classes as a Parkinson’s Therapy in Chicago, IL

“The support we received from the Parkinson’s Foundation was very meaningful. As a junior investigator, funding for independent research is limited and few resources are available for studies of PD therapies aimed at improving quality of life. Through improvisational comedy we saw significant improvements in daily living. The Foundation has made studies like this able to emphasize a holistic approach to care and wellness a priority, which is unique.”

- Danny Bega, MD, Northwestern University Parkinson's Disease & Movement Disorders Center, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence

2014 Community Grant Recipient

Art Therapy Consulting and Services: Art Therapy for Parkinson’s in Miami, FL

“Through art therapy the stiffness I usually feel in my hand has not been present because I’ve had access to new materials that feel light and pleasurable. I created a drawing to remind me of a day I spent at the park surrounded by children, sounds, smells and sights that were fun and happy. These classes allow me to experiment with a new therapy and explore what I could do artistically.”

- Participant, 2015 Art Therapy Program

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